Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Conspiracy of Us by: Maggie Hall



Avery West has always believed that she has no family. But her family has found her, and her family just happens to be one of the most powerful ones on the planet. They can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace or they order a bombing when they want to start a world war. They are part of a powerful and secret society called The Circle, and they believe that Avery is a part of a prophecy. Some of them want to use her, others of them want her dead. Avery must unravel a trail of clues, to find the truth, which could send the world in World War 3. But that isn't the only closely guarded secret, the two boys helping her, Steven and Jack, both have secrets of their own, that their hiding. As her normal life crumples around her Avery will have choice to make that will change everything, maybe even the future of the world.

If you asked me to you a short phrase that describes The Conspiracy of Us, I would say, "Thirty-nine Clues for teens." Basically you take the Thirty-nine Clues series mix up the characters and their histories a bit, add in a love-triangle and voila! The Conspiracy of Us is born. I'm not saying that it's a bad book not am I degrading the book, this was just my impression of it when I finished reading it.

I enjoyed one main aspect of The Conspiracy o Us which was the conspiracy aspect. It was the way Maggie Hall tied in many things to create an all powerful family, similar to the way Dan Brown did in The Da Vinci Code or the way the Thirty-nine Clues authors did for that series.

I don't have much to say much about the character, especially the main character, who was to be honest pretty stereotypical. But that did not in any way put me off from reading the book. The characters did push the pace of the novel and there was rarely a moment that was boring.

The Conspiracy of Us was a book that I liked a lot, mainly because of the pace and the theory that Maggie Hall put forth. I would give it 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for The Conspiracy of Us: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17134589-the-conspiracy-of-us 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher



Clay Jensen comes home one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, lying on his porch. It has no return address, and Clay Jensen has no way of knowing who sent it. Inside the box are thirteen cassette tapes that have been recorded by his classmate Hannah Baker, the girl he had a crush on, and the girl who killed herself two weeks. Hannah tells Clay that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, she'll tell him how he made the list. 

Thirteen Reasons Why was on my to-read list for awhile and I never got around to reading it (probably because my to-read list is 400 books long). Recently I decided to start clearing my to-read list. Thirteen Reasons Why was one of the thirty books I read.

My favorite thing about Thirteen Reasons Why was the way it was written. It is the only book I have ever read which is written with the main character having a back and forth with a recording. Hannah talks, telling her story, and immediately Clay reacts, expressing his thoughts and feelings in response to Hannah.

Another thing that I liked was the story. NO, I did not like the story in sadistic way. I did not enjoy it because Hannah was in pain. I liked it because the story is one that does and will ring true with everyone.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that would recommend to everyone. I give it 5 stars. Please read it, you will never look at life and your actions with same again.

Here's the Goodreads link for Thirteen Reasons Why: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1217100.Thirteen_Reasons_Why?
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