Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James
Publisher: The Writer's House Coffee Shop
Synopsis: When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. --Source
First, I want to preface this review by saying Fifty Shades of Grey started out as a Twilight fanfiction on the internet. I never read this when it was Twilight fanfiction. I'd heard of it but never got around to reading before it was pulled. That said, I'm pleased I never let others complaints about the author pulling the fanfic offline deter me from reading the published version.
Originally I was in the mood to read something different and downloaded the sample on my kindle. After reading through that, I purchased the book right away. I was hooked. Fifty is filled with intense characters that are full of passion. They are also riddled with flaws and imperfections. This makes the book entirely better, in my opinion. Anastasia and Christian are true people. I fell in love with them very easily.
As I read I went through a slew of emotions. Laughter, tears, frustration, heart break, love. I like nothing better than a book that makes me FEEL things from start to finish. I found myself actually talking to the characters as I read. Like they would hear me and I could change the outcome or make a difference in their story.
Fifty Shades of Grey is much more than a book about a man that feels the need to control emotionally and physically. It is about people that learn and evolve. Christian is changed by Anastasia, even in the very beginning. Even when he doesn't want to see how she's effected him. But not only does Ana change Christian's life, he changes hers as well. She finally gets something she never knew she wanted or needed in her life.
This book does contain BDSM but it is not used gratuitously. It is important to the story though so if that squicks you out, consider it before hand. There is nothing too severe, this is just a heads up.
I loved Fifty, honestly. I don't give a five start rating that often, not unless a book really sticks with me or I can't put it down. This is definitely one of those books.
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