EVERYONE “NEEDS” TO READ THIS BOOK!
TITLE: GREED (Book 2 # of The Seven Deadly Sins Series)
AUTHOR: Fisher Amelie
GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult – Contemporary Romance
SPENCER BLACKWELL IS GREED.
Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, its every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours….because that’s what I do. I want.
My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.
I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
BREAK THE CYCLE
Greed is the second installment to Fisher Amelie’s ingenious series focused around the seven deadly sins. As explained in my review of Vain, the first installment, this series showcases a deadly sin in each book wherein the respective protagonist bears a persona emulating that deadly sin. The twist is found in the fact that the protagonist is given the opportunity to change their character and seek redemption.
While Vain inspired me and left an ever lasting impression on my soul, Greed opened my eyes up to this particularly evil and destructive sin in which someone can become so easily entrenched. Greed is an addiction and something so relevant and embedded in today’s society. This story contains many valuable life lessons and for this reason alone, I believe Amelie has accomplished an amazing second installment to this series.
“Greed is a strange, strange sin. All you want to do is acquire. Acquire money, acquire material, acquire time, acquire energy, acquire attention. The running mantra is “I want, I want, I want” but that quickly turns to “I need, I need, I need”.
The protagonist in Greed is Spencer Blackwell, who we originally met in Vain as Sophie Price’s friend. Spencer, under his father’s control, is ordered to commit Illegal acts for his father’s business in exchange for large amounts money.
“I Can’t do that,” he said, exhaling sharply and staring out the glass into the street.
“Why Not?” His face softened. “I need his money” Spencer looked at me, and I couldn’t help but stare back. We were all in the same boat, prisoners to greed. -VAIN – Sophie Price
But when his younger sister Bridge gets herself in a predicament their father makes it very clear that he will go to any means to look after his money and his reputation before his family. In the best interest of Bridge, Spencer and Bridge run away from their life in L.A and their father’s hold and take refuge with the grandparents of Spencer’s college roommate August Hunt. Emmett and Ellie Hunt own a ranch in Montana and it is at the Hunt ranch where Spencer and Bridge meet the most loving, caring, genuine, hardworking and down to earth people they have ever encountered. Here, Spencer sees himself for who he really is and discovers “the want and the need” to change. Spencer also meets Cricket Hunt who captures his whole heart from the moment he lays eyes on her. Only problem is that Cricket has a boyfriend, Ethan – and a secret. For the first time, Spencer is finding himself experiencing real emotions of love, happiness, sadness, anger and redemption.
Amelie’s writing style is impeccable. Greed is extremely well written, full of depth and content with great flow and pace. Amelie also has the skill and knowledge to include symbolism in her story, regarding the inner demon taunting Spencer and I have to say the banishment of the demon once Spencer had finally sought his redemption was quite chilling.
Greed had the most powerful Prologue that stunned me with so much truth; it was the first of many of the life lessons shared in this book. The Epilogue was fantastic, jumping into the future by four years, revealing more insight not only into the characters in Greed also about our much loved characters from Vain, Sophie and Ian, which was a beautiful touch.
Amelie has the ability to really engage the reader and help us to develop an emotional connection with all the characters. I loved witnessing Spencer’s character transition and grow throughout the story from someone consumed with Greed to this,
“I lived by many things, but my top motto was “give”. Give, and you shall see the incredible rebound of it. The more you give, the more you get. It’s staggering notion, but the truth nonetheless”…Spencer
The chemistry between Spencer and Cricket was instant but frustrating at times to witness, as Cricket struggles to decide whether to follow her heart towards Spencer or remain loyal but not in love with her boyfriend Ethan. Though Bridge, Ellie and Emmett Hunt all contributed to bringing this story to life, I have to say that Jonah’s character really shone in this installment – he was such a humble, genuine, down to earth gentleman. Jonah was beautiful inside and out – pure lightness, some might say an angel in disguise, in contrast to Spencer’s father’s character who was the devil in disguise – pure evil had taken over his heart, with no redemption for this character.
Greed is a book that makes you open your eyes to what our society is potentially becoming as so many of us are getting confused with the difference of “needing” and “wanting”. We are “wanting” more and fueling our greed to negative emotions and “giving” less and missing out on beautiful selfless emotions such and love, and this is a tragedy.
I really look forward to the next story to this series which focuses around the deadly sin of Fury. This installment is focused around Cricket ex- boyfriend Ethan who shows his wrath throughout this story and promised Spencer his revenge, so I look forward to witnessing his redemption.
I would like to leave you with one of the many amazing quotes in this book that is so relevant and true;
“We’ll discover that our problem wasn’t genuinely a problem after all, not after we’ve seen it for what it actually is. In the light of day, when our adrenaline wears off, we’ll discover that all we truly feared was the unknown.”