Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Untold Story by Monica Ali and the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

I've been reading loads lately! I have to say, it's because the books I've been reading were page turners. First I read Untold Story by Monica Ali and to be honest, the version I had didn't have such an obvious cover so when I picked it up, I didn't realize that it was about Princess Diana.

Untold Story is the tale of a woman who lives an average life in a small American town, but when a paparazzo shows up, her cover is in danger of being blown. As it turns out, she was the most famous woman in the world when she decided years before to walk out on her life of fame and luxury to pursue a normal, safe existence.

So what if Princess Diana hadn't died? What if she's out there somewhere? How would she have done it and how would it work? Untold Story answers all those questions and more in a fictional setting told from the point of view of the princess, her accomplice and a member of the press she was so desperate to escape. It's described by the author as a 'fairy tale' and that's what it is... A fairy tale in reverse. Can someone who has the happily ever after we've all always dreamed of get the happy ending that she's always dreamed of?

Untold Story is a great book - I highly recommend it! It was slow to start for me, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.

Okay, I know... Before any of you start moaning about me giving in and reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy, let me say that I absolutely loved it. I read all three books in just a little over a week. 

Fifty Shades of Grey introduces Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, two people who's lives intertwine by accident, changing them forever. Yes, it's true - there's some erotica involved in these books and quite frankly, the stories wouldn't really work without those parts, but these books are so much more than that. The unconventional romance starts in Fifty Shades of Grey, the complications come about in Fifty Shades Darker and there's even more in Fifty Shades Freed which also provides quite a bit of explanation. 

It's true that some of the writing in these books is a bit simplistic, however given that these are the first novels by E.L. James, I think they're a great start and I look forward to seeing any other books she turns out. That aside, the stories are great, the romance is addictive and the character development is ace! 

Many people have pointed out the similarities between the Fifty Shades Trilogy and the Twilight Saga. I have to say, there are a lot of similarities, which might be why I loved it so much, but these are definitely not teen novels, so even if you're not a TwiHard, I'd suggest giving them a shot anyway.

What are you reading lately? If you're reading something amazing, I'd love the recommendation! 

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