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Grey is the New Black

June 22, 2011

Poor gray. It’s often ignored on the color wheel and gets a bad rap as being a bland and often boring color. Well, I’m here to tell you that gray is the new black! Don’t believe me? You will, after reading Fifty Shades of Grey by first-time author E. L. James. From the hero’s name, to the color of his penetrating eyes, to the couple’s complex relationship, there are hues of gray scattered all throughout the story. Still skeptical? Well, if my review doesn’t clinch it for you, then be sure to check back tomorrow for an *exclusive* guest post from the author herself! Plus, I’ll be giving away FREE copies of the book, so that you can read for yourself why gray is the new black.

SYNOPSIS: When Anastasia Steele agrees to interview millionaire Christian Grey as a favor for her friend, she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. The moment she looks into the enigmatic businessman’s piercing gray eyes, she’s literally head over heels, accidentally stumbling to the ground when they first meet. After several sexually-charged interactions, Christian asks Ana out, and though she can’t figure out how such a successful — and hot! — man could be interested in her, she agrees. However, after their date, Christian warns Ana to stay away from him. Talk about mixed signals!

Ana refuses to back down, though, and in return Christian propositions her with a blushing offer to explore her sexuality… together. Despite Ana’s innocence, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Christian and willing to do whatever it takes to get to know him better. Soon, their relationship begins to transcend physical boundaries and Ana finds herself wanting more from the wealthy tycoon. If only Christian could get past his inner demons to open himself up to Ana’s love…

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be INTENSE! From Ana and Christian’s relationship to Christian’s internal struggles and Ana’s emotional roller-coaster, the entire 380 pages are intense. The story is told in first-person present tense, which I have to admit thew me at first, but I quickly became engrossed in Ana’s thoughts and intrigued with her perception of Christian and her take on their affair. Christian is a multi-faceted hero. Yes, he’s drop-dead gorgeous, but he’s also troubled, overbearing and possessive. As odd as it sounds, it’s his flaws that really make him alluring — it’s no wonder Ana is willing to submit to him!

The secondary characters  — Ana’s roommate, Christian’s family, etc. — bring another level of depth and complexity to the plot — which, by the way, flies by; I read this book in less than three days! All in all, I’d have to say that Fifty Shades of Grey was not at all what I expected… it was fifty times better! And, if that wasn’t enough, turns out that it’s part of a trilogy, which means that there will be more shades of Grey to indulge in. The only downside, however, is that the story ends on a cliff-hanger, making me more than a little anxious for the next book to be released.

*Click here to read my review and view my star rating on Goodreads.

**I received Fifty Shades of Grey as a complimentary copy for review from the publisher.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    Not entering because I’ve done a book review of my own and I am part of the tour. Loved the review. I am a new subscriber. Would love a visit to my blog and perhaps a follow back if you enjoy it there! Donna

  2. June 23, 2011 2:44 AM

    I would probably die if I ever got my hands on this book. I’ve wanted this and the future books since I heard it was going to released. I can’t wait until I can afford to get it.

  3. Rita Mistry permalink
    June 23, 2011 3:51 AM

    I would love a copy of the book, I read the original MOTU and I am a huge fan. EL James is so talented and I would love to see all the changes. Thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Letmesign23 permalink
    June 23, 2011 6:49 AM

    Ahhhh Fifty!!! I’m totaly a “fifty addict”. It’s crazy!!! Really!
    Tank you Icy!

  5. Elizabeth permalink
    June 23, 2011 9:03 AM

    I loved the original MoTU. My husband even was interested. 8’d love to get my hands on this book, to see the changes and to read to my husband.

  6. Monce permalink
    June 23, 2011 9:29 AM

    Sounds like a great read! Hope I win a free ebook!

  7. A24k permalink
    June 23, 2011 9:38 AM

    Wow this novel sound enticing and streamy … Cliff hanger you say ? Oh no I hate be left craving :p

    June 23, 2011 11:26 AM

    Simply a textual SHE HAS AMAZING, READING is always dynamic, the ideas are totally surreal, CONGRATULATIONS ON CREATIVITY AND NOT MUCH TALK ON SEX THAT IS HOT.

  9. Letmesign23 permalink
    June 23, 2011 11:30 AM

    I’m totaly an “FiftyAddict”. Tank you Icy!!!

  10. June 23, 2011 11:36 AM

    Thanks for all the kind comments 🙂 Be sure to check out ‘E.L. James on Rocking in the Corner’ for an author guest post, plus a GIVEAWAY of the book!

  11. Denisabella permalink
    June 23, 2011 1:35 PM

    I Loved the original MoTU and I shared the story with much friends here in czech republic and they all are “Fifty addict” now. I really hope to win the book! Someone wrote, with this story U will find a new word of love…and this is true ❤

  12. exclusiverob permalink
    June 23, 2011 3:50 PM

    Fifty Shades of Grey is a amazing book. I have read MOTU 3 times. I am so addicted to Fifty. Thank you Icy!!!. When is the second one coming out?? September, I hope

  13. June 23, 2011 10:04 PM

    Just bought it and I can’t wait to read all of his fifty shades.

  14. July 1, 2011 4:29 AM

    Thank you Spencer for the lovely review and for being part of the book blog tour (which I find very difficult to say out loud!) Thanks also to your readers for their kind comments.
    Hope you like the book.


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