Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Posted June 16, 2012 by Carmel in / 11 Comments

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Series: Fifty Shades #3
Author: E.L. James
Publisher: Vintage
Format: eBook, 468 pages
Published: April 2012
ISBN #: 9780345803573 / 0345803574
Genre: Erotica
My Copy: bought
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When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian’s singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed.

Now, together, they have more – love, passion, intimacy, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy, and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control, and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present.

Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate combine to make Ana’s worst nightmares come true. Alone and desperate, she must face down the poisoned legacy of Christian’s past.

Seductive, shocking, sad and funny, Fifty Shades Freed is the compelling final volume in the Fifty Shades trilogy.

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.

Books in this series:
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My Review
Fifty Shades Darker
My Review
Fifty Shades Freed

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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11 responses to “Review: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

  1. I believe I started this series the same week you did. And I still can’t see the reason people call it erotica. There’s more suspense and action then anything else. I liked the first two books, but still didn’t finish this one. Is a bit to long and with way too much details.

    Mariana @ Book Travels

  2. Your downside remarks have already grated on me in the first tow books, but your are correct in saying its more than erotic and its a bewitching series. I’m reading a few books for review right now, which has stopped me completing this series but I certainly will do so just as soon as I can. Great review. X

    shahwharton.com

  3. I agree that an editor is desperately needed for this series. But I thought this was the weakest of the three. In fact, I didn’t see much character development at all. Maybe with Christian, but Ana started this series one person and ended it the exact same, other then losing her virginity to a BDSM dude. The sexy times basically repeated the first two books, and if anything, they ended before the good stuff. Far too often, Christian would take her hand (or frown or smirk or rub his nose down hers), and then it was …. fade to black. But by golly, I ate up this trilogy, much to my personal shame.

    My review: cupcake’s book cupboard.

  4. Great review. I still gave a 5 because I liked how the series was a trilogy and E.L. James stuck to it. She delivered a nice package. Oh my this one had a roller coaster ride. I agree not as erotic as book 1.
    I still really loved the series and I still think of the characters. Very memorable.
    I just finished Bared to You by Sylvia Day and there are a lot of comparisons for sure.

  5. @cupcake Isn’t that funny? Even though we found tons of things wrong with these books that still didn’t stop us from becoming completely addicted. Weird!