Fifty Shades FreedPaperback 50 Shades Trilogy
- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Format: Paperback | 578 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 30mm | 408g
- Publication date: 17 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345803507
- ISBN 13: 9780345803504
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 449
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian's singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all--love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana's deepest fears turn to reality. This book is intended for mature audiences.
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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey."
By Karielle 28 Apr 2013
Mr. Grey has finally settled. He's still possessive-still a control freak-but his coming-to-terms with Anastasia-to take care of each other, to love each other, for better or worse-inspires a different sort of dynamic between the two returning characters. Their relationship isn't intense, it's just bipolar; this is best displayed in this last installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series.
I was highly annoyed by Anastasia's weird internal conflict; she wants her kinky ways with Christian, trying to adjust to his lifestyle, but breaks down every time he obliges-crying it's too much and it's too painful. Make up your mind, woman! Everything is repetitive as always. It's like EL James copy-and-pasted her sex scenes into each other because most of them have the exact same wording and structure, but different venues, e.g. bed, table, aircraft, toilet (yes, she went there... kinky!).
Ana and Christian's roller-coaster ride of a relationship isn't even dramatic or heartfelt anymore; it's just exasperating. I'm also not sure how the heck they are so deeply committed and in lurve after having known each other for only two months. Two. Months. Anastasia doesn't even know what Christian does for a living, for crying out loud! All she knows is that he's some hoity-toity entrepreneur. I have suspicions he's an underground slave auctioneer but sadly, this tidbit isn't actually revealed in the book.Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â
SPOILER START: And they don't get a prenup??/ He's a BILLIONAIRE and they don't get a prenup because he trusts her so much. Just let that sink in for about fifteen seconds. This series should be relabeled as fantasy, not romance. SPOILER END
The ending... ugh. Grossly idealized, but I one thing I liked is how the book concludes exposing Christian's full story. Getting to know him so deeply was probably the best part of the novel. His love for Ana is clouded with overprotectiveness and insecurity, but it's still deep nonetheless. The heart of the dilemma is his need for control and his need for Anastasia. She believes the two aren't mutually exclusive, but even so, they just might be his ruin. These emotions are brutal, and they're actually sweet-knowing where they come from, but really: that's the only thing that kept me reading.
Stylistically, you guessed it! Pretentious big words thrown around carelessly, but otherwise very basic, very weak. It's a shame to erotica writers that James identifies herself as one of them.
Pros: Great character-building // Christian's pastÃ?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â
Cons: Let's put it like this: Book 1 should never have happened, Book 2 is dumb, and Book 3 is dumber. That's all you have to know
Love: Real quotes from the book that I needed to share with you:Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â
He looks so sexy and genial.
He's so adroit.
I'm so aroused.
(I would be, too, if I orgasmed at the slightest breeze.)
(Two reasons to shoot me now:)
1. Mr. Orgasmic was using his fine-motor sexing skills on me.
2. Why are his feet so hot?Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â
(Accurately displaying the length of Anastasia's attention span, or lack thereof:)
I will never understand this man. Hmm-this crÃ?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¨me brulÃ?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â©e is delicious.
I glance at my watch: 2:15 p.m. He should be here soon. My tea is cold... Ugh!
Verdict: Don't bother reading the actual book, because I can summarize the entire thing up for you here: sex; fight; makeup sex; fight; makeup sex; fight; fight fight; flight; yell; pregnancy scare; panic; OMG; major fight; weep; "hi," I breathed, "hi," he whispered back; makeup sex; happily every after. I really had high hopes for Fifty Shades Freed after liking the second book in the series so much, but alas, EL James disappoints.
6 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back.
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Edenfantasys in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).
By Kellie 22 May 2012
loved the series, read them all in a week !!! would recommened to anyone with an open mind.
By ells45 03 May 2012
Loved this book, could put any of the trilogy down. Read them all in one week! Enjoy x
THE "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLING FIFTY SHADES Trilogy "In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"