When I skimmed over the synopsis, the words "secret society" and "conspiracy" made clutch this book to my chest. If you want me to read a book with no questions asked, drop those three words. I swear in another life I was a member of some elite family that ran western Europe with a sinister hand. Deciphering codes and unraveling mysteries is totally my thing.
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publish Date: January 13th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
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 bot 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. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
I will go ahead and start out by saying that this book has to be taken with a grain of salt. This is no DaVinci Code, and Maggie Hall is no Dan Brown in the story line department. A lot of the plot requires requires the reader to grant the book a suspended belief, choosing to accept that a girl can be worrying about prom one day and then witness a shooting in Prada the next. With the being said, this book was addicting. The story lacks no dull parts and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very last page. Every character has a secret and a backstory that is equally mysterious.
Another aspect I appreciated was the amount of actual history that is interwoven within the story. We get details on Alexander the Great, Diadochi, and Napoleon. Told with Paris, Istanbul, and other places as a backsplash, it makes everything so glamorous and exciting. I appreciated the attention to detail as protagonist Avery visits the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Hagia Sophia.
My Bookish Mehs:
Okay so this book is definitely far fetched. Who really hops off to Paris on a private jet with a mysterious Russian that you've seen following you around town? If you think this sounds like a good idea, we should probably talk. The plot is also fast-paced, to the point that I question the realistic elements of time thrown around by the author. There were times where I wondered if jet lag and time change even existed in this world. If you can overlook the overall silliness of it all, it really is a fun read that has a ton of action.
This was a fun read that would definitely get almost any reader out of a reading slump. It is a quick read that sucks you in from page one. For those who love a good mystery, glamorous dress, and even more glamorous boys, this is your book.
I gave this book 3.5 stars on my Goodreads.