TITLE: Fifty Shades Freed
SERIES: Fifty Shades #3
AUTHOR: E L James
PUBLICATION DATE: January 19, 2012
PUBLISHER: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
PAGES: 551 pages
RATING: 3 stars
This book was definitely a rollercoaster ride. There were ups and downs and loop de loops and I think I enjoyed it for the most part. I am going to start off with the things that I found wanting in hopes that it will get it out of my system and then move on to the good bits.
Now, I realize this is an erotica novel. I went into this series knowing that and in the first 2 books, it didn’t bother me at all, but it did in this one. These 2 literally go at it three or four times back to back. They have sex and then 2 seconds later they are ready to go again (and again and again). Then the next night is the same thing. At this point, I just felt like, “hello? Ana? Maybe you should go to bed and get some sleep so that you’ll actually be on time for work in the morning? No? Well, it was just a though!”. Ana’s character flaws really started to show up in this novel. I don’t know if anyone else noticed it because the whole series is focused on how fucked up Christian is, but Ana is no cake walk. She is seriously a completely irresponsible character. I won’t give away spoilers, but some things happened (that I totally saw coming) and I just wanted to scream at her “How could you be so stupid? No, you can’t blame this on your assistant because it was your responsibility!” I really started to feel like she was completely unworthy of Christian.
Now, for the things I enjoyed. For this whole series, I loved watching Christian grow and change and mature. Yes, he may be fifty shades of fucked up, but he is trying to change, and in the end, that has to count for something. His & Ana’s storyline plays out a little predictably, but it still good and engaging (for the most part). I also loved all the minor characters, Kate and Elliot and Mia and Taylor and all the characters you don’t get to see much of because Ana is too wrapped up in Christian to really notice them. It’s not bad, necessarily, it’s just yet another thing that irritated me. I hate it when girls suddenly get a boyfriend and it’s like nothing else matters. You know, those friends tha stuck by you when everything was falling apart and will still be there should this fall apart too? Yeah, they aren’t so important apparently.
Dammit, I was trying to focus on the good. Apparently I can’t. Look, despite all my issues with this novel, it really was good and I do recommend it for anyone who won’t have a problem with graphic sex.