Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Book Review: Grey by E.L. James

Time for the review of the first book off August's reading list. You can check it out here if you missed it.

My review of Grey by E.L. James
Book review: Grey by E.L. James
Blurb from the back cover

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections and dreams, E.L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things: his world is neat, disciplined and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tumble of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the pent house lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
My thoughts on the book
When I start a book, I like to go in open minded. That didn't happen here. Having read the original 50 Shades trilogy, it was never going to happen. I went into expecting very little to be honest. It was one of those books where you've read the others, so you have to read this one.
I was pleasantly surprised. First up, the character of Ana is so much less annoying when you're not inside her head. I didn't want to give her a good shake half as much in this book! The narrative was much more enjoyable in this book. Christian comes across as much more real than Ana did. And thankfully, he doesn't have an "Inner Goddess" which drove me mad in the original.

Conclusion and rating
I actually enjoyed it! It's still ridiculously far fetched, and its still not about domestic violence in any way (don't get me started on that!), but it's much more readable from Christian's view point. If you've read the original and it's put you off trying this one, give it a go, you might just be surprised. If you haven't read the original one, don't bother, just skip to this one! 4/5
Have you read it? Did you like it more or less than the original?
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  1. I have read all four and I was less disappointed than this than I expected! I thought it gave some interesting insights into Why Christian does stuff- I still found it compelling although all the e-mails etc being the same annoyed me a bit.

    I didn't mind Anna in the first book but I too was relieved that Christian did not have an inner Adonis waiting to come out! I thought it was pretty good overall. Maybe 3/5.

    Nice review 👍

    1. Yeah, the emails get a bit monotonous! If Christian had an inner Adonis, I would have given up I think! Thank you :)

  2. I haven't read this yet, and I am excited to. I loved the first three books and am excited for this one. I still don't get how people see these books as domestic violence so I am with you don't get me started on the negativity. Thanks for the review. #momsterlink

    1. It's definitely better than the first three, so if you loved them, then you should definitely read this one! Let me know what you think of it :)

  3. I have contimplated back and forth about buying this book. I read the first books and thought they were good (have no clue where the whole domestic violence crap comes from) I HATED the movie. It was so cheesy and far fetched from the books as always. So as for this book I am not sure I will be bring myself to read it. Thanks for sharing this with #momsterslink and being a great support every week.

  4. I didn't mind the movie, although I agree it was pretty cheesy! I too debated back and forth on buying this, knowing I would give in! If you enjoyed the originals, you will love this :) Thanks for hosting :)