Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Review ~ All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 5th 2015

Publisher: Orchard Books

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.

My Opinion

I first found Ally Carter by chance with the Gallagher Girls. I loved the first book in this series, so I was excited to start All Fall Down because I hoped it would live up to it. It's safe to safe to say I wasn't disappointed.

All Fall Down is filled with Carter's usual action, rebel teen, sense of adventure, and humour. She has a clear sense of style and I found myself pulled into the world she created, even though I'm not normally a fan of foreign politics. The author struck a good balance of realism and fantasy in the world she creates, whereby there was enough detail to give all of the necessary background details, but not enough for it to drag.

Similarly, I liked Grace and her conflicting emotions about the death of her mother. The way things were set up were interesting, and overall I liked it. However, I can't help but feel it was a little too similar to Gallagher Girls with all of the secret tunnels, sneaking, and heroics. Grace also was quite similar to Cammie in my opinion, which for me was quite a let down as I would have expected more variation. As well as this I'm not really sure what went down between Alexei and Grace and whether or not it's more than friendship. I wouldn't class this book as a romance and I don't really think it needs it to be honest. 

In general though I did like the story. It was a quick, easy read that I would say is aimed at a younger audience as I did roll my eyes at a few sections in disbelief. I also found it pretty predictable, but nonetheless it's interesting and I hope there's more to come.


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