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The Conspiracy of Us

(The Conspiracy of Us #1)

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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,
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
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Gabriella The first book is completely clean in the sexual department. There are only a few kissing scenes in the first book, but nothing more. There is a littl…moreThe first book is completely clean in the sexual department. There are only a few kissing scenes in the first book, but nothing more. There is a little swearing but mostly in French. There is some violence as well (ie. death, blood, stabbing etc.), but not a whole lot.

Edit: I totally forgot to mention that one of the scenes is pretty intense. They lay in bed together, but don't go further than touching each other (not in any intimate areas though) . After that, the characters just sleep in the same bed together (no sex). If you'd like I could get you the exact pages it occurs in. Just let me know. Sorry about that!(less)
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I actually really enjoyed this! I thought it was a really fun action packed read and I'm looking forward to continuing the trilogy. Video review to come! ...more
Maggie Hall
Jan 03, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Emily May
Feb 04, 2015 marked it as lost-interest
I checked out the Penguin sampler of this and it seems it would suit people who like a heavy dose of boys, love and fashion in their thrillers. Nothing wrong with that, just knew it wasn't for me when I read this on page 3:

I wasn't just fascinated with his forearms, though, or his deep gray eyes, or the dimple in his right cheek. He was ridiculously attractive - not pretty, but good-looking in a chiseled way, his jawline an angle rather than a curve, not a strand of espresso-colored hair out of
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
Warning: I am not in a charitable mood.

I didn't care if he was a Greek god. I didn't trust him for a second. And that would have been true even if he hadn't (view spoiler) a few hours ago.

This from a girl who literally three, yes THREE PAGES ago agreed to go with him to god knows where and when he told her they were going abroad, just gingerly got on the plane with him. And this was after the (view spoiler) stunt.

What the
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Video Review:

Actual Rating: 4.5/5

Ahhhh, ok this was great. You want to know why? Because I had zero expectations going into this, and had NO IDEA how much I was going to love it. I believe this book is extremely underrated with not many people (at least on Booktube) talking about it. Yeah, changing that.

So what I loved most about this book was that it APPEALED to so many different sides of myself. It's so action-packed the action movie lover in me was ro
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book played out like a really cool adventure movie (the kind I would pay to watch) right from the start. If you are looking for a fast-paced thrilling read that takes you in a journey around the world and is filled with theories and secret societies: look no more. Okay, there were quite a lot of issues that I had with this book but it’s kind of addictive I so can’t wait for the next one.
Set in:
Paris; France
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Istanbul; Turkey
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Ancient puzzle? Traveling across Europe, code-breaking, masked balls and Prada.

I knew I would consume this book even before I got the chance to read it. I am drawn to books, television show or any fiction that exude lavish and sophistication. I am cheap like that and The Conspiracy of Us is anything, but delightful and posh. What a perfect way to ruin me.

I am always on a quest
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! It had all the elements of adventure movies that I love wrapped into a book. It was a thrilling, fast-paced story about a secret society and an ancient prophecy that ties back to Alexander the Great.

I definitely recommend this for people who like movies such as National Treasure and The Mummy.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Jen Ryland
This DaVinci Code inspired YA will appeal to those who enjoy action-packed, plot driven books. The premise (secret society who runs the world, girl with violet eyes who is the key to EVERYTHING...) is admittedly far-fetched, but as I've blogged about before, most teen thrillers are far-fetched by definition and you have to just shut off your brain and go with it.

For those who are love triangle averse, just read that synopsis: the romance in this book definitely has a triangular configuration (i
DNF - honestly, I almost never do this. And I don't think it is the fault of this book at all. But I just can tell already that I am not the target audience and I'm in no frame of mind for this one and life is too short. So I'm gonna send it on it back to the library for the next person in the queue to read and enjoy it. ...more
I've been after this book for awhile now, and really wish I'd picked it up months earlier. Honestly, I think this may be one of my favourite books ever.

In The Conspiracy of Us, Avery West is flung into a world she never imagined could exist. She finds out that her paternal family, that she knew absolutely nothing about, was part of a sort of secret society that spanned back to the days of Alexander the Great. Now she's part of a quest to uncover the lost tomb of Alexander, and discovers stuff ab
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I just... really don't like Avery. She's selfish and stupid and agh.

Stellan is pretty much the only character I like... a lot. And I ship him with her, except the fact that she doesn't deserve him.

I love the plot, but gah, stupid Avery ruins it.

That's all.
Trina (Between Chapters)
I don't have too much to say about this one but I really enjoyed it. It's a very intriguing globe trotting, clue solving mystery involving ancient secret societies. Definitely going to continue the series! Audiobook narration was great. ...more
Andreea Pop

After the roller coaster Never Fade has been, I wanted to read something light and I thought The Conspiracy of Us fit the bill perfectly. Especially after I've been drooling for it since I've read the synopsis and then that gorgeous cover got released.

Well, let me warn you. The first few chapters or so were the definition of shitty writing, shitty characters and shitty intrigue.

I was bored out of my mind and I kept rolling my eyes at the clichés portrayed. Avery, the main
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is definitely a fun and entertaining read. However, I didn't love the main character and the plot is predictable
Quick review for a not-so-quick read. Usually Julia Whelan's narrations engage me enough to get through even the most tedious of books, but I still felt the burn listening to this book on audio. I had some try/fail cycles in picking this one up, finally succeeded in finishing the third time around, and I'm kind of surprised for a fast-paced caper thriller how dull, unimaginative, and notably incomplete it was. That's a shame, because I'd really looked forward to this read.

Maggie Hall's "The Con
Wendy Darling
I set this down around 127 pages. It's perfectly fine, and I think fans of Ally Carter and Robin Benway's caper type books will enjoy. This one is a little confusing and not quite as strong in the characterization department, however, and I smell a love triangle as well. Those don't always bother me, but in this case I don't really know enough about any of the parties involved to care that much either way. I wish we'd seen more of Paris, too--though if you're only going to see Prada while you're ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
*4.25 stars*

So good so good! Very exciting. I really liked all the characters. I just wish the main character Avery was slightly more fleshed out. I felt a sort of disconnect to her character sometimes. I really liked jack but I LOVED Stellan. He's so interesting and his mysterious childhood and back story has me so intrigued. Can't wait for the next book that comes out this year!
Nasty Lady MJ
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I almost, almost, DNF’d this one. I should’ve DNF’d it. There were three strikes against it within the first hundred pages:

1) Purple eyes. Sorry, no. There are way too many Liz Taylor’s in the YA genre.

2) Bastardizing sensitive history. I like when history gets twisted, but stating that two tragic world wars were caused by a super elite family (um, no).

3) Forbidden romance. Enough said.

So, why did I keep reading this one?

The concept.

The concept was made fo
°☆.。.:*・Actual Rating: 4.5 stars °☆.。.:*・

I’m about to write y’all the most subjective review ever. Except I’m conscious of my subjectivism. So henceforth, feast your eyes, and minds, on what I like to call my objective portrayal of a highly subjective review. You’re welcome.

Those of you who’ve been around for a while may know of a post I did a while back, something along the lines of bookish kyrptonites—all things that roped me into (at times) rather dud, and on the rare occasion,
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read, June 2021
After 7 years(!), I’m not as enamored with the book, though that’s more a comment on me than the book. (And I didn’t lower my original rating.) I’d still 100% recommend it to a teen, and I think it’s unlike a lot of other YA books coming out now. The level of innocence makes it a good rec’ for younger teens especially. For fans of Ally Carter.

Original review, May 2014
Oh. My. Gosh.

Normally, I like to be all professional and articulate when I review books, especially now that I'm
Rachel E. Carter
Jan 12, 2015 added it
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 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.

I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit
Oct 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction, 2015
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3.5 I had some high hopes for this book! I had some high hopes for this book! The cover is amazing, the book sounded amazing! And I honestly can say there isn't really anything WRONG with the book, it just....didn't do it for me like I'd hoped.

It started off really cool, and I really enjoyed that there were these families who really are in control of the world, and how this girl, Avery was hidden away all that and then all of a sudden her life is
2 stars

WARNING: I am spoiling this entire book for you and I don't care.

*deep sigh* It's been almost 3 months since I read this book, but I'm just getting around to reviewing it now. It's so laughably terrible that I needed to have the right energy and enough time to fully explain why. Honestly, before I dove into the book, I'd already seen that the public opinion on it was largely negative - but I still went into it with an open mind. It has such a beautiful cover and awesome premise (YA Da Vin
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I love a good jet-setting mystery, and this one was even better than I'd been hoping. Kinda fun, kinda flighty and more than a bit sexy, this book takes the reader from Minnesota to Paris to Istanbul, and though the characters are running for their lives and don't get to explore much, it was fun to go along for the ride. It's a little far-fetched, but it's so exciting and fast-paced that it's easy to forget just how unrealistic this whole plot is.

Conspiracy theories and the like fascinate me, bu
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
So I went into this thinking it was going to be a multi-dimensional/time traveley book and I was sooooo wrong. It's actually kind of like a YA illuminati book, hahahah. Anyway, this book was okay. Nothing too special. I can't decide if I care enough to carry on with the series. We shall seeeeeee ...more
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I think most readers added this book to their TBR when they say it was a YA version of The Da Vinci Code. I'm the opposite. At first, I though, 'ooooh pretty cover!' But since I've never seen or read The Da Vinci Code, that was never really a selling point for me. But I couldn't resist the audiobook when I found out that Julia Whelan was narrating it, who is fantastic! It did take me a little bit to get through the beginning of the book, but once the plot gets moving, it's fast paced all the way ...more
“Toska.” He leaned forward, too. “It’s a Russian word. It has no translation into any other language, but the closest I’ve heard is the ache. A longing. The sense that something is missing, and even if you’re not sure what it is, you ache for it. Down to your bones.”

I’m really glad that I picked this book up! After the emotional turmoil that In The Afterlight brought, I needed a cute and intriguing read to mend my broken heart.

The Conspiracy of us is a fun, thrilling and face-paced story ab
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