All Fall Down by Ally Carter

All Fall Down by Ally CarterAll Fall Down by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Published by Scholastic Press on January 27 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 320

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.

I received this book for review from the publisher, this does not influence my review.

Having read the Heist Society series and the beginning of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, I totally thought I knew what I was going into with this one. But I was soooo wrong. This book completely blew me away! Seriously, I am writing this review right after finishing it and I think I have lost the ability to type coherent thoughts.

Grace is definitely not your ordinary teenager. She saw her mother murdered right in front of her eyes, and no one believes her. And she swears she isn’t crazy. She’s now back at Embassy Row, at the U.S. embassy specifically, and any wrong move she makes could not bring her down, but all those around her.

Basically, if you like political intrigue, mystery and tons of psychological suspense, All Fall Down is the book for you! The plot was interesting, intricately written and thought out. The first half is a little slow, as it is mostly world-building and establishing characters, but the second half is INTENSE (in the best way possible of course).

The character relationships in All Fall Down are also a highlight. Each character is written uniquely and the way they interact between each other is interesting. Grace, herself, is a strong character that isn’t afraid to be herself. She gets a little nervous and angry sometimes, but what teenager doesn’t?

The romance, however, was a little non-existent in this one but you can definitely see the tones that will carry towards the sequel. I can definitely see how Alexei will make readers swoon but he still seems very mysterious and it’s hard to say what will happen with him in the next book, at least for me.

I think the most memorable part of the book for me was the last couple of chapters. SO many great things happen (and by great I mean totally mind-blowing and awful) and I am totally pumped for the sequel! I also enjoyed how different this was from Carter’s books. Her books are always a little light but I thought this one was a little dark and I loved it.

Overall, if you’re looking for an exciting new series with great characters and a very unique protagonist, I suggest All Fall Down. Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here pining for the sequel.

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Shelly Z is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles.

5 thoughts on “All Fall Down by Ally Carter

  1. Lauren at Bookmark Lit

    Yes! So glad to see all the great reviews for this one. I too LOVED it. I was actually kind of glad that there wasn’t a lot of romance, because I think it would have taken away from the plot. I am definitely thinking that aspect will be included in later books though. Overall I definitely think it’s a great work by Carter. People who liked GG and HS would like this one too, but it has a different feel and is more mature than her other books.
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  2. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    So glad you loved this one! I haven’t read a lot of Ally Carter but I like her style and this sounds like a “me book.” I’m thinking about checking out the audiobook for this one. I like that it’s more intense. Although I do enjoy the lighthearted tome of the Gallagher Girls series intense is good! Great review!
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  3. Barbara

    I’ve been contemplating reading this one, because I have read a few books by Ally Carter but I didn’t love them. I’ve been hearing so many great things about this book, and hearing you say it was really intense just might change my mind. Great review!

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  4. Pili

    Very happy to hear that you loved this one! I got this one for review and it’s gonna be up in my reading list next week!
    Also like that the romance was not too prominent, but there was plenty of mystery and intrigue!
    Great review, Shelly!
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    1. Shelly

      Thanks Pili! Hope you enjoy this one! 😀


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