Monday, December 23, 2013

Review- Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Goodreads Summary:

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


I felt really embarrassed and odd to admit that I actually ended up liking Fifty Shades of Grey but when it comes to Fifty Shades Darker, I feel pretty comfortable in saying the same. 
Of course, I must admit that when I read the first book, I did it out of curiosity and my tendency to give in to hype, but unlike most, and not so surprisingly, I didn't loathe it from the bottom of my heart. It could be said that I read the second book again  out of curiosity but honestly, I read it because I wanted to read it and because I was genuinely interested in finding out what would happen next in the popular and people-can't-stop-talking-about Fifty Shades trilogy
When I read the first book, I had a psychological debate going on in my head about the story and the characters, but with the second book, I just decided to read and enjoy what I was reading and that made it an entertaining read. While Fifty Shades of Grey gave us a glimpse into the fifty shades of fucked up life of Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Darker actually plunged into his problems and even if not entirely, I was quite satisfied to get answers to questions that were running in my mind as well. 
I really hated Ana and Christian in the first book but somehow, as weird and stupid as they may be, they grew on me and I felt that, in a right and odd way, they made for a good couple. Even considering their twisted and kinky way, they seemed like a normal couple madly in love and dying to be in each other's arms. Ana had practically no past and Christian had a bucketful of it and that made them sort of balance each other out. I must say that I found all the romance very sweet. Although I still find the two to be very stupid, I liked seeing their love grow. 
Of course, with this series, it can't be all love and no hate at all. I did find the chapters to be too long and too boring and again there was barely any originality in the story. I also felt that the writing, which sort of slipped my mind in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey- but which I now noticed thanks to the many reviews I read by other readers- I realised was quite, in a way, repetitive and a bit irritating. Also, for an erotica series, there wasn't much kinky love making in this one, not like I wanted there to be any, but still- why is everyone calling it erotica when it actually seemed pretty clean to me? 
Overall, this was a good book and I because I have one more to go in the series, I'm all pepped up to see how it all ends. 



  1. What can I tell you girl. I'm glad you're enjoying this actually. I'd probably be annoyed by it but I'm from like different age. Great review, Sarika :)))

    1. Hahaha! Like I told you, it's more comedy than anything else which makes it enjoyable. Thanks, Tanja!

  2. Nice Review! I liked these books, but I am not a huge fan of bondage at all, so there were some scenes that I felt dragged a bit too much. But I really loved the storyline, and there was some very sweet and tender moments that I loved.

    1. Exactly, I agree with you, Renee. Some parts were pretty dragged and stupid, but it was a good one overall. Thanks!

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