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Fifty Shades Darker - E L James
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Fifty Shades Darker - E L James
Advantages: Gripping read
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.