Book Review // The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Book 1 in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (Penguin Books USA)
Format: Hardcover // 324 pages

Filed under: clues and puzzlesforeign cities (Istanbul + Paris), possible love triangle
To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.
I have been waiting for this book to come out for quite some time, so being able to hold it in my hands and flip through the pages was SO NICE. AND THE COVER. So gorgeous!

I love that Hall created a fiction story out of someone who once walked this planet. I don't know much about history, but reading The Conspiracy of Us pushed me to find out more about Alexander the Great and who he was in real life (as opposed to who he was in this book).

There are a lot of times when an author will choose a beautiful location for their characters but the story could have happened literally anywhere in the world and it wouldn't change anything. This wasn't the case with this book, thankfully! Being able to visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Notre Dame in Paris with Avery, the main character, on her adventure makes me want to sightsee in Europe so badly.

Although the flow and surprises in the story was a bit predictable, I still enjoyed it a lot. There's just something about finding clues and connecting pieces together that excites me. Reading The Conspiracy of Us felt just like a movie, which is exactly what I wanted it to be.

While there was some romance throughout The Conspiracy of Us, it didn't MAKE the story. I'd say there's more action than romance, which is perfect because it will leave you wanting more. The ending hints at a future love triangle, but it's way too early to tell.

If you're looking for a quick and exciting read, this is the book for you. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series as soon as it comes out!


Does a love triangle make or break your interest in a book?


  1. Ooh a YA novel like Da Vinici Code really appeals to me! And since it sounds like the author managed to make the setting feel real and vibrant I think I will enjoy this one even if it's a bit predictable. I think I can overlook the love triangle if this sounds as good as I'm thinking it will be! :)

  2. I head great things about this book! Added it to my to-read list!

  3. I usually hate love triangles but the way the something here developed made me not hate it, and so far I'd say I wouldn't consider it a love triangle per se, not yet, but probably in the next books...
    And I agree, the setting and the plot was more important than the romance and I was very happy about that!
    Great review Amaris!

  4. I don't really mind love triangles, but I'd prefer for them to stay very far away :p

  5. I agree with you about love triangles — I don't mind them, but I do without them. If you're just looking for something fun to read, this would be a good choice :)

  6. I'm not 100% sure if a love triangle will actually happen (I hope not) because it's too early to tell. I think you would enjoy this as well, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts if you ever read it!

  7. Ooh yay! I got a copy of this and really want to read it, but I was kind of wary. :D Love triangles really don't bother me too badly (though I almost always could do without them), but so long as the entire book isn't a character vacillating between two love interests, I'm fine. :)