All Fall Down

IMG_4219This 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 couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book because I love Ally Carter’s two other series, Gallagher Girls and Heist Society. I have to admit I was initially disappointed because I’ve been patiently waiting for another Heist Society book, but it didn’t let me down.

Just the setting alone is enough to make you want to read more, as a politics student I’ve always worried what actually happens on Embassy Row and it read the adventures of their kids is so much fun, not to mention the tension. When each block of land is home soil of the nation itself, tensions are always high. One wrong move and it’s an international scandal.

“Sometimes the walls that stand between us and our neighbours are all that stand between our country and war.” 

Grace is not only neighbours with the Russian Embassy but friends with the boy next door, a friendship that could cause a war. Especially, when you throw in Israel and Iran. Ultimately, I really liked Grace because she’s a completely relatable heroine who learns to open up and trust people throughout the book, resulting in some pretty amazing friendships. Grace is both running from her past and towards it the deeper she gets into investigating her mother’s murder. Watching your mother get murder in front of you will leave a thirteen year old scarred but it makes Grace a very interesting narrator because not only do you question for reliably but she does as well.

She may be troubled but she’s quick on her feet and overflowing with sass and one liners that will make you fall in love with her. Speaking of writing, All Fall Down, is written in a similar tone and style to her previous books, simple. I don’t mean that is an insult, it’s actually a huge compliment and probably one of the reasons I continue to turn to Ally Carter for my study breaks. Her books are filled with nonsense, it’s about the dialogue, the movements and realism, that put you into the book and before you know it you’ve spent three hours in bed starting and finishing the book. Guilty.

Previous experience with Ally Carter’s series hints that the first book in the series is usually the weakest because it’s really just setting the scene and characters for the rest of the series. That being said, it might be a difficult at times to really get into it but I promise you’ll be left wanting more and there are so many possibilities for the future of this series. I smell conspiracies and international instances in the future and maybe a forbidden US/Russian love affair? (Second book listed as 2016 release date)

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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