Young Adult Book Review: The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
Title: The Conspiracy Of Us
Series: The Conspiracy Of Us #1
Author: Maggie Hall
Age Group: YOUNG ADULT
Genre Type: Mystery & Adventure
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family--but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she's falling in love with.
Five Reason to Read The Conspiracy Of US
- As a brand new series by debut author Maggie Hall, it grabs you from the beginning and takes you on a fast adventure filled with exotic locales, conspiracies, mysterious, ancient family lineage, romance and danger!
- Mystery reminiscent the Da Vinci Code. If you are familiar with Da Vinci Code, then you're familiar with its globe trotting mystery and adventure. Maggie Hall creates a whirlwind adventure in similar fashion for YA. Puzzles, an ancient prophecy, riddles and secret societies. Fun, dangerous and addictive.
- Globe trotting, exotic locales and fun clues. I love books that feature fascinating settings and there's no shortage in this story. From America, Paris, and Turkey our Heroine Avery will travel to such scenic spots as the Hagia Sophia, Notre-Dame and the Louve on her quest. There's fascinating clues to decipher and I enjoyed tagging along with Avery and Jack as they hunted down clues from rare paintings, myths, secret letters, and even in the artwork of tattoos.
- Mask Balls, designer gowns and daggers. When not globe trotting, Avery is thrust into a world of masked balls and designer gowns as part of the secret Circle of the Twelve. There's a fun touch of glamor, yet underneath lies the threat of danger from within the Circle itself.
- Characters and romance that keep you fascinated. Avery is a bit of a loner due to the fact she is on the constant move, as her mom's work often relocates them. At times impulsive, she is quick witted and determined which I really liked. She kind of jumps in with both feet first in the mystery aspect before thinking, but it felt realistic given the situation. She has these incredible eyes that are mentioned, ones that connect her to a larger mystery, and all I could think of when their color was mentioned was something similar to the gorgeous eyes of Elizabeth Taylor. And, of course there are two swoony boys to like. Jack is dark and mysterious. Stellan comes across mercurial and a bit of a rogue. I enjoyed both their chemistry with Avery, but Jack kind of stole my heart. The book's blurb gives the impression of a love triangle, but I didn't see it that way. Yes, there's some major obstacles, and an ending that makes things difficult, but I think Avery has her heart set on only one guy.
The Conspiracy of Us is a fantastic start to this addicting, whirlwind of a read and the beginning of a series that promises more thrills, danger and romance! One not to be missed by adventurers, puzzle solvers, and swoony romancer lovers.
My Rating: 4 Stars. I really liked it!