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
There are many authors that I love. But I often find that they fall into two far-spanning categories. Authors that I am sometimes afraid to pick up the next book. Because what if it’s not as good as the last one I read? But then there’s the other category: authors that I trust implicitly to craft a great story.
And with each new book I read from her, Ally Carter proves why I think of her in the latter category.
Because here are the things I know that I can rely on her for:
- Smart, adventurous, but dimensional female leads
- AMAZING dialogue
- Never pulling her punches
- Related: HOLY SHIZ, the twist we learn about at the end of All Fall Down
- A fantastically sculpted cast of supporting characters
These are some of the reasons I loved the Gallagher Girls series. They’re some of the reasons I love the Heist Society books.
And now, they’re some of the reasons that I love the Embassy Row books.
But All Fall Down has another element to it that appealed to me particularly. I’m a girl who binge-watched several seasons of The West Wing on Netflix. I’m a girl who laments what Scandal has become, but still watches it.
I’m talking about political drama, yo.
Admittedly, the mystery of Grace’s mothers death in All Fall Down takes center stage here, but there are most definitely still political tensions mentioned and underlying the motivations behind some characters. I loved how Ally Carter develops Grace as a narrator in All Fall Down, especially where it concerns her mother’s death. Grace wants very badly to be strong, but the fact is that sometimes the past just overwhelms her. Finally, what’s revealed has me all:
Neither spies, nor thieves would keep me from Carter’s books.
I’ll enjoy my stay on Embassy Row.