BOOKREVIEW#53 Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (International Giveaway)



You know you've fallen hard for something if you skip things to indulge yourself with something you want to do. A complete disregard of convention is a sure sign of strong desire. Strong desires, sometimes, can overwhelm and overpower and overcome you in sweet succession; which brings me to Fifty Shades of Grey. Read more after the jump.

My heart is pounding as I type this review. I started reading the first book of the Fifty Shades trilogy roughly around 10am yesterday. I was on my way to a Shu Uemura make-up workshop in Makati so I was dead sure to read an erotica wasn't the best idea there is. But I submitted to the thought because I knew I can't make Grey wait. I am always a victim of intrigue. I won't be surprised if I die from curiosity, so to speak.

It's been 24 hours since I first flipped through the tantalizing words that comprised this much talked about trilogy but I can still feel its effect on me. No, it's not just that my hormones are stirred (consider this as a warning, the book will stir you up); but it's because with the gift of hindsight, I find the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise as coercive and deep--pun intended.

It's not about the sex (innuendos would be plenty). Personally, what I found sexiest about the book is the chase. The push and the pull and the confusion and the restraint. Oh crap, does that make me perfect for the lifestyle? Woe. Is. Me.

But really... what relationship isn't power play? I believe there will always be dominance and submission when it comes to relationships: platonic, casual, serious, sexual; and Fifty Shades of Grey made that typical nature of human behavior as romantic and passionate and perverse as ever. I felt each page of Grey crawling under my skin as I read through--and as expected, like an addict, I even opened my gate for him.
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If you've ever been owned. If you've ever given yourself up to a desire. If you've ever granted someone the pleasure of you, you must read Fifty Shades of Grey.

If you've ever given up your own wishes. If you've ever felt perplexed by your own disobedience. If you've ever acted out of your nature just because someone or something has this unexplainable effect on you... you must read Fifty Shades of Grey.

More than the kinky, Fifty Shades of Grey is an explorative and experimental sneak peek to a world of pure honesty and acceptance. While I was reading through (and calming my body), I felt how behind the presumed darkness of the storyline, there is a basic human need emerging.

The need for connection.
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If you've ever loved somebody you know you shouldn't; if you love someone you know you shouldn't, you need Fifty Shades of Grey. It gave me what I did not expect from an erotica. It gave me clarity and a clearer perspective. Sometimes it's not about knowing or testing or pushing your limits. Sometimes it is what it is. As much as love is love--pain is pain.

Here's the best part. I'm giving away a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. This giveaway is made possible by the loving friendship Fully Booked has showered yours truly. Fill out the form below to join. Don't miss out the on any chance. That tip applies to both this contest and almost anything in life.

Have fun and good luck! If you read this book already, don't hesitate and comment with your thoughts on the story below. I'd like to have er, a healthy discussion of this title. Thanks! More book reviews here.

PS. E L James Retweeted this contest! woot woot! Which means she's been here... read the review, or at least saw parts of it... yeah. NICE!

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Comments

  1. LOL! I did the same thing you did! As soon as I started reading the first book, I had to read the other 2 right afterwards!

    I agree with you that the trilogy isn't all about the sex. It's really about the journey the 2 main characters take to discovering how to completely open up to someone they truly love.

    Out of the 3 books, I think the first one is definitely the best! Ahhh, the chase!

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  2. I'm curious about this book. I've heard lots of friends reading this. And maybe, well not maybe, now I'm sure of it, hee Now's the time for me to read it myself :)

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  3. I haven't dismissed 50 Shades just yet, though I couldn't get past it right now. I am not sure why :(

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  4. The most daring thing I've done in my life.. hmm.. do it in my ex's house where anyone could just catch us lol

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  6. most daring so far.. roam around Cebu all by myself without knowing the place.. it was fun, considering that I'm not an adventurous person. :D

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    I'm having mixed feelings about reading 50 Shades of Grey, but maybe I should just go for it ...

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  10. Jump in the water, just to catch a glimpse of butanding in donsol, sorsogon. It was a daring thing for me because I don't know how to swim.

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  11. I had many sleepless night because of this trilogy, I cried much sa ending ng book 1 so I really have to start book 2 agad. I am working but I admit I did not work for 2 straight days (though im in the office) because I am reading this trilogy.. :)

    I love Christian Grey period. hahaha.. I super love Book 2,cant wait for the movie :)

    Haven't been addicted to reading again until this book, I have 3 more in line same genre I think, Haven't started yet can't get over pa with Christian.

    To answer the question "Share with me what's the most daring thing you've done so far." - Being afraid of heights & one who does not eat much veggie , I still tried Asia's Longest zipline in Bukidnon and ate malunggay and chili ice cream in Bohol :)

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  12. i haven't done anything daring yet like conquering my fear of heights or snake but i will do it when my kids grow up, i think i can consider daring what I wrote on your tit for tat question..

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  13. I bought this and can't wait to read it. x

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  14. Excited about this book. Mainly because I would want Ian Somrhalder to play the lead role in the movie. So I thought to myself I must read it. :)

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  15. ive lived a dangerous life but fun-filled with bungee-jumping, zipline crossing, rappeling, etc. adrenaline-pumping activities are good to have once in awhile.

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  16. went on an out of the country trip just with my sister, a thousand miles away from the Philippines on a school term

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  17. I love your review! Just exactly what I want to say too. This book definitely opened my mind and changed my perspective in life and love. It's actually better than twilight (the book started as a fanfic of twilight btw). 50Shades Darker has more kilig moments, I know you'll love it! Gaaaahhh, I can't wait for the movie!

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  18. The most daring would be the one when i walked topless in front of my friends just to win the free ticket for MATRIX Revolution..:)

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  19. Most daring thing I've ever done is to ride the Raging River at HK's Ocean Park. I hate heights and the feeling of falling. I swore I'll never ride this thing again, it's scared the hell out of me!

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  20. i own the ebooks of the 50 shades trilogy but i haven't really finished everything pa.
    the most daring thing...
    im not really sure. im not really that daring & bold to start with e...hmmm
    i guess spending thousands of bucks even knowing that i have to buy something of importance. i just let 'destiny' take ahead of me so to speak..lol!

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  21. the most daring thing i've done so far is to wear a bikini without a cover in a beach. i'm a conservative person :)

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  22. The most daring thing ive done so far is to write my very own short story with explicit scenes that only matured minds could appreciate:)

    PEPOT

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  23. I Have read all 3 books twice already and it made me appreciate the character of Christian Grey more. It's not about those kinky stuff that attracted me to read the book. It's the story, that in reality, there may be this "Christian Grey" out there that we will meet and probably fall in love with but the question would be is, how do we accept him as he is. Can we really love this kind of person?

    Many have qualms on reading the book because of the erotic scenes. But hey, we need to be mature enough to handle and appreciate it. I have a book review too about the book and my favorite line per book :)

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  24. I am very sorry to say this, but I did not enjoy 50 Shades as much as others did. Not sure why. Glad you had a good time with this one though.
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  26. the most daring thing i've done.. probably enter a picture of me wearing a bikini in Cosmo for all the world (or at least anyone who reads it) to see! and hey, i won and it got published :)

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  27. did high ropes and low ropes activities, sort of like military like activities to build teams

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  28. love your review. grabe!!! Fifty shades is exciting, awesome and have many twists. this book is not all about sex thing it is how you accept the person you love whoever he is. I really love Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele! ^_^ can't wait for the movie! :)
    the most daring thing I've done so far is facing someone (who used to be my friend) to know the truth that I've been searching for. LOL :)

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  29. I rode the airplane to Iloilo and it was my first time to do so.

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  31. I once smoked a joint in my office's ladies' room. I was almost caught so I never did it again.

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  32. I tried eating the adobong bayawak in Tagaytay

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  33. ziplining on Asia's longest zipline (Bukidnon) and white water rafting adventure to think na di ako marunong lumangoy. hahaha

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  34. Most daring thing I did? Marry my first ever boyfriend! haha

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  35. I'm very shy person. so Wearing a bikini would be my most daring thing I've done :D

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  37. Okay, I've dared to sing a number in a bar when in fact I don't really sing that well. I just braved myself from all of the "kansyaws" I'm hearing from the audience. =/

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  38. Okay, I've dared to sing a number in a bar when in fact I don't really sing that well. I just braved myself from all of the "kansyaws" I'm hearing from the audience. =/

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  39. The most daring thing I've done is join our company's Amazing Race Challenge wherein we have to run to all nine stations - go up a wall, go under some ropes, jump over some tires - and swim at the end of the race. Daring because I've had asthma for years and I could've had an attack by participating in an active activity such as that - but I did not and even if my team didn't win the race, I still feel like a winner for finishing it - breathless, yes, but not asthma-wheezing-breathless type. :)

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  40. The most daring that I've done was sexy dancing with another man I don't know.. hahaha...

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  41. The most daring that I've done? well, dancing while on top of the table in the disco bar.. :D

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  42. Flirting with someone I didn't know - online. Well, that was ages ago.

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  43. I told the father of my son that I will ter her wife about us. :D That made him pee in his pants. LOL

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  44. dancing to the fullest. it was my first time to enter in a disco bar :D

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  45. The most daring thing that I've done so far would be finishing The Vampire Diaries Season 1 to 3 for a span of almost 2 weeks. Yup! That means watching vampires while slowly becoming a zombie, LOL!

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  46. Stand on a table and sing my heart out..and I wasn't even auditioning for a musical or glee club then ha! hehehe :)

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  47. I want the Fifty Shades of Grey book! I've been hearing so many things about it and yes, it made me so CURIOUS! :) haha.

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  48. The most daring thing I've done is to leave my ex-husband. Worked out well for me. Hehe!

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  49. most daring ... would be me doing a film with eddie garcia and boot anson roa.. with me being the lead!

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  50. I've been hearing a lot of about this book.. now, I'm more intrigued! :)

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  51. Oh, wait.. I forgot to answer your question.. hmmm.. my most daring act would have to go ---- white water rafting in Cagayan De Oro! Heheh

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  52. had enough of my boss, submit my resignation immediately!

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  53. the most daring thing i ever had is when i ran after Robin Padilla just to kiss him and have his Autograph....LOL.

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  54. ran after Robin Padilla just to kiss him and have his autograph... LOL

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  55. ran after Robin Padilla just to kiss him and have his autograph

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  56. the most daring thing i do,when i face my phobia and deal with it...

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  57. the most daring thing i did was wearing a nude nearly transparent dress with heels during the DAY.

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  58. I loved the trilogy but only have it as an e-book, would so totally love to get the actual books, crossing my fingers and toes that I win! :P

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  59. ate fried frogs.. or was it grilled? lol

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  60. Another most daring thing that I did was to actually look for an ebook and read 50 Shades of Grey.

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  61. The most daring thing I've done so far was going in a mountain trekking and I was 3-month pregnant that time! ^_^

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  62. Buying some kinky handcuffs?? Lol!!
    All for Fifty! :D

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  63. Kiss a girl in the lips for a bet, lol

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  65. I still don't get it (the hype) but whatever.... yes every relationship is more or less a power play....some people like to be dominated, its just eaiser sometimes. I think people just like porn, sex sells, its intriguing. We're animals!

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  66. Most daring thing I did was to eat this "new recipe" my friend did. The "new recipe" is actually our leftovers in the restaurant. She mixed it all our leftovers and we ate it and man did it taste awful and horrible.

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  67. Most daring thing I did was to eat the mixed leftovers of what we ate in a restaurant. Man, did it taste awful and horrible.

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  68. Taking a 3-hour boat ride on Malaysian waters and it was my first time to ride and travel by boat.

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  69. NSVD without any pain meds -- nuff said! ;))

    **What is NSVD?

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  70. i should be studying for my exams tomorrow but I want to have Fifty Shades of Grey so bad!!! :)

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  71. The most daring that I ever did was asking a Super Cute Korean Guy for his number while playing Truth or Consequence

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  72. I dared to shout in our dormitory at the top of my lungs when I was feeling uber sad! Seriously! The guard on duty thought I was gonna jump out the window. haha!

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  73. I haven't read this yet but this book really interests me~ :D

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  74. I haven't read this book yet so I want to win~ :D it really hit my interests~ :DD

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  75. i jumped from a 10 meter high platform feet first into 16ft of water in the pool in my first ever diving lesson. didn't hesitate, didn't blink, didn't even know what to think

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  76. Falling in love and finding the courage to get back up.

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  77. Now this book totally got my attention. Everybody's talking about. Curious!

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  78. My family forbids me to read this, but I'm still reading it (secretly though) :))))

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  79. the most daring thing i've done so far was confessing to a guy that i have crush on him. ^_^

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  80. after years of not reading a pocketbook,my friend shared to me this book, which i love to read because its exciting and somekind of a different story. im still finishing book 2 and cant wait to finish it.

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  81. im the one who ask my husband to marry me

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  82. I have major practical exam tomorrow, but still here I am. I cannot resist the power of Christian Grey, he's too strong.

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  83. commute to subic alone when i was in highschool,in my uniform because the field trip bus left me..i followed them and succeeded

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  84. Im starting to hear about this book and was very curious...However, copy was always out of stock...urgh!! i hope to win this one..

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  85. Eating fresh siling labuyo! Haha ;))

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  86. Most daring? Went to review in miniskirt! ^_^

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  87. I quit my job as a manager to do what I truly love. That is to teach preschoolers :)

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  88. Another most daring thing: Quitting med school to be a stay-at-home mom.

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  89. rode the rollercoaster at everland, seoul!

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  90. most daring so far... eating exotic foods. how about snake and frogs? :D

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