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~ * Fifty Shades...The Next Step * ~
Fifty Shades Darker - E L James
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Fifty Shades Darker - E L James
Advantages: Exciting Storyline!!
Disadvantages: Some characters!
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
Summary: An addictive read!