“Just say one tiny word, Cricket. Just one word and I’ll have you.”
Greed is the second book in the Seven Deadly series. Each book in the series focuses on one sin: Vain, Greed, Fury, Lust, Idle, Binge, and Envy and with them Fisher Amelie has created unique stories that stand out with wonderful messages and beautiful journeys.
From the beginning of Greed, we are faced with the extreme lengths to which Spencer Blackwell is willing to go for money, greed, and personal gain as he carries out the dirty work behind his father’s business. The interesting twist though is that he isn’t proud of it, in fact it makes him sick to his stomach but while he is ashamed of his actions, unfortunately his greed outweighs his conscience regardless of the price he pays in guilt.
“Despite the fact that I knew it was wrong, I was going to keep the money because the idea of letting it go was more painful to me than the sin I’d committed…The greed was more powerful than the will to do right.“
Sick of his life and of the things he’s done but able to stop and unable to leave, Spencer is trapped in an unending cycle of sin yet surrounded by every privilege a person could dream of.
“Have you ever felt free?” she asked.
“Never,” I answered truthfully… “I live in a cage.”
But when an unexpected turn of events takes place threatening his sister, he leaves everything behind and they ends up working on a cattle ranch in Montana where he discovers a whole new side of life. Having just given up everything in his life to help someone else, and having his whole world uprooted, the last thing he expected to find there was a girl he couldn’t get off his mind… and one who was also very, very taken.
“I couldn’t understand why I felt such an omnipotent and inexplicable need to take her with me everywhere i went for the rest of my life, even though I didn’t love her… yet.”
Having the girl he was falling for be in a relationship with someone else brought an interesting twist to the story. It wasn’t fully a love triangle though because Ethan, the guy she was with, wasn’t a huge part of the story but also more just a forbidden romance with something mysterious holding her back from leaving Ethan to be with Spencer. It kept me guessing as to why and tore a little at my heart because I could just feel how right she and Spencer were for each other.
“Please,” I begged her… “Tell me it’s okay to kiss you… Jump with me.”
I loved Spencer. He may not have been a saint but he had a good heart. Misguided perhaps in his childhood especially given the poor role models he was given, but he still was a good guy and when put to the test, that side of him shone through. And the more and more he was distanced from the shadow of his father, the more the real him began to emerge.
I loved that, just like with Vain, I didn’t know exactly where this story was going. It was so different than the norm that I genuinely had no idea what to expect from it and just say back and enjoyed the ride.
Greed reads as a complete standalone novel and while you do not have to read the first book beforehand, I do still recommend it because it’s just such a powerful story that it would be a shame to miss out on it.
This is definitely one of my most favorite YA series. I think there’s a little something in each of these stories that’ll speak to everyone. The emotional connection is strong and the characters draw you into their journey. Fisher Amelie has once again written a beautiful, romantic story with a wonderful message.
“I want all of you. I want to be able to taste your lips whenever I feel like it, feel your skin, wrap my arms around your waist. I want to be with you utterly, and I won’t take anything else but your entirety.”
4 – 4.5 stars