Grey (Paperback)

EL James


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?

Product Details

  • Product code: ANPCL
  • ISBN: 9781784753252
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 20.1cm x 12.9cm
  • Pages: 576
  • Publish date: 18/06/2015

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Disappointing -

I had mixed feelings when I heard there was going to be a new Fifty Shades book written from the POV of Christian. From the start, this was going to go one of two ways, James' writing was going to have improved, and this story would delve deeper into Christian's past, into his psychology. Or, it would be a money maker, a regurgitated story that offered little to no real insight into Christian. Unfortunately, it was the latter.

There is no discernible improvement in James' writing. One of my biggest gripes with the original series was Ana's subconscious doing 'oh my' cartwheels all over the show. In Grey, Christian's inner voice favours 'hell' and 'damn'. Possibly some not so subtle character insights there. It does seem as though James wants you to believe her writing has improved though, I lost count of the number of times 'lascivious' appeared in the (very long) text.

This book would have benefited from going further back into Christian's past, making the novel more about him, and his issues, rather than simply going over the same story we get in Fifty Shades of Grey, albeit from Christian's POV. It felt lacklustre.

For fans of the series, Christian was an enigma, and that was a major factor in his sex appeal. With Grey, James has stripped Christian of his confidence, and of his mystique. We've gotten a glimpse into the mind of the man, and it's rather anti-climatic.

While I appreciate the views that these books glorify abusive relationships, I have to say I was never particularly in that camp, which made it all the more disappointing during certain sections of this book when it was clear James was directly addressing those concerned. The actual word 'consent' popped up much more frequently in this text than in any of the previous books. Where before consent was supposedly implied, in Grey James has gone out of her way to make it explicit. Ironically, those who think Fifty Shades is about an abusive relationship will likely never read Grey to know that James has addressed those concerns (or care for that matter), and those who are fans of the series will definitely feel that those lines are out of sync with the rest of the writing. That they have been slotted in on purpose. It begs the question, who exactly was Grey written for? The fans, or the critics?

The end of Grey most definitely indicates that Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are both going to be released from Christian's POV. It's at this stage, where I will be bowing out of the ring and not continuing with the series. The fact she has now out-sold J.K. Rowling in terms of book sales just stings. Sorry, Christian but Harry's my number one.

Rachel, Confessions of a Book Geek , 18/07/2015

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Grey -

I think this book is brilliant and a very good read. Top marks from me. X

April , 22/06/2015

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