Monday, December 14, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: VAIN (The Seven Deadly #1) by Fisher Amelie

Title: VAIN (The Seven Deadly #1)
Author: Fisher Amelie


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. It’s 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 complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. 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. 

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Originally posted on my Goodreads account: October 3, 2013
Edited: December 14, 2015

I finished reading Vain in the wee hours of the morning and ended up having puffy eyes. This book made me weep and broke my heart. It broke my heart into tiny fragments but at the end of the journey of these characters, the story managed to put it back up. Vain is one of those stories that I can say that it truly touched my heart.

The story starts off with Sophie Price, our main character who feels like every single person on Earth should bow down with just the sight of her, was caught in a party with/doing Coke. Unluckily, it's her second offense and that ensued the possibility for a graver sentence. But she never would've thought that it'll be a service of six months in a certain orphanage in Uganda! What?! Sophie Price?! The top of the richie rich kids ladder banished to Uganda? Well, Sophie didn't a have choice but to suck it up and face whatever challenge is going be thrown in her way... 

Travel. Uganda. Orphans. Staff. Ian. But then what seems to be the craziest sentence she first thought then vanished. It was replaced with comfort and happiness. Go figure.

I love the concept of the series, having the seven deadly sins as the base of each story. Vain is a very well-written book and great kick start to a series. I love everything that had happened in the story. It is not your usual type of book. It's a story of how immersing one's self into another way of life can fully transform and reform a person's perspective and habits in life. It'll bother your conscience because one way or another we can pick up similarities from ourselves with how Sophie was before. That just leads us to reflect on how we are treating our own lives. How at times we get too self-centered and not caring about the people around us like our own parents or siblings who are just at our arm's length. Or how we all are focused on materials things or anything money could buy and neglecting the intangible things life. Happiness, Hope and all that. 

Sophie Price. Her life really took a full 360 degrees change after that sentence she was given. I'm proud of her and I love how she truly welcomed that change in herself. She just let it happen and not the other way around of repelling it out of her system. Instead of taking that service in the orphanage as a punishment, she took it to a new light and considered it as a blessing. And from being a girl who was so lost in life, that single move by the court certainly give direction to her life.

Ian Aberdeen. His character shares similarities with Sophie's pre-Masego life and I think from that point they've already established a connection. Maybe not a two-way connection but for Ian, I'm sure he already built that up because of him knowing why Sophie was sent to their place. I'm quite shocked actually when he shared his past to Sophie. I just couldn't believe it because of what I came to know of Ian from the very beginning of the story. 

With Sophie and Ian's story as evidence, it really is true when we say that good things really come out from the lowest points in one's lives. 

Oh man. The situation in Masego is a proof that cruel people does exist. Like how could they do that to innocent kids? But something that we could take away from that situation is these kids treasure their lives deeply and they find a way to make the most out it. Even if they have disabilities and such. Good thing, people like Charles and Karina exists. They make those kids lives happier and lighter.

I certainly recommend this book to anyone!! I'm sure anyone who reads this will learn something out this book! I'm also excited for Greed's (Book 2) release and it's only days away from it! Wohoops! Hoping it'll be great just like this one! 


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