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.
In the beginning, Avery is so naive, and I kind of hate her. She runs off with two boys she doesn’t even know (well, she’s known one for a week, so ya know. . .) with the promise of meeting “her family” who she knows nothing about. All the while prancing about enjoying the designer clothes and exotic places and two hot boys who keep interjecting themselves into her escapades. And then after her almost assassination and heart to heart with the less creepy of the two hot boys she seems to begin to come to her senses. Only to run off to another country without a backward glance. I mean seriously, there is being compulsive and learning from your mistakes, and there is just being an idiot.
It goes like this for about the first 100 pages, and then it gets good. The whole “conspiracy” is slowly revealed and becomes more intriguing as more layers are revealed. Also, though Avery still jumps into dangerous situations, it evolves from her being selfish to her fighting for people she cares about, which I can get behind. Her evolution from being a self-enforced loner to someone who lets people into her heart and earn her trust is what started to redeem her to me.
Jack is actually my favorite character (the less creepy of the two creepy hot boys). But that could be because we have the same birthday, both love history, and his accent in my head is amazing. Basically, I have a new book boyfriend.
Anyway, the cliffhanger we end on was interesting, and expected, but it would have been too clean and tidy for it to have been anyone else and I’m interested to see how it all plays out. Though I really don’t want to see anymore of a love triangle in the second than we had in the first, which was terrible in the beginning – my hopes aren’t too high.
I was doubtful of this book when started it and even thought about putting it down, but I’m glad I stuck it through, after the first 100 pages it got pretty good, and I’m intrigued enough to want to continue the series.