Title: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1)
Author: Ally Carter
On the Shelves: YA Lit> Contemporary/Crime/Mystery
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. (Goodreads 2014)
I first need to thank the author,and the publishers at Hachette Children’s Books for allowing me access to this novel through Netgalley.
I’ve heard of Ally Carter before, and her internet famous favourite series of Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, so when this cropped up on netgalley, I requested it, as I’ve wanted to see what the fuss was about myself.
This is more of a 2.5 for me, than a 3- don’t take that the wrong way here. I gave it 3 stars mainly because it was a nice and steady, enjoyable read, but it just felt a little too young for me. However that factor will be different for each reader individually, so that is why I haven’t let it affect the rating as much.
Embassy Row is a new series, starting with All Fall Down, which follows a young girl named Grace, who happens to be the granddaughter of the US ambassador. After her mother dies when she is thirteen (a fact which is constantly and repetitively alluded to over and over in this book), Grace moves into a housing estate of the different nations, known as “Embassy Row”. There are your usual teen YA scenarios, parties, makeovers, sleuthing- you know, the usual. There are tensions between countries and this book, while following the plot of who killed Grace’s mother when nobody believes her, is actually setting up the series for a bigger story of something occurring between the nations.
It’s a solid start to the series and it has a nice pace to it. Carter’s writing is enjoyable and the characters are solid. I just feel that this book is something I would have enjoyed a couple of years ago, but not so much now.