Title: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Release date: February 5th, 2015 by Orchard Books
Genres: young adult, mystery, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★ ½ – 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
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Before I say anything else, I want to mention that I am a huge fan of Ally Carter. I absolutely love her Heist Society and really enjoyed the first book of the Gallagher Girls as well -I haven’t read the others. She writes about all of the things I love most: spies, thieves, heists, intrigue and deception. I was so excited when I found out she had started a new trilogy (?) called Embassy Row and always screamed from excitement when I not only saw it on Netgalley but got approved for it as well.
My expectations for this book were set quite high. And it did not disappoint! This book was about ambassadors, which is something I haven’t read a lot about. It was set in a place called Embassy Row in a country called Adria. It basically consists of a street -or streets- filled with embassies from different countries. So you could walk over different countries’ territories in one place!
The plot of this book was truly captivating. I have to study every moment of the day now but I started reading this when I woke up and only got up and had breakfast when I finished it. I know, I am a master of priorities. I don’t want to tell you too much about the actual novel, because it’s something you have to experience yourself. I will say that this is a bit darker than her other books. And I LOVED that!
Grace watched her mother die in front of her and while everyone says that it was an accident, Grace knows it wasn’t. Her mom was murdered. And yes, that must leave enormous emotional scars on anyone. I really loved how Ally Carter handled this. While Grace is definitely a strong character -you have to be, to believe in yourself when others keep telling you you’re wrong- she is still a person who has giant emotional scars. She has panic attacks, etc. I think this is what made Grace feel so real to me. She was strong even though she has seen terrible things. Even though sometimes she can’t handle the panic anymore. She gets up again. That is strength to me.
I really loved the side characters as well! Noah is such a sweet guy and witty as well. And Megan -or Meghan, ah names…- I found intriguing as well. She showed me -and Gracie- that maybe our perceptions of someone might be wrong. Then there’s Alexei! I don’t even know where to start on him. And Rosie! The cute little sneaky girl. Every side character is an important part of Grace’s life or her mission. And they all have their own, unique strengths. All of these teenagers are from different embassies -so different countries. And her grandfather. In the beginning, I kind of disliked him. But he grew on me, just like Ms. Chancellor did. I loved them all.
I would highly recommend this book. The storyline is captivating and honestly, the twist at the end… I did NOT see that coming. If you like YA or contemporaries or even mysteries, I feel like you’d like this.
I can’t wait for the next book! Literally. I wish I had it right now.