The conclusion to the phenomenon that is the Fifty Shades trilogy is all that it’s cracked up to be. The lose ends are tied up, the character development reaches its peak and the plot is surprisingly action packed. Fifty Shades of Grey remains my favourite installment but Fifty Shades Freed isn’t too far behind. This series started off as a hyped BDSM book but has transformed into a full fledged series with substance and memorable characters. I never expected this evolution nor did I expect to enjoy the journey so thoroughly. This trilogy is so much more than just naughty, it’s bewitching.
This book starts off on a happy note. Christian and Anastasia are enjoying their honeymoon bliss and seem to have resolved their issues. There are a couple of bumps but compared to the challenges that they’ve faced in the past these are only tiny blips on the radar. However, all good things must come to an end and when they return to the real world their truce takes a nosedive. As with the previous installments, this novel is another emotional rollercoaster. Even though I wasn’t always happy with what was going on in the story; I had faith that James would ensure that Grey and Ana finally receive their happily ever after.
I was surprised by the scope of this tale. There’s enough violence, deception and mystery to justify knocking this book out of the erotica genre in which it’s currently shelved. Fifty Shades Freed is so far away from being just about sex anymore that it’s crazy when you look back on how this story first began. The evolution that the characters and plot have gone through over the course of three books is staggering. When I first picked up these books I expected them to be high on nookie and for the storyline to be next to nonexistent. Boy was I wrong! This is quite possibly the most warped love story that I have ever read but that’s what makes it so good.
On the downside, I found that a lot of parts were unnecessarily long and weighed down the action. This book would have benefited immensely from some hardcore editing. The repeated use of the same terms and descriptions finally started to grate on my nerves in this final installment. Fifty Shades Freed is the longest novel out of the three but the entire story only takes place over a few weeks. It felt like so much longer because of the unneeded details. I liked that the side characters got some face time but it was irrelevant to the overall progression of the story and came across as filler.
I loved the fact that E.L. James saw fit to include an epilogue; without it the ending would have left me feeling less than satisfied. Another point worth mentioning is that when you purchase this series as a one volume eBook, you also receive two bonus short stories that are quick reads and really add to the big picture. Fifty Shades Freed is a great ending to a great trilogy.
|Recommendation:||Perfect for those looking for something a bit more on the wild side of fiction. Be prepared to be as shocked as you are turned-on!|
|Like this, like that:||This is the first BDSM series I’ve ever read.|
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