Today I’m reviewing the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. In the first book you met Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey the hero and heroine of this trilogy. They are completely different people who meet for the first time because Ana’s friend had an exclusive interview with the elusive entrepreneur Mr. Grey. The first book left off with Ana and Christian having made love for the first time in what some people call in straight vanilla way without her signing the contract that Christian had original given to her before they started their relationship. But as Ana got to know Christian she wanted to please him in the way that he likes and even though he knew that in some part of Ana that she wasn’t ready for it he gives in to her. Christian gives her a taste of the BDSM world he is a part of by spanking her and the experience leaves her both enticed and slightly confused. This confusion is worsened by Christian’s extravagant gifts, and the fact that he brings her to meet his family. After successfully landing a job with Seattle Independent Publishing, Ana further bristles under the restrictions of the non-disclosure agreement and the complex relationship with Christian.
|Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James|
Today I’m reviewing a book that I know that everyone has read since it came out a few years ago. And though this book isn’t one that I just read recently but it’s one that I really loved reading when I first heard about it and just had to read in 2012. I first heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy from my aunt who heard about it on the Z100 morning radio show. I decided to give the first book a try so I downloaded the entire trilogy on my NookColor. I read the description of each book so that I would get a feel for the trilogy and I thought it was really intriguing since I’ve never really read books about characters who practiced BDSM. Also I don’t read too many books that are written in the first person because I sometimes feel that they limit what the reader gets to understand about all the characters. So when I first started reading Fifty Shades of Grey I was hooked after getting thru the first few pages.
Anastasia Steele is a literature student who goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey because her roommate Kate was too sick to go though she didn’t want to miss her only opportunity to get an interview with Mr. Grey. She encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating when she is first escorted into Mr. Grey’s office and to read how they first meet was intriguing to read because Grey seems like a man who doesn’t talk about himself to anyone. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. This instant attraction somewhat reminded me of the Twilight characters Edward and Bella but with a non-paranormal twist. And it was fun to find out later that this series was actually James previously writing the trilogy as a Twilight fan fiction with BDSM mixed in. Though I like Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele much more than I ever liked Edward and Bella since Grey and Steele’s romance felt more real to me than Edward and Bella’s romance and it’s not because Edward was a vampire and there were werewolves mixed in. For me Ana and Grey have an instant attraction to each other but it’s not like Edward and Bella’s which I found was somewhat unhealthy because they were I feel obsessed with one another rather than in love with each other. Ana and Grey seem to have a somewhat healthier relationship but it’s just the first book in the series so we have only gotten to see how they start to fall in love with each other which may change as they get to know how to deal with each other’s emotions.
Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. I would also hesitate at such an intriguing proposition that Grey has given to her since she is a virgin without any type of experience now she has a man who has some erotic tastes that she doesn’t know if she will enjoy. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires. Without giving too much away Ana and Grey go thru a few ups and downs in the first book that had me flipping the pages of my eBook as fast as my eyes could read all the words on the page. As I read this first book in the trilogy I got to know Ana and Grey which I found that I could relate a bit with both of them since I am a little bit like Ana in the way that she hadn’t really experienced a relationship with a man like Grey who had so much more experience in certain areas than her. And I felt for Grey because on the outside he seemed so put together but on the inside there is so much more going on that he has not been able to share with anyone before until he meet Ana. After finishing the first book that left me wanting to immediately start reading the next book in the trilogy since Ana and Grey left me wondering how will their relationship go one from where it left off. The next book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, picks up where the first book left off and since I hate spoilers I won’t say how it ended but will tell you that Ana and Grey had an extremely emotional experience that will be explored in the next book. I give this book 4.5 Open Books:
Recently I got a message on my Facebook Fan page from Lisa Watson who works with RT Book Reviews about doing author interviews on my Blog Talk Radio podcast show. I wasn’t too sure about doing it since I haven’t been doing any author interviews on my podcast except for that one author interview with Susan H. Crowley in July of 2013. But I decided that this was an opportunity that I shouldn’t pass up since I really need to get back to what I use to love doing which is reading book that I would post reviews about and interviewing romance authors of all genres about the books that they write. So I think from now on I will try to get myself back into the rhythm of writing book reviews on the blog but like I said it has been a long while since I’ve done it so bear with me please. I’ve also been updating my websites with new information but as you know maintaining a website takes a lot of time and mine hasn’t been updated since I started it in 2010. I’ve done a few maintenance updates with the information that I have since changed but I’m using some of my free time from work to get it all done.
|15″ MacBook Pro|
Well it has been almost about 2 months since I bought my 15″ MacBook Pro and I have to say that though it’s been a process to try learn how things work differently on it than on my Dell PC I’m having such a great time playing on it. I have actually stopped using my PC for now because it has come up with a problem with the Internet Explorer and I just don’t have the time to waste to fix it. So now I’m using my MacBook Pro full-time and I’m happy since I have some really nice games which I downloaded thru the Mac store. I can basically do most of the things that I was doing on my PC and there has only been a few things that I had to get use to which is the key board and how to use some of the buttons that aren’t on my PC.
It’s a very slick 15″ MacBook Pro though if I were to get it in a different color than the sliver color it might make it look interesting with that Apple logo that lights up whenever I have my MacBook on. I haven’t actually taken my MacBook out with me because I don’t have a cover or sleeve or case for it yet and even if I do get one for it I’m not sure I want to take it anywhere with me since it is a really expensive. I’m actually getting us to using Safari since I was able to download my Yahoo! Bookmarks and exported it to Safari with a few problems that I eventually fixed. Now I have everything that I need on my MacBook so I don’t even really miss anything on my PC except maybe my Microsoft programs but that I could work around. I’m not going to buy the Microsoft Office for Mac since I’ve heard such negative reviews along with those positive reviews. Besides that if I really need to use Microsoft Office I can always do what I’ve been told might work out for me which is using Parallel or Boot Camp to use Windows on my MacBook.
Since buying my MacBook I’ve been really thinking about getting back to my writing and I have heard from a lot of writers about his Mac app called Scrivener which helps you get your manuscript organized. I also helps you to make your manuscript ready to be sent to a publisher or to just make it in to an ePub that you could download to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or whatever other eBook retailer you may desire. I’m using the free trial that is offered on their website to get familiar with the program before I give in and buy the $45 app from the Mac Store. I actually got a $100 gift card from Apple when I bought this MacBook which was great because those game apps I bought from the Mac Store as well as some of the music albums I used my gift card to pay for them. I still have some money left on it and I’m thinking if I should use it to buy Scrivener but I have to be really sure that I will be able to use it properly.
So it’s been several months since I have written on the blog even though I promised the last time that I would really try to get back to writing up reviews again. It’s just been a very hectic time with the Sandy Storm just messing up have the city which included my office building down on the South Street Seaport. I have never stopped reading so I have a lot of books that I could post reviews for but taking the time to writing the reviews and posting them here on the blog is something that I don’t seem to have to mental energy to do. I hope that with some time inspiration to write a review will hit me and then maybe I will get back to doing my live podcasts with all of the new authors that I have recently been discovering at least new authors to me as well as new authors to the writing industry.
Well it’s time for me to get back to procrastinating with other things while I think about writing my romance novels or book reviews.
|40″ Class (40.0″ Diag.) LCD 630 Series TV|
I’ve watched Netflix on my new laptop and it’s almost like watching the movies and tv shows on my 40″ LCD flat screen Samsung tv which I also got recently before I got the laptop. I bought the flat screen tv to replace my old 27″ tv that I bought with my uncle at a BJ’s several years ago and that was taking too much space but also the sound wasn’t all that great compared to my new flat screen tv. Since I’ve been reading print books as well as eBooks on my Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch I have a lot of books I could post reviews for on my blog Talk About My Favorite Authors. I just have been too lazy to get on my old and slow laptop to write my book reviews on my blog so that others could read them. But like I said since I’ve gotten my new expensive laptop I’ve been thinking about getting back to blogging and reviewing because I’ve been thinking of going to the BEA conference.
I’m going to try to post some reviews for the books that I’ve recently read but I can’t make a promise of it since like I said I’ve been pretty lazy since I started my full-time job as a file clerk at NYCHSRO/MedReview in the Retro Review department.
Well yesterday was the last day of the Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference and it was such a blast! Since I was working from 9AM to 5PM during the weekdays I wasn’t able to participate in any of the panels except a few during the weekend but it was very much fun to join in the chats that were going on at night after all the panels were done.
Terry Kate of Romance in the Backseat hosted most of the panels with the help from Jackie of Literary Escapism as well as Jessica of Novel Reaction and Manda Kay of Manda Reads. There were many interesting panels that were hosted from Wednesday, April 13th to Sunday, April 17th which were 5 days packed with panels, live chats and lively discussions in the forum for all the bloggers, publishers and several authors.
The audio panels that where hosted on TalkShoe will be up for a month before they are taken down from the Ning but Terry may put them up exclusively for BBP members on a private blog. Well I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait until next year when I hope that Terry Kate will be hosting the next Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference for the 3rd year in a row.