The Virtue of Sin

The Virtue of Sin

A novel about speaking out, standing up, and breaking free. Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the desert far away from the sins and depravity of the outside world. Within the gates of New Jerusalem, and under the eye of its founder and leader, Daniel, Miriam knows she is safe. Cared for. Even if she?s forced, as a girl, to quiet her tongue when she has t A novel about speaking out, standing up, and breaking free. Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the desert far away fr...

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Title:The Virtue of Sin
Author:Shannon Schuren
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:B07HVY1F5J
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Virtue of Sin Reviews

  • Mara
    Jul 08, 2019
    Miriam was born and raised in New Jerusalem; her parents were among the first faithful. She accepts her world at face value (strict male/female separation before marriage, weird rules of socializing after marriage, interpretation of dreams, etc.) but when the ordained Matrimony doesn't...
  • Danielle Hammelef
    Jun 28, 2019
    I loved this book from the very start and really can't find anything I didn't like. Here's what made this a highly rated book for me: 1) The writing--the metaphors alone are genius and signs of a talented artist 2) The characters--these people popped off the pages, especially Miria...
  • Sarah
    May 17, 2019
    This young adult novel, written in the voice of several of the characters, is a fascinating look at the life of the individuals living in "New Jerusalem." A walled off community in the desert, led by Daniel, the founder of New Jerusalem. Miriam has lived in New Jerusalem all her life, ...
  • Lisa Mandina
    Jun 28, 2019
    I'm always intrigued by any story about a cult, don't know why, it's just something that grabs me. And this book did just that from the time I read the sneak peek, and then once I actually had the book in my hands and started reading, it was so hard to put down. This one was even bette...
  • Viktoriya
    May 27, 2019
    Thank you to Bookishfirst for giving me a copy of this ARC. Novel is set in present time somewhere in the desert between California and Nevada, in a secluded settlement called New Jerusalem. Daniel, a self-proclaimed leader and a prophet, declared that God communicates directly thr...
  • Hannah
    Jun 25, 2019
    Thanks to Bookish First and Penguin Teen for the ARC of this book! The best way that I can describe this book is a mash-up of Jonestown and Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It has all of the urgency of Haddix's book and the same feel of isolation combined with the c...
  • heather - NightlyReading
    Jun 07, 2019
    I received this book from a Bookish First giveaway. Once I read the first few chapters, I couldn't wait to see if I would actually win it for I wanted so much more! When it arrived in my mailbox, I did an internal dance of excitement and started it straight away. This world is extre...
  • Michelle
    Jun 21, 2019
    I was so excited about this book. I loved the First Impression and needed to know what happens to the characters. Miriam has been raised in New Jerusalem, a community started by the prophet Daniel and the elders, including her parents. The second generation has been called to matrimo...
  • Ariana
    Jun 29, 2019
    Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* There are so many aspects of this story that appealed to both the book nerd and psychology nerd in me and I was completely absorbed from the start. This...
  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    Oct 13, 2019
    It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did it flew. Enjoyed the main character and although it was alternating chapters with two characters, hers was the stronger voice. ...
  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    Jul 26, 2019
    As a Palestinian, I was attracted to the book because it has the word "Jerusalem". ...
  • Aryn
    Jun 24, 2019
    The Virtue of Sin is an entry into the coming-of-age in a cult/religious extremist group genre of YA fiction, a genre I find morbidly fascinating. With the steady publication of these types of stories, I?m not alone in that fascination. In this case, Miriam is a sixteen year old girl...
  • Kim Friant
    Sep 26, 2019
    3 Stars? Ok, so to start, I?ll admit that my own life experiences and education completely colored my reading and other people will totally have a different opinion. This really seemed to stick out while I was reading and I wish I could say that I loved this book, but I can?t. Th...
  • Linda Naquin
    May 21, 2019
    First off, I drove past Zzyzx my whole life anytime my family drove to Las Vegas, and I always wondered about the place. Then I Googled it as an adult and read about the health spa con. Reading a book that builds a secondary con on top of this site? Pure. Genius. I loved this book. ...
  • gwendalyn _books_
    May 29, 2019
    The Virtue of Sin Shannon Schuren ???? Thank You BOOKISHFIRST.COM for sending me an early ARC to read and review this book, all my opinions are my own. Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the desert far away from the sins and depravity of the outside world. Wi...
  • Leah
    Jul 05, 2019
    I think that as a culture we have an obsession with the things that are strange, abnormal...the things that are almost unbelievable. And I think that cults fall easily into this category. So when I was randomly selected to receive a free copy of Shannon Schuren's The Virtue of Sin, I w...
  • Nicole
    May 16, 2019
    FIRST OFF THANK YOU BOOKISHFIRST.COM for sending me an ARC to read and review this amazing book before it was released! My mind is blown and my heart is broken!!! So many people don't realize the effects of cults or the influence the "leader" has on these people. I'm hoping this bo...
  • Sarai Davila
    Jul 15, 2019
    This book. I am 100% here for books that involve women in oppressive, cult-like situations. I find that every time I read a book in which religion is used as a means of suppressing women and their natural strength, I grow a deeper insight into why women stay in these situations, as wel...
  • Kayla
    May 28, 2019
    *Disclaimer* I received an early copy from Bookish First and PhilomelBooks in exchange for an honest review I want to start off by saying I absolutely adored this book it was incredible and had a profound message. It is a mixture of M. Night Shyamalan?s The Village and a remote de...
  • Christina Dalcher
    Mar 07, 2019
    Oh, yeah. Give me a book about a cult and I will devour it in no time, which is pretty much the way I read Shuren's fabulous YA story about love, growing up, independent thinking, and breaking free of dogma. Reminds me of a wonderful quote from Richard Dawkins: "There is no such thing ...
  • Tomes And Textiles
    Jul 24, 2019
    A feminist examination of religion and cults, in particular. I loved the dismantling of the use of bible verses in defense of patriarchal behavior. I also loved the discovering of the belief of oneself and coming into your own. Very few YA books about cults and this one is highly recom...
  • meg chia
    May 01, 2019
    Three-word description : voice, religion, freedom My rating : 4.5 / 5 stars Ah this book! This one is a book I've picked up solely because of the intriguing synopsis that speaks out to me so much. I have been meaning to read a book that deals with similar topics like this, and I mu...
  • Staci Campbell
    May 28, 2019
    A Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuer 4/5 ???? A compelling novel about speaking out, standing up, and breaking free -- perfect for fans of The Handmaid's Tale. Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the desert far away from the sins and depravity of the outside world. Withi...
  • Energy
    May 13, 2019
    I thought at first from the blurb that this would be Dystopian, but it's about a cult, the lengths a person in power will go to keep their followers in line and the sheer delusion of those trapped on the inside. New Jerusalem sits out in the desert in California, set apart from the...
  • CR
    May 28, 2019
    I was so excited when this book showed up but sadly it just wasn't what I thought it was going to be. At first I thought it was going to be this amazing dystopian or fantasy. But what I found was one set in our world about a cult that well to tell you the truth was pretty lack luster....
  • Amanda
    Jun 18, 2019
    4 stars to this young adult novel about love, cults, and finding a voice. It is the day of matrimony in New Jerusalem and Miriam is ready to be Caleb's husband. Despite boys and girls being separated since children, Miriam is sure that Caleb will select her to be his wife. However, ...
  • Nèngath
    Jul 23, 2019
    I love stories about cults, small villages and isolated communities. There is something about small groups and concentrated violence that I find particularly interesting and even fascinating. I have read plenty of them, so I tend to be very critical. Thankfully this one is very good, t...
  • Ciera
    Jun 19, 2019
    Within the gates of New Jerusalem, Miriam, 16, lives under the eye of the community?s founder, Daniel. Miriam knows that she is cared for, even though she is forced to quiet her tongue, and is never given the ability to think for herself. When God calls for a marriage ceremony called...
  • Maison
    May 12, 2019
    I was very pleased to be able read an ARC of this book! The synopsis caught my attention right away. This novel is based in the heart of a religious community (a cult). First off, The way the characters progressed throughout the story is impressive. The pacing was exceptional, it r...
  • Madeline Lopez (biggerprint)
    Aug 10, 2019
    I think I like cult books now? This was so interesting and infuriatingly fun to read. I love sweet baby Aaron, he is a wonderful lil cinnamon bun. Kinda didn?t like the ending because it felt rushed but Miriam is badass and she makes up for that. This is such a great example of young...