Publisher: Putnam Juvenile | Pages: 330
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure, Romance
A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance.
Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle – beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues to expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family – but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
I really enjoyed this book! My mom bought this for me for Christmas and it was sitting on my TBR shelf for the longest time. Finally the other day I decided it was time to give it a try and I’m so happy I did.
The number one reason as to why I liked this book was its fast paced nature. So many books these days have a slow start for me before they finally pick up. This book was great because there was no fluff; it was packed with adventure from start to finish.
Maggie Hall created a really good storyline that was filled with suspense, mystery, adventure and action. The chemistry between the characters was written to perfection and they were all super enjoyable. Avery was a main character that I really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to see her character development in the sequel. While some people have argued that this book has instalove – I would actually argue that while it was set up for love in the beginning, the relationship was slow and steady and progressed in a really enjoyable way.
I loved the historical part of this book as well. Hall did such a good job of linking the book with Alexander the Great, Napoleon, the World Wars etc. As a history lover, this was definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book.
I just picked up the second book (read my second mini August book haul here) and I can’t wait to see how the story continues!
Favourite Quote: “Because it’s worse to wish for something that’s never going to happen and be disappointed than to never wish for anything at all.”
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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