Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nicole Speaks: Fifty Shades Series by: EL James

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

Release Date: May 25, 2011
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"When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences."

Nicole Speaks:
I was very hesitant when I first heard about these books.  I had heard a lot of terrible things about them, a lot of intriguing things, but also a lot of amazing things.  I was torn until I heard they were making Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie.  Well I knew I would probably end up seeing the movie and there was no way I was going to let that happen without reading them first.  So I tried my best to forget everything I had heard about them and was just going to give them a shot. 

While I was reading the first book I was still just as torn about how I felt.  I loved Christian and felt terrible for him, but I hated him too.  I felt myself arguing with Ana the whole book and confused about how I felt.  I wasn’t bothered with a lot of the aspects of his way of life, then all of a sudden I would feel him cross some imaginary line I drew and wanted her to run for the hills and never look back.  But as soon as I imagined her doing that I realized I wanted Ana to stay and fix her broken fifty shades.  This book made me doubt my own feelings.

Of course, as the series went on and characters grew I liked some even more, like Christian and Ana, but hated others more than I could’ve imagined, like Mrs. Robinson.  She is one of the main reasons I was disgusted with certain parts of this book.  I know that was the point, but I was completely on Ana’s side the entire series as her secrets got revealed.  

Another reason I had been nervous about starting this book was that I had heard her writing was not good at all.  I was worried that if I disliked her writing style I would hate the book.  Luckily, it was not as bad as people had made it seem, and as the stories went on either I got used to it or her writing improved.  Either way, the story was so enticing that I was able to enjoy these books.  

While I definitely wouldn’t recommend these books to everyone, especially anyone much younger than myself, I’m glad I decided to read them and am looking forward to seeing Mr. Grey on the big screen.  


  1. Ugh, as much as I wanna give this book and series the benefit of the doubt, I just can't see myself ever reading this. I might check out the movie, though, lol. But yeah. Good to know you gave it a chance and found some things you enjoyed about it.

  2. Nicole's here!! *waves* I love this review, girly. You did an amazing job, and it is spot-on! While I had many issues with the series, I am right there with you wanting to see Mr. Grey on the big screen. That trailer! Wonderful review, Nicole! xo

  3. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book as well. On the whole, I found it compelling, though I had issues with Christian's mental well being and I was annoyed by the inner goddess.
    Nice review!

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I just don't think they're for me. I probably won't see the movie either. Great review.

  5. I was very hesitant about this series, too. But I also ended up enjoying them a lot more than I thought I would. It was actually Teresa who encouraged me to read them and I'm so glad she did!!

    The characters really do go through a transformation and there is a really good storyline in the book. Though there were a few things that I had issues with, I did enjoy this series! And I'm glad you did as well!

    Lovely review, Nicole!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed your foray into Christian Gray's world, Nicole. :) I quite enjoyed the series myself despite all the bad I'd been hearing about it. Great review!


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