Monthly Archives: April 2012

E.L. James, Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3)


Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this third and final book of the Fifty Shades series, Christian and Anastasia once again go through the ups and downs of their relationship. Yes, I wrote almost the same sentence in the review of book two, because it is slighty exasperating.

This may just be a very clever way to make us feel -once again- the way Ana is feeling, because one thing is constant throughout the series, the telling of the story is so eloquent that one cannot help, but feel what Ana is is feeling. Since exasperation is one of the feelings, it is well conveyed, as are hurt, insecurity, deep love, and a host of other feelings, amongst them dependency, which once again blurrs the line a bit between what is allowed and what is not in their sexual relationship; and therefor putting out the question if when she is asking for what was done in Christian’s past to be done to her although she wants to save him from his past, doesn’t make Ana just a little bit of a hypocrite…

The other characters from the earlier books evolve more and are well characterized and really enjoyable. They take a greater role in the story, which also has more flesh (pun). This again contributes to describing the relationship of Ana and Christian as they find their place within their world and have to overcome some major obstacles to get to where they want to be. Be ready for some nail biting action…but

unfortunately -as much as I enjoyed this series and the ending- I found myself skimming over the sex scenes in the end as they became to repetitive; which is kind of sad, as they were originally rather inspiring…

Still an enjoyable a read, so keep reading!
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E.L.James, Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)


Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So in this second book of the Fifty Shades trilogy (which you should have on hand right when you finish the first book, or you’ll rip apart inside) Christian and Anastasia go through the ups and downs of their relationship again. They go through some (quote) kinky fuckery (unquote) and some tender sex and everything in between…again! And again! Again, again…again… we get it! They are trying to meet in the middle or something and -don’t get me wrong- it is exciting to read and it’s still mostly as heartwenching as in the first book. But…I also read the third book and with just a few of those -sometime repetitive- sex scenes removed or at least abreviated this could have been a two book series.

The innocent girl trying to save the (quote) fucked up (unquote) guy gets a little old, I am sorry to say. Especially as she succumbs to some of his sexual preferences and the lines become wishy-washy between what is to be considered acceptable and what is not…

However, there was enough story line in between to make this a satisfying (!) read…

And of course because now you’re hooked and there’s a few open ends hanging loose you’ve got to read book three to tie them up…(no pun intended;)

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E.L. James, Fifty Shades Of Grey (1)


Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So this is supposed to be fanfiction following Twilight. Smart move by the author to ride on that wave, but totally unnecessary as this book is so strong (without any paranormal tendencies) on its own account…

Anastasia replaces her roommate and best friend Kate to conduct an interview for the school newspaper and finds Christian Grey, CEO of a huge company he has founded. She’s inexperienced, he’s got lots af baggage. Two worlds collide!!!

These two main characters couldn’t be on more different ends of the emotional spectrum and yet from the first look and touch there is an electric current between them that makes sparks fly whenever they get together… to write more would be a spoiler…and this is not a book you want spoiled. It’s not a book that can be summarized, only vaguely outlined. Partly due to the fact that the story line is slim, which doesn’t mean there is no action… on the contrary: There is lots of action!!!

Sexual tension will pull you through this book. Even if you have read that there is some SMBD in it and it isn’t your personal preference you cannot help feeling exactly what Anastasia is feeling, because it is written so amazingly well from her POV. Her inner turmoil is depicted so well by her “inner goddess” and her “subconcious”, that it is easy to find yourself being her, going through what she’s going through; and, boy, does it touch your heart and often other places, too…

And it hurts…

Read it and you know what I mean!

Fred A. Strutman, The Case of the Unwanted Pounds


The Case of the Unwanted Pounds: A Weight-Loss & Fitness MysteryThe Case of the Unwanted Pounds: A Weight-Loss & Fitness Mystery by Fred A. Stutman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ok, so this book is very repetitive. It repeats the facts about five times or more, I didn’t count. It was repeating everything about five times… yes, just in the same fashion as I have done just here. A fact is picked and then presented over and over again. And then for good measure in a later chapter again and again.

It’s clear very fast, that the author want the attempting dieter to eat 35 grams minimum fibre per day, eat 35 grams of fat maximum per day and exercise 35 minutes a day plus a strength training twice a week during the walk. You got that 35 and 35 and 35. As if these numbers themselves aren’t memorable enough we have to endure reading them over and over again. Almost as a byline the counting and relevance of calories is mentioned, convoluted amongst information about nutrients, dietary benefits of certain foods and shortcoming of others, all the while failing to make this “case of the unwanted pounds” any clearer or even solving it.

I am sad to say, that after reading the 35/35/35 formula yet again, I had to put the book aside as I believe if this book was better organized and less repetitive it could be half the length it is and much easier to receive.

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