A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
Series: Chaos Theory #2
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Format: eARC, 257 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever...
But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.
When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.
The person who owns her heart...
I’m not really sure how I’m going to successfully review this book without ruining the first, so tread carefully if you’ve not yet read The Wicked We Have Done yet. Better yet, stop reading this immediately and go buy TWWHD. You might want to grab the novella, Our Broken Sky, too. This series just keeps getting better and better and I am completely hooked.
So, A Vault of Sins. After finishing The Wicked We Have Done, I was intrigued and obsessed with the world built by Harian. The story was unique and kept me guessing. Well, she did it again with A Vault of Sins. I have no idea how this story is going to end (and how many of my beloved characters will still be standing when it does), but I am enthusiastically along for the ride. Whereas most of the drama in the first book took place inside the Compass Room, the characters are on the outside now after escaping and they’re trying to figure out a way to live with the things they’ve done and seen.
I feel like this book had less action than the first book in the series, but that really worked for me in this case. There was still plenty of edge of my seat suspense, but the characters are what really drive the story this time around. As a fan of characters first and stories second, this thrilled me. I loved Evalyn and Casey, so I was thrilled to learn more about them – and watch their relationship develop further when they came face-to-face again. One of the other standout relationships that really took off during this story was the friendship between Evalyn and Valerie. These are such strong characters. It’s impossible not to like them, even if you find yourself wanting to shake some sense into them every now and then.
A Vault of Sins ended way too soon for my liking, not because I felt like the story was unfinished, but because I really wasn’t ready to leave this strange world just yet. Sarah did a fantastic job building this world out even further in this book and I really want to know everything there is to know about it. There’s quite a cliffhanger, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. My brain hurts from all the things that happened and I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I need the next installment in this series. Sarah definitely knows how to hook a girl.
Fans of The Wicked We Have Done will likely find themselves pleased with how the story progresses in the second full-length novel. If you’re a fan of new adult books and science fiction, you should be reading this series if you’re not already. Go get on it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.