Review: The Conspiracy of Us-Maggie Hall


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cooltext1889161239 copyA 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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The Conspiracy of Us is a thrilling mystery rich in historical puzzles and political intrigue. Part treasure hunt and wild goose chase, The Conspiracy of Us is a whirlwind of adrenaline, violence, and pageantry.

PROS:

  • The historical reference to Alexander the Great, Egypt, and the trek across the world scrambling for clues was colorful and engaging. Glimpses of Paris, Istanbul, and other countries were a cultural explosion of light. The 12 houses, their symbols, the genetics, it all combined for layers of lies, deceit, and mystery that gave the story a very Da Vinci Code
  • Stellan, be still my Slav loving heart! Deadly, semi-vicious, enigmatic, Stellan has a bad boy image with dazzling good looks. Underneath the deadly exterior is a playful flirt whose emotions are sporadic. One moment hot, the next murderous, you never know quite what you’re going to get. Besides his mystique, Stellan is after Avery’s heart. It goes beyond the questionable nature of her heritage, the pet name he gives her, the accent, his love for his sister will melt your heart.
  • Luc was a pleasant surprise of a character. He’s got flair and style, he’s charismatic and deep, there’s something about him that you can relate to.
  • There was a twist that took a supernatural turn that was so unexpected that it left me reeling, had no idea where it came from. THAT ENDING.

CONS:

  • Plot clues were blatant and so obvious that it was easy to stay steps ahead of the characters (for the most part). Parts that should have shocked fell flat because there were so many clues. At the same time, the clues left by Emerson were bare bones hints that were near impossible to sift through. How Avery and Jack make sense of them is a tad farfetched and oddly enough, too simple.
  • Avery lacked development. There wasn’t a lot of personal or emotional information about her. I had a hard time connecting with her because so much of who she is as a person was missing. I had several questions about this mysterious, closed-off girl that were left unanswered. Avery’s likes and dislikes, her passions were left out and it made it difficult to attach a distinct personality to her character.
  • Chemistry between Avery and Jack was off. Their actions are overwhelming and disconnected. The extent of Avery’s feelings and the escalation didn’t add up, there wasn’t substantial build up or even instalove…It just was and it seemed random.

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