Original FF: Master of the Universe by Snowqueen's Icedragon
Series: Fifty Shades 2
Debut: January 1, 2011
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 40
Oh, the sweet passion! ... or not. Bad as that may sound, the story simply lost its edge. But let's go into more detail:
1) Pace and Repetition: Considering how fast the relationship between Christian and Ana develops, it's understandable that she can't quite wrap her hear around it. However, this is just too much -- of the same vocab. I totally hadn't minded if James wouldn't have used the same phrases over and over again. As it is, it's going on your nerves and it got a little boring, too. I'm not minding the fast pace, though. On the contrary, I think it fits Christian quite well.
2) (Kinky) Sex: "Losing the edge" is basically the best way to say it. I expected that it'd become more experimantal and more specific, but instead all the air was let out the balloon. It wasn't exactly boring, but it definitively didn't fill ou its potential. It did get a bit more romantic, though. For those who missed that in the first book.
3) Story: I feel two ways about the developments here. On the one hand, I think it was good that Ana had this impact on Christian, and turns his life around for the better. On the other hand, it's just sooo predictable! Why oh why does nobody dare to write something that erupts outcries from the readers? Again, this story does not fill out the potential it has from the start-out set up. Disappointed? A bit. Be that as it may, I still think the turns this story tool were good, especially at the end. And I have to admit there was one of the fifty shades that actually surprised me positively.
All in all, it was okay for the most part, but could've made with 100 to 150 pages less, to safe the reader some eye rolling.
Area Scan: Style: 2/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 3.5/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Humor: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 3.5/5 -- Smut: 2/5