My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After the semi-disappointment that was the first Fifty Shades novel and the semi-redemption by the second, I went full-speed ahead into Fifty Shades Freed. It was much better than the first and about equal with the second. The series still reads a lot like bad or mediocre fanfiction, but it addictive bad or mediocre fanfiction.
The intercut nature of the first part of the book was interesting. It sort of gave an insight to what had been going on in the lives of Christian and Ana. It was a little distracting sometimes going back and forth between the pre-wedding/during-the-wedding stuff and the honeymoon. If I got the least bit distracted, I would sometimes have to go back and remind myself which time period the current scene was in.
This novel finally allowed the characters to become more than just the sketches that they’d basically been since the beginning. There was not only a growth in the development of their personalities, there was also a growth in the level of trust and intimacy between Christian and Ana. This story felt more like an actual novel than the other two had, but it was still quite flawed.
There was still a massive amount of repetition in the novels, which was frustrating. It was something I started getting used to after a while.
As for the trilogy as a whole, I actually wish the stories had been better and had been worth the hype. Though I enjoyed them, it saddens me that there was such a level of hype for books that weren’t any better than they were. If only society could pay more attention to more worthy books. I don’t regret reading these, but I do regret that people thought that these were awesome.