Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Type: Series
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Audiobook
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Summary:  A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.

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.


A few years after witnessing the tragic murder of her mother, Grace is sent to live with her grandfather, a US diplomat of a foreign country (whose name just slipped my mind). During her time at Embassy Row, Grace found the scarred man who killed her mother. The problem is that no one believes her. Everyone believes that her mother's death is an accident and that Grace is crazy. However, with some help from her new friends, Grace goes on an adventure to prove that she is not crazy and to bring her mother's killer to justice.

What I really like about this book, or Ally Carter's books in general, are the characters. Grace is an amazing character. She has been through a lot and it's hard not to like her. Then there's Noah and the other kids on Embassy Row who brings the book to life. 

I am in love with the world that Ally Carter thrusted us in. It was very original and I love the concept of diplomatic parties from all of the world living on Embassy Row. 

Overall, All Fall Down is an entertaining book. It is past paced and kept my attention throughout. I really love the mystery aspect of it and I can't wait to read the next one!

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