Fifty Shades Freed by E L James
GENRE: Erotica, Romance | PAGES: 579
My rating: ★★★
Completed Fifty Shades Freed at last. Finishing the Fifty Shades trilogy took much longer than I would have liked. Had I read it through without the long lapse between book two and three I may have enjoyed it a whole lot more.
That said, on the whole, it has been a very enjoyable read.
Fifty Shades Freed (book three) started with more than its fair share of hearts and flowers and I found myself muddling through the majority of this as opposed to hare-pacing it as with the previous books. Admittedly that’s more to do with the fact that I’m all up for angst and intensity, and given the stage in Christian and Ana’s relationship, it was, to begin with, very angst-free.
Halfway through, however, it was back on track. I couldn’t put it down. The action scenes were my favourite here, even topping the smutty parts. Ana’s strength came through in this book and Christian’s puzzle of a past finally made sense. The two scenes at the end of the book were particularly intriguing, allowing us inside of his head for a while.
On the flip side, there was far too much ‘smirking’ and ‘murmuring’ for my liking—characteristic traits do have their limits, and the similarities between this plot and the plot points of the Twilight Saga were more evident here, too.
That said, the series does stand its ground and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something intense on one hand yet fairly easy to read.
(Note: There are several instances throughout the series which might pose a potential trigger for victims of abuse.)
Christian Grey is one of those characters you’ll find yourself rooting for one minute and loathing the next, and I can’t begin to imagine an actor that’s quite good enough to do all his Fifty Shades (of fucked up) justice.