Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 5/5

Summary: Not your typical romance. Christian Grey, has unique erotic tastes, and wants to do very kinky things to Anastasia Steele, who was drafted into interviewing him in the place of her roommate for the campus magazine in honor of Grey being the one giving the diplomas at graduation this year. However, both of them are about to be turned upside down by emotions that neither thought would rear their heads: love, passion, devotion, rage, jealousy and so many others. What will happen to them both?

Review: Decidedly NOT for any readers under the age of eighteen, given the graphic nature of some of the scenes, more so than any other romance novel out there. I suppose that is why it is being pulled off of library shelves (I smell this trilogy making its way on to the banned book list for 2012 anyone else?). Many of you are facing the question of to read or not to read, and truth be told, read it. No harm can come from you spending some time reading a book. I’ve found that there are those that love it and those that hate it, there is (no pun intended) no shades of grey when it comes to this book or series for that matter.

Yes, there is sex, and not all of it is straight up vanilla missionary style sex. There is to quote from the series some “kinky fuckery” that involves all sorts of unique toys (often found in the section of the adult stores that house leather in abundance). However, there is actual character development in these stories, there is literally the essence of each of these two individuals being laid bare and attempting to find love and togetherness against all odds. This is definitely the kind of book that will keep you up all night reading (I know, I very nearly did it on more than one occasion).

It is funny, knowing that this is a romance with BDSM tendancies, that mainstream music even showcases a little bit of one’s subconscious desire for a bit of “kinky fuckery” with songs like Rhianna’s “S&M” (and that is the main one that comes to mind at the moment), but so many people aren’t even willing to come to grips with the fact that they would even try something above and beyond “conventional” sex. However, I am NOT stepping on that soapbox right now.

Read the book, honestly, it won’t kill you. I promise.

Also, if I could create Christian Grey, I would clone him and be a millionaire from selling the clones of this image of sex personified (and yes, I’d create his millions too, because someone that sexy needs all his money too).

If you have any questions, comments or recommendations you can contact me at simplicity.kindreth@gmail.com
My reviews can be found here:
Confessions of a Bibliophile
Idle Musings and Random Things
Cae’s Smashwords Reviews

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