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A Vault of Sins

(Chaos Theory #2)

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In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…

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 pry
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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Penguin/InterMix

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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars

I have to admit that I am a little torn about this rating. Overall I liked it and read it in less than 24 hours BUT I think it had a few problems. This book is the second book in the Chaos Theory series and this is a series that you really need to read in order. I honestly do not think that anyone would enjoy this book without
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Erin Arkin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Vault of Sins is the second book in the Chaos Theory series by Sarah Harian. Just like book one, this one grabbed me from the first page and had me wondering how things were going to go for the survivors of the Compass Room (CR) and Harian doesn’t hold anything back. In an effort to not give anything critical away I am going to try to keep this as more of an overview and not dive into the details so don’t hold it against me. Just know that I love this series and you should probably just go rea ...more
Amanda Byrne
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

Evalyn might have thought surviving the Compass Room was the hardest thing she’d ever done. It’s not. Not by a long shot. The trial brought on by her accusations that there was a glitch in the Room, resulting in the unintentional death of Jace, is worse. Much, much worse. Because the nightmares aren’t going away.

Someone out there believes her though, and wants to help, sending her clues in an annoyingly cryptic manner. If she follows
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Celine
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

A Vault of Sins is the second part in a series by Sarah Harian, following her debut The Wicked We Have Done. Where The Wicked We Have Done was a fast-paced Hunger Games style of dystopian, A Vault of Sins focusses on more world building and plot twists.

After the happenings of the first book, our main characters are prosecuted, hated, and traumatised. They are incredibly broken. Evalynn tries to hide her sorrows in drinking massive amounts of alcohol, pushing everyone around her away, and painti
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☕️Kimberly
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In A Vault of Sins we delve deeper into the workings of the Compass Room, and meet those who are determined to expose the truth. We spend time with the survivors as they battle the government and try to deal with the emotional toll all of this has created. It was fast paced, fascinating and had this reader holding her breath. Harian further develops the relationship between Evalyn and Casey. Valarie and Evalyn struggle with what they did wrong and suffer survivor’s guilt. They readily accept that th ...more
Shelley
**I received this E-book for free via NetGalley/Penguin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Speculative, New Adult
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

A Vault of Sins picks up pretty much where The Wicked We Have Done left off. Even though Evalyn Ibarra, Casey Hargrove, and Valerie Crane have survived their experiences in the Compass Room, they are far from free, and one misstep will lea
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Laura
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Liz at Fictional Candy
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
This is a crazy crazy series, and I'm totally loving it! Now, I've kind of messed up my own reading order and totally skipped Our Broken Sky, because when I started reading A Vault of Sins, I thought I was reading Our Broken Sky. I even emailed my friends and was all like, "Um, guys this book isn't focused on Valerie, like at all..." and then they were like, "Um, Liz, you're a dork, you're reading the wrong book!" and I was all like, "OMG, you're right!" So later I will read Our Broken Sky, whi ...more
Kristin
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
In the last book we watched Evalyn be sentenced to the Compass Room. A simulated location to test the morality of the convicts placed inside. It is supposed to help them determine whether a convict is rotten to the core or if they are actually good. She and a couple of other convicts were able to trip up the system and get out alive. This book starts a month later. We watch as Evalyn tries to go on with her life knowing that any day now, she will be called back in to be judged for her actions th ...more
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A Vault of Sins presents an interesting challenge to review: although it retains the gritty and mature flavor of the first book, it did feel very much like a sophomore middle child in terms of story and character growth. As well, heavy parallels to Hunger Games did make this feel like an 'already-read' title. And yet, it is an engaging read even if little happens until the end.

Story: Evalyn is on the outside - free of the Compass Room but still laboring under sur
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Farrah
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A thrilling sequel, full of game-changing secrets, sweet romance, and a surprising twist, A Vault of Sins was a fantastic New Adult read. It had all the action and emotions that made the first book so good and I really liked it.

Evalyn really showed the effects of what the Compass Room did to her in this book. Not only did she have nightmares, but her survival instincts were heightened and she had constant shadow of violence over her that she could never quite get rid of. She wanted t
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Jennifer
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks

There will be spoilers from book one.


A Vault of Sins is the second book in the Chaos Theory series by Sarah Harian. It is a New Adult dystopian series.

The book is narrated by Evalyn Ibarra. In the first book she was sent to the Compass Room to pay for her crimes. The Compass Room is a Hunger Games type place where 18-26 year olds who have been convicted of murder are sent to live for 30 days. If they survive they are let go. The place is set up to weed out/kill thos
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OpenBookSociety.com
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Scott

Very rarely do I dip into a series mid-stream, so to speak, but with the novel A Vault of Sins, I found myself drawn into the story, despite the fact I had not read the first part of this series. A Vault of Sins is a hyper-tense conspiracy laden techno-thriller with a bite of almost anything to satiate everyone.

The writing style is brisk, easy to read, and if nothing but informative. At no point did I feel lost at having not re
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Liz's Book Bucket List
{I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest 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 secre
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Kim
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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 ob
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Ashley
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why did I wait so long to get back into this world?! I’m an idiot, that’s why. The Wicked We Have Done surprised me and made me fall for Sarah Harian’s writing and voice. It’s one of those books that makes you take a step back and think and A Vault of Sins is no different. Getting back into the Chaos Theory world with Evalyn, Casey and Valerie was easy to do and kept me enthralled the entire time. A Vault of Sins builds more on the world from the previous book and novella and leaves you realizing how scary such a ...more
Barb Lie
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian, is the 2nd book in her adult dystopian thriller series, Chaos Theory. When we last left off in The Wicked We Have Done, the terrifying Compass Room had a malfunction, and three of the doomed survived. What is the Compass Room? In case you did not read my review of TWWHD, it is a place that violent criminals are sent for a one month stay. It is a place where their nightmares come alive, with each reliving the crimes they committed. It is rare to survive The Compas ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
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Oh my this book delivered the twists and turns. Just when you thought you knew how things were going to go, it went in a completely different direction. I really like this series and how it twists your view of ethics and morality. I also love that it takes New Adult and throws a dystopian twist to it.

Evalyn is such a unique heroine and I love her for that. She blurs the lines of good and bad and she is just herself. She tries to mak
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Johanna
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
After The Wicked We Have Done and Our Broken Sky I was looking forward to this book very much. I was excited to read more about Evalyn and Casey and Valerie and how they could ever find back to a normal life. But of course I should have known that fate doesn't have anything normal for them in store. And overall I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed by this sequel. It just wasn't as exciting and full of action as I had anticipated.

Anyone who hasn't read the first book p
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Christy
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading and falling in love with The Wicked We Have Done earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel in order to find out what happens to Evalyn, Casey and Valerie. And I have to admit that I was expecting the same heart stopping action and the edge-of-your-seat suspense that we got in TWWHD. However, that wasn’t the case with A Vault of Sins as it was more centered on the actual characters and I really loved that aspect.

It was a pleasure to be able to dive
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Margaux Espinosa
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Holy SH*T this was amazing!! I literally have no other words, I loved every word of it! Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have nothing on Evalyn Ibarra and Casey Hargrove!! Sarah Harian you are amazing, the writing was done beautifully, the description was perfect, the story line completely original and out of the box (or in it for our criminals).

A world where you commit a crime and can be given the opportunity to win back your freedom, the catch? You have to survive a nice long s
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Christy LoveOfBooks

A few months ago I read and enjoyed The Wicked We Have Done, a cool horror/science fiction/thriller type of book. I was curious to see what the author had in store for us this time, and see how A Vault of Sins would play out.

I was conflicted when I finished the book. I didn’t dislike it or anything, but I didn’t love it either. There were certain aspects of the Compass Room that bothered me, so I needed to sort it out and discuss it with someone (Thanks, Liz & Kim). I got what was going on, butenjoyed
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Denise
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Vault of Sins is the second book in the Chaos Theory with a short novella between book one and two. The synopsis gives a good snippet of the overall story line for this installment, but there is so much more. After reading The Wicked We Have Done (book one) I did not think the tale could be more heart wrenching, but I must say not just a few tears were shed in the reading of this book, in fact I am certain I broke out a new box of Puffs to sop up the leaks.

Not a lot more than what
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Yael Itamar
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
This book was a mess. The first half of it had no plot, and basically consisted of useless dream sequences and the characters reading bad fanfiction about themselves. It's the type of thing that might have been cute or funny in online bonus content, but not the sort of thing people actually pay money to read.

Around halfway through the novel, the plot actually started happening, although that part mostly consisted of sex and kissing, and the novel still left much to be desired up unti
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Sharon
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
A Vault of Sins is the sequel to The Wicked We Have Done and seemed to focus more on the world building and surprising compass room plot twists.

The main characters are broken after what they had to endure in the first book, they are traumatised but they are eager to sue for what they were put through; I would have liked to have spent more time on this aspect rather than learning about it post trial.

The characters and their relationships outside of the room were further de
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Sophieisabella Dickson
I need a third book. I am so far past wanting with this story, I need it.

A Vault of Sins was just as good as book one, though entirely different. Out of The Compass Room, we see Evalyn, Valerie and Casey having to deal with everything that happened while simultaneously having to deal with the crimes that got them there in the first place, the public outcry over their survival and trying to bring down the creators of The Compass Room.

This story was such a whirlwind, and I real
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Heather T
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, it is SO hard to explain my feelings about this book. I was a massive fan of the first one, and when a first book is that inventive, I'm always nervous that the second one won't live up to my expectations.

...and it does, but yet it doesn't. I really liked the realistic character development. These are folks who emerged from Compass Room alive, but not unscathed. They're damaged, each trying to run or hide from what happened so they don't need to face it. I mostly liked the consp
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Lori Clark
Awhile back, I read The Wicked We Have Done, and really enjoyed the book. It was different, it was unique, and kept me wondering what was going on the entire way through. Not in a bad way. I jumped at the chance to read A Vault of Sins, to see where things would go from where TWWHD left off.

Truthfully, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't not like it or anything, but I didn't love it either. It might have been better if I read the two books back to back. Because A Vault
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Karsyn
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok, so I read books for ACTION. I can NOT stand books with people sitting around talking, whining, blah blah blah. That is NOT for me and that's why I don't like NA for the most part.

I read the first book because it was action packed, for the most part, and it was soooooo good. This one, just didn't hold me. The last 25% was action, it was great. The first 75% was sitting around, whining, drinking, feeling sorry for themselves, blah blah blah. I stuck with it because I knew the actio
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Toni Mcgraw thompson
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recently stumbled across the first two books in this series & loved them. I went with very little sleep for two nights to finish the first two books. As soon as I finished book two, I immediately went to find the next book in the series (as the end of book two leaves the impression that there would be another book), & found....nothing. No book, no mention anywhere of another book on the author's website, Twitter, Facebook, the internet.....nothing. If anyone has a clue why she never wr ...more
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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. She spends her free time listening to movie scores and dreaming up monsters, and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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Chaos Theory (3 books)
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“I can’t be a hero. I can’t paint a letter on my chest like a super-hero and fight for justice, because I don’t even know what justice means. I’ve killed people, I’ve hurt people, I love people who’ve done horrible things. I can’t be an advocate. I can’t be an icon.” 1 likes
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