Book Review – All Fall Down

Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row 
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary 
Release Date: 5th Feburary 2015
Publishers: Orchard books
No. Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

I picked this book up on a whim. I’d heard of Ally Carter’s highly praised Gallagher Girl’s but had never read it. So I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this one…

All Fall Down follows sixteen year-old Grace as she arrives back at embassy row. It’s been three years since she witnessed the murder of her mother but no one believes her. They tell her it was an accident, her mother was killed in a fire, there was no scarred man. But Grace knows what she saw and she’s determined to expose the truth.

I really enjoyed Grace’s character; she was sarcastic and resilient but she was also fragile and vulnerable. It was clear that her experience had left it’s mark on her. For the majority of the book Grace ignored everyone constantly telling her she was wrong, but there were times where her self-doubt shone through and it was hard for me not to pity her. Nonetheless she always picked herself back up, either with the motivation from her friends or her own determination.

Grace was not the only likeable character – her friends and family were also enjoyable. Noah was an amazing, sweet guy, Rosie was adorable and Megan… Megan showed that your initial judgement of a person is not always accurate. Then there was Ms. Chancellor and Grace’s grandfather, the american ambassador, both whom I didn’t like much to begin with but as the story progressed they grew on me.

Initially, I thought Carter was going to include a love triangle, fortunately she did not. All fall down did not put the main focus on the romance but it was clear that Alexei, the son of the Russian ambassador, was the love interest. I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops and progresses, especially since it contains a hint of forbidden love element – due to the fragile relationship between their respective countries.

Carter’s writing was simple and easy to read, the plot is intriguing and contains many twists. Together with the writing style and dynamic characters I flew through this book.

I can’t wait for the sequel!

4stars

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