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I have recently been reading the book Fifty Shades Darker by E L James, this is the second book in the Fifty Shades series. I had already read the first Fifty Shades book and really enjoyed it so decided to read the rest of the books in the hope that these would be as good.
The Fifty Shades Darker book is a thick paperback book, the front cover is a matt black colour with the title Fifty Shade Darker written in the top right hand corner in silver writing, right a the bottom is the authors name, again in silver. The majority of the front cover is taken up with a picture of a silvery white mask decorated with glitter. The back cover of the book again is matt black and is taken up with a small paragraph outlining the story, this is all written in white so that it stands out against the dark background. The design of the book is plain and simple, yet it is effective and stands out.
In this book there are a lot of different characters, however the story does focus on a few main characters, these include
* Christian Grey - He is one of the character that this story is about, following his up and down relationship with his girlfriend.
* Ana Steele - Christian Greys girlfriend, again one of the main focuses of this story.
* Jack - Ana's boss who becomes a big problem for Christian and Ana when he makes a play for her.
* Leila - An ex girlfriend of Christian, who also is set to cause problems for Christian and Ana
.* Mrs Robinson - She is also present in the second Fifty Shades book, another ex girlfriend of Christians is still interfering in Christian and Ana's relationship
* Kate - Ana's best friend, although she appears less in this book she is still looking out for her friend and does not really trust Christian
* Taylor and Sawyer - Christians chauffer and security, they both play an important roll in the safety of Ana and Christian as they go about their everyday business.
As with the first book in this series Fifty Shade of Grey the book Fifty Shades Darker follows the up and down relationship of multimillionaire Christian Grey and Ana Steele.
In part of this book their relationship does break up, however it is not long before they are back together again and pick up their relationship where they left off. As with the first Fifty Shades book in this book there are a lot of references to bondage which go into quite graphic detail. Whilst the Fifty Shades books are famous for their bondage scenes there is an underlying love story to follow.
Once Christian and Ana are back together their relationship is anything but plain sailing, they have always had a fiery relationship and whilst all they want to do is be together and enjoy life there always seems to be someone there to ruin it.
In this story Mrs Robinson is still on the scene, an ex girlfriend in the form of an older married woman, she continues to interfere with their relationship and seems determined to wind Ana up and make her jealous. In Fifty Shades Darker Mrs Robinson is not the only ex girlfriend of Christians that turns up. The other person in this story who is causing problems for the couple if Ana's boss Jack who makes advances towards her despite knowing she is in a relationship with Christian, he tries to assault her at work but she is saved by Christian and his security guards.
Despite getting attacked by Christian and his security Jack is determined to get revenge but the question is how.
Throughout the book Christian and Ana encounter probles, Christian is still troubled by his past and Ana is determined to help him through this and support him. This story follows Christian and Ana through the ups and downs of their relationship leaving you wanting to find out more and whether their relationship will progress to the next level.
Price and Availability
I purchased my copy of Fifty Shades Darker from Tesco and it was sold for just over £3.00, however the book was on offer when I purchased it. This book is also available from other supermarkets and book shops as well as online, the price does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from, personally I felt I got a bargain when I purchased mine.
I really enjoyed the first Fifty Shades book so I was pleased when I enjoyed the second one as much, whilst this book is well know for its bondage scenes I particularly enjoyed the underlying love story that this book is really about. The book is very reasonably priced, obviously this depends on where you purchase it from. Fifty Shades Darker is not for everyone, if you are easily offended then this probably isn't the book for you, you do need to have an open mind when you read it. I would definitely read this book again and would certainly recommend it.
So I feel that this was the best of the three Fifty Shades books. I'm not entirely sure it is that much better, but in terms of events and goings on this one definitely had a lot to boast about. Similar to the first one, the sex scenes were too much, I got bored of them very quickly, the book would be about ten pages long if E.L. James had cut it all out. The storyline is absolutely bonkers and just adds to the craziness of the series. With an ex sub on the loose Christian and Ana face some pretty tough times ahead, and the crazy ex sub causes some disturbances in this already less than idylic relationship. However there were moments where I was unable to stop reading, and was simply desperate to find out what happened next, which to me is a sign of a decent enough book!
The book of the Fifty Shades Trilogy had been floating around at the top of the Amazon charts for a while when I succumbed to the hype and downloaded the first two books onto my Kindle. I wasn't really aware of what the books contained at the time and I really didn't enjoy the first book in the series, Fifty Shades of Grey, as I thought the writing style was extremely juvenile and repetitive and the subject matter was not really my cup of tea either. However since I had the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, already loaded into my Kindle I decided to give it a shot. Obviously, being the second book in the Trilogy, this review may contain spoilers.
Anastasia Steele was a naïve student when she met the charismatic multi-millionaire Christian Grey. The first book follows their unconventional love affair and Ana discovering that she may not be able to satisfy Christian in all the ways he needs.
The second book finds us with the couple estranged. Ana has started a new job and is finding that even throwing herself completely in to her work does not prevent the spectre of Christian haunting her every moment. Unbelievable to her is the fact that Christian seems to be missing her just as much. Inevitably the unlikely couple make tentative advances to rebuilding their relationship and Ana helps Christian to extinguish some of the horrors of his past.
The storyline in this book was almost as predictable as the previous instalment but I did think that this time the author did try and make things a little less linear so it did make for a more interesting read. Although it was obvious that Ana's boss was going to have a bit of a "thing" for her the way it was explored was not exactly how I predicted which added to the readability.
What made this book much better for me was that there were other threads going on as well as the central one of Christian being obsessive about Ana and Ana floating about thinking she wasn't worthy of this good-looking man. Things happened which added a slightly more menacing feel and I felt that I was reading a proper book rather than a badly written tale that jumped from one sex scene to another which was how I felt when I was reading the first one.
Characters that had been briefly touched upon in the first story were used a little more in this version although I still didn't feel that they were particularly well-rounded. One of the people I desperately wanted to know more about was Taylor, one of Christian's most loyal employees. We were given tantalising snippets about his life which I was hoping may lead to a little more information about him later on. It was things like this that made me think the author had taken a little more time to write a more entwined storyline than in the first book. Ana's few friends and her relationships with them still seemed quite two-dimensional and considering how mixed up she was emotionally I am sure she would have wanted to have had a chat with her best friend even if she couldn't give her any details and in these days of technology it wouldn't have been hard to contact her.
Unfortunately the book still fell down on several counts in my opinion. There was still the endless repetitions of "Oh My" and lip-biting and the omnipresent Inner Goddess, the mention of which made me want to scream. Christian was always going on about food and making Ana eat. It didn't take a genius to work out that he had once been hungry but I don't think the excessive use of the same themes helped the story along. I did however like finding out more about Christian's background and about what he actually recalled from his childhood. The Prologue sets the scene and he fills in the details later whilst talking to Ana. Unfortunately I can't believe that someone who has such obvious emotional scars can suddenly find he can remove his touching Hard Limits quite so quickly.
Once again the book has several sex scenes. This time Ana seems to have more control and although Christian still leads the way most of the time it is obvious that he is trying to involve himself with a more loving and respectful sex life with Ana than he has ever managed with anyone else. Ana has, however, found there are some aspects for Christian's predilections which she really enjoys and entices him to show her more. I was far more comfortable reading these scenes in this book than I had been in the previous novel as it felt as if the whole thing was more about mutual consent and less about abuse which is what I disliked about the first instalment.
Ana does seem to grow a bit of backbone in this book and is not quite as pathetic and irritating as she is in Shades of grey but she is also insanely jealous which becomes apparent in several episodes of the story but most noticeably when she has any dealings with the lady she refers to as "Mrs Robinson".
Although the writing style still left a lot to be desired I did feel that this was a much more grown-up attempt at a book. The author managed to explore more of the background of the characters and also put them in to a world where they were actually interacting with other people and things were happening around them. This seemed quite an improvement to me so I was surprised when I read other reviews which rate this book far lower than Shades of Grey. Although this would never make my list of top 100 reads I did find it a quick and easy read that provided light entertainment. In fact I became so much more interested in Ana and Christian when I read this that in the end I couldn't resists downloading the third instalment as well.
I enjoyed the first book so much I just had to keep going with the second one. The first book as I have told you in my previous review was all about their meeting and initial love affair and tentative leanings into the seamier side of Greys fetish. The second book delves more into Christian and what makes him tick and why he feels the need for such dark methods of sexual control and the use of sub-missives.
Ana has decisions to make and needs to work out if Christian is what she wants or if he is too complicated a creature for her to continue loving him. Does she stay Does she go? What is the hold that others in the book have over him. Find out give these books ago and see for yourselves. I for one could not put these books down and will definitely re read them again and again I loved the storyline found some of the sexual content a bit repetitive but having said that it was in keeping with the storyline. So make of it what you will go into reading these with an open mind and you will not be disappointed I loved them.
Ana works in an Editing house and Grey buys the company see what happen when the sleazy Jack starts his vendetta against Christian Grey and Ana. Why did he do what he does and Why did Christian feel the need to buy this company and keep tabs on Jack and Ana. Does Ana know he bought the company and what would she do ? All answered in this second book. I found it compelling reading and found it hard to put down. There are twists and turns all through the book with other characters given more depth as the book goes on and some of these show why Christian goes down certain paths to get what he wants.
I have to be careful in what I write not to give too much away as anything further I feel will detract from your reading enjoyment. It is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone with a stomach for a bit of spice.
Considering the low prices Amazon was selling these nooks I bought all 3 together and after i read the first was very glad I did.
This book tells more about Christian and why he is the way he is and makes Ana question her decisions more and decide how best to deal with their relationship.
I found it a little difficult to accept that someone would put up with a person being as controlling as Christian is and found myself wanting to shout at Ana to grow a pair and stand up to him. However, as you read you will find that Ana does this in her own way and seems to find a very subtle way or getting her point across whilst allowing Christian to still be himself.
I found this book every bit as readable as the first and found it every bit as difficult to put it down. The same easy writing style continues - as does a lot of the repetitiveness - and for a few days my Kindle went everywhere with me in case I found a few minutes where i could read a few more pages.
Christian does have a very dark side but more of his softness towards Ana is shining through giving hope that he could possibly live a more "normal" life with her.
Having read the first book and ended it shouting 'NO!!!!! ANA!!!!' I couldnt not get the second book. I had to find out what would happen and I am so glad I did.
The second book definatly had that added punch needed to keep me interested enough to go on and buy the last book.
Seeing Cristian laid bare like he is in this book, was heart breaking and reading how much he loves and wants Ana, makes you want to shake her so she realises what she has. Its a book I fell in love with over and over.
I have read it more than once and everytime I find myself holding my breath, not able to put it down, even though I know what happens.
Again the irritating Icarus rears his ugly head as do the constant samey sex scenes. Dont get me wrong, I love a good whipping as much as the next girl but I am a 38 year old woman who has never called her parts 'my sex' ever!!
The odd part aside, I fell in love with Cristian Grey and its not many books that can make you feel that way about a writtem character.
Now this one, i really enjoyed. You've had the first one so you know the characters and you understand the jist, the end of the first one makes you want to find out more. so that was great..
So reading the second one was thoroughly enjoyable as it then began the story and the story did end up having a very good twist to it, i found my self saying out loud "Oh no"! which i havent done before.
it does start to repeat again and i did find it a little repetative like i did the first one but could tollorate that due to the good story line.
Again easy to read and light in terms of wording, easy to follow, you didnt get too lost in this one, same as the first, was easy to follow and you certainly wanted to know what happened next which is the trick to writing a trilogy so well done to the author for that
I had heard about this whole Fifty Shades of Grey thing, and whilst I was interested about what the whole craze was, I was determined not to buy into the whole thing. UNTIL...my friend read it and told me how good it was and offered to lend me her copy of the book!!
Fifty Shades Darker is a novel by E L James. It is the second book in the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trilogy. The book was released in the United Kingdom in April 2012
and so it is very recent. The paperback is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.19 which I think is good value for money.
~ * Plot (as described on Amazon) * ~
Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US
publishing house.But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is
learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible.But while Grey wrestles with his inner
demons, Ana must make the most important decision of her life. And it's a decision she can only make on her own ...
~ * So What Did I Think? * ~
I read this book after reading the first one (Fifty Shades of Grey). Whilst I thought that the first book was ok, it didn't get going 'properly' until the last couple of
chapters, and so at the end of the last book, I was left hungry for more, and so that is the reason why I bought this second book.
The plot is definetely more exciting. There is a lot more drama in this book; quite scary in places (I was actually feeling quite scared in the 'scary' parts
I think this is because the reader has such a great way with words and her descriptive writing is brilliant, so much that I felt as though I was actually there
in the scary scenes. I suppose when you think about them, the scary scenes are not that scary for the reader really, although I am a bit of a scaredy pants! This book
is definetely a lot more emotional than the last book. I did think that the last book was a little bit dull in terms of the story line. This one however, is very exciting with
lots going on. I also 'felt' sorry for the characters in this book especially when certain things happened - whereas in the first book, I didn't really care about the
characters as I found them to be very annoying, especially Anastacia.
As for the characters, I did find them really annoying in the first book. For example, the main man himself, Christian Grey annoyed me with all his different 'moods' and
his over the top bossyness. And then there was Ana who annoyed me with her childish behaviour. Nonetheless it was not enough to put me off the book.
However, in this book, I found that the characters became a bit more likable. I felt like I had got to know them much better and I liked the fact that they were
developed. As much as the author tries to emphasise how brilliant and complicated the characters are, I actually found them both to be quite dull; they didn't seem real either. Plus the other stuff Christian did
- he seemed to be made out to be this great super-hero and not a human being - which made it a bit hard to believe. Even his own family seemed a bit like
'Oh my god, Christian's here'. One thing which annoys me about Anastacia is the whole 'oh my god Ana, you look amazing' and how even though she doesn't think she's amazing - all the
characters treat her like she's this gorgeous, amazing young girl who just doesn't believe how amazing she actually is! It gets quite annoying after a while!
I thought it was great that we got to know other characters in this book. For example there was 'Leila' - I loved her part in the story, as I felt that she really added
something to the story. I actually felt really 'scared' whenever she appeared in the book. Another character who I really hated was 'Mrs Robinson'. I just wanted her
to 'buzz off' and was 100% on team Anastacia whenever she appeared. To be honest, the character Kate who is the main character, Anastacia's rich best friend (who
she used to live) doesn't really need to appear in this book. Whilst she obviously played a big part in Anastacia's life and the first book, as she was away on holiday for
half of this book, I didn't feel that she was really 'required' in this book, and even though Anastacia obviously missed her friend - she could have just phoned. I just felt
that the character Kate brought nothing to the story, and so it felt a bit of a waste of time reading her scenes.
The author E L James has a great way with words. I found her descriptive writing to be really good; she describes everything so specifically which makes the
reader feel as though they are really there. Although I did find that she had a tendency to repeat certain lines. It did make me think 'she has this amazing way
with words - describing everything so cleverly and yet she kept repeating the same lines. It just made me think, surely she could say that but in a different way!
Also, even though I have said that E L James has a great with with descriptive writing, I do feel that at times, she does go on and on a little bit - so much that I feel
that I am just reading the words and not actually 'taking in' what is going on in the story. Which means that at times I get a little bit lost and so have to re-read
certain paragraphs again so that I can 'get' what is going on. So in a way, E L James' great way with words can sometimes be too good, if that makes sense.
The book is quite dark and 'naughty' and so I would say that if you are easily offended then I would not recommend this book to you! When I think about it, the
book isn't that great (yes it's addictive, but it's not a fantastic read) - yet there has been this massive fuss about it. I have read better books! I do have to say though,
that whilst there are some naughty bits in this book, they don't seem as naughty (well some are) as the first book. I wouldn't say it is more romantic, but compared to
the first book, this one is a lot more romantic.
The book is quite long at over 500 pages. I consider myself to be a fast reader and yet this book took me over a week to finish. Some parts of the book are
written in 'email' format; and show the emails between Christian and Ana. I liked this because it meant that the story was moved on quickly - you had it all there
of what was happening and how each character was feeling in the emails. So it was nice to be able to read the emails which 'speed up the story'. I did find that
whilst the plot itself was quite simple it took a whole book to 'spit it out' and yet you could probably fit what the whole plot is about onto one page!
As with the first book, I did feel that this book too, also repeats itself! The same old things seemed to crop up. You can guarantee how Christian and Anastacia will
make up after an argument (a believe me, there are many arguments). Anastacia just seems a bit naive at times, like she always forgives Christian. Another
thing that repeat itself is the constant mentioning of Anastacia's 'goddess' - do we really have to know what she is doing all the time? It's just plain annoying!
All in all, I would recommend this book! It is a definite must that you read Fifty Shades of Grey first as otherwise you won't understand it as well.
I can't wait to read the next (and last book in this triolgy).
Thanks for reading!
xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I did a review on Fifty Shades of Grey and thought that as i am making my way through the books i would post as i go. Firstly if you havent yet read the first book i suggest you hit the back button and prepare to be hooked :) So the book starts off where the last one ended and our very own Mr grey and Ana have seperated and are attempting to live there own lives. I was slightly disapointed that Ana gave in so easily and was hoping to read how Christian made it up to her, but its nice to read how they grew together as a couple. In this book you do get to find out more about Mr Grey and Miss Steele especially Christian's past.
The sex scenes are loads better and more creative in this book but i do still find them very repetitive. There was a side story to the plot about a stalker ex-sub of Grey's but what I focused in on was Ana and Grey, it is always about them. The extras to the plot were really cool because it kept the story moving along but at the end of the day I just love the scenes with Ana and Grey. I really loved that Grey was able to start to change for Ana and that everything was slowly working out
There is a few parts of the story that are slowly annoying me and that's the parts where she keeps repeating about "biting her lip" and "Rolling eyes".
Firstly I'd suggest you read my review on the first one, 50 Shades of Grey, because you will soon discover how many mixed options I had, especially about the story line and the writing.
However in the second book, I felt my heart racing a little more, the plot begins to develop. Everything gets a little more interesting and there are times in this one that I couldn't put it down, it was so exciting and at times I actually felt frightened!
The writing style seems to get a little better, and even the sex scenes get a bit better! This one is definitely the best of the three! It's kind of the in between book but you learn a lot about the characters and their feelings and the changes that happen because of certain events that happen.
I just think this is a much stronger plot line which is more interesting and appealing and if it didn't make sense not to read the others, I would recommend just reading this one! But of course, you probably wouldn't really understand it! But this is the best one out of the three!
Well done to all of us - the reviewers and readers who didn't pull apart the first book right to the root of the binding! There may be some MINOR SPOILERS of the first book in this review, as the Fifty Shades series is a trilogy it is hard to tell you even a basic plot of this one without spoiling a little of the first.
Ana is the female main character and has just finished and graduated from college. She is an English student and has just got a job at a publishing company. She's fairly dainty, slender and has long brown hair. Until the beginning of the first book, she was a virgin.
Christian is a copper-headed self-made billionaire with a helicopter, private company jet, property all over the place and a look of indifference or 'darkness' permanently on his face. He has weird sexual preferences but he is soft at heart.
Fifty Shades Darker is the second book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy and it begins with a prologue. The prologue that explains everything we've wanted to know from the beginning of the first book - why Christian is the way he is. E L James has done a great job in the way that she drip feeds us enough information to keep us ticking over. I learnt this technique whilst studying creative writing and I was unaware of how often it is used in almost every genre - but more heavily used in mysteries. Ever read a book that holds off all information and dumps a conclusion on you (if you haven't been bored enough to shut the book and give up through lack of information)? No? That's because they don't get published. (Only self-published.)
Aforementioned prologue is a page long and is a flashback - a recurring nightmare flashback Christian has in his sleep. It explains a lot of his childhood.
The main story begins with Anastasia feeling sorry for herself and getting on with working life because she walked out on Christian at the end of the last book. She wasn't sure she was what he wanted and she wanted more than a formal dominant/submissive contract and everything to became too much. I must stress that Anastasia is not comfortable with the rich lifestyle. Some people claim that is part of her attraction to him and it most certainly isn't, and it is also stressed throughout the story. She's uncomfortable that she cannot shower gifts on Christian, she wants to pay for meals and he won't let her (rich male pride) and she doesn't want his connections to help her get a job. She has always worked and that's the way she likes it.
The story starts with her at work in the publishing company from which she got an offer. Ana is now the assistant to the editor, Jack Hyde. She's cried a lot over the monumental three days she's been without Christian and the fact Jack is coming on to her most certainly does not help. Christian sends her some flowers congratulating her on her first day which doesn't help the break-up, and her best friend Kate is in Barbados, so Ana is on her own. She's not eaten in three days and she manages some yoghurt when she receives an email at work from Christian. He's offering to take her to her friend's art show. Ana had forgotten about it and hasn't had time to buy a car (Christian sold her 'unsafe' Beetle and bought her a sports car that she left with him when she broke up with him). She accepts his offer and it all spirals from there...
Christian bugs her, demands to know why she's so thin and turns into himself again and pretends none of the last three days ever happened. Ana plays along for a bit because she's in love with him and misses him a lot. Patches of the book have emails exchanged between Christian and Ana and they are enjoyable to read. Ana comes out of her shell because Christian is at arm's length when corresponding through email. Eventually they reconcile but their relationship is not without its trouble. The woman who introduced a rebel teenage Christian to the submissive lifestyle is introduced. She keeps appearing throughout the story. The reader can tell Christian is not interested and this woman appears not to be, but this air of suspicious concern for Christian wafts around her and she claims to be the only one who knows what he needs. Ana tries to be civil, but Ana cannot shake the feeling she gets with her. It's not long before Ana is provoked and gives her what for. We've all had to suffer a person interfering like this (and possibly become one) and I couldn't help but feel triumphant when Ana stood up to her. There is a HUGE air of mystery in this book.
One day, in the beginning of the book, when Ana has finished work, a bedraggled young woman who looks surprisingly like Ana approaches Ana in the street. This encounter is brief and innocent and Ana thinks nothing of it, until Christian gets news about an ex submissive having a breakdown and Ana's car shows up with a lovely new paint job. Ana's mind even starts playing tricks on her when she surfaces from sleep - alone in bed -and senses a presence in the room - she even swears she saw a shadow, or did she? We all see things when we wake up abruptly. Christian has security follow her around, everywhere. She's not allowed to go anywhere alone, not even to the toilet. Christian also gets very protective of Ana because Jack is toeing the line. Ana believes Jack is a little inappropriate but thinks Christian is overreacting - that is, until Christian tells Ana to ask him what happened to his other assistants...
Ana is blissfully in love until the bedraggled woman shows up again in person, and this time Ana sees how this woman and Christian interacts. Ana becomes convinced having a submissive is what he needs to function mentally and that she cannot fulfill the role. This revelation results in a huge debate (not quite an argument) where Christian gets very stressed, turns into the opposite of himself and asks Ana a very surprising question. She doesn't know the answer to it and it takes Christian's near-death experience for Ana to realise that she cannot live without him and she would try anything to keep him. So they come to a negotiation.
As ever, there are sex scenes thrown all over the plot like hundreds and thousands and I found myself skipping them. It is pretty much the same sex scene on repeat. As I mentioned in my previous review, the female area is referred to as 'my sex' throughout the book and it really stops me taking the sex scenes seriously - the ones I forced myself into reading. A lot is pulled over from the first book: we are told on every page what Christian's demeanor does to Ana's 'insides', we are told how sexy he is on every page, she is not allowed to bite her lip because it turns him on yet she does it accidentally whenever she thinks and rolling her eyes makes Christian want to whip her, etc. You'll see:
'...his face darkened'
'...his mouth pressed into a hard line'
a lot in this book. The same as the first, but it is fantastic reading.
The book had a fantastic plot with characters you will fall in love with. They all go through experiences to which we can all relate and it is lovely to see a red-head (Christian) as the sexy main character instead of what is classed as typical handsomeness. Red-heads are gorgeous and there should be more red-headed main characters in books!
The trilogy in order:
Fifty Shades of Grey £3.78 book, £3.02 Kindle (if you buy it directly ON your Kindle I believe it is cheaper)
Fifty Shades Darker £3.86 book, £3.09 Kindle
Fifty Shades Freed £3.99 book, £3.19 Kindle.
The prices are correct on Amazon at time of writing. These books are also available in supermarkets at a discount price. You'll be hard pushed to pay full price!
Fifty Shades Darker is the second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy written (poorly) be E L James. The fist book was Fifty Shades of Grey (also reviewed) and the third one which I am currently reading is Fifty Shades Freed.
I didn't want to read the first book but gave in to it in the end and really enjoyed it. The ending was left very open with the main female character (Anastasia Steele) walking out on her lover (Christan Grey). After reading this I couldn't wait to read the second one to see what happened and I had pretty much fallen for Mr. Grey by the end so needed my fix. Well I was as stupid as Ana was throughout the first book to not predict what was going to happen. Of course she goes back to him, if she didn't there wouldn't be a second and third story. I think it takes about 15 pages of this book for her to go back to him. No will power that girl!
Throughout the book the couple argue, have sex, she bites her lip, they have sex, she rolls her eyes, they have sex, they argue more, they have ......yes you get the picture! Amazing she didn't get cyctitis or some other urinary tract infection with all that sex. It is repetitive to the point that it bored me to tears in part. Even the arguments each seem to be the same. Something along the lines of "Don't leave me", "I won't leave you I love you" and vice versa, Ana even has the cheek to call Mr. Grey thick at one stage. Well make your mind up, if he's as emotionally unstable as the book makes out, surely it's not a good idea to call him thick. Also Ana seems to be the thickest person on the planet!
I have to say overall I was disappointed, I found it to be poorly written and predictable. Anastasia get a new job, guess which multi millionaire buys the company she's working for? Mr. Grey gets in a spot of bother whilst out flying his helicopter (as you do), or was it his private jet? So near the end it's a bit of a pathetic excuse for excitement as none of his family can contact him and they all wonder if he's safe or what's happened to him. Of course the invincible Mr. Grey walks through the door, shoes in hand and looking a little bit dirty, but is fine. I think they said all that had happened was a fire in his helicopter, an emergency landing, a few hours walking barefoot home and then a lift off a truck driver!
He hugs his family who all seem very happy to see him safe and well (he seems very surprised by this due to his insecurities he touches on about eighty times), he and Ana have more sex. He proposes, she says she'll think about it. He gets his angry head on and tells her to hurry up and make her mind up. I don't understand what she's thinking about. He's supposedly the most handsome man on the planet and he earns $100 000 per minute.
Another "cliffhanger" of an ending where it switches to a man who is out to get Mr. Grey and is going to ruin him. There it ends.
At the end I wasn't left exactly dying to read the final book in the trilogy but as I already have the book I'm reading it anyway.
I found the first book to be poorly written but I thought they storyline was good enough to ignore this whereas I didn't find the story in Fifty Shades Darker strong enough to stop me becoming irritated at the frequent mistakes. I also can't understand why this English author has attempted to set the book in America and use American words. I had read a few blogs and reviews on the first book and American readers seem to notice she frequently reverts back to using English words for things and it all seems a bit confused.
To be honest I think it seems she could have maybe got a better book out of the three of them put together, but individually they are longer than they need to be.
I have given this book 3/5 because after all I did manage to read it in a couple of days so it can't have been that bad.
The book is available in Tesco for £3.87 and is 544 long pages long.
So, I've just finished reading the second part of THAT book, Fifty Shades Darker, and as promised, I am giving you my honest opinion of it.
After reading the first book, I wasn't expecting too much from this next installment. Fifty Shades of Grey has proven to be a true "Marmite" saga, with people either loving or hating it, the only general consensus being that the sex scenes are quite shocking.
I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised as I began the second book to find it much more romantic as the two lovers come together again (excuse the pun).
At the end of book one Anastasia has fled the home of her sadistic lover and we now find her immersing herself in her new publishing job in an attempt to put the past behind her. It isn't working, Ana is miserable, and her life seems dull without her Mr Grey.
After a few agonising days, Christian makes contact out of the blue and offers to take her to her friend Jose's art exhibition. Now, Ana is a practical girl and as she returned the car Christian bought her when she ended their affair, she accepts gratefully but is understandably nervous about seeing Christian again.
After whisking her away in his private chopper (sorry, just can't help myself!), he allows her to speak briefly to Jose, buys all the artwork Jose has done featuring a younger, more carefree Ana in what appears to be a jealousy-fuelled, willy-waving competition with his rival for her affections, and then reveals that he too has been inconsolable since their split.
During a touching heart-to-heart at his home, he offers her a new deal. He is willing to "go vanilla", to use a term from the book, meaning that he will try to give her the loving, normal relationship she craves.
Naturally Ana is delighted. She has fallen for this stern, domineering man who seems to be transforming under her influence into boyfriend material. But is he really?
Sadly, once the novelty of this dramatic turnaround began to wear off, I found myself getting a bit annoyed at the repetitive way the book is written. The author uses the same few expressions constantly and I began to wonder what on earth Christian sees in this naive, whiny child who is so insecure that she questions everything. I even found myself skipping over some of the bedroom stuff with a yawn. Once the shock factor is gone the sheer volume of amazing-every-time sex is, frankly, boring.
Ana reminds me of a Disney princess, with her incessant cries of "Oh my" and her petulant lip-biting.
I suspect that even Ms James was aware of the change in pace because she suddenly throws a curve ball in the shape of Christian's psychotic ex-submissive Leila, who is stalking the happy couple armed with a gun. But the threat never seems real. It's like when you take young children to the cinema and the film is rated PG but they warn at the start of "mild peril", you know that nothing bad is really going to happen.
Christian enlists a whole team of security experts to work alongside his trusty personal bodyguard and driver Taylor and, after Leila manages to get into their bedroom unseen, he and Ana flee to a hotel, where Ana is virtually imprisoned while they search for the gun-wielding crazy lady.
Now, by this time I'm shaking my head in disbelief. I'm pretty sure that if this were "real life", there would be a Ana-shaped hole in the nearest exit and not even Taylor would be able to contain this irritating girl against her will.
But no, she stays put until she has to return to work and eventually the inevitable happens.
By this time I was willing Leila to shoot someone, anyone, to inject some life back into the story. It had
flat-lined and needed a jolt of electricity to bring it back from the brink.
This is when our friend the author puckers up and gives her ailing book the kiss of life.
During the second half, the story picks up pace and we meet some interesting new characters.
Ana's boss Jack is an intimidating sleazeball, whose lustful advances towards her turn sinister once he learns of her relationship with Grey.
Ethan is Ana's friend Kate's brother, who returns from a holiday to stay at his sisters apartment. It is obvious that he has the hots for Ana, which triggers more willy-waving from Christian.
Ana also begins to learn more of Christian's depraved childhood during candid sessions with his shrink Dr Flynn, and slowly the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together, giving a clearer picture of why her boyfriend cannot bear to be touched.
Although the style of writing continued to annoy me, I did find the latter part of the book moving as Christian struggles to deal with his fear of losing Ana and his need to control her.
By the end of this book I got a sense of how much they had both achieved in a very short space of time, but a final twist makes me want to tackle the last book in the trilogy and find out if they can make it work.
Stay tuned for the next review.
If you read my review on Fifty Shades of Grey, you will already know that I am a fan and really enjoyed reading it. I was gutted when I finished it as the rest of trilogy had not yet arrived and so I was left in suspense for a few days while waiting their arrival!
The story follows on from Fifty Shades of Grey and it would be quite difficult to pick up the second book without reading the first book and not be at least a little bit confused. It continues with the story of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele who met somewhat accidentally and started a 'relationship' based largely around Christian's dominant and submissive ideals. At the end of Fifty Shades of Grey, Ana feels that she can't continue to carry on as she is with Christian and so we are left guessing what will happen in the second book.
It begins with Ana trying to return to her life 'pre - Christian' and she experiences a lot of emotions which are well relayed to the reader and I felt like I could really put myself in her shoes. When they see each other again, the story develops as the author goes into a lot of detail that the first book seemed to be missing at the time I read it about Christians past. Again, this is put across really well and really allows the reader to connect with the characters. In parts of the book, I felt really emotional while I was reading it (which is very unusual for me!) as Christian lets Ana touch him in places he has never allowed anyone else to and he goes into more detail about his childhood.
Also, we are introduced to characters who are only briefly mentioned in the first book but are actually quite important such as 'Mrs Robinson' who is clearly rather jealous of the relationship between Ana and Christian. This again allows us to have a better understanding of Christian past and paints a really good picture of the characters and everything that has gone on.
As in the first book, the sex related scenes continue but perhaps are not as repetitive as in the first bit as it seems to happen in different places and E L James uses slightly different descriptions which for me, just about save them from becoming boring.
Similarly to the first book though, I found some bits although romantic, slightly far fetched and very surprising. I am unsure whether this was done purposefully for effect but for me it felt like they had jumped a few years in their relationship. That might sound confusing if you have not read the book but I don't want to ruin any surprises, you'll have to read it to see what I mean!
I did find though, nevertheless, that it was a very entertaining read and I was gripped to the book, starting and finishing it in only a matter of days. Of the two books I have read so far, I think my favourite has to be Fifty Shades Darker as it is much more detailed and elaborates on the information that we gathered in the first book. I really struggled to put it down as I could empathise with the characters and I loved the way in which I was drip fed information page by page.
All in all, a fantastic read. I would highly recommend the trilogy, but only if you have some spare time on your hands as you might not be able to put it down! This book retails at £7.99 but is available for just £4 on Amazon. 5/5 Dooyoo stars.