Sunday, November 9, 2014

{Review} A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian



A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
Published: September 16th, 2014 by Penguin/InterMix
Series: Chaos Theory #2
Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: NA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Pages: 257

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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...

{Review}
I absolutely LOVED The Wicked We Have Done and I did really enjoy the second installment, but for completely different reasons.  The first book in this series really focused on the character’s histories and their time spent in the Compass Room while the second book describes the emotional aftermath that the characters have to endure from what they witnessed, as well as setting the stage to delve deeper into the secrets of the Compass Room. I did enjoy the first book more because it was fast-paced and I did find the plot more entertaining, but the second book still has a lot to offer. 

I have to say that I think that the second book in this series has the possibility to lose some reader’s interest because it felt like it totally switched gears from the first one.  The second one focused more on the romance and character development, which still made the book have a steady pace, but it was much slower than the first one.  However, I still think that the second book is still really intriguing, since it focuses more on the political side of the Compass Room, as well as exploring more of the mysteries surrounding it.

I really enjoyed the character development in this book.  I really felt like Harian did a good job of demonstrating how damaged the characters were from the Compass Room and the emotional trials they had to endure.  I also liked how the relationships of the characters were explored more.  With the romance between Evalyn and Casey happening so fast during the first book, I liked that the characters recognized that and questioned their feelings for one another.  Although I really enjoyed the romance in this book, I really love the friendship between all three main characters (especially Evalyn and Valerie).  The characters seem to genuinely care for one another and lean on each other emotionally. 

The last third of this book really picks up the pace to match that of the first book, but at times, I felt like it was rushed.  It felt like the ending was really sped up and a lot of stuff happened in a very short amount of time compared to the slower pace of the beginning of the book.  I did like that this book was full of twists and turns (some that I didn’t see coming) and I also like the mature nature of the content.  This book is VERY similar to the Hunger Games series, but it is a more adult version, so it is able to explore more mature topics, which I really enjoy. 

Overall, I do really like this series and am really interested in where the next book is heading.  This book left off on a pretty big cliffhanger and I am really intrigued at how the next book will play out.  I am really hoping that it will start to steer away from the Hunger Games similarities and forge a new path.  I am really looking forward to picking up the next installment in this series!

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 Click on the picture below to see my review of this first book, The Wicked We Have Done

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