Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blog Tour: Greed (The Seven Deadly #2) by Fisher Amelie - Review, Giveaway, Teasers

Welcome to the blog tour for Greed by Fisher Amelie.  The tour is hosted by Inkslinger Pr.  You can see the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Greed is a mature young adult/new adult contemporary novel and is the second book in The Seven Deadly Series.  My stop today features a review, and the tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Greed (The Seven Deadly #2)
by Fisher Amelie
Published:  October 29, 2013
Source:  eARC provided for tour.
ABOUT 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, 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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 My Thoughts:  I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Greed since I read the first book in Fisher Amelie's Seven Deadly Series, Vain, which for me, was one of the most moving books I've ever read.

Take note, there are six things the Eternal hates;
    no, make it seven He abhors: the sins of pride (Vain), covetousness (Greed), lust, anger (Fury), gluttony (Binge), envy, and sloth (Idle)..........
The series is based on the seven deadly sins.  Greed is Spencer Blackwell's story, who we first met in Vain.  Though it isn't necessary to read Vain before reading Greed, you would be missing out on something amazing if you didn't.  Spencer Blackwell's family is filthy rich.  His dad is corrupt beyond measure......greed personified.  Spencer actually sees himself the same way, though in truth he wants to be nothing like his father, yet covets all that money can buy, believing that with it comes freedom, while at the same time battling his inner demons as he loathes what it is making him become and the depths he is willing to sink to in order to attain it.  

Spencer is attending college at Brown, but is frequently called home by his father to help him with "special projects," for which Spencer is awarded with money.....lots of it.  Spencer justifies his actions by believing this is what is going to buy him his freedom from his father and enable him to cut ties with him, no longer being held under his thumb.  Though he abhors his father, Spencer loves and adores his sister Bridge, and he loves his mom.  When Bridge confides in him something that has happened to her, Spencer chooses his love for his sister above all, and devises a plan with the help of his friend, to disappear with her.  This lands them on a ranch in Montana, and is the beginning of Spencer's undoing, the destruction of all he has falsely believed was important, while he comes to the realization and truth of what is really matters in life, what love really is, and what sacrifice is all about.

The Hunt family takes Spencer and Bridge in, welcoming them unconditionally without judgement of any kind.  It is on this ranch that Spencer meets Cricket Hunt, a girl who is the totally opposite of everything he thought he wanted in woman.  The harder he falls for her, he realizes that she is the complete picture of everything he could ever want or desire.  The more he gets to know her, the more he is amazed by her.  Spencer quickly acclimates to working as a ranch hand and is surprised by how much he actually enjoys it, especially the time he gets to spend with Cricket, but Cricket belongs to someone else.  He also comes to care deeply for Emmett and Ellie, the owners of the Hunt Ranch, and Cricket's cousin Jonah, who is one of the most sincere and nicest guys you could ever meet.  Despite what Spencer believes about himself, he really has a heart of gold.   The longer he is there, the more evident this becomes, something that also becomes very evident to Cricket as well.  The chemistry between Cricket and Spencer could spark a forest fire, and is something that Cricket can't deny, but won't allow herself to give into either, feeling obligated to someone else for reasons unspoken.  A tragic and sorrowful incident sets things in motion and it seems Spencer finally may get the thing he desires the most, but then things hidden come to light and Spencer faces losing everything, most importantly the girl he has come to love more than life itself. Desperate, Spencer is willing to do whatever it takes, further proving what an amazing guy he really is, willingly sacrificing everything, but also discovering that there are some things money can't buy, and love sometimes means being willing to let things go.

Greed is told from Spencer's point of view, which I loved.  The story line was amazing, and for me,
it captivated my attention from beginning to end.  I totally fell in love with Spencer and loved watching him transform over the course of the novel.  Cricket was great to, even though I wanted to shake her for not giving into her undeniable feelings for Spencer, yet understanding why she felt the way she did.  I really liked Spencer's sister Bridge, and one of my favorite characters was Jonah, who was just an all around amazing guy.

The romance aspect of the story was wonderful and the sexual tension between Cricket and Spencer was tangible, but I enjoyed even more the way the relationship developed over the course of the book and the changes that took place in Spencer as it did.  The changes Spencer incurs not only relate to Cricket, but to the rest of the family, his own family, and the people of the community in general.  Spencer truly comes to understand love and sacrifice, and I was so moved at the way he demonstrates this.  The ending through me for a loop, but in a good way.  When thinking how best to describe the way it made me feel, I was reminded of a ride I went on years ago at a theme park.  You were on an elevator and slowly rose to the top, then they dropped you, just like you see in the movies, and you think you are going to crash to the bottom and die.  Then, all of the sudden they raise you up again and do it all over, and then over again, finally bringing you to the point you are ecstatic and very grateful when you get off back in the place where you can set your feet on solid ground, appreciating it more than ever.  In other words, for me, the ending was thrilling, but you are in for a ride that literally feels like the bottom drops out from under you before you reach the end, but it's all good.  Personally, one of the things I love best about Fisher Amelie's Greed, as well as Vain, is the depth of the story and the way that had so much hidden meaning, while at the same time being a really great fictional read.  It also has one of the things I love the most in a novel, a beautiful epilogue.  Overall I thoroughly loved and enjoyed Greed and most definitely would recommend it.


About Fisher Amelie:

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.

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12 comments:

  1. Some how I missed that this was a whole series based on the 7 deadly sins, that is awesome!

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    1. I really have loved both books in the series so far.

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  2. Hello...how have I missed this series?!? Greed sounds yummy! *scrambles to grab book one Vain!*

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    1. It is such a good series to me. I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. I like this series, sounds like an amazing one. Thanks for bringing it my attention!

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  4. I read vain a while ago and I loved it! I had started not liking Sophoe, but as I read along, she became such a great character. Seriously. Almost made me cry when I got to the part about the poor children... I think binge would be the one I'm looking the most forward to, because I can't imagine what it'll be like.

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    1. I am so glad you loved Vain. I felt the same way about Sophie. I know what you mean about the children. This such a moving book.

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  5. I read vain a while ago and I loved it! I had started not liking Sophoe, but as I read along, she became such a great character. Seriously. Almost made me cry when I got to the part about the poor children... I think binge would be the one I'm looking the most forward to, because I can't imagine what it'll be like.

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  6. Hmmm...going to go with Lust. Adding series to my TBR.

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  7. I fell in love with Spencer. Hard.

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