Everyone was talking about this book, so I figured three things.
1. I'm a reviewer, so I better know what books people are talking about
2. These books are heavily based on the Twilight series (yes, that is where the YA connection comes in), and started as a fanfic. The names of Bella and Edward were changed to Anastasia and Christian of course, to protect the innocent... or something.
3. I knew it would be a really fun opportunity to bash a set of books.
I'll be honest. I enjoyed the ride... to an extent. I actually read the first one cover to cover, took a deep breath and started the second. By the third, I was heavily skimming.
I'll post links to all of my reviews, but by the third review, I was hitting my stride.
Fifty Shades of Grey Amazon Review
Fifty Shades Darker Amazon Review
Just to briefly recap. My first review gave a bonus star (total of 3 out of 5) because this book is either hated or loved-- there are no neutral opinions. That takes skill-- maybe not literary skill, but a skill nonetheless. The second review talked about how these books could lead to a drinking game because it seems like the author got tired of writing and just used cut and paste. Hey, if I could do that and make as much money as she did, I would! And now for the third, which I post below...
Fifty Shades Freed Amazon Review:
Holy crap! I. Am. Done. (If this doesn't sound familiar after three books, it should)
I am freed. Yes, pun fully intended. This Fifty Shades journey is finally over, and I am greatly relieved.
This is by far the worst book of the three. Ana and Christian get married, I think, in the beginning of the book, but it is so poorly written and shifts in time between past and present so quickly that it's hard to tell. Whether it's dream or real initially, I barely cared.
Do these characters ever work? Supposedly Ana is good at her job, but she's never there because she's having sex with Christian all the time or emailing him about the sex they are going to have. Do they have anything in common, actually? This was never clear. We know that Ana is into fixing broken people, so I guess that's why they are together. But I wonder how long she's going to put up with his nonsense and overbearing attitude.
The spark of interest I had from the development of supporting characters in the second book has vanished in the start of the third, since unfortunately, the first half is fully focused on the two most boring characters-- Christian and Ana. My skimming reached an all time high. The one high point, for me, was the moment with Leila. Then we are back the Ana/Christian fest. Too bad.
Did anyone else notice that this was likely one long fan fic and split into three books to garner more money? James is undoubtedly rich at this point from the sheer number of ratings/reviews by people. There are short, sloppy chapters pasted on the beginning and end of second book and again in the third. I would have preferred these to be left off to at least pretend to build some suspense. But after the one page ending of the second book, I knew who the bad guy was. Big disappointment.
And what about the continued repetitive phrasing? If I hear "Fifty," "Holy *^&%," "Oh" in italics, "Oh my," in italics, you catch my drift, I.Am.Going.To.Lose.It. (Yes, I'm tired of the staccato phrasing as well).
The ending was cheesy and a little disturbing (SPOILER ALERT: was anyone else really disturbed when Ana and Christian lick the Popsicle off of their son's hands in the same way they've done countless times to each other??). But it's done, and I got through it all.
Now, I can gleefully talk about how awful it is in gory detail with all of my friends. Yes, that is why I gave the first review the bonus star.
How do you feel about this trilogy? Do you love it or hate it, and why?