Book Review: Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James

Due to my deep curiosity about BDSM, I’m done reading FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY.

This is the first erotica I read that is narrated in first-person-perspective in present tenses. It’s an easy read. Basically, Fifty Shades is a love story between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. These two main characters produce an instant chemistry when Ana interviews Christian for her best friend’s school paper. ♣ ♣ ♣

Yet, the trilogy is too long. Each book contains more than 500 pages. There are times that I get tired and bored with the sex activities they do with or without BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism). Excessive repetition is unnecessary, but their first is sweet by the way. It’s found on Book 1, Chapter 8, page 109.

The character formation of Christian Grey fascinates me. He grows up as rich, smart and physically attractive but beyond his control, he’s still heavily devoured by his traumatic past. He’s an adopted Grey raised by Carrick and Grace. Elena Lincoln, on the other hand, is a family friend who sexually abused Christian when he was 15. This was Christian’s unhealthy lifestyle for six years.

As a result, Christian Grey becomes a controlling person with a Type-A personality by the age of 27. I’m not a psychologist but subconsciously, I can tell he continues the dark secret lifestyle introduced to him by Elena.

He turns himself into a man who feels he can convince any women to be his submissive. Ana is his victim. I can sense he loves her. He needs her but due to his strong desire to be in control all the time, he fails to understand that love is a mutual feeling that needs to be nourished with trust and respect. Thanks to Ana’s unconditional love. As their relationship is constantly tested, Christian finally learns to understand his weakness and accepts his past is his history that he needs to let go.

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Book Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Done reading PERCY JACKSON’S GREEK HEROES. This is a light-read storybook for young adults like me. It contains 12 chapters hilariously narrated by Percy Jackson himself. ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

Each chapter tells a different story with high-quality colored illustrations, let’s say, there are three in one chapter. The stories of Psyche (Chapter 2, page 37) and Hercules (Chapter 11, page 259) are my favorite.

Aphrodite as her mother-in-law, Psyche does everything she can to win back Eros – even if it means traveling to the Underworld to get a box of beauty cream. Beautiful inside and out, her story makes me realize why Psyche became the goddess of the human soul. She genuinely understands human suffering like no one else.

Hercules, on the other hand, is a big name in mythology. He is this muscular, tan and adventurous man who never quit. Yet, to my surprise, his life is a tragedy. He suffers from anger management issues. He even massacred his family before completing the 12 impossible tasks ordered by King Eurystheus.

All in all, this storybook is worth for keeps with its companion, PERCY JACKSON & THE GREEK GODS. I’m planning to re-read but I’m not sure when.

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