Rating: Fans will NOT be disappointed! (3.5) // AMAZON
Pages: 320 pages | Publisher: Scholastic | Format: Kindle
Source: Bought | Age Group: Young Adult
A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.
This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who 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 like the background of the city and the globe emblem in the middle. And the color scheme works together. I’m not a fan of the girl in the middle of the freaking cover with her back towards us. It seems unnecessary and the cover could be better without it
Ally Carter has done it again! Instead of spies and thieves, she’s tackled the diplomatic world of Embassy Row and killed it. Throughout reading this book, I constantly felt on edge and my emotions were going in a thousand different directions.
All Fall Down introduces us to Grace, who has returned to Embassy Row to live with her grandfather, after the death—or murder as Grace believes—of her mother. I wasn’t expecting Grace’s voice to be so raw and vulnerable. (It reminded me of Cammy towards the end of the Gallagher Girls series.) She’s obviously been traumatized by her mother’s death and the fact that no one believes her when she says a scarred man is the person responsible. Although I couldn’t relate to Grace’s situation, I felt very connected to and emphatic towards her character. She’s determined to find her mother’s killer despite all the obvious risks, including her own potential death. Grace’s daredevil qualities and impulsiveness coupled with the lack of information about what’s actually going on adds more suspense and an extra risk factor to the story.
The idea of Embassy Row really caught my attention. Imagine being able to “travel” to another country just by going to a house next door or down the block. So cool! I’m not really into politics, but I definitely became more interested in different countries’ dynamics after reading this. Although I’ve got to say, political life does NOT sound easy.
To be perfectly honest I was surprised by the lack of romance in this book. Don’t get me wrong, this in NO way took away from the book whatsoever. It was actually refreshing to read a book that didn’t depend on the romance to help with the story. I think Alexei—Grace’s older brother’s best friend and the son to the Russian ambassador—was supposed to be a love interest, but he didn’t play a large part in the book. There definitely was some chemistry, but I wasn’t really interested in his mysterious persona.
There’s some awesome secondary characters Ally Carter introduces us to, like Rosie, Megan, and Noah. My favorite was definitely Noah, but I’m a bit biased. He’s Israeli and Brazilian, and my family is Brazilian too. It was just too cool to read about the Brazilian Embassy (even if it was a tiny part)! But that’s just a bonus to Noah because he was an incredibly great friend to Grace. He was supportive and loyal and goofy and good-hearted. He had Grace’s back and that’s exactly what she needed. Honestly, you have to be a pretty amazing person to support some of Grace’s crazy plans.
All Fall Down has a more serious tone than most of Ally Carter’s books and Grace is not her usual character, but I know Ally Carter fans will devour this one too. I flew through All Fall Down and each page left me wanting more. There were clues spread throughout the book, but you didn’t know who or what to trust. Who was the enemy? What was really going on? Ally Carter is a master at creating a suspenseful environment that grabs the reader and All Fall Down was no exception.
I was torn between giving this book a 3.5 or 4 star rating because I really did enjoy reading it. But there was just something missing for me. Maybe it’s because I wish the ending wasn’t so rushed. Or maybe it’s because I felt like there were too many questions left unanswered. I’m not exactly sure, but it was still a terrific read that I’d recommend to those who want to enter the YA world.
I’d usually say All Fall Down ended in a major cliffhanger but according to Ally Carter (click here to check out the post) it was actually a game changer. Although I agree that the ending was definitely a game changer, it still felt like a cliffhanger since you end up with a thousand more questions than when you began with. It’s going to be agonizing waiting for the next book. But I’m very excited to see what Ally Carter has in store for us.
This tweet basically describes my state of mind after finishing this book: (IT WAS ALL PART OF AN EVIL PLAN!)