Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey

About the Book (from The Writer’s Coffee Shop):

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating.  Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him.  Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms. 

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master?  And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Find out more about E. L. James

About the Author (from Writer’s Coffee Shop):

E L James is a TV executive, wife, and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

E L James is currently working on the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey and a new romantic thriller with a supernatural twist.

Author profile
Twitter @E_L_James

An interview with the Author:

Have you written long? What age did you first begin writing?

I used to write stories when I was at school. I remember my teacher – I was about eleven at the time – would often read them out to the class, because I used to include all my school friends in them.

I have always yearned to write for an audience. I tried a couple of times, but never got very far. Then in January 2009, I started writing and I couldn’t stop. I wrote my first novel, then a second, then a third – none of which have been published. (Yet!)

I love the way the characters correspond by email and texting. It was really sexy. How did the idea come to you to use that in the book?

As most people correspond through text and email these days, it felt appropriate. I’m a terrible flirt, so the emails are like the ones I write, even at work. I enjoy that kind of banter, and so does my husband…the less said about that the better. I think, I also found that Ana is much more forthright in print than when she’s speaking. She’s braver and less intimidated when Christian is in another part of town, or another part of the country.
How did you develop the characters?

That’s a very difficult question to answer. I write instinctively. I don’t analyze what I do. I just go for it. I knew there were depths to Christian and he wouldn’t be all he seemed, but I wanted to reveal him slowly. We’ve only gotten a taste of that in the first novel, but more will be revealed later. Ana goes on an extraordinary journey with him, and personally, I admire her. She’s much braver and stronger than I am.

Is there a message you want the reader to come away with?

I think the only message I want to give is that situations are often much more complex than they seem. Life isn’t black and white, at all – it’s fine shades of grey. It’s easier, I know, to see the world in black and white – it lets you sit there and judge. But, I think my motto would be, don’t judge too hastily what you don’t know or don’t understand.

When you sit down to relax and pick up a book, what might you read?

I’ll be honest – I’ve been so consumed by Christian and Ana over the last year or so, I’ve had very little time to read. The last book I finished was The Hunger Games. That was good – but jeez, was it grim. A society that murders its own children for sport! I mean…that’s tough. I haven’t braved the second installment, but I will.

How long before the second and third books will be out for all of us who are biting our nails?

The second part is called: Fifty Shades Darker and will be on pre-sale mid-August. The third book…you’ll have to wait and see.

My Review:

Let me say right off the bat what I didn’t like about the book. I read and I read and my heart was breaking, but in the end, I knew that everything was going to turn out all right. I kept thinking this as I watched the percentage grow at the bottom of my Kindle. I kept watching and reading and waiting as it reached 95%, 98%, and then it hit 100% and at the end, it said, “end of Part 1”. I won’t tell you how much or how loud I wanted to scream. I am stomping my feet and jumping up and down, having a hissy fit because I don’t have Part 2 in my hands at this very second!

Christian, with his piercing grey eyes, was cold and aloof, that is, until he saw Ana tumbling through his office door. And, as their worlds collide, they will be forever changed. I loved the characters. Christian has so much depth for a book character. The author made him come alive and you just wanted to hold him close and help him heal. I fell in love with the innocent Anastasia because I am a lot like her. When I see someone I love in pain, I want to do anything I can to help them. This book constantly tore at my heart’s strings.

I have never read a book with this much extracurricular sexual activity (okay, I’m a Prissy – figure it out - erotica,) but the beautiful love story being told was very much in the forefront of this book. The parental relationships, the best friend relationships, and professional relationships in the book were very well crafted and have a strong presence throughout the book. The book is well written, and I have to admit, my vocabulary increased while reading the book, but I liked that challenging aspect of it. The book is aptly named as the author depicts the many shades grey in the storyline. And, as you come to realize, we all have Fifty Shades of Grey woven throughout our lives.

If you are naïve, (like the Prissy here, raising my hand,) you might want to cover your eyes through some of the scenes. I really enjoyed this book (education aside) and I highly recommend it. The sex is hot, and the love, an inferno. NOW, where is Part 2?!


Well, I have great news for everyone! The gracious and generous publisher of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ promised to give 5 E-book copies away to 5 lucky followers of this blog!

This is open INTERNATIONALLY, so everyone can have a chance! All you have to do is follow this blog publicly and give your comments down below! Please include a valid email address so I can contact you. The give away will close on July 6, 2011 and the winners will receive an email on July 7, 2011.

Tweets about this give away are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for Tweeting!

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Where to buy
Amazon (ebook)
The Writer's Coffee Shop (paperback & ebook) (paperback)

Other stops on the tour (I encourage you to read their reviews):
June 21 Journey with Books 
June 23 Roaming through Romance
June 25 Live to Read
June 27 The Write to Make a Living
June 28 Middle of the Road Reviews
June 29 Better read than dead
June 30 My Life. One Story at a Time

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 


  1. I read this story as a fan fic and was so excited when it updated every week. Now I'm so excited to see it in book form and can't wait to read it. Exceptional characters and outstanding writing.


  2. I started reading this story as a fanfiction and I loved it... It was one of the best fictions I ever read, and I can't wait to read it with other characters.... =)


  3. This was a fantastic fanfiction and I can't wait to read it in this format! One of my favorite stories!


  4. Really great review, I read this as a fanfiction & completely fell in love with it & all the characters. I'm really looking forward to reading it in a new format :)


  5. Hey Donna, thanks for the comment you left on my blog! I'm now following you back. :)

    Please enter me in the giveaway - the book sounds awesome!

    My email address is

    Thanks again! :-))

  6. Donna,

    Congrats! You won the Ruthie & the Hippo's Fat Behind giveaway. I sent you an email with further details.


  7. This looks like a fun read - thanks for sharing today! Found you over at Discussion Divas, have signed up to follow and look forward to reading what you have to say.

  8. i read this when it was a fanfic, and i cant wait to get the chance to read it as a book! i could read this story milions of time and i'd love it just as much. BEST.FIC.EVER :)

  9. Hadn't heard of this before your very good interview! Enter me please.By the way, I have 2 giveaways on my blog, and one is for a print book if you are interested! Rae, Best O' Books

  10. I'm out of words to describe this book, it's sexy, awesome, great, dark, lovly, hot...

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  12. I love books that are good enough to stay with me. This sounds amazing.

  13. Oh dear...this sounds amazing. Just reading the review makes me itching to get my hand on the book. Christian sounds...wonderful. *sigh* Dreamy, indeed.
    I think I'd be one of those people who'd peek during *ehem* certain scenes...

  14. Donna, thanks so much for stopping by my page! I'm now following you in every way as well. :D

  15. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for linking to my blog. You did a great interview and review. Wasn't this book just great?

  16. I loved loved loved this story as a fan fic and cant wait to read it in novel form and see how it differs

  17. Ooooh, I'm so excited...this is my first time entering a giveaway! A good friend of mine "talked me into it!" and they know who they are.


  18. Plz enter me for this giveaway, thanks for the opportunity n great review!:)
    I am also having giveaway at my blog, hop on over, if u feel like.

  19. Looks very cool - and you gotta love giveaways!! Not sure if I'm too late, but since you graciously mentioned the giveaway on my blog this a.m., I'm going to give it a shot anyway!

    I'm at

    Thanks again for the opportunity, and great review!

  20. It's always cool when an author can make a reader stomp up and down at the end!

  21. This was a great book! I am so taking work off when part 2 comes out. It comsumes you and you have time for nothing else. I love stories like that!!

  22. I've enjoyed this book too. Although there were a few details I didn't like, you can stop by my blog and read the review :)


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