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Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

Fifty Shades Darker (original 2011; edition 2012)

by E L James

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Title:Fifty Shades Darker
Authors:E L James
Info:The Writer's Coffee Shop (2012), Edition: First, Paperback, 394 pages
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Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James (2011)


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Fifty Shades Darker felt less sexy and amusing than the first book. Less sexy, because a sex scene (even as hot a sex scene as described by E.L. James) every five minutes gets old (very odd, I know!). Less amusing, because this part really is darker, which is not in the least a bad thing, as it allows the plot to develop in a more interesting manner, and emotions and feelings to become more intense. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |

Another great book in the series. However I wish Ana would grow the heck up. Hopefully she grows in the next book and Christian gets through his issues. Only thing I didn't like was the ending.... ( )
  Kimmykay0302 | Apr 13, 2015 |

Another great book in the series. However I wish Ana would grow the heck up. Hopefully she grows in the next book and Christian gets through his issues. Only thing I didn't like was the ending.... ( )
  Kimmykay0302 | Apr 13, 2015 |
I am fairly certain that 80% of this book was copied and pasted from the first book. There is less plot and more manipulation and obsessive controlling billionaires. Another reviewer wrote it best when they said:

"Lips bitten: 25, Eyes widened: 21, Eyes rolled: 51, "oh my": 45, Scowls: 48, Gasps: 62, "jeez": 76, Smirks: 91, Flushes/blushes: 133, F-bombs dropped: 173, & Whispers: 251

Do the math! Lips are bitten and eyes are widened in every chapter. Someone gasps once every six pages. The main character "flushes" at least once every three pages.

Yes, the British author uses British colloquialisms that make no sense in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, the female protagonist is two dimensional and boring. Yes, her leading man is given a forced and contrived backstory in an unnecessary attempt to make sense of his kinkiness in a vanilla world. The sex scene was okay the first time I read it, but by the time it was recycled for the twelfth time or so it was just boring. And yes, in between the repetitions listed above the author inexplicably throws whatever was on her "word a day calendar" into character conversation where it sounds silly and awkward. But none of these things really destroy a good book quite like reading "I flush" for the hundredth time."

The author laughs every time someone buys this book, and somewhere a fairy falls over dead because of it. ( )
  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
DISCLAIMER: This is a review of an audiobook.


“Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James is the second installment in a romantic/erotic trilogy Fifty Shades. After Anastasia Steele, a beautiful college graduate, decides that Christian Grey’s, a young, handsome, insanely rich but damaged entrepreneur’s, singular erotic tastes are too much to handle, she walks out on him and tries to focus on her new career in publishing. However, neither of them can stay away from each other for long. Ana and Christian soon rekindle their relationship, which becomes stronger than ever. Christian makes every effort to leave his past behind and start a new life with Ana, but some demons are not that easy to get rid of, especially if they want you back.


1) Becca Battoe still rocks.
Listening to the first book in the series, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I admired Becca Battoe’s passionate narration and colorful intonations that suited the story perfectly. In “Fifty Shades Darker,” Battoe yet again plays her part flawlessly. In fact, I think she made the book sound better than it actually is.


1) Broken spell.
Besides the praise for Battoe’s narration, I take back anything positive I said about this series while reviewing the first book. I was clearly intoxicated by a heart-fluttering “Twilight”-type love story. However, the charm finally wore off, and I regained my critical thinking.

2) Unhealthy relationship.
A sweet love story is gone as Ana and Christian’s relationship now seems to be dominated by lust and bodily desire. To make matters worse, Ana blames herself for everything, keeps apologizing, and is kind of afraid of Christian and his unexpected mood swings. Also, since Christian is “fifty shades of fucked up” and frequently gets mad for no god reason, and Ana often acts rather dumb and childishly stubborn, they are CONSTANTLY fighting over stupid things. Call me pessimistic, but such relationship has “doomed” written all over it.

3) Unrealistic.
Contrary to what I said in my review of “Fifty Shades of Grey” (told you, I was spellbound), I found the story and characters in “Fifty Shades Darker” quite unrealistic. Although the story might pass as an escapist fantasy, Christian’s perfection is clearly overdone (young, handsome, rich, influential, caring, smart, fluent in French, expert in bed as well as playing piano, sailing, gliding, flying a helicopter… Well, you got the idea). Also, even though Christian is seriously messed up, Anna magically changes him… in less than a month.

4) One-dimensional heroine.
I quote myself: “And Ana… yes, she might seem a little bit immature, but give the girl a break - she is in love!” Well, scratch that. Ana is not blinded by love, she is simply obtuse. Except for an occasional witty remark, nothing interesting comes out of her mouth or happens in her head, as she keeps repeating the same things over and over, makes a big fuss over nothing and creates problems where none exist. In addition, she is full of self-loathing, doubt and often is unbearably melodramatic. And although she keeps emphasizing that she doesn’t care about Christian’s wealth, I’ve started thinking otherwise.

5) Repetitive and annoying.
In my previous review, I mentioned that the sex scenes were rather repetitive and soon enough became the boring part of the story. Well, it got even worse, to the point where I started tuning out. Unfortunately, there was not much going on besides the sex… Also, many parts of the story were overly melodramatic. Such parts at first made me laugh, then roll my eyes and finally gag.

6) Bad writing.
Repetition, not much of a plot, all that melodrama, one-dimensional characters… I finally see what people mean when they say that James’ writing is quite bad.

VERDICT: 2 out of 5

“Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James is a step-down from the first book in the series. It’s VERY repetitive, quite unrealistic and melodramatic with poorly developed characters and boring sex as the main part of the plot, but… somehow I still want to know how the story ends.


It might help looking at this series with humor, just as John Summers from Mumbles, South Wales did in his priceless poem. ( )
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Daunted by the singular sexual 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 her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

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