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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

Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

20419003 Genre: YA Mystery
Published: September 16, 2014 by HarperCollins
Length: 368 pages
Source: HarperCollins (ARC)

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.”


This book is such a perfect read for Halloween! Made For You is told in three different perspectives which are: Eva’s, the killer’s, and Eva’s best friend, Grace. If you are not a big fan of multiple perspective, I don’t think you’ll have trouble with this one though because the characters sound very distinct from each other. This book was intriguing from the very start, and it was a page-turner. It was so fast paced since you’ll be eager to know who this mysterious, obsessed killer is.

What I loved about this book is reading the killer’s perspective. It was so creepy yet fascinating because the killer’s mind is so twisted and obscure. It may sound weird, but I sympathized for him/her the most because it is not his/her fault that he/she acts that way. I’m saying he/she because I do not want to spoil you whether the killer is a male or a female. The killer is actually not revealed until a couple chapters from the end. I also like how whenever someone has physical contact with Eva, she will able to see the person’s death. I thought that was really creative, and adds more suspense to the story.

There is a sort of insta-love but the story is so focused on the mystery that it just made me overlook at the romance. The supporting characters were okay. I didn’t think they were memorable, but I thought they were realistic. Overall I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you love mystery books!

4 of 5

Review: Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

18599709 Genre: YA Contemporary / Mystery
Published: June 3, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 288 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….


Vivian Divine is Dead was an okay book for me. Sometimes it would give me a feeling of “sitting at the edge of my seat” but at other times, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. What I did not like about this book is the insta-love. I was seriously pissed at that because it was just so unrealistic and annoying how she easily trusts this guy who is a complete stranger. Plus, I did not like how she has the time to flirt when she’s supposed to be running and hiding away from a serial killer (shaking my damn head man, smh). Why the hell would you flirt with another guy if you know there is a man chasing you AND you’re in a different country you’ve never been to, and you do not know anyone!? Oh Vivian, you’re really not smart. Besides the protagonist, I also did not like how the mystery was somewhat predictable.

Like I said, the mystery was somewhat predictable, but some parts were still really good. There were some scenes where I wasn’t expecting them to happen and I would be like “:O no way!” Overall some parts in this book were really good and creepy (in a good way) but the insta-love and the cliche scenes prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. I recommend you to check it out in the library, and I wouldn’t put this on top of my tbr list.

3 of 5

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