Hardcover: 311 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Here are my thoughts:
This will be interesting to write so that I don’t give away any spoilers. I liked the book. I listened to it on audiobook and would listen to the whole thing again. I liked the way the romance story evolved. I knew what was coming and I was ok with it. I thought the author wrote it well and authentic. I also liked the mystery parts. I love puzzle solving books. Its like I’m on the journey with them trying to figure out what the answer it is.
I didn’t love a few of the scenes. They felt unnecessary and just out of nowhere. The spin the bottle/truth or dare or whatever the game ended up being, I felt like the scene held a very small purpose and lasted so long. There were a few scenes like that. So the story dragged in a few parts.
Overall, however, it was a decent 2nd book. I’m still dying for the 3rd (there are only 3, right?), and hope the ending is satisfying and worth the 2 years I will have waited for it (that’s the worst part about starting a series from the beginning.)
Have you read book 2? What are your thoughts?