As the title suggests, I’ve just finished reading Grey by E L James. I read it simply because I read the first three in the series. And to be honest…? Keep reading to my Grey book review.
If you haven’t heard of the infamous Mr Grey by now, where have you been living? In all honesty, if you missed the release of 50 Shades of Grey back in the early 2010s, then you might be a bit lost with this Grey book review; the 4th book in the series.
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.
About The Author
E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Just a few weeks ago, she published Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and she has plans to continue to tell the story from Christian’s point of view.
E L James has been recognised as one of Time magazine’s ‘Most Influential People in the World’ and Publishers Weekly’s ‘Person of the Year’. Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.
Grey Book Review
I will be honest, I devoured the original Fifty Shades of Grey books at the time because I was 16 and it was the hottest novel I read at that age. Plus, everyone was talking about them and I just had to see for myself if they were that good. So when I finished them and heard that Christian’s side of the story was in the works, I was excited to read it! A bit like Midnight Sun (Twilight told from Edward’s point of view), I wasn’t expecting to be wowed. I mean, we already knew the story having read it before from Anastasia’s point of view. Was I enthralled by Ana’s version of events? Not really. However I did enjoy reading the books as a supposed introduction to the world of BDSM, and while I wouldn’t rave about them I did keep reading. I mean, I was interested enough to read Grey wasn’t I? And that’s why you’re here reading my Grey book review.
My favourite part of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, when all is said and done, was the chapter at the end of the 3rd book when we got to see Ana from Christian’s point of view. This is the first time we see Christian encountering Ana from his point of view, and is what led me to want to read and share my Grey book review with you. Ana’s viewpoint tended to be immature, repetitive and more than a little frustrating at times. To be honest, 16 year old me thought that Ana was a completely unrealistic and out of touch protagonist. And to be honest, if I had ditched the trilogy it would’ve been because of her weak character.
When I read that Grey had been published, I was excited to get my teeth into it as I had high hopes that Christian’s point of view would redeem my dislike for Ana by the end of book 3. Talk about an anti-climax though, and ladies I’m sure you know what I mean when something is just so close but not quite right and it all just ends without the satisfaction you were hoping for. Truth be told, I can’t remember the last time I felt so disappointed in or let down by a book. While it’s well known amongst the reading community that the Fifty Shades of Grey series came about as fanfiction of Twilight, I genuinely didn’t expect it to go downhill as much. I think the last time I was this disappointed in a series was probably The Hunger Games; the books just kept getting worse the further we got into the series.
I ended up skipping all of the sections which were more or less a copy and paste of sections from Fifty Shades of Grey. As a result, I’ve finished reading the whole book in just a couple of hours. Now, I know I’m reading while on holiday and with nothing else to do, but for a book that’s almost 600 pages long… well, let’s just say I won’t be rushing to read the next two books when they eventually come to print. I can’t blame EL James for cashing in, however, I think she’s made a mistake in creating such a lazy, badly written and frankly boring book.
Grey Book Review: My Final Thoughts
Honest opinion? You can get more erotic stories on Literotica.com for free. It was a waste of money as I always knew it would be but hoped it wouldn’t. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean I won’t read the others when they come out. I’m the type of person who needs to read all in a series. So please remind me of this when I come crying to you that I’ve wasted yet more money on another awful book in this series!
While this post certainly wouldn’t encourage you to read it for yourself, if my Grey book review has lead you to want to purchase a copy for yourself then you can do so here!
Today by the pool, I am smothered in more SPF 30 but it doesn’t seem to be helping much. Last night we discussed going out with the waiters from last year again so think that’s all set for Monday night but we shall see closer to the time if it actually happens – what to wear??Until next time!