First book off my summer reading list that I tackled was the second Fifty Shades novel- Fifty Shades Darker. I read the first Fifty in the course of about 24 hours. This one on the other hand took me an entire road trip to New Orleans to finish- that’s a long time. I kept getting irritated with this book; I would read a chapter, let out a sigh of irritation, and complain to my friend who was reading the book at the same time as me. If you weren’t a big fan of the first book, you will hands down HATE the second book. I enjoyed the first book but found myself struggling to get through the second. Now the question remains… should I read the third and final installment?
Fifty Shades Darker picks up pretty much right where the first book leaves off. Ana and Christian are still broken up but you know she still wants him and he wants her. To no one’s surprise, they get back together and Christian promises Ana the “vanilla” relationship that she wants. Literally vanilla. When you read it, you will understand why I say that (it’s one of the parts that made me laugh out loud). There is less sex than the first book, and it is far less shocking for sure. There are some new characters introduced which I liked since I’m tired of Ana. Seriously though, she is probably one of the most annoying literary characters of all time. She needs a good dose of some Alexyss K. Tylor. PREACH.
Not only does Ana become about 100 times more annoying in this book, but Fifty Shades Darker is one of the most repetitive books of all time. I was one inner goddess reference away from throwing this book out the window. If you played a drinking game to every time you hear the sound of the foil packet ripping, you wouldn’t make it through a quarter of the book. Seriously, get some new adjectives, adverbs, whatever! I’m not even being picky here- the repetitiveness is incredibly obvious. It will drive you insane.
All in all, it was again what I expected. However, the second time around wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the first. I’m still on the fence if I’m going to read the third novel. I feel like I should since I am two-thirds of the way through the series, but honestly, I’m not all that excited about it.