Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Publisher: Vintage (April 3, 2012)
Page Number: 528 pages
Rating: Seal Those Bindings (for the sluts in literature)

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


Alright, so I filmed a reaction to this novel, but I didn't fully review it. I find that through reviewing it, I would have to talk about the effectiveness of this novel, which I did not really want to talk about on YouTube. 

There's a difference in being able to hide behind words as opposed to being watched in a video. It's easy to be shameless on a blog post rather than a video, because no one actually sees me.

That being said, I will be more direct in this review, so be warned. 

I did not like this book at the very least. I found it bland, boring, and hilarious (which is not something to be said about erotica). I did not think James succeeded into really opening people's mind into this type of sexual lifestyle, and frankly, it just made BDSM seem funny! 

It was not arousing at the very least. 

The fact that this book is based off Twilight did not really put me off from reading it, it just made me see the similarities clearer. Christian and Anastasia are very much the epitome of Edward and Bella in a non-supernatural world and it made the work seem more unoriginal.   I find that there is no character development whatsoever and that Anastasia's rash and stupid decisions made the book easy to hate. I also think that James wrote down a bunch of seemingly sexy characteristics to match Christian, but because they do not hold much ground, his character had no substance.

I find that there doesn't seem to be much of a plot line and it is  a story that is to be read plainly for the sex. And even then, the sex was not really all that great. I feel like I've read it all before and yes, it is kinky, but that's it. There's nothing else behind it.

Frankly E.L. James is better off sticking to writing fanfiction. And although this book is a bestseller, it's not a brilliant piece of work and it never will be.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Page Count: 272


It has been awhile, I know, I know. There is no need for any explanations of my hiatus, so diving into a review would be the best idea. Any questions? No, good. 

Crash Into Me by Albert Borris tells the story of four teenagers who make a pact to commit suicide after a road trip through America, by visiting grave sites of famous people who have committed suicide. These set of four: Owen, Audrey, Frank and Jin-Ae are thrust into a world of misunderstanding and depression, and through this road trip they learn to cope with their lives as well as themselves. In this story, these four teenagers learn whether or not suicide is the best option for themselves and the rest of their peers.

Now that I have discussed that in a nutshell, it is probably best to warn you that this book is heavy on the suicide. It leaks of suicide juice and it will not cease to leak. It is depressing (and not in a good way) and it is a VERY boring book. I am not one to really hate on books, but I find that this book is just dreadful. I find that Albert Borris does not depict suicide well, and it doesn't discourage people from committing the act. It is extremely disappointing, and I am glad that I only bought this book for four dollars.

I find that suicide in books--especially in young adult---needs to be represented right because a lot of teens are contemplating suicide, and I don't support it. The problem with this book is that is that it is like reading a rock. It is dull and lifeless, and I just feel that it is a book of nothingness. 

The characters are dull. Everything is dull. Even the trips are dull. I mean, seriously, who visits a stinkin' gravesite and expects enjoyment? NO ONE. 

This book is definitely not recommended for readers. Do not waste your time.