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Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Freed - E L James
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Fifty Shades Freed - E L James
Advantages: love story, more about Christian
Disadvantages: Slightly rushed feel in places
Fifty shades freed is the third book in the fifty shades trilogy written by E L James which seems to have taken hold of so many people recently! Everywhere I look people are talking about it though when I started to read it I hadn't heard a thing about it and so I think word of mouth is really working at making this series very popular indeed. The trilogy follows the story of messed up billionaire business man Christian Grey and his relationship with Ana Steele which begins rather unconventionally as he wants her to become his submissive sexual partner but which develops in to a true love story. Obviously given that this is a third book review I must advise that you do not read unless you want to hear a few things about what happens in the book!
Fifty shades freed begins quite quickly with Christian and Ana on honeymoon and so whilst we knew that in fifty shades darker that Christian had proposed to Ana we totally miss out on the actual wedding. I would have liked to have read about the wedding to be honest to see how Christian coped with all the attention being on him and Ana but we just get small snippets written as a memory or day dream of Ana's as she relaxes on her honeymoon and so whilst we are given a picture of the wedding it would have been nice to have had a little more I think.
I loved reading about the honeymoon I have to say as it was quite typically two people who are very much in love and are all about each other. I have to say whilst reading I did draw links to the Twilight book breaking dawn where Edward and Bella are married and then go on an idyllic honeymoon but this being fifty shades it is of course a whole lot more steamy than Twilight! The sex in this book is again, much like in fifty shades darker, predominantly "vanilla" as Christian calls it in that it is straight making love, there is no domination or submission involved but there are a few episodes in which Ana does want to go to the playroom and as ever the sex is described down to every little detail and so if you are likely to be offended don't read, although I am sure you would have already discovered that by now as all of the books are the same! One thing I will say is that the description used by the author is excellent and so you can actually imagine yourself as Ana but it is quite repetitive through all of the three books and so in a way sometimes you can predict what is going to be coming next.
Through fifty shades freed we begin to see signs of Christian allowing himself to believe that he is loved by Ana, that he is worthy of her love and on the same hand we begin to see Ana accept that this beautiful, successful man wants her too and as the reader it is lovely to read this because you are rooting for them all the way through the trilogy. Having conversations with some friends I have found that some people cannot warm to Christian at all and see Ana as a vulnerable person who has been quite harsh to Ana at points but personally I see his character as completely loveable and just as vulnerable, if not more so, as Ana and his only way of coping is to control but through his love for Ana he begins to let go just a little and just love her. We do learn a whole lot more about why Christian is as he is in this book as he really opens up towards the end and we are also given a section which reverts back to Christian as a child and it is quite heart breaking to read, even though it is just fiction, as you can see how it would affect someone so young for the rest of their lives. Ana's character also develops in this story as she has to come to terms with the fact that she now is a wealthy woman when she doesn't really want all of that because she married Christian for love not for money. She becomes a very strong women who is more than capable of standing up to Christian when she thinks he is in the wrong as well which is really refreshing to see as she was somewhat scared of his reaction to things in books one and even a little in book two.
E L James mixes things up in this book and continues with a theme from fifty shades darker in which Jack Hyde, Ana's old boss, is determined to hurt Christian and Ana in any which way that he can. The way in which she used language to describe everything going on around this point and in particular when Ana needed to take on Jack was brilliant I thought and I was really hooked and reading holding my breath as I was genuinely worried for the character. Whilst I am aware that the author has been criticised by some people for repetitive language and generally having a poorly written book I have to disagree because whilst it isn't Shakespeare it had me completely hooked from start to finish and for me that is obviously a sign of a good book because she had me caring about Christian and believing I could be Ana.
In this book Ana and Christian really do have to face what are probably both of their worst fear so early on in their marriage and without giving too much away I think the author does a great job of making the events that occur believable and realistic. At times I did worry for their marriage and in particular worry for Christian but this is a love story ultimately and so I was happy to see a happy ending.
The familiar emails are present in this book as they were in the previous two and again I know that some people have found these to be lazy writing and unnecessary but for me I really enjoyed reading them as they were often light hearted and would show a more relaxed, completely smitten Christian. I have said to a few friends I would quite happily receive loved up emails such as those from someone I loved! It is sweet how through the book Christian and Ana refer to each other as Mr or Mrs Grey a lot as I think it just shows two young people who are blissfully in love and proud to be married. I do think this has some links to Twilight again as Edward was old fashioned and adamant that marriage should occur but I think in fifty shades it seems even more of a big deal for Christian.
More than with any of the other books I did feel as though fifty shades freed was slightly rushed in some places and so as I mentioned I was disappointed we didn't get to hear much about the wedding and this seems to be the case with various things in this book that you just don't get to hear quite enough about them which is a shame. There are 579 pages in the book and yet as I was reading I certainly felt there was scope to have written a fourth book from Ana's point of view but as I finished the book I was also acutely aware that there is scope for E L James to write everything from Christian's point of view, or even books about Christian's life before Ana and I hope this is something that she will consider because I don't feel finished with Mr Grey yet and I am sure many other people feel the same as I do!
You can buy the book from amazon for just short of four pounds which does include free super saver delivery and I would fully recommend the book as long as you have read fifty shades of Grey and fifty shades darker. I am planning on re reading my books even though I have only just finished because I need more Christian Grey in my life and so I think that is a sign of just how much I loved these books! If you are looking for a read which will completely draw you in, make you want to be Ana and fall in love with the messed up but beautiful Christian then go for this series!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: My least favourite of the trilogy but I still loved it!