Tuesday, May 10, 2016

#Tuesday Review - Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller)

Series: The Conspiracy of Us # 2
Format: Hardcover, 311 pages
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Two weeks. 

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, the second installment in Maggie Halls' The Conspiracy of Us trilogy, picks up right where the first book left off. Avery West has had her world scrambled, and tossed around like a ship in the middle of a major storm. She is the girl with the purple eyes. The supposed heir to a powerful group known as the Circe. The one who has already been swept away by two very different men in Jack Bishop and Stellan Korolev. The one who escaped from a forced marriage to a man she had no feelings for. 

But, before any of that happens, Avery must find a way to solve a centuries old mystery in order to save her own mother who has been kidnapped by their rivals. Of course, that isn't the only thing on Avery's plate. After discovering that she belongs to a powerful family called the Saxon's, with Alistair Saxon in charge, and a brother Cole and sister Lydia who may or may not want a relationship with her, Avery must now go on a journey around the globe in order to meet all of the other families in the Circle in order to find her perfect match.

Map of Fates is one of those books where the heroine and those who have come to support her, like Luc, Elodie, and Collette, have the perfect opportunity of ridding the world of the several antagonists who have caused nothing but pain and suffering and death. Instead, they pay the worst possible price imaginable when they get squeamish and can't get the job done. Thus, leaving us with a fantastic cliffhanger, and yet another long wait until the sequel is released. Perhaps I am a bit blood thirsty, no?

Let's get to the romance. First there is Jack. Jack who adores, and most likely loves Avery with all his heart. Yet, he is a tool in the greater scheme of things. Can he really be trusted, or is someone else pulling his strings? Jack has some major explaining to do after this book. Not sure if I can trust him at all. Then, of course, there is Stellan who we've already discovered
is something of anomaly. The boy who can't burn. The boy who may or may not be the descendant of Alexander the Great, and therefore the boy who is supposed to unite the blood lines with Avery. 

Map of Fates jumps all over the world. From Paris, London, Venice, Saudia Arabia and Greece. Avery and her friends continue to look for the second Napoleon bracelet that may hold the key for freeing Avery's mother from those who are eager to see her dead. One can agree with other reviewers by saying that Avery has a certain tunnel vision focusing on one issues, while ignoring things that are happening around her.

Map of Fates is a dark story in many ways, and not just because of the bloodshed and body count that seems to happen as Avery is making her way around the world. There are too many people eager to put themselves in the way of Avery saving her mom. Normally, by the time you get to the second novel in a trilogy, the main character has done some growing up. In Avery's case, it takes a major bombshell before she finally becomes the character that I've been hoping for. 

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