Review: All Fall Down

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Summary:

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.

Review:

{I received this book from Scholastic Press for an honest review.}

Honesty time: I had no idea what I got myself into when I started reading All Fall Down by Ally Carter. Absolutely no idea. But, boy, I am glad I read FINALLY read this book.

Grace Blakely is the perfect point-of-view for this story. I connected with her character on multiple levels throughout the entirety of the story despite not always going through what she went through. She delivered the story with such passion. Grace’s character does not let anyone get in her way of her goals, which in this story is finding her mother’s murderer. Another thing I love about Grace is her ability to stay a strong and independent woman despite being around sexy boys. I guess, I just love that Ally Carter is creating the slow burn romance and allowing readers to create more of their own opinions about Grace’s character alone instead of Grace’s character based upon a relationship.

Speaking of romance, readers know of the subtle love triangle occurring throughout All Fall Down. On one side, Grace has Alexei. The sexy, older Russian who sees her as more than just the little sister. On the other side, Noah proudly stands next to Grace. The new best friend who fell into her life and believed her no matter how crazy she sounded. And the winner will be… well, it better be Noah. Yes, I am a total team Noah. I seriously hoped Alexei would not become a romantic interest, but a few moments held tension between Alexei and Grace. Of course, both guys totally care for Grace in different ways. The real focus, however, is the slow burn romance. Man oh man, Ally Carter knows how to get me.

Moving away from the romance, All Fall Down seriously discusses a variety of problems in the world today. Not only does Ally Carter delve into the political tensions between America and Russia, but personal problems as well. Grace Blakely comes into the story as an unstable, mourning teenage girl and continually develops as she becomes accustomed to the new surroundings full of her mother’s memory. Ally Carter places her character into a situation of depression, guilt, loss, instability, and much more. Normally, I do not like books that try to discuss and “solve” numerous issues such as these, but All Fall Down brilliantly, brilliantly, represents real life with this situation. With writing the point of view in first person, Ally Carter allowed readers to connect more personally with the problems of Grace Blakely.

<MAJOR SPOILER PARAGRAPH> I did not see the plot twist coming at the end of the story. At all. One downfall of mine is never seeing ahead of the characters, normally, with the plot twists. This book was no exception. The idea of having the entire book’s search for the Scarred Man be fruitless because Grace shot her mother instead of the man is mind-blowing. My mind still cannot wrap itself around the idea. All Fall Down perfectly presented the puzzle pieces up to the plot twist for the readers to place together. Bravo, Ally Carter, bravo. </end spoiler>

Overall, All Fall Down blew my mind. I loved the entirety of the book from page one. The new, fresh idea of a story’s setting and the plotline allows readers to feel renewed in the genre by the end of the book. I need to get my hands on book two asap, especially with the third book coming out soon.

What did you think of the book? Whose team are you on? (Except we all know it’s Team Noah.) Have you read any other book similar to Embassy Row?

 

Much love, XOXO,

~A Writer Named Charley~

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