Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

The Conspiracy of UsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Series: The Conspiracy of Us #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile on January 13, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Book Details
Rating: ★★★

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 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.

Do you ever start out thinking a book is TOTAL EPIC AMAZEBALLS and then it just loses its steam? Or suddenly you see the book in a whole other way and it’s less awesome than it was? For me, that was The Conspiracy of Us.

It started out total Da Vinci Code (which I ADORED, by the way). Conspiracies, secret societies controlling the world, hidden meanings, covered up histories… TOTAL AWESOME! I loved the whole idea of it. I wanted to learn everything there was about this secret society and all the things they’d done. I was hooked!

But then somewhere around the 50% mark, everything changed. The things that excited me before suddenly seemed silly and far-fetched. Instead of being awesome and epic, it seemed over the top and overly dramatic. Then the romance kicked in and I wasn’t totally into it. I just wasn’t clicking anymore. What happened?!?! How could it be so awesome and then suddenly so meh?

By the time I got to the end, I think I was doing some epic skimming. I could see why I SHOULD have loved the ending, but I was just indifferent. Sadly I won’t be continuing this series. 🙁

I don’t think The Conspiracy of Us was a bad book, I just stopped clicking with it after a certain point and I’m not sure why. I didn’t hate it, and there are only a few things I can objectively pick out as being irksome. The rest is just some weird feeling of indifference. It’s like the book and I broke up and went in different directions.

Has this ever happened to you?

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  1. That happened to me too a couple of times. It’s really sad because you end up with a feeling that you could have loved that book but…
    As for The Conspiracy of Us I love the cover but ya mysteries and me rarely click so I am going to skip it.

    1. I think that’s exactly right. I don’t think the book suddenly took a nose dive or even changed that much. It’s more like I suddenly saw it in a different way. It’s like the book was going left, and at first I was going left too, but then I turned right and the book kept going left.

    1. I love The Da Vinci Code SOOOO MUCH! That’s one of my all time favourite books. This book definitely has that kind of vibe.

  2. This HAS happened to me! And it’s really disappointing, because you put so much time into a book and then you fall out of love with it :/ I kind of predicted how ‘The Conspiracy of Us’ was going to end, in a way. Like, I knew that it was going to happen, I just didn’t realize that’s where the cliffhanger would drop me! I’m actually very eager to continue to the second book…I’m just sad it’s going to take a whole year for me to get my hands on it! >.<

    1. I’m sorry that you’ve experienced this too, Rosie! It’s such a bummer. 🙁 But I’m glad you enjoyed this book a bit more than I did! I hope you love book 2 when you manage to get your hands on it.

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