About the book:
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.
*review copy provided in exchange for review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*
THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS. I’ve heard amazing things about both the Heist Society and Gallagher Girls series’, so I was ridiculously excited to read All Fall Down. After all, I love books about spies, and sabotage, and crime. All Fall Down includes all of those things, so no wonder I wanted to read it! If you aren’t planning on reading my full review, I’m just going to throw the book at you, and inform you that you must read it now! You must have this novel in your life.
The main character, Grace, is strong, sarcastic, and completely hilarious. I have a feeling that if I knew her in real life, we would probably be best friends. That’s a great feeling to get while reading!
I love her romance with Alexei, the Russian boy from the embassy next door. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of him because he kept insisting that he wanted to check up on Grace because “he was friends with her brother,” (*groan*) but once he got over that, I couldn’t help but chuckle every time they were in a scene together. I also couldn’t help but enjoy the boy-girl friendship between Grace and her neighbour Noah, who literally breaks into Grace’s room on her first night to inform her that he’s been sent to be her best friend. Not awkward at all…
The plot twist at the climax blew my mind. Completely unexpected! There were a few loose threads at the end, but this novel could very well have been a standalone. I’m interested in seeing where Ally Carter takes this series in the next installments, since there were several elements I definitely want to read more of. Grace’s mother, for example, was a source of interest.
The worst part about reading a book early is having to wait more than a year for the next installment. That’s definitely the case for this series, and I’m absurdly excited to read more about the Embassy Row and Grace in future books when they come out. Not if I read them, when I read them. I loved All Fall Down and while I honestly think most people will love this book (I *might* be biased though because I loved it!), I think this would be great for readers of Ally Carter’s previous novels, and fans of Meg Cabot. Highly recommended!
About the author:
Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going…and going…and going…until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.
Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…