Title: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I recently reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey and described it as Literary Porn. To say the least, I really enjoyed it. So I embarked to read its sequel. So here is what I think of Fifty Shades Darker. As for the story line, this book is considerably better. Yes it still contains steamy sex scenes but this book is more romantic, allows for more character development and is not only defined by its sex scenes.
I truly and without a doubt loved the romance. A lot of people don’t understand the obsession with Twilight. But because I was within that crowd I will explain. Yes it is not well written, and there might be an issue with ideas the book may present. Like stalking a girl will be found to be romantic- listen guys: that’s never romantic. Seriously. You’ll be lucky to only walk away with a restraining order. Back to my point, Twilight was a big deal because it allowed for the reader to get completely caught up in its emotion. I quite literally fell in love with the book- and Edward for that matter. Fifty Shades has the same bit of magic Twilight possesses in allowing the reader to get swept up in the emotion of the book. And boy was it romantic. Yep, I totally fell in love.
I enjoyed how well we got to know Christian and Ana in this book. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian reveals that there is more to his Dominant, jealous, overbearing, overprotective and stalker ways. The reader is exposed to his boyish charm. We are shown a side of him that is sweet and endearing and I think will make just about any girl swoon. He is playful, thoughtful, funny, charming… In this book, Ana is trying to find out why Christian is the way he is and by the end of it, all of his secrets are out in the open. Call me crazy but seeing how vulnerable he is made him realistic- as in nobody is perfect and I can’t think of anything that could of made him sexier.
This book was also suspenseful and action packed. I give credit to James for all of the conflicts and issues she provides us with. Truly I have never seen so many hurdles for characters to overcome in ONE book. I also, once again, loved the emails and the laughs that accompanied them.
On a negative note, something that seemed to annoy me to no end was Ana’s alter egos? I honestly don’t know what to call them. In the first book I found it odd but seeing as it actually didn’t take away from the novel, I didn’t mention it. But in this one, it was boring and tended to take away from the book itself and from Ana as a character. At times it truly makes her sound like she has a multiple personality disorder.
With Fifty Shades Darker, I actually took my time reading and can say that this book is amateurish at best. Just like the Twilight novels for which Stephanie Meyer has been criticized to no end for, this book was not well written. Because I tend to be so anal about grammar, this is usually a big pet peeve for me. With Miss James, the issue is not only with the grammar but with the writing itself. I really think that she could have invested in a better editor. By the way, I say this in the nicest way possible.
So all in all, I enjoyed the book and yes, I will also be reading the sequel. But as you know, my library and it’s ridiculously long waiting list for popular books has me at 200 in its queue and I’ve already been waiting two weeks. So don’t expect to see it anytime soon.