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VAIN: Series Standalone 1 (The Seven Deadly Series) by [Amelie, Fisher]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5130 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fisher Amelie; First edition (24 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATRCQV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm really torn with this book. On the one hand, I thought it was good, but on the other hand, I really disliked the protagonist. This of course, was intentional on the author's part, for at least the first part of the story. Sophie is supposed to be incredibly vain. My overall thoughts on it, are that it's likeable enough, but I didn't feel blown away by it. It was a good, decent read, that I would recommend.

Sophie does start out as such a horrible character. Fisher Amelie has really got that part of the book spot on. I was starting to really dislike Sophie. She had no redeeming features and her admiration for herself was really beginning to grate. I can't work out whether I thought the changes in Sophie's character were believable enough, because Sophie was so vain and it happened so quickly. Could someone change that much? I'd like to think so. If you do think a person can change that much, then I think you'd find this story very interesting. You begin to appreciate the journey Sophie has been on.

I really liked the plot. The setting of Uganda and the orphanage were very original. Some of the scenes were incredibly emotional and very well written.

Overall, I think Vain is a solid read. I'm just undecided about whether Sophie's transformation is too fairy-tale like for me.
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My first read from this author. She can certainly write well.

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.
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This book completely and utterly blew me away. I'd been desperate for a book that would completely consume me and I found it in VAIN.

From the blurb I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, but I was intrigued. A spoilt little rich girl who had declared herself a bitch? How was I going to relate to and understand her? I wasn't sure, but I did it and I grew to love her, she was absolutely incredible.

Sophie spends her life drinking, taking drugs, sleeping with anything that walks, including her friends boyfriends and she couldn't care less who she hurts. She quite literally was a witch. I could not see one likeable bone in her body. But there was something different about Sophie.. she may have been all these awful things but you knew deep down she didn't want to be. She did want to change. She had the lowest self esteem I've read. She may have looked in a mirror and thought she was hot and sexy, but she never once believed she was worthy of anything such as love. And one night all that changed..

Sophie commited a crime and instead of a normal prison sentence, she was sent away to Uganda for 6 months to work in an orphanage. Can you imagine? The spoilt, rich girl who wears nothing but Prada, Gucci and Chanel, working in the middle of nowhere with little to no electricity. How was that going to work? I wasn't sure, but it did. From the moment Sophia arrived in Uganda she shocked me to the core. Everything that was thrown at her she took it head on and never let anything phase her. And she was faced with a lot, I don't think I would be able to deal with half of what she did. But then, this is what this book teaches you, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. You had to be selfless and that was one of the biggest lessons Sophie learnt.
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Sophie is a spoiled rich kid leading a shallow existence and if things don't change she'll end up just like her parents. Caught for the second time in possession of cocaine her father uses his power to influence the court, which results in her being sent to work at an orphanage in Uganda for six months. The difficulties of life there change her deeply and she also falls in love. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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