Book Club Friday #15

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First, I would like to direct y'all to My Twenties Blog where I am giving away a Tervis Tumbler! 


Be sure and check out all of the other giveaways from this week, too! All sorts of fun prizes to win.

And now...

It's been a while since I linked up with Heather and Katie for Book Club Friday. Almost a month! Now I'm back at it.

Feel free to click the button below to find some great book recs!

This week, I am reviewing the 50 Shades trilogy by E.L. James. I know it's already been reviewed to death, but they're the last books I've read since the last time I linked up.

I had heard the hype of all these books, but had already told myself I wasn't going to buy anymore books until I read the ones I already have on my kindle and on my bookshelf.

However, Tara was kind enough to send this to me so I didn't have to spend the money on them myself! :)

Book One: Fifty Shades of Grey - book description from GoodReads: 
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.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - 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 adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

My thoughts:
I wasn't intrigued from the get-go. It took about 7-8 chapters until it started getting good. By then, I was definitely intrigued. It was intense, and I was a little shocked by how detailed it was. You don't need an imagination while reading these books. It paints a very vivid picture for you, if you know what I mean. I enjoyed the story and was excited to read the next one!

Book Two: Fifty Shades Darker - book description from GoodReads:
Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

My thoughts:
Same with book one, it was very descriptive and stayed intense enough to keep the reader's attention. I flew thru it as well because I was captivated by Christian's story and his relationship with Ana. I read this one the quickest. It was definitely my favorite book of the trilogy.

Book Three: Fifty Shades Freed - book description from GoodReads:
When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed.

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. 

My thoughts:
This book took me a little while to get through.. the first half of the book wasn't all that great. Then, the last half? I read in record time! It ends perfectly and leaves the reader feeling happy for the Greys, but wanting to read more about their lives now! 

My complaints from the whole trilogy:
No one in real life has as much sex as Christian and Ana. I mean, seriously. If we did, we wouldn't have jobs, we wouldn't have time to eat or sleep or anything for that matter. After beginning the 3rd book, I was getting a little irritated with all the sex because it was all the same.
Also, the writing wasn't great. The story itself was wonderful, but the writing was very repetitive at times.

Overall I give the trilogy 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I would recommend it if you haven't already read it.

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Nichole said...

I could not agree MORE with you. I did like one and two but by three, I was bored with the sex ish. I mean we get it, you're hot for each other blah blah blah. I can't even get through book 3, actually. LOL...I did like it some though. Also, adding you on goodreads!

Neely said...

Why am I the only person who didnt even want to read the 2nd two books

Lauren said...

Book 2 was my favorite too! Book 3 took me longer to get through but I was still sad when I was done with all of them :-)

Leslie said...

The third one took me a while to get into too.. The sex started to get a little much. I agree it was a tad bit repetitive, but I'm really anxious to see how they turn this stuff into a movie. :)

Candi said...

It cracks me up how these books are considered so "scintillating" I mean seriously? These books are desguised as BSDM books but the sex is all regular, run of the mill sex. I just don't get the hype or the excitment. They were ok, I only read the first two, I couldn't bring myself to buy the third one. I'd only read it if someone gives it to me.

Heather said...

I had the same feelings about the third book, it was lackluster and my least favorite out of all three. I did LOVE the series, probably more than I should have! Haha!

Nicole said...

Agreed! After I heard all of the hype about the sex scenes, I was a little shocked it took as long as it did into the first book. I wanted the good stuff! LOL.

The second book was the best, and for me, the second half of the third book.

I really did enjoy reading about Christian and Ana's evolving relationship, and it was nice to see him change throughout. I think by the end, their relationship was in a great place, so their sex was more "vanilla," which unfortunately is not as exciting to the reader :)

Either way, can't WAIT to see the movie! Who do picture playing Christian? Did you see who I picked on my review a couple weeks ago??

tara said...

totally agree with all your comments!

Katie said...

Haha-- this is pretty much what I've heard about them. I don't know if I can get past the horrible writing to really enjoy the story...

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

".. If we did, we wouldn't have jobs..." <-- made me laugh.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Book two was my favorite as well. I loved how book 3 ended.


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