Friday, April 3, 2015

Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance.

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.

I love this book. I suppose it's a bit too early in the review to start gushing, but oh well. I love it to pieces. I had cover lust the moment I saw it, and I was over the moon when I got an arc to read. I consumed it in pretty much one sitting, at the expense of food and sleep. It was worth it.

Firstly, this book will give you travel lust. Paris and Istanbul are vividly portrayed, and as I used to live in Paris, I can attest that it's accurate. I love books that accurately portray the beauty of international travel, and at the same time the grit and the danger. Conspiracy has both of those things, and more. I wanted to jump on a plane and get back to Paris the second I closed the book.

Secondly, the concept is actually kind of frightening. Imagine pretty much everyone famous, everyone remotely important is attached in some way to the same twelve families. The balance of power in the world is controlled by the whims of these people, and the rest of us don't have a clue. That's terrifying, but also thrilling.

Thirdly, Jack. I know that if you haven't read the book this won't make sense, but seriously, JACK.

The Conspiracy of Us is riveting, engrossing, and sexy. It's a must read, and I know I'm already dying to read the sequel. 

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