Waiting on Wednesday: The Ends of the World (The Conspiracy of Us #3) by Maggie Hall

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall which is the third and final book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy.  The series is often referred to as The Da Vinci Code for teens… except it’s really good!  The first book wasn’t my favorite but the second definitely upped the stakes and I love the turn the the story took.  If you’ve read the first two books, you’ll also know that the title of the third is very appropriate.  Previously, each book debuted in January but the finale has been pushed back to mid-July of 2017.  I’m kind of excited to have this to look forward to mid-year since January is usually a pretty big month for book releases.  And I love the new cover.  The purple dress is so pretty!

The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series. (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read The Conspiracy of Us which is the first book in the trilogy by Maggie Hall,will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is the second book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy and while I hadn’t been as invested in the first book as I had hoped, the cliffhanger ending left my interest piqued enough to continue reading.  Plus, the cover of Map of Fates is one of the prettiest of the year in my opinion!  I’m pleased to report that I enjoyed Map of Fates much more thanThe Conspiracy of Us and while it still wasn’t a 5 star read, I am genuinely looking forward to the conclusion because the story has really upped its game.

One of the elements I took the most issue with in the first book is the love triangle between the main character Avery and two of the guards from the twelve ruling families, Jack and Stellan.  I’m not a huge fan of love triangles in general but if they’re done well I’m able to get behind them.  In The Conspiracy of Us I didn’t quite understand or ever get the feeling that Avery and Stellan could potentially be interested in one another but Hall did a much better job of making it believable in Map of Fates.  In fact, I ended up liking Stellan a whole lot more than I ever expected to.  I suffered a bit through the beginning of the book, having read The Conspiracy of Us within the week it debuted last year because I couldn’t quite remember which character was which and it took me some time to acclimate to each’s demeanor once again.  If you’re in the same boat I would suggest a book one re-read or to read your past review / Goodreads so you’re able to jump right in and avoid any confusion.

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My favorite part of The Conspiracy of Us is the amount of travel the characters undergo because it allows the reader to experience new places without ever having to leave their couch.  The travel aspect remained one of the driving forces of my interest in Map of Fates and I cannot wait to see where they’ll be exploring in book three.  The revelation at the end and the new pieces of information the characters were able to ascertain from the clues have left me craving the conclusion.  The stakes are high, the structure of the twelve ruling families is inevitably going to be evolving and Avery West is at odds with many leaders in the Circle.  I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting installment!

Final Thoughts:  Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is a much better installment in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy than book one.  I had very minimal complaints this time around (although I’m still not very invested in Avery’s character) and I found myself flying through this quick paced YA thriller.  If you enjoy media involving espionage and have a case of wanderlust, Map of Fates will leave you feeling satisfied.  If you had mediocre feelings about book one, I can promise that Map of Fates will draw you in further.

Rating 3

Two weeks. 



That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny. 



Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
 


But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem. (via Goodreads)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us #2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Map of Fates by Maggie Hall which is the second book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy.  Luckily, I wont’ be waiting much longer for this one because it comes out next Tuesday!  I enjoyed the first book (you can read my review here), and it only got a lower rating due to the awful love triangle that manifested at the end of the book.  I’m really hoping that’ll get sorted out quickly in Map of Fates but all of the other elements of the book are exciting enough to warrant my excitement even if it doesn’t.  I love the second cover (pink is just the best<3) and I really hope there are some more exciting chase scenes in haute couture shops.

Map of Fates

Two weeks. 



That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny. 



Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack—steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
 

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem. (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: The Conspiracy of Us By Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us #1)

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.

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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.

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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)

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