Sunday, November 3, 2013

Greed (Review)

*Hi readers, today is my stop of the Greed Blog Tour by Fisher Amelie! You can find my review below!*

*Presented by: InkSlinger PR*


(The Seven Deadly, #2)

Published: October 29th, 2013
Genre(s): New Adult Contemporary/Romance

My Review: (4/5 stars*)

What happens when you're greedy and selfish, and think only of yourself? People get hurt, consequences of your actions find you, and guilt eats you alive. Spencer Blackwell has always done whatever suits him until his most recent actions leads him way over the edge. He is arrogant and rich but always wants more than he needs. Anyone who doesn't have what he does is beneath him, or rather, leeches. Spence's father pushes him to embrace the sin by making him do all his business' dirty work to stay on top of his fortune. Though his own behavior disgusts him to the point of sickness, he can't stop, and won't. Spencer can barely look in the mirror and hates what he sees. He's blinded by money and one goal, and it's the only thing that matters until his sister needs help and extreme measures has to be taken. For once in his life he thinks of someone other than himself, and that sows the seed of change.

The beginning of Greed is emotional and dramatic, the hero—if you can even call him that at first—is a well-groomed ass. His thoughts are repulsive, but he starts to redeem himself fairly quickly. Thankfully he recognizes his ugly behavior and hates himself for it. Step one on the road to recovery is admitting to yourself that you have a problem, and he does this. It takes a string of bad things to push Spencer in the right direction. On the path to redemption he meets someone who makes him want to be a better person. Cricket is stunning inside and out, she's charming, feisty, kind, lively, and smart. Right away Spence is rendered speechless by her beauty and skills. They're different in many ways yet fit perfectly together, and the only thing pulling them apart is Cricket's boyfriend Ethan, and a secret she is keeping.

I thought Vain was outstanding and when I discovered Greed would be about Spencer I was very excited. I was kind of hoping for more conflict and personality from him, but he transforms fast into a new, nicer being. Though I found those aspects missing I thought the entire story as a whole was great, and didn't bore me. I wanted more gut-wrenching and powerfully moving moments, call me greedy but it could have had more of both. To be honest as much as I liked Spencer, reading from his POV and thoughts became a bit monotonous. The transition in setting from LA to a small town in Montana is swift, and changes each character right away. In my opinion, I think they adapted too easily but that is forgivable. The minor characters had their own small story lines, and I enjoyed following them. Jonah and Spencer's sister Bridge were adorably sweet. The rest of Cricket's family is generous and what'd you expect from kind-hearted people who live on a ranch.

I'm always awe-struck by authors writing styles, and Fisher Amelie's is incredible. Her words leave a deep impression that sends you all sorts of feelings and emotions. That's all I can ask when reading, and Greed has it in numbers. Even though the sequel wasn't as spectacular as Vain, Spencer's story shouldn't be skipped. New readers can also pick it up as a standalone but I'd recommend reading Vain for more insight on Spencer Blackwell. The life lessons that are interspersed within the story are sage and fantastic. The writing is marvelous, and Greed is a charming indulgence. The series has an extraordinarily unique concept from most contemporaries that are out there. I've always been intrigued by the seven deadly sins and Amelie does an amazing job attributing them to different characters. Fury is the next sin in the Seven Deadly series and you can bet I'm going to read it.


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.

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