All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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.
First Sentence: “When I was twelve I broke my leg jumping off the wall between Canada and Germany,” I say, but the woman across from me doesn’t even blink.
As soon as I saw that Ally Carter was writing a new series, I automatically knew that I had to somehow get my hands on it asap. For those who don’t know, I am a huge fan of Ally Carter ever since I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You when I was in fifth grade. I was extremely lucky to win an ARC of All Fall Down from one of Ally Carter’s social media giveaways and flailed when I received it in the mail, especially when I saw that it was signed.
Fans of Ally Carter will definitely not be disappointed with All Fall Down. Like her other two series that I’ve read (but yet to completely finish), Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, All Fall Down contains tons of “spy” moments, which made me ridiculously happy. There are tons of Grace and her crew following suspects, hacking, and exploring mysterious tunnels.
“Power has always corrupted, my dear. Even the promise of power. It is a hard thing to look at through a fence for hundreds of years without wondering what it would be like on the other side.” (ARC 99)
I love how Ally Carter teases and slightly tortures you throughout All Fall Down. Throughout All Fall Down, Grace witnessed many things happening, but people keep telling her that hey, what you saw did not happen. You did not see that. After reading and seeing this happen multiple times, I couldn’t help but wonder if Grace was indeed an unreliable narrator – she certainly acted like one. I found myself constantly stopping and wondering, is Grace crazy? many times while I was reading. I won’t tell you if Grace is really an unreliable narrator or not; you guys will have to find out yourselves.
I sadly didn’t really feel the friendship in All Fall Down, but that’s probably because I wasn’t invested in any of Grace’s new friends. I couldn’t really connect with any of of them because I feel like I barely know them besides their main personality trait. I wanted more backstory on them so I could connect with them and start to care for them. Hopefully this will all change when we hopefully learn more about Grace’s friends in the sequel.
Megan’s gaze burns into me…”You were always a daredevil, but you never had a death wish. The girl I knew was always running toward something. Last night…you were running away.” (ARC 86)
And oh my goodness, the ending of All Fall Down was shocking. I wasn’t expecting that ending at all, although I should have. The last page of All Fall Down also made me super excited to read the sequel – I need to know what happens next!
For people who aren’t fans of romance, you’ll be happy to know that there is absolutely no romance in All Fall Down. All Fall Down only contains small hints of what romance that will (hopefully) come in future books.
Overall, All Fall Down is a pretty good start to Ally Carter’s new series and I’m really looking forward to seeing what will come next.