Book Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

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

Summary: Not your typical romance. Now, together, they have more – love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.

Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past. (Taken from goodreads.com, save for first line).

Review: This book, I knew would be difficult going into, it is usually hard for me to read the last book of a really, really good series and this one was no exception. Why? Because I know that the story is over and there won’t be any future additions to the series and that saddens me. However, this book right here, does not go quietly into the sunset, this book does not go down without a fight.

I seriously spent so many hours on the edge of my seat reading this book, because happiness has found Christian and Ana, but as we learned at the end of the second book, it would only last so long when a vendetta is called, hatred directed toward Christian puts everyone in danger and it takes some time to figure out why and that it is all tied to Christian’s sordid past. I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh, but most of all I wanted to keep reading during every available time I could.

I distinctly remember that the day I finished it, as per usual, I’d gotten to a very suspenseful part and that meant it was time to start my shift, so away went my Kindle, and then I swear I was like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning, my break couldn’t get there fast enough for me to find out what was going to happen next. Seriously it drove me crazy, one of my co-workers was like, now I want to know what is happening now when I was talking to her about the book.

Very good read, and must be read AFTER you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and then Fifty Shades Darker.

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

Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

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

Summary: Not your typical romance. Anastasia has left Christian, attempting to create a career for herself at a Seattle publishing house, however, her thoughts are perpetually on Christian and her libido constantly yearning for him. Christian proposes a new arrangement, one vastly different than he is used to and one that Ana cannot refuse. However, they each have their own demons to deal with – Christian and his Fifty Shades, and Ana and the women who have come before her.

Review: Seriously and utterly sucked into this series. I issue my plea again, please Santa leave a Christian Grey under my tree in those sexy playroom jeans, barefoot, and the top button of the fly undone as is proper. That is all I want!

The romance has continued, picked up after Ana has left Christian which is the most torturous time for both of them. E.L James has only improved since the first book of this series. You live each tortured moment that encompasses Ana’s emotions and even Christian’s past. You cannot help but fall in love with these characters and the families of them. Ana is much stronger, much more determined for this relationship to work, and sets some rules of her own that Christian is trying very hard to adapt to.

Between all the struggles and heart breaking events that fill these pages you cannot help but be swept away with all the love and compassion that is in these books. However, they CANNOT be read out of order or you lose key information, you lose important details.

Read Fifty Shades of Grey first, and then this one and then move on to Fifty Shades Freed, to ensure that you do not miss a moment of this heart-stoppingly wonderful story.

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

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

Book Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Okay, so I’ve read Wings, the first in this series, and fell in love with it. So, now that the second book has come out, I was all for it, continuing to learn about the fae realm that has been set up with Laurel, David and Tamani (why by the way is becoming one of my favorite love triangles ever). I love the fact that we get a bigger and better glimpse of the world of Avalon, and the way that the different faeries live their daily lives. The caste system set up by the different seasons of faeries is unique, and definitely something akin to the medieval structure of things almost.

Each faerie has a job to do and a task to accomplish, and there are formal customs for things and more often than not Laurel gets picked on to a point at Avalon Academy because she, a Fall Faerie, and Tamani, a Spring Faerie are friends and do things together. Laurel is supposed to take the lead in all things because she is the higher ranking faerie, but she doesn’t exactly know what to do, not does she actually care about the differences because Tamani is a friend.

I think, one of my favorites is the struggles between Laurel and her mother, because it is something real. There is a time when everyone goes through that phase where their parents don’t agree, don’t condone their behavior, or things of that nature. It is especially common in LGBT families, where individuals who come out of the closet are looked at and treated differently by members of their own family, but this review is not turning into an LGBT rant, I am just using it as an example, don’t get your knickers in a twist please and thank you. I love the fact that her mother finally, finally accepted and came around and stopped treating Laurel like she was something foreign, alien, and began showing her affection once more without the stiff indifference that had been there before.

All in all, I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series, and see what bigger thing is going on in the world and really, WHAT exactly is going on between Tamani and Shar…that ending made me go WTF and stare at that last page for a good ten minutes trying to figure it out.

All in all, well worth the five star rating, and definitely a series I would recommend.