The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Summary: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.
I can’t help but wonder if I would have enjoyed The Conspiracy of Us more if my expectations were more accurate. I was expecting something like the movie National Treasure – filled with treasure-hunting and clues to solve, but to my disappointment it ended up being more romance centered than anything else.
Avery is shocked when she discovers that she is the lost heir of a secret society called The Circle of 12. And if that’s not enough of a surprise, it turns out that Alexander the Great has a secret treasure hidden, and Avery is the Circle’s only chance of finding it. She must solve the clues he has left behind, or risk the enemy finding it first.
One of the problems I had with The Conspiracy of Us was the main character Avery. While she was definitely an intelligent girl, some of the choices she made were a bit selfish and impulsive. (She leaves the United States without even telling her mom she’s leaving – with a stranger too!) Yet, she is easy to like and sympathize with, which makes me curious to see how her character grows and matures within the next two books of the trilogy.
I think where this lacked for me was the fact that it was so romance-based, and I didn’t completely connect to the romance. There was a love triangle that felt a bit unnecessary. It felt as if the only reason a love triangle was added was to promote it as being for a young adult audience – there wasn’t much depth or development to it.
Despite all this, I really did love the concept, and because of that I suppose I’m going to continue on to the second book. I’m crossing my fingers there will be less emphasis on the romance and more emphasis on finding and solving the clues.