Sunday, 7 June 2015


Title: Grey 
Author: E.L. James
Genres: Erotic Romance
Pages: 576 Pages
Publisher: Arrow
Published Date: 18 June 2015
Edition: Paperback/Ebook
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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

In Christan's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of reader's around the world.

CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion be cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him - past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him? 


I was considering reading 50 shades again, I know a little obsessive, and then I came across Grey. I have always wanted to know Christian's point of view, what actually goes on inside of his mind?

We have heard little bits of information from his past from him, how it has affected him from Ana’s point of view and also Ana’s theory on how he feels about her. But, I don't think we got the full effect of it just from listening to what he told Ana. To me we don't truly understand Mr Christian Grey but this book let us in to the mind of Christian.

There were a lot of similarities between Grey and the original Fifty Shades. The contract was the same, every email exchanged between Ana and Christian were the same, the scenes that took place happened in the same order but this time from Christian’s point of view. But E L James made you think that it was a completely new story, she made you wonder if you actually read it before. Flipping the narrative around to Christian’s point of view, really changes the story.

Fifty Shades was funny, light hearted and about a woman exploring her new found sexual life. Whereas Grey was dark, deep, sometimes hard to read with how he though, it was like reading the mind of a psychopath. It kind of made it a bit more like a thriller. Don’t get me wrong I loved Grey it was a very interesting read, one I am not sure if I would read again thought.

Mr Christian Grey is an interesting character but one that I would stay away from not embrace like Anastasia Steele did. She is one tough cookie to put up with a man like that. But it makes you think is she tough, crazy or stupid for being with him. I suppose everyone deserves to be loved and so does Christian, as long as they are willing to change their dark ways.  

I don’t think this was “lazy writing” which reports are saying. Yes, as I mentioned before there were a lot of similarities, but the flashbacks to his childhood and how twisted his mind really was, takes skill. It brought a whole new aspect and story that the Fifty Shades trilogy told from Ana’s point of view, could off never told you.

Grey was a lot more realistic than the first three books of Fifty Shades, not to mention creepy. But for me it needed to be told. Ever since I started reading Fifty Shades I wanted to know Christian’s point of view and am sure am not alone. I am glad I read it the once and would recommend anyone who read the Fifty Shades trilogy and loved it to give it a go. It was a good read but once was enough for this dark fantasy because yes, this story turned out good, flowers, love, want and need but as everyone knows there is a flipside to this fantasy which can go so very wrong. 

Selina x