The Conspiracy of Us
by: Maggie Hall
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: ARC provided by Publisher
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Synopsis (and cover image) courtesy of Goodreads:
A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance--perfect for fans of Ally Carter
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.
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Readers beware!- Take a deep breath before diving into this one!
The two leads in this story were on the so much that I felt out of breath for them!
The Conspiracy of Us is action-packed from page one through to the end, however, Hall does an amazing job of balancing story and plot twists into this read. Fans of the Amazing Race will enjoy the constant journeys Avery must take in order to solve an Ancient riddle.
I'll be honest, I was lost a couple of times during this read, with the constant Greek Myths and riddles, Avery and Jack must solve, it was hard for me to keep up, but this read has definitely made me interested in studying up on Greek Mythology!
Avery was a great narrator, very brave. At first, I thought her a little too trusting, but I can understand her desperation to find out where (or who) she came from. She's very smart and well read on current events, I must admit I'm not sure I would've recognized as many political faces at that age haha.
Jack is a great hero, and counterpart to Avery, the romance between these two is very subtle in its build-up.
But be warned, Hall has done a fine job of setting up a love triangle for book #2, and I think there will be many readers who will be team Stellan, with his no-bull, take-charge attitude, I'm sure we're going to see much angst among these three in Hall's sequel.
And speaking of, sequel, can I have it now? Seriously, Hall ends off with a somewhat cliffhanger in The Conspiracy of Us, but rest assured, there'll be enough satisfaction that no one will feel the need to throw their book or e-reader at the wall (we've all had those moments :)).
Ultimately, I would recommend The Conspiracy of Us to fans of the Young Adult genre- it's got a great blend of action and mystery with a dash of romance to satisfy the romantic in us all!