Thursday, May 3, 2012

"Fifty Shades Freed" By: E L James Review

"Fifty Shades Freed"
By: E L James
Synopsis from Amazon:
When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed. Now, together, they have more—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity, or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present. Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, tragedy, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true.

My Thoughts:
      Whew. I'm writing this after finishing the third book in the Fifty Shades series and I'm exhausted. Amazingly happy but exhausted. E.L. James finishes the Fifty Shades trilogy with a bang in this finale title, “Fifty Shades Freed.” I devoured this series within about four days and have to admit, I was a little sad when it finished. Since I finished, I have recommended this series to so many people at my library, and when they return after reading it, I love to see their faces!
      The third book opens immediately after Ana and Christian's wedding. They are ready to start their lives together, but people and situations from the previous books try to block their happiness. The boss from Ana's job (who was fired for sexual harassment) turns up in this book along with Mrs. Robinson and her whole host of crazy problems.
       “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Fifty Shades Darker” are must reads before you pick up this title. Its bad to say, but I honestly don't think you would be able to follow the book or characters without first reading the previous two titles. While not my favorite of the trilogy, “Freed” concludes Ana and Christian's story and finally gives them a happily ever after.
Perhaps my favorite moment of the series occurs in the final pages of this title as you see Christian with his son and he seems happy. From the first glimpse of Christian, I felt he was so unbelievably sad and was relieved to finally see him relaxed, calm, and exuding happiness.
       E L James has been criticized for not being incredibly literary, and I would have to agree. The sentence and story structure of the trilogy isn't complex in the least, yet the books are addicting. She is wonderful at characterization. You know the characters in and out and are always a little surprised at the situations they find themselves in. You absolutely have to find out what happens to them, you strive to know what happens next. Without a doubt, if there were a fourth book released, I would rush to buy it, they are that addicting and great.

Book Details
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Date of Publication: March 2, 2012
# of Pages: 466
ISBN: 978-1612130606

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree, this trilogy was intoxicating :-)

    I was able to look past the writing because the characters were so well done. My favourite was definitely the first book Fifty Shades of Grey but as a whole happy I read the trilogy.