Back in August, my friend Kelly sent me a text saying "you need to read Vain."
Being the amazing-publicist-that-she-is, I knew I could take her word for it and one-clicked the book on the spot.
I loved it and then got super-excited-and-fangirly because it was going to be a series. And not just any type of series. It would be focused on the seven deadly sins.
I waited for Greed (not-so) patiently and when I finally got a review copy, I read it all in a day. I'm so excited to tell you about it.
The Blurb >>
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, it’s 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.
The author >>
Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.
What I liked >>
Amelie can write, y'all. This is more than just your typical YA. It's gritty. It deals with some heavy stuff. The main character isn't without his faults and she portrays this artistically. I liked the tension between Cricket and Spencer, the realistic setting, the shades of grey in a black and white world. I also appreciated Amelie's personification of Greed. The ghosts of Spencer Blackwell's past were articulate and haunting.
What I loved >>
I approached Greed much like I approached Vain. Even though I knew a bit of Spencer's backstory (what we hear in the previous book) I loved how she plucked him out of comfort and placed him in a ranch. I loved Spencer's fight for Cricket and the out of left field plot twists (I honestly didn't see them coming—which is refreshing). Most of all, I loved the development of characters. Outside of those needing to remain static, no character was out of place.
What you should know >>
This is the second book to a series but each one reads as a stand-alone. I would still suggest reading Vain first if you haven't yet, only because Spencer is introduced and you'll get a sense of his character before jumping into the story.
There aren't many books that can capture an essence of something and portray it artistically. Amelie does that. Her writing is approachable and fun but her stories are so much more than entertainment. There's a depth to these stories that you can miss if you aren't careful.
Bottom line? Purchase GREED on Amazon You'll love it. Promise.