Book #:3rd and final in trilogy
When Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged entrepreneur Christian Grey, it was sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them had anticipated. Ana must learn to share Grey’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity or independence; and Grey must overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that still haunt him. Now, finally together, they have love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But just when it seems that they really do have it all, misfortune and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true.
Well, I’d read the first two, I had to finish the series. of course. It was, in keeping with the trilogy, damn addictive, emotional, and very entertaining. It’s still basically like reading porn, and I’m rather sick of the “ooh look a shiny surface, let’s fuck on it”, which is my interpretation of how the author wrote the book -seriously, there is far too much sex scenes. Do they honestly need to screw every single day? Multiple times? And in seriously kinky ways? no, no they do not. It’s where the credibility of the story goes south. Up until then, yes, the story could be almost plausible.
Anyhoo. This book starts off slow. It’s Ana and Christian’s honeymoon, and she’s reminiscing about the wedding and the leadup- so we don’t actually get to experience the wedding, which I was actually looking forward to. But eventually it launches into the story, and it gets really good. I found that I prefer the moments when they aren’t having sex, because that’s when the storytelling takes off, and you can see the talent that the author actually has. I thought the kidnapping was kinda wrapped up into a nice neat bow at the end, but it was entertaining and I found myself in tears when Christian thought Ana was going to leave him. And to his reaction to Ana’s big news, that had me in serious tears.
I have to say though, the ending was predictable. I recall loudly exclaiming to Stacey one lunch break, while discussing the books (I was about 1/3 through the first book back then) that the series will end with them married and with kids. Shame we didn’t bet on it, otherwise I’d be collecting now. Still, it was entertaining and addictive, and the characters did get better developed as the story went on.
50 shades freed rating: 8/10. If there wasn’t so much goddamn sex, then it would have been 10/10. She went far overboard with all that, and it just got tedious after a while. Turn the page, oh look, another sex scene cause Christian’s got that look in his eyes, bore bore bore.
50 shades series rating: 8/10 The series overall was decent, entertaining, and addictive, but it’s something that I wouldn’t read again. It’s not well-written or eloquent, or thought-provoking or life changing. It’s just entertaining, a little bit naughty, and something you can discuss with your female friends and have a giggle over. If there was less sex, then it would be much better- the author has over-saturated the story with unnecessary sex scenes, which takes away from the shock value, and the fun of the scenes themselves.
Would I re-read it?I was discussing this very question with Stacey (She’s who I borrowed the books from) and we both came to the conclusion that this is a series that you read once, and that’s enough. Like, I’m glad I read it, it was really really good, but it’s not something I can see myself wanting to read again. I don’t know what it is, but it seems that this series overall is a series you read once, obsess over, and then it’s done.
Who would I recommend it to?Women, over 18, who like to read smutty books. It is very detailed, very smutty, and very explicit, so if you aren’t into that sort of thing, or happen to be reading aloud to your elderly grandmother, perhaps choose another book. Otherwise, give it a whirl and see what all the fuss is about.
In other news, there is a movie on the way, of the first book. Which I may have mentioned before. I am actually really excited to see how they do the movie, if they cut out 90% of the sex scenes (I really hope they do, cause otherwise it will basically be a porno). No word yet on when it’s likely to be released, as the rumours are still flying as to who is playing Christian and Ana (Though I think the role of Christian is the guy from White Collar, Matt Bomer, which is excellent as he is hot and actually looks kinda like how I’d imagined Christian.) So that is something to look forward to, if you have read the series and are now thinking, what next?