Monday, March 17, 2014

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Wicked We Have Done (Chaos Theory #1) by: Sarah Harian

Release Date: March 18, 2014
from Intermix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
"Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either."

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that is extremely hard to review. Partially because all I want to say is “this book is amazing, go read it right now” and also because there is a lot that can be spoiled about this book and that would ruin all the fun. I picked up this book the moment I saw that it was a New Adult dystopian, because I am all for this category branching out and growing. This book was everything I have come to love about New Adult and everything I love about dystopias.

First I want to talk about the characters, and I’m going to talk about them in general mostly because to focus on one would end up giving too much away. These characters are definitely interesting and not your normal characters. All of them are accused of committing some sort of horrible crime; however the details for all of those crimes are blurred. When it comes to our main characters, all of those crimes live in a very gray area. On one hand they all did something horrible, but at the same time their motivations are not what you might expect. Our main character Evalyn is a real mystery. You spend a lot of the book trying to figure out what exactly her crime was and it takes a while to even figure out if she is truly guilty or not. You really don’t know if you’re rooting for someone evil or not and that is really kind of fun and gut wrenching.

The whole concept for this book was just awesome. We deal with Compass Rooms and basically in lieu of a jury deciding their fate, criminals are put into Compass Rooms which measure their brains reactions to certain situations and assess how evil they truly are. It’s a pretty scary concept because it starts with criminals, but you know it has the potential to grow to a preventative step where everyone is subjected to a Compass Room. It’s putting a lot of power into the hands of a few. On one hand, it’s a way of determining if a criminal is truly wicked, but on the other can a test really determine that? It really makes you question and I’ve found that my favorite dystopias are the ones that make me questions things.

The other thing I loved about this book is that it constantly keeps you guessing. It kept me on the edge of my seat and there were moments where it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. It’s creepy and a bit twisted and the characters are all a bit damaged, but it’s addictive and just awesome.

Then of course there is the romance. It wasn’t the main factor in the story, but it definitely added another layer and it was a layer I really enjoyed. It was beautiful in its own way. Because no matter the bleak circumstances, the twisted situation, or the fact that these characters took part in some horrible actions, they still found someone who could see through them and love that person; someone who truly understood them. Also, the chemistry was pretty hot.

The Wicked We Have Done is a fantastic read; one that will appeal to both New Adult and dystopian fans and it hit the bulls-eye in both of those genres. It’s twisted, addictive, dark, edgy, and sexy. A must read!

Guest Post: Top 5 Wickedest Things Sarah Harian Has Ever Done:

I must start off this post by saying that I am a good girl. Like painfully so. I have the biggest guilty conscience in the world and always feel horrible every time I do anything wrong. My list of the wickedest things I’ve ever done will probably be eyeroll-worthy, because in truth, I am not an interesting person in the deviance category. Feel free to pat me on the head after you read this and tell me that I’m adorable.

Top Five Wickedest Things I’ve ever done:
1. Writing erotica!—that’s right, I am famous (Ok not famous, but a few thousand reads famous) in the online erotica universe. Will I give you my pen or user name? Nice try! I’m not giving that bad boy away. But I will promise you it’s pretty kinky, so I guess you’ll just have to believe me…
2. Serial Procrastinator—Honestly, I don’t know how I graduated college (or high school for that matter). I never read. I never did my homework. It is a miracle that I passed my classes. I was that dick student in the back of class reading a genre novel (or writing my own … whoops) and not really paying attention. I never revised my essays either. I think in that way the universe got me back, considering I’ve had to revise and rewrite all of my books multiple times.
3Admitting to myself that I am bisexual—Okay okay, this isn’t really that wicked. It’s probably more courageous than anything. But coming from a small town with a conservative family… well, you get the picture. Plus, bisexual individuals still carry this stigma that we can’t make up our minds and just like screwing everything. So people end up thinking that you’re more wicked than you really are. So I guess that makes me faux-wicked?
4. Shotgunning a Keystone Light—It isn’t the act of shotgunning a beer or the circumstances of which I was drinking it. It is the fact that ONLY THE FOULEST BRETHREN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH WILLINGLY DRINK KEYSTONE LIGHT. Yes, that also includes you, beerpongers.
5. Writing The Wicked We Have Done—For a girl who is relatively innocent, I did write a pretty screwed-up book. It’s a strange feeling to finally release it out into the world.  I wonder if people who know me will be having conversations with each other—Hey, remember that girl we used to know that seemed pretty normal? Well she imagined some pretty effed-up scenarios in this novel she wrote. Or maybe not. Who knows? If writing wicked feels this good, then just maybe I will keep at it.


I loved this book so much that I decided I wanted to have a giveaway so someone else could read the awesomeness! Read the details below and them fill out the rafflecopter:
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  1. WOW. This really sounds like an awesome read! And I'm with you - my favorite dystopians have always made me question the very world that we live in, LOL. And the Compass Room sounds oh so creepy! I'm glad that the chemistry was hot, and that you just loved this book so much - LOL. Awesome review! :D

  2. I just finished this one yesterday and was blown away and fascinated by how dark it was! I love killer books but am kind of disappointed because the authors usually don't 'go there,'
    You're totally right, we need more of this genre!
    So excited for book 2 :)

    1. I was blown away too! It was so much darker than I thought it would be and I loved that! I'm dying for book two as well!

  3. OMG I love that short interview! I don't think I will read this particular book but I'm curious about her erotica novels...

  4. I need the erotica information like I need my next breath. (Oh, and loved THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE. It seems pertinent to state that here.)

  5. I have never heard of this I must say that I'm really intrigued, I mean NA is maybe something I gave up on, dystopia is something I enjoy strongly. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book and the author really did some brave things. Great post, Teresa :)

  6. Yay! I'm so happy that the New Adult genre is branching out also! I can tell how much you loved this story, and you have me wanting to read it now too! Excellent Review!The Compass Room sounds very intriguing! I love stories that keep me guessing, and I love how you described it as "... twisted, addictive, dark, edgy, and sexy. A must read!" This is going in my TBR!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  7. Oh me oh my! Teresa! I am adding this to be TBR RIGHT NOW! You had me at NA and Dystopian. And then you had me again in your last paragraph about romance! I'm IN! I'm glad you loved this one!

  8. Oh gosh, these types of reviews are so hard, that's how I felt about reviewing Maybe Someday. But I think you did a great job of giving enough info for us to go on!

  9. Ooo New Adult dystopian, I haven't read anything like that!! I'm so excited to see NA books branching out! It sounds a little bit like Uninvited, especially the fact that it makes you really think. I like that it's a little creepy, but in good way. I will be checking this one out for sure!!!

  10. The Wicked We Have Done sounds fantastic, Teresa! After reading your review, I can see why you want us to stop what we're doing and go read this! ;) I'll absolutely be picking up this one, my dear! Thanks for sharing.

  11. It does sound like one of the books that you can't say much without spoiling, but it sounds slightly different than I would pick up on my own but sounds good

  12. I love a book that keeps you guessing! So hard to find that nowadays! And the characters, all of them, sound like ones I must meet! This sounds like a really good read, one that'll keep you enthralled the whole time! Loved your review so much! I must read it! :D

    1. Magen! You must read this book! I know you will love it!

  13. NA dystopia? Huh. Interesting.

  14. I loved this book! Like you, as soon as I saw that it was NA dystopian, I had to read it. Great post!

  15. My first response after reading this incredible review was "Dude!" But I don't say "dude." But DUDE! This sounds amazing! I want it NOW! I'm so excited over NA dystopians -- it's the best of both worlds! You have me SO intrigued, and I love that this book kept you guessing! This one is going to the top of my TBR. Plus the guest post is fantastic -- Sarah IS courageous, and I enjoyed reading her 5 wicked things! Wonderful post!!! *squish*


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