TITLE: Vain (Book 1 # of The Seven Deadly Sins Series)
AUTHOR: Fisher Amelie
GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult – Contemporary Romance
SOPHIE PRICE IS VAIN
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah….then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. Its not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, If, I was being honest with you, I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price….And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
BREAK THE CYCLE
Fisher Amelie has created an imaginative series focused around the seven deadly sins. Each deadly sin features in an installment wherein the respective protagonist of the story bears a persona which emulates that deadly sin. The twist is found in the fact that the protagonist is given the opportunity to change their character and seek redemption, and for that reason I loved this book, Vain. I loved what it represents, I love the concept behind this series and I really look forward to continuing along this journey through all the seven deadly sins.
“Vanity’s a debilitating affliction. You’re so absorbed in yourself it’s impossible to love anyone other than oneself, leaving you weak without realization of it. It’s quite sad. You’ve no idea what you’re missing either. You will never know real love and your life will pass you by”.
The protagonist in Vain is Sophie Price who after being slapped with her second drug offence is sentenced to spend six months in Uganda, Africa to help out at an orphanage. It is in Uganda, where she meets the most selfless people and truly inspirational children, where Sophie sees herself for who she really is and discovers the desire to change. Sophie finds herself in situations that are heart wrenching, real, ugly and even deadly, but as Sophie spends more time in Uganda she also experiences for the first time real emotions such as love, happiness, sadness, anger and redemption.
Vain is extremely well written and I found the flow and pace of this book to be perfect. Amelie has the ability to really engage the reader and help us to develop an emotional connection with all the characters. I felt that the overall story presented in Uganda was full of depth and content, this stimulated all these emotions inside of me, which at times brought me to tears.
I loved all the characters at the Orphanage. I loved witnessing Sophie’s character transition and grow throughout the story from being so vain to;
“You are so gosh damn beautiful in here,” he said, tapping my chest, “that what’s here,” he spoke, running the side of his hand down my face, “is magnified tenfold and that is a sight to behold.”…Ian
The chemistry and romance between Sophie and Ian was intoxicating, it started off slow and grew gradually throughout the story. Ian’s character was a real stand out with his selfless and protective actions. Of course, at times he showed flaws, but this only made him more human and more loveable. Karina’s character was all sunshine – just beautiful inside and out – she really was a Mother Teresa representation for me.
Vain is a book that makes you reflect on the person you are and inspires you to want to do more and give more to these third world countries and these inspirational children. It makes us appreciate where we live and what we have and thank God we have the opportunity to be there for our children. It inspires you to be more selfless and want to make a difference. This book is a good dose of “humanity” that everyone should read.
I really look forward to the next story to this series which focuses around the deadly sin of Greed – which I believe is so relevant in today’s society. It also is focused around Sophie’s friend Spencer who showed some redeemable qualities in this story.
Now, I would like to leave you with my favourite quote from this book and hopefully it will have the same impact on you as it did me.
“You may have misery, you may lose hope in the sorrow of an unplanned life but as long as you have faith and trust in adoration, in affection, in love, that sorrow will turn to happiness. And that is a constant, dear”
“No one can know sincere happiness, Sophie, without first having known sorrow. One can never appreciate the enormity and rareness of such a fiery bliss without seeing misery, however unfair that may be”.