This is a review of:
Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
Book 2 of The Conspiracy of Us series
a YA Crime/Thriller/Esponiage
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.
The Plot | This book was a bit slow until halfway, the pace picked up and it was interesting. I loved how Avery actually started accepting who she is and I find her desire to rule The Order a very good development for her character who used to run from responsibilities. The last five chapters are the ones full of information and twists
The Romance | I’ve felt more chemistry between Stellan and Avery than her and Jack. He might be a good person but he is a bit stiff. Their conversations were always so .. impersonal for two people who are in love. With Stellan, they are more intimate and casual and I love it. They don’t have to pressure each other to talk or reveal parts of themselves to the other. They’ll do it when they’re ready. The sink scene was proof of that! That was my favorite scene actually.
Stellan & Jack | This book actually had more details about their time together in the Order. And it was heartwarming to see them, despite their differences, have this kindness towards each other. I wish there was more of that.
Side Thought | I just recently watched Henry Cavil’s movie with Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E and the whole time I was reading I imagined Jack as Solo (Henry) and Stellan as Illya (Armie). They’re perfect since Solo is a British spy and Illya is a Russian one xD
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts about it?