(Conspiracy of Us #2)
By Maggie Hall
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (March 8, 2016)
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Two weeks.I was SO excited for the next book in this series! The first book blew me away. I am sad to report that this book let me down a bit.
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.
Map of Fates picks up exactly where Conspiracy of Us leaves of. Avery has figured out who she is and what parts she is supposed to play in the eyes of the Order. Avery did continue to grow and mature throughout this book, which was refreshing to see. I could see Avery's struggle to want to fit in with her family while trying to remain true to herself. Would Avery and the crew be able to locate the tomb in time to save everyone?
Maggie Hall really did a great job of pulling the reader right into the thick of the story and chase, there is no denying that. What bothered me most was the ever present (and completely unnecessary) love triangle. Avery was constantly torn between Jack (Team Jack!) and Stellan (ugh). What made those scenes very hard to read was Stellan's incredibly cheesy lines. Sure, he has a huge part to pay but I did not enjoy reading the almost forced somewhat romantic scenes between them.
Also, the pacing of the story was a little off. There was not always a constant sense of urgency to find Avery's mom or the tomb, instead there were times Avery and her crew were living in the lap of luxury, as if they were all on holiday. I don't know why that stuck out to me but it did and it bothered me. Avery had a very humble life before the Order and it seems she very quickly adapted to being completely taken care of.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and the thrill of the chase, even if those scenes were sprinkled sparsely throughout the book. I loved reading about the history and how everything connected. The ending certainly did leave me eager to read the readers, just be aware of love triangles and somewhat off pacing.