Review: The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled #1) by Maggie Hall

17134589 Genre: YA Mystery
Published: January 13, 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
Series: #1 (Untitled)
Length: 336 pages
Source: won from Renae (thank you!)

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.


I really enjoyed reading The Conspiracy of Us. At first I thought I wouldn’t like it because the main character, Avery, easily trusted strangers. Like, who the heck goes to Paris when a stranger danger guy tells her to come with him? But as the story progressed, I grew to like her and the other characters (Jack and Stellan). There is sort of a love triangle, but I think it works perfectly. I am definitely team Jack though. What prevented me from giving this book a solid 5 stars is that I’m still confused about the whole Dauphins and Saxons family and the whole Circle shinanigins. I think the sequel will elaborate more about the family and how they work. Hopefully we’re going to be introduced to the other 10 families. Another reason why I am giving this a 3.5 star rating is because some of the action scenes were hard to picture, and the girl on the cover def. doesn’t match up Avery’s descriptions in the book. Also, don’t expect for all the answers to be revealed in this book because it ends in a huge cliffhanger (*sobs*). What I loved about this book is the adventure that Jack and Avery goes through. It’s crazy how this book took place in 2-3 days! Like, get some rest people! They went from the U.S. to Paris to Istanbul then to Paris again! Overall I recommend you to read this. I think it’s a great book to start the series. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel once it comes out.

3.5 of 5


25 Responses to “Review: The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled #1) by Maggie Hall”

  1. 1 Mitchii @ The Aeropapers February 3, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    I’m glad you liked this, I also want to read (will definitely grab me some copy!). I’m fine with love triangle, although it has to be well executed, otherwise I’m going to be exasperated, LOL. And I think I need some adventures. Sounds like a good book, now I’m completely convinced!

  2. 3 One Curvy Blogger February 3, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Sounds very unique, not sure its something I’d like.I’m not the biggest fan of triangles. Hmm . . . Thanks for sharing the review, regardless!

  3. 5 kezia1098 February 4, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    I am DYING to read this book! The love triangle makes me wary a bit but then again, I’m getting used to reading it. I hope this one is at least tolerable. But oh my god, Paris! Istanbul! Hopefully the settings are described well enough haha xD I love visiting places through reading 😀

  4. 7 Cait February 6, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Woah, that is a LOT of travel. I kind of want to read this one, but I haven’t heard rave things about it so far and there are waaaay too many books on my TBR as is. x)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. 9 Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) February 6, 2015 at 3:00 AM

    Yeah I’d be turned off at first by a character who just goes trusting strangers like that but I’ve heard quite a lot of things about this one so I’ll probably keep that in mind when I go into this one.

    Lovely review, hun <33

  6. 11 megan // adrift on vulcan February 6, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Lol, Avery does sound kind of dumb — she’s just asking for trouble. And let me guess… the guy she blindly follows in the beginning turns out to be part of the love triangle? xD Even though you liked the love triangle, I’m still feeling wary of it for some reason. Maybe it’s because the events only take place within 2 – 3 days (wtf?!) and there’s already TWO guys falling for our sweet, dear main character?? It’s unrealistic, haha. But it’s good that the two guys involved were likable, though. It means a lot when you’re able to ship a couple, or a love triangle!

    Looks like the “pretty girl in gorgeous dress but no relevance” trend struck again here. T_T But great review, Leigh! Here’s hoping the sequel is just as good, if not better!

    • 12 Leigh (LittleBookStar) February 6, 2015 at 7:51 AM

      Nope nope nope 🙂 I thought it was going to be him too but it’s not! The love triangle doesn’t really come in until the end of the book.

      Lol I know . The cover kinda pissed me off. All they needed to do was change her eye color and hair color then it would’ve been perfect.

  7. 13 Hazel @ Stay Bookish February 7, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    I’ve heard so much buzz around this one and I’m seriously so excited to read it! But OMG Paris and Istanbul adventures? Now, I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. That cliffhanger you mentioned is scaring me though. Still, I’m looking forward to The Conspiracy of Us! Lovely review, dear!

  8. 14 Abby @ Enthralling Reads February 7, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    I am so excited for this. The cover looks fabulous, the synopsis sounds great and TRAVELING!!!! ❤ But woah at the 2-3 days traveling HAHA Just thinking of it already exhausts me 😀 Love triangle–er, I might like. I really need to read this soonish! Great review, Leigh! 😀

  9. 16 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) February 7, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Hmm, I’m curious about this one! It does seem a little weird that she runs off with a stranger but it’s good that it got better and that the love triangle wasn’t too bad. Nice review! 🙂

  10. 18 Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity February 8, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    I am all for stranger danger, so a character who trusts very easily will always get a huge side eye from me.

    I also don’t like action scenes that are hard to imagine! I feel like it takes a certain talent to write them really well and really vividly, so it’s a shame that this one fell flat in that aspect.

    Gosh it annoys me when a front cover model doesn’t match a description. Like, why would you waste a cover opportunity like that???

    I’m not so keen on the love triangle, since I am sick to death of them, but I’m glad you enjoyed it overall, Leigh!

  11. 20 Bec (@bectineus) February 9, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Who easily trusts strangers? I can’t even meet their eyes, let alone talk to them!

    This has been getting some really high ratings, so it was good to see a more objective view on the whole thing. I’m glad you liked it overall, despite the confusing things. One thing I’m confused about is how someone can flight to three different countries and back in the space of 3 days?! I guess it depends on the flight times, but I hope they were taking private jets!

    I hope the sequel clears things up for you!

  12. 22 Nicole @ The Quiet Concert February 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    I didn’t realize this was a series! But I’m looking forward to reading this one – even though it doesn’t sound perfect, it sounds like something I will have fun with!

  13. 24 Jess@MyReadingDress February 27, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    It was illogically fun for me as well! I mean, so much did not add up but wow, the enjoyment factor was there. But I’m with you, I want to know more about those ten other fams! Lovely review, Leigh! x

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