Friday, April 20, 2012

"Fifty Shades Darker" By: E L James Review

"Fifty Shades Darker" 
By: E L James
Synopsis from Amazon:
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.  But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
My Thoughts:
     Continuing the tale, "Fifty Shades Darker" is the second book in E L James' trilogy of Darker books. I read the first book and was utterly entranced, so I raced over to Barnes and Noble and bought the second one. Reading it in one night, I have just purchased the third book and can't seem to put it down either!
      The second book starts immediately where the first book ended. Ana has left Christian because of his dark side and as the story opens, they are both heartbroken. When she meets up with Christian for an art show, Christian proposes a different agreement than the one made during the first book.
     Honestly, the second book is a lot of the same things as the first book is. They both crave one another. They are jealous of one another, yet can't stand to be away from each other. Ana does gain a job with a publication company that ultimately is bought by Christian. The book ends with Christian proposing to Ana and Ana accepting.
     Ultimately there are pros and cons of this series. It is predictable. The tale is told simply, its not too polished. The author uses many of the same phrases over and over. Yet, it is without a better word addicting. I have got to read it to find out what happens. I melt for Christian, seriously, I'm a little in love with him myself. Some other readers have characterized him as a Mr. Darcy type and I totally agree. 
     I'm reading the third book currently, which some people have mentioned as the weakest of the series. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens but I've gotta say, I've loved the ride.
Book Details
Publisher: Vintage
Date of Publication: April 17, 2012
# of Pages: 395
ISBN: 978-0345803498


  1. I agree with all your thoughts on this book. I couldn't believe I was reading it at first, and then I couldn't bring myself to put any of them down. I feel in love with both Christian and Ana. Have you heard much about the movie? I'm dying to hear other peoples thoughts on potential casting.

  2. Lauren, I heard Alexander Skarsgard might be in the running...wouldn't that be fantastic?? :) LOVE me some Christian!

  3. Oh he is delicious, I wouldn't mind Ian Somerhalder either :)

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful book! I finished it a few days ago and cannot get it out of my head. It is pure magic. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. Thank you so much. You are a great writer... EL James.
    Anastasia Steele