5 Things About All Fall Down by Ally Carter

July 14, 2016 Review 26 ★★★★½

5 Things About All Fall Down by Ally Carter
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Trade
Pages: 306
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Series: Embassy Row #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thriller, Young Adult
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Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three certain things:

1. She is not crazy

2. Her mother was murdered

3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay

The thing is, nobody else believes her and there's no-one she can trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Grace's past has come back to haunt her... and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

I’ve missed Ally Carter’s writing

It’s been a good year or two since I read an Ally Carter novel and I didn’t realise how much I’d missed her writing. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s addictive. So easy to keep the pages turning and lose yourself for hours.

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Every character is interesting

Some of the characters surprised me and had a lot more depth than you would think at first glance. Grace, our MC, was sassy and sarcastic but also had some PTSD issues and dangerous risk taking tendencies that came to bit her in the butt. Noah is hilarious and I’m wondering what is going to happen to him in the future books (he’s so nice right now. The bad things always happen to the nice ones). Alexei so mysterious I have no idea what to think of him, other than I really more of him (please). Meghan is another character I wanted more of, mostly because I have a head canon she’s a Gallagher Girl.

So many twists

ALL FALL DOWN had me so invested in the story I didn’t even have time to try and make predictions. Because of that all the twists surprised me and made me appreciate the story even more. It’s such an intriguing mystery and nothing is what it first seems.

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Only the slightest hint of romance

HUZZAH FOR BOOKS THAT DON’T HAVE ROMANCE! The focus is most definitely on the mystery (Grace is rather obsessed with it). It was refreshing for a YA contemporary. I also have hopes for romance in the future novels thanks to subtle little lines and scenes that popped up every now and then.

I need the sequel

Not only did the ending completely surprise me, but it planted a little plot seed that I never expected but I so desperately want now. The concept is so intriguing and surprising. I NEED TO KNOW MORE.

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ALL FALL DOWN was a great start to a thrilling series I can’t wait to follow. It teases at a lot of mystery and intrigue. With twists and turns around every corner it’s an incredibly fast and suspenseful read, not to mention a lot of fun. Basically everything I’ve come to expect from Ally Carter’s YA. 

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Overall: 4.8

26 Responses to “5 Things About All Fall Down by Ally Carter”

  1. Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    Yayy, that’s good you liked this one! I liked the beginning of Ally Carter’s Tell me that you love me series, this book I just couldn’t get into. I was really bored and stopped reading 15% o the way in… :/ I was pretty disappointed I didn’t like it!

    I wish I could’ve!
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    • Bec

      It is a shame :( But sometimes it can be hard to get into books. Hopefully your next reads have been more to your tastes :)

    • Bec

      She really does! I highly suggest picking this up if you haven’t yet because it sounds like you’d like it :D

    • Bec

      Her writing style is exactly that! Her books are fast and entertaining. Great to read in between my usual high fantasy haha

  2. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I read the first book in the series but for some reason I never felt the urge to pick up the sequel. But your review has definitely convinced me Bec! It sounds like such a thrilling and unpredictable addition to the series and I can’t wait to try it for myself. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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    • Bec

      I’m glad I could do that :D I can’t wait to see if the sequel is just as thrilling too. Thanks :)

  3. Simona

    I’ve read the first one and purchased the sequel but I haven’t had the time for it yet but I’m super excited. This was such a good read and those twists! Also, I didn’t know what to believe which I loved! :)
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    • Bec

      They do exist haha. They’re super rare but they’re out there. I hope you get to read and enjoy it eventually :)

  4. Romi

    Ally Carter is such a wonderful, readable writer. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gallagher Girls (only read the first book), but that was more about the characters- it was still hugely readable and so generally enojyable, and Hesit Society is just about my favourite. I haven’t yet really found the interest to approach this series- I think my heart is just waiting for another Hesit book, so I can get back to Kat and all her wild adventures and clever discoveries, and the heists, of course- but I’ve heard really good things about it and it sounds like you definitely found them to be accurate!

    I definitely found, in the space between reading the Heist books (which were all published when I started the series) I had really missed the enjoyability of Carter’s writing; I’m utterly praising it, here, but it’s just so true for me. Her work is so well researched and enjoyable and it’s unreal, but also completely possible and that’s something I adore so much. I definitely feel like the barest romance is something she’s so good at, and the gradual build up of character relationships is something that really makes the stories (and characters) stronger. I didn’t feel like that with Gallagher, even though there were some circumstances around that romance, which disappointed me. Her character arcs are just so fantastic,

    I hope the next book is just as wonderful reading, Bec! x
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    • Bec

      Gallagher Girls got better as it went along. My least favourite of the entire series was the first book, so I do recommend picking them up again/ trying to read more. The first book is really just a set up and is completely different to the rest of the series. I honestly think you’ll find you enjoy the sequels much more.

      Oh man, I would love another Heist book. Or even a cross over where all the characters from all three series interact. That would be so cool.

    • Bec

      It was super diverse and mysterious :D The hint of romance was literally perfect. Hopefully we get to read the next book soon!

      Thanks :D

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