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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All Fall Down (Scholastic, 2015) by Ally Carter is a YA political thriller and the first book in the Embassy Row series. From the first page, I was intrigued by the character of Grace Blakely, sixteen-year-old army brat and granddaughter of the U.S. ambassador to a fictional European country, called Adria.
Right off the bat, we know that Grace is no “girly” girl. She jumps fences, climbs walls, fights like a man and can run a military obstacle course in her sleep. Three years ago, Grace witnessed her beloved mother die in what everyone says was a tragic accident. But Grace knows it was murder. She witnessed it, saw the murderer. Only, no one believes Grace. Her family and the police think the trauma of watching her mother die has made her crazy. Now Grace is back in her grandfather’s home on Embassy Row in Adria, staying in her mother’s childhood room, which feels more to her like a shrine. Visions and flashbacks of her mother haunt Grace around...
I must admit, having heard some mixed things made me a little worried, but of course Ally delivered again. There is a lot of mystery and the not reliable narrative makes the story way darker than Ally's books usually are. This series opener is at the bottom of the list for me regarding her books since I enjoyed Gallagher Girls #1 and Heist Society a lot more, but All Fall Down is still a decent opener. There is so much more to explore and I'm excited to follow it sometime, especially after that ending.
I must say though that Grace isn't my favorite heroine of Ally's. Do I like her? Yes. However, it's often quite hard to connect with narrators who aren't reliable, and I feel like she did a lot of things that made me facepalm or headdesk some. Also, the ending twist? I didn't see it coming 100% and I had an alternative twist in mind, but as the ending came nearer, I started to suspect that kind of thing, so I wasn't thoroughly surprised. There was something I was surprised...
I love Ally Carter's books. I have read both the Gallagher Girls Books and the Heist Society Books. HERE is a list of her books from her website. I have not read her other books, but having read these two series, I was very excited to read what she had for us next. She did not disappoint me.
I spent 5 years of my life in Brussels, Belgium. My dad worked in International Business. We met people from all over the world. In our neighborhood there was an Embassy. I remember guards as we walked to friends' homes. (OK, I just looked it up. It was the Chinese Embassy). Since I was a kid I have been interested in other countries, cultures, and customs. This book added international relations/diplomacy as well as intrigue and mystery. So many things that I like!
I liked the mystery and conspiracy in this book. What really happened? There were times I thought I knew where this book was going. I was SO WRONG! Ally Carter did an excellent job of keeping the...
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