Review – Greed (Seven Deadly Sins Series) by Fisher Amelie

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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
PAGES: 342
REVIEWER: Nicole

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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

REVIEW:

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.”

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Review – Vain by Fisher Amelie

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INSPIRATIONAL READ!

TITLE: Vain (Book 1 # of The Seven Deadly Sins Series)
AUTHOR: Fisher Amelie
GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult – Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 355
REVIEWER: Nicole

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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

REVIEW:

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”.

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