Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: February 1st, 2015
Series: Embassy Row #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thriller, Young Adult
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.
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.
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.
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.