Title: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row
Date Started: May 27
Date Finished: May 28
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Grace is not crazy. No, really, she isn’t. Sure, she may have seen her mother killed right in front of her eyes when she was thirteen, but doesn’t mean that she’s crazy. Especially when the coroner ruled her mother’s death an accident. But that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Just because she keeps seeing the man with the scar – aka the Scarred Man – everywhere she goes, doesn’t mean she’s crazy. And this time is no exception.
It’s three years and a few hospitals and doctors later, and Grace has gone back to the United States embassy in Adria. Even here, her mother’s memories haunt her, but that’s not the scary part. The scary part is that she finally found him, and this time she’s certain. Her friends Noah, Megan, and Rosie are going to try to help her bring him to justice, because her grandfather and his assistant don’t believe her. But sometimes, Grace doesn’t even believe in herself.
So I’ll admit this book wasn’t quite what I was expecting from Ally Carter. I’m used to her writing strong female leads who’s breakdowns usually don’t happen until the end of the book. But this time around her breakdowns happen often and it isn’t until the end that she seems to gain her strength. She is still very sarcastic like a few other female leads from Carter’s books, which is highly entertaining. Noah is finally the male character in YA that I’ve been looking for. The best friend of the heroine who has no romantic feelings for her whatsoever. Hooray! Now if only Grace and him can mend their friendship soon, I have a feeling she’s going to need him in the next book. Actually, now that I think about it, there really isn’t a character that I didn’t like. Even the villains were well written. I am still curious about Alexei though. There weren’t that many details given, all that we know is that he’s friends with Grace’s brother, he’s the Russian prime minister’s son, and he may or may not have feelings for Grace. A man clouded in mystery and he’s Russian. I haven’t felt this curious since Dimitri Belkov from Vampire Academy.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Good strong start and I’m dying for more. When does See How They Run come out again?
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