Book Review: All Fall Down

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row, #1
Published by Scholastic Press on January 20th 2015
Pages: 320
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A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely 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.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt 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.

thought

All Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until it was pretty much revealed. So good… anyways let’s backtrack. Grace is kinda messed up. She sees and hears her dead mother sometimes and is emotionally recovering from seeing her mother murdered 3 years ago. Now she is back at the place where it happened – Embassy Row in Adria. Her grandfather is an Ambassador for the United States and she moves into the embassy with him, only to find herself in her mother’s room. Probably not the best idea to throw your somewhat messed up granddaughter into the room of her dead mother… but I can’t tell these characters what is or is not right.

Alexei is of central interest as he seems to be keeping an eye on Grace, because her brother is not there to, and although things are strained between the US and Russia, keeps popping up to help. He’s very good looking and I’m always surprised in Carter’s books that the romance takes a backseat to everything that is going on. Alexei becomes a bit of the background, popping up only when she’s in severe crisis mode it seems but she pushes him hard away from her.

The other more friendly, not as romantic male character is Noah, who basically introduces himself to Grace as her new best friend… in the middle of the night… and then brings her to a party where she jumps off into the water. Probably not the best start to making new friends. She’s trying to save the world from going to War though… during the party a scarf of a somewhat mean girl named Lila floats over into Iran and that wouldn’t be a problem, the area is deserted, but the scarf is of an Israeli flag… which could insight a war. So, she mindlessly takes action.

Grace is quite out of control and trying to remain in control at the same time. She’s convinced that she needs to find the murderer of her mother and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Noah and Megan believe Grace and help her hunt down who she thinks killed her mother, all while trying to make sure to keep the peace. I just fell right into the story and could not stop reading. There’s this dichotomy of believing and not believing throughout this book that it really messes with your head.

Verdict:

An amazing start to a new series that I think will thrill readers. Definitely one to pick up and read.

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