Katiebird Reviews: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James




When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. 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. 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. 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.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

With the movie coming out next week, *happy dance* I was compelled to reread the first book of this amazing series that I fell in love with so long ago. Since I wasn’t a part of this blog when the books came out, I thought I would share my thoughts.


Katiebird's review

Like a majority of people who read this book, I really hadn’t read anything like it before. I have to confess that I walked away from the book for two weeks at a certain point, because I was taken back by a certain scene. At that time, I thought I would reach out to the author to send her a very similar email that Ana sends Christian, and I did. You know the one. “I’ve read enough, but I’m out. It was nice knowing you.” Something like that. Interesting enough, Ms. James responded back with, “You could just trust me.” So I pondered that thought for over two weeks, and curiosity got the better of me.

I went back to reading, because I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about Christian and Ana. What would become of them? What future could they possibly have? Ana’s thoughts mirrored mine in so many ways, that I was totally on her side from the beginning. Christian, on the other hand, didn’t sit well with me (no pun intended). I didn’t understand his need to cause pain to someone that he was growing to love. But I also wanted to know about his past, because something had to have brought him to this place of control and dominance. He is and was one of the most intriguing book characters I have ever read. What an incredible package: sexy, dark, brooding, generous, mysterious, and talented.

What surprised me the most was as angsty as the book gets by the end, (Serious cliffhanger that I totally saw coming btw) I laughed a lot. The emails and banter that they have with each other are written so well. Is this classic literature? Definitely no, but it’s not written that way on purpose. The critics need to get off their high horses, and understand that people don’t converse that way anymore.

Ms. James writes in first person, with an inner dialogue that I felt like she was in MY head. This third reread surprised me yet again by that feeling. The writing style is like the way people talk to each other in REAL LIFE, especially to ourselves. So if you don’t talk or think like a Shakespearian play, that’s is OK with me.

What I am most excited about seeing play out in the movie isn’t the sex scenes, but the scenes that touch on their insecurities and the banter. Chemistry is what drives the book and the whole series, so from what I’ve seen so far in the trailers, I don’t think I will be disappointed. I am a huge fan of Jamie’s!!


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Well, maybe I’m looking forward to this scene also…


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“Sometimes I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Perhaps I’ve spent too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes, and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high.”

“Don’t get your panties in such a twist… and give me back mine.”

“There’s a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.”

“This is a man in need. His fear is naked and obvious, but he’s lost. . . Somewhere in his darkness. His eyes wide and bleak and tortured. I can soothe him. Join him briefly in the darkness and bring him into the light.”

“That scares me… you scare me… I am completly caught up in your spell, considering a lifestyle with you that I didn’t even know existed until last week, and then you write something like that and I want to run screaming into the hills. I won’t of course, because I’d miss you. Really miss you. I want us to work, but I am terrified of the dept of feeling I have for you and the dark path you’re leading me down. What you are offering is erotic and sexy, and I’m curious, but I’m also scared you’ll hurt me- physically and emotionally. After threee months you could say good-bye, and where will that leave me if you do?”


5 stars


I give this book 5 intensely good and unforgettable stars, and put it on my “favorite” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads.

So I know that there are many fans out there of the book. What are the scenes that you are looking forward to seeing play out on the big screen?


About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

2 thoughts on “Katiebird Reviews: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

  1. mothergolf says:

    I agree with you, I first read this when it was on ff, and I can remember hearing my computer ping late at night, or early in the morning, and I just knew there was an update! It just grabs you and won’t let go. I have all three books on audio books, so I listen to them every single night. I wish EL James must success and hope that all the nay sayer’s keep their mouths shut for once…….and just let us enjoy our movie……


  2. Nickie Adler says:

    I totally agree. I just finished reading book 1’again to refresh my memory before the movie. Need I say this is my fourth time reading them. I can’t wait for the movie, I even have a Laters Baby shirt I’ll be wearing.i also had to stop reading the book for a day because I found it upsetting. My friend who had already finished all three told me me to continue and that I would find that it was a beautiful love story. She was so right. I just wish the nay Sayers would give a chance. Oh well, you can’t change some people.


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