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- File Size : 6838 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 392 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ATRCQV0
- Publication Date : December 23, 2012
- Publisher : Fisher Amelie; 3rd Edition (December 23, 2012)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0988812517
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #518,567 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also because of this book I got suckered into buying pocket tissues at Typo last week.
Check out girl “Would you like to buy a packet of pocket tissues? All proceeds are going towards helping to build schools in Uganda?”
How could I say no?
I am now the proud owner of multiple packs of tissues. This book is to blame. If you have read it you will know why.
She loves admiring herself almost as much as boasting in the compliments from her many admirers.
But at what price will her insurmountable beauty cost her?
She doesn't care. Her only concern is rejection and as she constantly reminds herself, she's too pretty to be rejected.
And in the unrealistic event that it does happen, she can always numb her feelings with a line of cocaine.
But what is she numbing herself to? The rejection of her cold parents who see her as nothing more than an inconvenience, or from the guys who all just use her for sex?
Yes, Sophie Price is undeniably beautiful, but she's in desperate need of an awakening.
That awakening comes in the form of a court ordered community service sentence that she will serve at an impoverished orphanage in Uganda.
Yes. Uganda is in AFRICA!!!
Will Sophie survive the unbearably hot days with no air-conditioning and bugs all over the cold water showers? Will she realize that her $300.00 cut off shorts could have been better spent putting food into a starving child's belly? Will Sophie's selfish heart be opened in ways she never could have expected or will she return home to the States and continue on in her self-destructive behavior?
Fisher Amelie's novel "Vain" easily makes you realize that affluent children can suffer the same as poverty stricken children, just in different ways. They may not lack materialistic items, but could very well lack the love from a parent which every child needs. Sophie tries hard to break the cycle of trust funds and predetermined aristocratic lives. While it was a great story, I did have trouble connecting with most of the characters. I don't feel that is the fault of the author but rather the wide age gap between me and these characters. (Although I loved Abri Aberdeen) It's a bit juvenile and would better serve an adolescent audience.
BRILLIANT!!!This book touched me somewhere deep and I can't even begin how to explain it. My heart still feels like it's in a vice grip and barely beating as we speak. One of the best books I have EVER read!! This book takes you to Uganda Africa and makes you question your own life. Ian and Sophie's characters have so much depth. I found myself rooting for Sophie and the person she was becoming. And Ian is sweet, funny but there is so much MORE to him. Strong character development throughout. I loved every second, every moment of this book. This is definitely a must-read!!!!!! You will not be disappointed.
"You are so gosh damn beautiful in here," he said, tapping my chest, "that what's here," he spoke, running the side of his hand down my face, "is magnified tenfold and that is a sight to be hold."--- Ian
"No one can know sincere happiness without first having known sorrow. One can never appreciate the enormity and rareness of such a fiery bliss without seeing misery, however unfair that may be."
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I loved this book, it only misses out on 5 stars for one reason, which I'll move onto later.
Please, please read it! It was such a pleasant surprise to find that this book was about real life, set in the real world, not the small world of a teenagers acquaintance. The orphanage in Uganda was a beautiful yet harrowing setting. The landscape and the characters were so well painted I felt that I loved them too. And yes I cried.
The romance between Sophie and Ian was one of the best written I have read in a long time. They fell in love! Not chemistry, co-dependence, infatuation, but actual love!
I could, however, only give this 4 stars for one big reason, it was too rushed!
Sophie is a bitch at the beginning and I totally bought it and expected she'd grow through the book but it happened so so quickly! I needed at least another chapter of Miss Spoilt Brat and some more of it sprinkled through her early days in Masego. But not, she was an angel from day one.
I may have forgiven that due to how much I adored the romance and the children and the action and Karina and Pemmy, but... Then the end was too rushed too. I would have liked her agony drawn out a bit more and the reunion dwelt on more, because I loved Ian and Sophie, their reunion ought to have been epic! It is however testament to how much I grew to like these characters that I feel this way. If I hadn't have brought them into my heart I wouldn't have cared whether they got back together or not.
Thank you Fisher Amelie, just write a longer book next time please, x.
Meet Sophie Price.
Her parents are impossibly rich. She lives a life of opulence, fashion, debauchery and reckless abandon.
'I ruled because I was the hottest. You see, I'm one of the beautiful people.'
The most important decision she needs to make each day are which Chanel number to wear to her father's pompous business dinners or which friends' boyfriend to steal and use for her own sexual gratification this week.
'Every want I fulfilled and every desire was quenched. I wanted for nothing. Except attention.'
She is spoilt, self centred, vile, spiteful and closed minded. But more than anything else, she's unloved. Her parents ignore her and leave her to her own devices, uncaring of the damages she is inflicting upon herself, unless of course they impact on the family public image. It's all about appearances.
"I gave myself no boundaries. If I wanted to sleep with a boy, I did. If I wanted to try a drug, I did. If I wanted to drink to the point of excess."
'My goal in life was to rule my tiny, elite world, so I did.'
Yet another brush with the law lands Sophie in court and consequently sees her whisked off to Africa, to serve her sentence helping at an orphanage as punishment. And that's where everything changes...
"How do we break the cycle?"
Sophie finds out who she really is, what really matters in life and that there is more to the world than couture and cocaine. A world without makeup and straightening irons. A world where you can't hide behind beauty products and glittering jewellery. Stripped bare, outside and in. The real you. And finally, a chance of happiness.
'That girl was the real me. Frightened. Worthless. A terrible friend. Terrible daughter. Well educated but so limited in ideas worth having. Beautiful yet repulsive...
And finally honest.'
This is a story of self discovery.
"Your heart is startlingly beautiful, Sophie."
Of learning how to love and how to be loved. Of how to be thankful when you seemingly have nothing to be thankful for. And of how selflessness is more rewarding than selfishness. About learning how to break the cycle.
'Men wanted me. They all did, however briefly, but none of them wanted to keep me. That's what I needed. I needed to be owned, loved. But not by a man. I knew then that I never needed to be kept by a man. What I needed was to love myself, to want to keep myself around.'
And then Sophie meets Dingane. And the walls she's erected crumble. Her stoic mask slips and she finds herself feeling for the first time. Feeling sadness, empathy, happiness, love and that feeling in your belly when a man you crave is near...
"It was like my body knew instantly that he was mine and I was his."
The love story in Vain is pure and beautiful.
'Understanding. I was in love with Ian Aberdeen. So deeply, so incredibly. And it was true and it was sublime and it was mine.
Nothing could take that away from me and that was absolutely freeing to me. I owned that love. I chose it. I owed no one for it because it couldn't have been purchased. It belonged to me free and clear. I had never felt more empowered.'
To find love in a place of such devastation is magical. Both Dingane and Sophie have sordid pasts and I love the fact that they find solace in one another in and in the work they do at the orphanage.
"The truth is, I'm so deep in love with you, I can't see straight. The truth is, I've been afraid to admit it to myself, let alone you. The truth is, I'm terrified."
"You've arrested my senses and I can't seem to get enough of you. That's what scares me. I'm so deep there's no getting out for me. You own me, you know?"
The sexual tension is delicious. There is a shower scene in this book that is even more scrummy than if they were ripping at each others clothes. It's tasteful and innocent and this made me love it even more.
"My God, he's the one who gets all the girls? What? Is he made out of chocolate or something? I can't imagine anyone would be interested in anyone else but you, no matter who you're pitted against."
Ian tugged me closer and kissed my neck. "No need to flatter me, Miss Price. I believe your bait worked. I'm hooked. Line and sinker."
My only criticism was the ending. But then there is that saying, `If a book is well written, I always find it too short.' And I can't decide whether this is one of those situations, or whether the ending was a little abrupt. But it's a minor point and the rest of the book more than makes up for it.
"It'll be all right," Ian assured me,
"How do you know?" I asked when he revved the engine.
"I don't," he said, "but I'll protect you."
I shed quite a few tears reading Vain, it taps into every emotion you own. It pulls no punches and Fisher Amelie writes a brave, real story of the darkest and lightest that life has to offer. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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Now I'd pretty much expected this to be a story about an awful human being (as the blurb indicated) and honestly, as intrigued as I was about how original that'd be, how would you keep it interesting for X number of pages?
This is not what I expected. As promised, I hated Sophie in the beginning. What an awful excuse for a human being she is. BUT, not too much further in you realise, this girl is just in desperate need of attention. Good or bad, she desperately needs to be wanted and to feel any kind of love because she's grown up void of it. Suddenly, she's not so heinous and suddenly I want to make sure my children know how loved and cherished they are.
I don't want to ruin it for anyone as I has zero idea what to expect and I'm so glad I didn't see it coming, so I'm not going to really go into any detail from here aside from saying I loved the way the author developed Sophie's character. I love the descriptions and how the story moves along.
Characters are totally believable and fantastically written, I cried over Karina. It's an amazing "cast". The author has done an incredible job here.
This is a gorgeous book. My only grudge was that in two places, there was text missing, miserably, one of those places being Ian's ending line of speech so I have no idea what he said and it is literally the end of the book. The other was when everyone went swimming. I refuse to knock a star off for this though, as possibly it was a glitch Amazon's side and not the author. Plus, this book absolutely deserves all five stars.
You want something very original and special? Give this a read because honestly, I can't see how anyone could regret it. The end is very quick and maybe a bit of descriptive opportunity missed but you won't feel disappointed (unless that last line of speech is missing like I've had)
AMAZING 5/5 STARS I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
I truly wish I was better at writing reviews as this book deserves an amazing downright 100% 10/10 incredible review!! I have become addicted to reading in the last 8 months and have in fact read 110 books in that time. So I am averaging at about 4 books a week and a number of these books have touched my heart and soul but.. Vain didn't just touch my heart and soul it ripped it from me and changed it in ways that won't change back. See now I feel dramatic saying this but it's the truth. This book is a powerful and truthful story about life that occurs on this planet every minute of everyday that we just forget about. Well this book made me not forget but wake up and feel some real raw and emotional pain and heartache that for once was not just about two people falling in and out of love.
Fisher Amelie takes you on a journey to a place we all know exists but very often don't go because of the fear and pain we have to acknowledge. but it is covered at times so gracefully in this book as is the perspective of the children and their feelings and emotions captured so beautifully:
"They are funny little representatives of simplicity, of awareness. No one is more aware of themselves as these children are. They have nothing, have no one but us, have seemingly no reason to be hopeful....yet they are. They choose to be happy even though the obviously easier choice would be to be frightened or sad and they have real reason to be those things as well. But they have life and faith and hope and love and they choose these things. Their innocence is addicting, their hope is catching and I'm happy to be surrounded by them."
When I started reading Vain I thought it would just be another teenager gone bad falls in love yada yada (don't get me wrong I enjoy those books too) but I never imagined how it would go or how I would be affected by words on a page... Never imagined feeling desperately devastated and like my heart was literally being ripped from my chest and this book most certainly did that without a doubt. I cried (sobbed is a more accurate description) to the point that I could not see the words to read through the tears and even after I finished I found myself crying when thinking back on the story. That is an amazing testament to how well written this story is by the author to be able to elicit such raw emotional responses.
But with all that said about the non love story part of the plot.. the love story part was equally as moving and beautiful as the characters were slowly built and you connected with them on all levels, you desperately wanted them to have happiness and a love they both equally deserved and Fisher Amelie achieved and delivered that in such a beautiful way:
"Sophie Price, you are the most beautiful girl I've ever met," he stated before turning my direction and staring me dead in the eyes. "You are so gosh damn beautiful in here," he said tapping my chest, " that what's here," he spoke running the side of his hand down my face, "is magnified tenfold and that is a sight to behold."
All in all i think that Vain is a story that tells us that love and beauty is in our hearts and souls and in our actions. It is a raw emotional amazing story that although is fictional leaves you so aware that there are things in this world that must be and need to be fixed and that we can all change our path but it's having the courage to do so.
This is now and will always be a favourite book for me one that I will keep with me and no doubt reread again and again. AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, MOVING, EMOTIONAL must read!
Whilst reading this book, I felt sure it was going to be a 5 star read but from the moment the location moved from Uganda to Cape Town, the book went a bit downhill for me and I was disappointed in the rushed ending and how some things were glossed over and some wrapped up too neatly with a nice little bow.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great book and I recommend it. The parts set in Uganda were very well written and descriptive. I could picture it really well in my mind. I loved Spencer (Sophies friend), Pembroke (great character) Ian, Charles and Karina.
When we first meet Sophie she is quite a nasty, vain character but you can tell that deep down she is an unhappy girl. Sophie has been in trouble twice now with the Courts for taking drugs but her father has done a deal with the Judge whereby instead of jail, she will go to help out at an Orphanage in Uganda (run by Pembroke's friends) for six months.
Once in Uganda, Sophie meets Ian another volunteer. She is instantly attracted to him but it appears as if he doesn't like her. I did feel that Sophie's acceptance of her life in Uganda comes far too quickly. In fact it is instant. By introducing her to us as Vain and spoilt, I expected the author to have her behave the same when she first got to Uganda but no, she is instantly 'nice' Sophie. Her turnaround happened a bit too quickly for me but turnaround she does and it is nice to see her accept her life in Uganda and learn from all her past mistakes and become a better person.
When she arrives at the Ophanage we meet Ian, Charles and Karina who are in charge and Kate and Mercy. Whilst we get to know Ian, Charles and Karina very well, I felt Kate and Mercy were glossed over. I would have liked to read more of them. All the children were adorable especially little Mandisa who forms a special bond with Sophie.
Sophie and Ian's romance is a slow build. They have snatched moments of alone time in between their busy work day. At first I liked the slow build up but it sort of peters out and I expected to read a love scene or two but this doesn't happen. I have since read this author doesn't write love scenes.
Now to the let down. Ian asks Sophie to accompany him to his parents home in Cape Town. Here we meet Ian's 'political' mother. A nasty character who tries to blackmail Sophie to give up her relationship with Ian.
What follows was then a little disappointing to me. After all Ian and Sophie had been through I was a bit shocked at the decision she made and how quickly this happened. After that, what happened was all a bit far fetched and nicely wrapped up and it spoilt it for me. Some parts were not resolved or expalined properly wheras other parts the reader is just told what happened when another character had a complete turnaround!
My problems with the ending aside, I was impressed with this authors writing style and I can't bring myself to give it any less than 4 stars, but most of those 4 stars are for the Uganda parts.