Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

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32 Critic Reviews

I was expecting the same level of wonder and excitement that the first two books in the series gave me, and instead I found myself constantly frustrated and annoyed while reading.
-The Bookpushers

Synopsis

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
 
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
 
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

 

About E. L. James

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Vintage. 594 pages
Genres: Romance, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 32 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 13

Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Acquanetta Ferguson on Aug 28 2012

My goodness, she has got to be the dumbest, most irritating character I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books over the past 20 years. I mean it is as if the author was in a corner and had no idea how to write herself out of it.

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Nights and Weekends

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Reviewed by Colleen Snodgrass on Sep 25 2013

...I would only really recommend these books to readers who enjoy being up on all the literary trends or who are looking for a string of “naughty scenes” without much to back it up or tie the story together.

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Book Buzz

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Reviewed by Caryn Rupert on Jul 08 2012

The dynamic between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is literary poison. It made me sick to read it, to the point where I had to put it down after every couple chapters because I was so disgusted...Do not waste your money or your time on such a worthless pile of garbage.

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Fiction Vixen

Excellent
Reviewed by Jen on Jan 24 2012

I am sad I will not get to read more Fifty and Ana but really look forward to what Ms. James has in store for us next.

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The Readers Cafe

Above average
Reviewed by Brooke on May 03 2013

I’ll stop...so that I don’t spoil major plot points, but let it suffice to say that the character crossed the line from “dominating” to “complete and utter asshole.” Even the rose-colored epilogue did very little to bring him back into my good graces.

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Roberto M.Sedycias on Jun 18 2012

...the way the author James handles not only the expository sections as well as the erotic descriptions is so seamless that you don't need formal character development because you learn about each character through their conversations.

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The Bookpushers

Below average
Jan 29 2012

I was expecting the same level of wonder and excitement that the first two books in the series gave me, and instead I found myself constantly frustrated and annoyed while reading.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Turner on Jan 17 2012

...watching the nature of Christian’s character unfold before my eyes has to be the most rewarding part of the book.

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Feeling Fictional

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Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 24 2012

The writing isn't the best and it could have used some serious editing to cut out the repetition but that didn't stop me enjoying every minute of it.

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The Autumn Review

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Reviewed by Autumn Hull on Mar 11 2012

I continue to love Ana and adore how she has grown throughout the series. She’s a strong, independent woman, who has the ability to love unconditionally. Christian *sigh* is still wonderful, dominating *wink*, and sinfully tasty!

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Bookish Temptations

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Reviewed by Tamie on Jan 25 2012

Let me just say that if you’ve read the other 2 books you will not be disappointed with this one. If you haven’t read this series yet…OMG! You need to.

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My Keeper Shelf

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Reviewed by My keeper shelf on Jan 26 2012

Without giving anything away, I thought the ending was well deserved and felt right to me. I like a conclusion. In saying that, I am sad I won't get any further Fiftyness but I know I can always reread my favourite bits...

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Maryse's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Maryse on Jan 23 2012

This one just… completed it. A little less magic, but a little more… something else. It’s all good. I was happy to be a part of their world. And of course, I’d love more like it!

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Early Nerd Special

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Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on Jul 17 2012

I’m embarrassed that I read all three of the books, but I’m glad that I get to forget about them now, just as the rest of the world will.

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Chicks Dig Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen C on May 19 2012

While Freed was fun to read and just as kinky as the first two books, it was definitely the weakest of the trilogy.

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The Brunette Librarian

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Reviewed by The Brunette Librarian on May 03 2012

E L James has been criticized for not being incredibly literary, and I would have to agree. The sentence and story structure of the trilogy isn't complex in the least, yet the books are addicting.

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Under the Covers

Good
Reviewed by Angela on Jan 19 2012

E. L. James wrote an outstanding story to end the Fifty Shades Trilogy.

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Book Savvy Babe

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurielu on Mar 06 2013

Fifty Shades Freed is the perfect finish to the trilogy. The ONLY complaint I have is that Ana and Christian’s story has come to a conclusion. I know I can revisit them when by re-reading this series; but, it is just not the same.

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World Of Books

Good
Reviewed by Anna on Jun 21 2012

The final book is everything I hoped it would be. Everything was cleared up and I felt satisfied with the ending. Christian is finally able to accept love and his past and Anastasia finally sticks up for herself.

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Dot Scribbles

Good
Reviewed by Dot on Jun 07 2012

E.L. James has created a terrific trilogy and one I know that I will read again and again.

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Change the Word

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Chapman on Apr 19 2012

Overall, the characters are fascinating. The story is compelling. The words are well-written. It was definitely worth the hours I spent reading, and it went by quickly. Plus, it was super hot.

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Book Whore

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Reviewed by Danielle on May 11 2012

This is not my favorite book in the trilogy; I found it predictable and repetitive.

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Unabridged Andra

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Reviewed by Andra on Oct 08 2012

I give this book NO Keys...it doesn't deserve a rating and I wish I would have done what my brain was begging me to do and DNF the book after the first ten pages.

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Livin' Life Through Books

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Reviewed by Felicia on Jul 19 2012

An absolute amazing conclusion to an awesome trilogy. I loved everything about this series... It was also an interesting surprise to read Christian's point of view, and wouldn't mind reading the full version of Christian's reaction.

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Cupcake's Book Cupboard

Above average
Reviewed by Cupcake on May 22 2012

Oh, it's awful. Don't get me wrong about that. It is just as badly written and edited as its predecessors. But, as I have said before, it is literary crack. So bad for you, but so addicting.

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Tea Time with Marce

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Reviewed by Marce on Dec 30 2011

... I wanted so much more. I will continue to recommend the first one but the third just didn't make the mark.

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Man vs. Books Club

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Reviewed by MAN VS BOOKS CLUB on Jul 17 2012

...the ending is picture perfect. At the end of the book E.L. James included a bonus chapter of Christian first meeting with Ana from 50 Shades of Grey from his point of view. I found myself enjoying his thoughts more so than Ana’s the first time.

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Man vs. Books Club

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Jul 17 2012

I wish Ms James had written these books from both of their point of views.

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Scattered Figments

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Reviewed by Catrin on Jun 10 2012

It's ok, I won't be reading it overandover but that doesn't make it bad, just a bit cliche. Like a cross between a Mills and Boon and some kinky playboy.

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Cassandra's Reviews

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Reviewed by Cassandra on May 17 2012

...I was somewhat disappointed with the conclusion.

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

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Reviewed by Martha on May 08 2012

I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh, but most of all I wanted to keep reading during every available time I could.

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Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

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Reviewed by Jennifer Bielman on Aug 29 2012

It's like a drug... You know it's bad for you but that doesn't stop you from swallowing every last word.

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