Saturday, 15 August 2015

Grey - E L James

Grey - E L James

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 tangle 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 penthouse 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?
Blurb from Goodreads

Just as the blurb states, this is the original Fifty Shades of Grey, but from the eyes of Mr Christian Grey himself. I have to be totally honest and admit that I was not a fan of book 2 or 3 of the series, but that's a review for another time. So reading this book, was me taking a deep breath, a large mouthful of wine and a double douse of courage. Then I took the plunge.

It did take me a while to get into it. It was a bit slow going, but then, seeing things from a narcissistic rich mans point of view, possibly is not my thing. How ever, enter Ana, and the fun begins.  I was slightly impressed with how the author addresses male thoughts, but wow, by the time we got to Chapter 3 just about heard enough "Damn's" and Talking about him 'Man Parts' as though it was a living breathing appendage, with it's own agenda.  Which ok, we all know most men would agree too, but we're not fooled! Without these slight bits, I would have read this book happily.  I totally enjoyed everything else, with only the same criticism as I had with the original Fifty Shades of Grey book.

Not everybody that walks the path of BDSM, has emotional or physical abuse happening. It's not helping BDSM come into the mainstream, by saying they're all abuse victims.  They're also, strangely, some of the most amazingly well rounded, thoughtful, caring, individuals, and likely to be in full term committed relationships.   

Back to the book.....I loved getting inside Christians head, what a trip. Although, most of it you could see coming from a million miles away, the only bits you couldn't read, were the inner monologues with his mum. Heartbreaking. I still stand by my original stance that he is a very scary rich man with horrendous stalker tendencies, and that is just the bottom of the Ice Berg, I dread to think what he could be capable of, and not as a dominant.

All in all, it is a stand alone, ok book.  If you Loved, or liked the originals, chances are you'll like this one too.  However for me, personally, it was 2 out of 5 stars.  As it obviously has to follow the original story, where it proves there is so little research put in to the actual real BDSM and what people are like there.  The 'Hero' was based on a stalker type character, and the 'Heroine' based on a virginal girl who just can't say no to a man that looks and smells nice, and happens to have a lot of money.  At no point does she ever got to know him !


Love to All

Princess Pain. xoxo

1 comment:

  1. I actually listened the to audiobook, and maybe it was Zachary Webb's voice, but I got into it, and felt sorry for him (well he's not a full fledged psychopath according to Dr. Flynn). So now I'm starting on book 2 and reading Anna's perspective.