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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Fall Down Published by Scholastic Press on January 20, 2015
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
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.
Grace has come back to Embassy Row to stay with her grandfather in the American house. Her mom was killed in front of her a while ago, though everyone claims that it was an accident though Grace is sure that it wasn’t. Everyone keeps telling her it was just because of the fire that burned down their house, though Grace swears it was a man with a scarred face who killer her mom. When she gets to Embassy Row, she’s positive that the man who killed her mother is there.
This was my first Ally Carter novel and I have to say that I was completely blown away by how amazing the book was. It was very fast-paced and I didn’t see the huge plot twist that came at the end which made me question everything. I absolutely loved the friendships in this book. My favorite one would definitely have to be the one between Noah (from the Isreal and Brazilian houses). He showed up in the middle of the night in Grace’s room one night and declared that he was her new best friend. It was the best thing ever! They trust each other and not once did I begin to question that there was a romance between them, which was wonderful because it showed that boys and girls can be friends without romantic feelings attached unlike most YA novels today.
Another friend of hers was Alexei who was from the Russian Embassy. He was very close friends with Grace’s older brother and the whole time he was watching over her because of her brother’s orders. It was really sweet of him. She also becomes close friends with Rosie, who is this twelve-year-old kid genius and she helps Grace out a lot. There’s Megan as well, who Grace was friends with when she was younger.
I read this book very fast because I just had to know what happened next! I had to know which scarred man murdered her mom. I also needed to know why nobody but Noah believed her when she was telling people that her mom was murdered and that it wasn’t an accident at all. There’s not many books that blow my mind at the end because of how unpredictable they are, but this was definitely one that succeeded in blowing mine. I’d highly suggest giving this one a read, because I guarantee this series is going to be very good! I’m definitely going to have to read the rest of Ally Carter’s books!