Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker starts off right where Book 1 left off.  In the aftermath of their breakup, both Ana and Christian are realizing that they don't want to go on without each other.  Ana has just started her new job as an Editorial Assistant at Seattle Independent Publishing, working for editor Jack Hyde who is slowing proving himself to be very creepy.  Christian is struggling with his feelings for Ana, and tries to make so that he can be with her in any capacity, even if that means having a "real" relationship.  As Ana and Christian work together to rekindle their relationship and make it work, they have many hurtles to get over that try to interfere with their relationship.  With jealous ex-lovers and acquaintances, Ana and Christian have a lot of battles to win to be together.
~My Review~

I jumped into this book as soon as I could after I finished reading the first in the series.  Once again, the writing wasn't great but I knew that going into it.  There was a continuation of character development with Ana and Christian, and their story evolved more.  Both Ana and Christian had to make a lot of changes so that they could make their relationship work.  While Christian still maintained a tendency to take the Alpha Male stance and try to control things, and Ana continued to toe the line of what Christian could handle, it made for some really interesting interactions.  I liked all of the build-up to all of the conflicts presented, and it's not like they just pop up out of nowhere, just because there needs to be a conflict.  The conflicts (there are multiple) progress at a good pace, and they're resolved well.

Ana's Inner Goddess made more appearances in this book, and when I searched on the term "inner goddess" in the book, it came up with 43 results (versus 57 in Book 1). The term "subconscious" makes 51 appearances (versus 79 in Book 1). That's still a lot, considering how annoyed I was with both her inner goddess and subconscious by the end of Book 1.  I still felt like it was fluff to just take up room on a page.  Is it just me who thinks this?

"My subconscious tuts at me arms crossed, glaring over her half-moon glasses. Why are you torturing yourself? You've said yes.  You've made your bed.  I purse my lips at her.  Yes I have, gladly so.  I want to lie in that bed with Christian for the rest of my life.  My inner goddess, sitting in the lotus position, smiles serenely.  Yes, I've made the right decision"

Again like in Book 1, this book is over 500 pages.  While there are a lot of things that happen, they still spend a lot of time in the playroom, and it honestly gets boring.  Because of what happens in the playroom at the end of Book 1, Christian insists on waiting before taking Ana in there again.  I liked this, because I felt like it really showed his willingness to change for Ana and how he doesn't want to push her in the direction of the playroom just because that's what he likes.  At the same time, Ana becomes starved for some of the playroom activities, and I think it's funny, especially because of what happened to her previously in there, and how unexperienced she was before she was introduced to this lifestyle.  Eventually, they are able to come to an agreement on going into the playroom, and it seems to work for them.

The one thing that I didn't like about the book was the timeline.  It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that everything that happens in the book happens within just about two weeks.  The relationship progresses fast, and I feel like too much information is crammed into this one week. I understand that the book is fiction.  I understand that it's nothing like a real life situation and that it's perfectly acceptable for so many things to happen within one week.  But literally, Christian first reaches out to Ana about going to Jose's show on Wednesday, they rekindle their relationship on Thursday at the show, they spend the weekend together, and then they have a completely jam-packed week of drama, and the book ends on the following Saturday.  Seriously.  That's only 11 days and it's just a really short timeline for the amount of drama and conflict that takes place.  However, I do maintain that she builds up to the 
conflicts appropriately and they are resolved well. For a 500+ page book, it went really fast, and while it didn't end on a huge cliffhanger, I was still really anxious to pick up Book 3 and continue reading..

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Other books in the series:
Fifty Shades of Grey (Book 1)
Fifty Shades Freed (Book 3)

1 comment:

  1. You're right about the timeline! I know we've discussed the timeline in the first book before, but I don't think I really thought about how fast the entire second book is! It's definitely fiction, but still fun :) haha