I had really been looking forward to picking up my copy of The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall ever since I read that it is being marketed as the YA Da Vinci Code. I loved the idea of a story that combines action and historical mysteries with fashion and Alexander the Great. I started it almost immediately and I basically devoured it. Although the book did not completely live up to my expectations, it was a very enjoyable read.
Avery West is a girl with violet eyes who spent her childhood moving from city to city because of her mother’s position in the military. She never knew her father and she had never been able to get too close to anyone since she never spent enough time in any one place to build any lasting relationships. Right before her latest move, Avery decides to defy her mother’s wishes and attend her junior prom with a boy named Jack who had been expressing an interest in her. At the prom, Avery is told that her father’s family is interested in meeting her and she gets whisked away to Paris.
One of the best scenes of the book is when Avery gets attacked in Prada. One of the twelve ruling families has the store shut down so she can shop for a dress. She’s supposed to be heavily guarded but while she’s changing between beautiful silver and gold gowns, she’s almost killed by a member of The Order. I did not however, enjoy the love triangle that forms while Avery and the Keepers search for the key to the mandate. Jack is a sweet guy who cares about Avery and Stephan is a jerk and it just kills me when young female protagonists are attracted to bad guys because of their looks.
Another positive that came from reading The Conspiracy of Us is that I am definitely adding the Russian word toshka to my vocabulary. It has no official translation but it means that you feel a sense of longing for something. Even if you’re not sure what that something is, that nagging feeling is present and it’s what pushed Avery to get into that plane from prom. The Conspiracy of Us also makes the reader feel as though they are traveling the world and visiting a ton of interesting historical destinations all within the 334 pages of story.
If you’re interested in a fun read and you appreciate a good historical mystery, you should check out The Conspiracy of Us. The book ends with a cliffhanger which left me craving more, even though I didn’t have a huge attachment to any of the characters. I will be continuing the series in the hopes that there will be more character development as we delve deeper into the mystery of Alexander the Great’s tomb, the Diadochi and the circle of twelve.
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. (Via: Goodreads)