Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 13th 2015)
Hardcover: 336 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Let me just start off the post with saying how much I absolutely LOVED The Conspiracy of Us. It had everything I loved in it. Mystery, history, romance, and Paris. It’s a bit like The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown except that I haven’t read The Da Vinci Code (I think it’s the cover that made me think of that book). I get the gist of what that book is supposed to be about. However, I didn’t know how much I would end up loving this book.
For starters I loved the interaction between Jack and Avery. It helps with the fact that Mr. Emerson had shipped them together without them knowing each other before they ever even met. You can tell that Jack wants to keep Avery safe even though they couldn’t have anything more between them. There are consequences and the consequences aren’t pretty. But, despite that I think the reason why I liked Jack more than Stellan was because he was genuinely interested in Avery. Stellan had this ho hum I don’t have a care in the world attitude. He basically treated her like a child and doesn’t answer her questions, which he deemed not of importance and it annoyed me that he wouldn’t take her seriously. But, yes Stellan…there’s a bit of a triangle…though it didn’t really make sense that Avery would find Stellan swoon-worthy at times.
I loved the mystery bit. It was intense and made me want to keep turning the page despite the fact that I’m not a big ‘hey there’s a prophecy that MC must fulfill’ trope. The mystery had me guessing until the last couple of pages. I mean in mysteries the answer is always usually the unlikely person and in this book that’s also the case (no I won’t tell you who because you know spoilers…). At first I thought this book was going to pull a twist like in Red Queen, but I was mistaken. It did pull a twist but not the omg seriously he was the enemy all along type of twist.
But, I liked The Conspiracy of Us. The love triangle was light and I’m all for shipping Jack and Avery like Mr. Emerson did. I just hate that I have to wait long for the sequel to come out.