Publisher: Putnam Juvenile | Pages: 311
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Travel
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.
This book is the sequel to The Conspiracy of Us, which I thoroughly enjoyed (you can read my review here). Once again, this book just had such a wonderful pace to it – it started off where the last book left off and there was no fluff. I loved that! I sometimes need a change of pace in the books that I’m reading and this is certainly one aspect in which this book is so successful.
This book was filled with more suspense, more mystery and even more romance than the first book. Avery’s character in the first book was enjoyable and likeable to me – however, I was looking for more character development. Hall certainly delivered. Not only was Avery more developed in this book, but so was Stellan and I thoroughly enjoyed the natural progression that his character took throughout the novel. I cannot wait to see what changes and what occurs for both of these characters in the third, and final book.
As I’ve said many times before, I was a history major in university. I love when author’s can intricately weave their own storylines with parts of history. It makes it so enjoyable to read a fast paced adventure novel with parts of a historical figure intertwined. I really think Hall does a fantastic job with this.
My only desire for the third book is to finally come to a close, once and for all, with this love triangle. I’m fairly certain I will get that in the next book. But I did find it was a bit overkill in this sequel about her not knowing whether she wanted to be with Jack or Stellan. Love triangles for me only work when they are not overdone and have a natural progression. This book just had a bit too much for me.
I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the last book soon!
About the Author:
Maggie Hall is a traveling, decorating, champagne-drinking, USC-football-watching YA author. She is currently traveling the world for an indefinite amount of time with her husband, which means right at this moment, she might be on a beach in Thailand, drinking wine in Paris or anywhere in between.
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