Review: Grey by EL James

The Blurb

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?

The Review

Grey, the latest instalment in the Fifty Shades series, is told from male protagonist Christian Grey’s perspective. This information is probably redundant because the excitement that came with the build up to this book’s release was massive. To be fair, EL James gave her readers what they wanted; a glimpse into the life and psyche of Christian Grey. Again, to be fair, James does this extremely well.

I know Fifty Shades got a bit of a bad reputation due to its poor writing and repetitiveness so let’s get that out of the way first. Ana bit her lip 32 times in Grey. This works out, on average – at once every 18 pages. “Laters, baby” was only said 4 times. This was not as bad as I was expecting. Fortunately, EL James’s Grey is actually written a lot better than her previous books. Kudos to the editor.

For fans, the bad bits of the series of books could be forgiven because ultimately the storyline was damn compelling; the character of Christian was so ridiculously devoted and obsessed with Ana that you couldn’t help but want to read on. I know plot and good writing should go hand in hand but even though the first three Fifty Shades books didn’t give you both, Grey most definitely has.

It also manages to not feel like ‘mummy porn’ and almost justifies the money that EL James has earned from the release of these books.

However, I do not like that EL James felt the need to justify Christian’s proclivities. Why can’t he just like kinky sex? There doesn’t have to be a seedy reason why, or a history of abuse, to make his sexual preferences understandable. EL James goes a good way into showing Christian’s thoughts on his past, something the reader had yet to be privy to.

As a business woman, EL James has already set herself up the chance to write two more books. It makes you wish you had the idea first.

Grey by EL James is available now.

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