Avery West has never known who her father was, so she jumps at the chance to follow any lead that involves the side of her family she doesn’t know. She discovers that her newfound kin are part of a powerful secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and that they believe she’s connected to an ancient prophecy. With her life on the line, and two boys that are employed by the Circle, Avery races around Paris in search of the clues that will unravel this mystery.
I loved the premise for this story. It felt like a Dan Brown-type YA novel set in Paris, similar in tone to The Heist Society perhaps. The inclusion of landmarks as part of the mystery plot felt reminiscent of a Robert Langdon novel and I loved that. The aspect of the secret society was interesting yet I felt it hard to follow initially. I don’t know if there needed to be more explanation, or a different way to explain it but I found it challenging to keep track of what was going on at times in relation to the Circle.
While I enjoyed the scavenger hunt aspect to the story, I was less enthused about the developing love story. I’m not usually auto-opposed to love triangles, far from it, but they need to make sense and not feel obviously set up and forced to be that way. The two guys that Avery feels drawn to are so cliched in their polar-opposite traits, from a dark-haired mysterious clean-cut boy to a blonde, rough bad boy. Given the dangerous situations that she finds herself in, the constant inner monologue observations that their hands are touching, or that she’s in a beautiful gown, seemed extremely out of place.
I’m intrigued enough from this first book and how it leaves off to probably check out the second book in this series, Map of Fates. I’m hoping for more adventure-seeking and landmark-hunting, a little less on the I’m-in-a-pretty-dress-oh-look-at-this-cute-boy.