Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

Hardcover | January 20, 2015

byAlly Carter

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A new series of global proportions from master of intrigue and New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

This exciting new series from New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who 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.

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A new series of global proportions from master of intrigue and New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.This exciting new series from New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who 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...

ALLY CARTER writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, and the popular Gallagher Girls series, including I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, and Out of Sight, Out of Time. She lives in the Midwest where her life is either...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.57 × 5.92 × 1.04 inPublished:January 20, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545654742

ISBN - 13:9780545654746

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay ... ish I enjoyed this book but I haven't fallen in love with the series ... yet. I found Grace a character who was a bit tough to warm up to - mainly because as the reader I was stuck in her mind for the whole novel and I didn't really know what was real and what was in her head. And there are a number of different twists and turns in this futuristic, murder mystery novel. By the end of the book, I was a bit confused and not sure what to make of it all. The main weaknesses I found in this book circled around plot. Although it seems like a contemporary novel about Grace's mental unbalance (brought on by witnessing her mother's murder), it veers off in so many different directions that by the end of the book I was exhausted. I think this book just tried to be too many things at once (a murder mystery, a spy novel, a dystopian novel, a romance) and the intermingled plot lines leave the reader feeling tired by the end (rather than anticipating the next book in the series). If you are an Ally Carter fan, you may want to check this book out. For me, I doubt I'll be reading any more of this series.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Start but Lots of Potential While this may not be my favourite Ally Carter novel, it shows a lot of promise! It's a slow start with a jaded heroine but one that sets up the rest of the series beautifully. Definitely has a darker, more mature vibe to it than her previous series.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I've been reading Ally Carter well before I ever started blogging and her books have firmly stayed as some of my favourite books to read and recommend to others. I've mentioned before how much I adore her Gallagher Girls books so you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the new Embassy Row series! And impressively, Ally Carter delivers an amazing read with All Fall Down (as usual). It's a humorous, thrilling read which can be enjoyed by all types of readers. Reasons to Read: 1. Witty writing: The main character in All Fall Down is Grace and I love that Ally Carter wrote her with such a strong personality and tongue-in-cheek humour. Grace isn't quite like Cammie from Gallagher Girls nor is she like Kat from Heist Society - she's her own person and her own character. One of my favourite things about Ally's books is that she writes with a sense of humour. The books are clever and have me chuckling the whole way through. This is a rare find for me in books, so I treasure the authors that can do this well. Grace is fairly snarky and has a bit of an attitude and you can really see that come out on the pages as you read. 2. A fast-paced, exciting story: One of the things that struck me while I was reading All Fall Down was how appealing this book would be to many readers because it's such a thrilling story. It's about a teenaged girl, yes - but regardless of gender or age, this is a book that can capture and hold a reader's attention. The mystery moves along at an excellent pace which neither too fast nor too slow. 3. A well-balanced book: And yet the story isn't purely action - there's enough depth here to be thought-provoking and emotionally gripping. The characters are endearing, and I easily found myself invested in their stories. Grace's struggle to come to terms with the death of her mother is particularly heartbreaking. She's a strong character, perhaps too strong. She isolates herself from others and is desperate to find peace in her life. Since I've read so many of Ally Carter's other books, I started reading All Fall Down with some preconceived notions. I assumed romance would play a larger role (it doesn't - although there's potential for more). I didn't realize Grace would be as much of a tomboy and troublemaker as she turned out to be! I can say that to an extent, All Fall Down lacked the same charm I found in Gallagher Girls and Heist Society. It isn't something I can put my finger on. Although I think a large part of that may be that I've read more than the first book in those series. It may very well be that Embassy Row is a series I grow to love even more with time. ARC received from Scholastic Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All Fall Down All Fall Down is filled with mystery and international intrigue. Grace is on a mission. She knows someone killed her mother and no one will stop her from from finding the person responsible. Grace is... interesting. Unhinged? Reckless but afraid. Snide and snarky but apologetic. It's like we see bits of the person she was mixed with bits of the person she is now. She's unable to move on after seeing her mother murdered, which is both good and bad. It's good that she isn't willing to give up, that she's determined, but it's not good because of how obsessed she is with finding the killer. But who else will? No one is really supporting her, not really, not in the way she needs. In the beginning she doesn't have anyone to lean on. They're all there to keep her safe, keep her out of trouble, but that doesn't quite translate into them helping her. There's something that bothers me about some of the people in Grace's life. I didn't get the feeling that they wanted to help her. Some do, during the course of the book, but some don't. Those people think she'll get over it, that she's just acting out, that she's paranoid or lying. They can't see that she's suffering, that she needs help. It's a mix of her psychological problems, her stress disorder and anxiety attacks, and some people don't see that. Part of it is on Grace for thinking she can handle everything on her own, but part of it is on the people who say they care about her. She doesn't need fancy parties with important diplomats. She needs someone who trusts that what she says is true. And probably a therapist. The setting is interesting. It's a different country with a dark past and secrets under its streets, but it's also American in the embassy, in Grace and the others who live and work there. Taking place on a street of different embassies in a foreign country, there's certainly a hint of tension in the air. It's certainly a strange feeling, being in such a strained environment, where any misstep could mean distrust or even war between countries. This is a book with a lot of intrigue and tension. The stakes are so high here. One wrong move and a war could start. But while that is serious, it also, partially, sounds impossible. What would have to happen for a war to start? Of course, this might just be my inability to suspend my disbelief in this one instance, but I am curious as to what it would take in this series. I would recommend this to readers looking for some international intrigue in their contemporary YA, to readers looking for a broken but still hopeful heroine, and to fans of Ally Carter's previous books.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive new series Grace used to spend every summer at Embassy Row, running around, causing mischief, being a little daredevil. Now, at sixteen, she's coming back to the American embassy to live closer to her grandfather, an ambassador. She's determined to find the man with the scar who killed her mother, the man she knows was there that night even if no one else believes her. She's going to have to be careful in who she trusts because the wrong person could make her the next target. I found myself really enjoying this book. I've read a couple of Ally Carter's Heist Society books and they were also very enjoyable but I liked the added element of the whole Embassy Row. It had the misfits coming together that I love and the Ally Carter feel of never quite knowing if what you thought was going on was actually right. Grace was a very interesting character. Even when I didn't agree with what she was doing, I could understand her motivations. She was being forced to live in a place that held countless memories of her mother, forced into playing a role she never wanted at political parties, and constantly treated like she was broken by the adults around her. She was determined to prove them all wrong, that she would find out the truth about her mother's death without them, that she wasn't crazy and there was a man with a scar. I loved her determination. I really liked the cast of characters surrounding Grace. Noah, the boy who assigned himself as her best friend was my favourite. He was so cute and adorable and it was nice to see the friendship developing between them. Alexei, a friend of her brother's, was always looking out for her and there was definitely some attraction there. Rosie was a lot younger than the rest and part of me wanted them to tell her to stay safe at home but she was fearless and definitely an asset. The two main adults, Grace's grandfather and Ms Chancellor, were pretty much as I would expect people in their positions to act. It was easy to tell they cared for Grace and her well-being but they were also in very delicate positions and trying not to cause an international incident. Ally Carter did a great job in making so many people and her actions suspect. There was always a feeling that the adults knew more than they were saying. I was able to predict the ending but I think that had more to do with my mind coming up with theory after theory until a final one clicked than it being obvious. It was a little slow at first, setting up Embassy Row and the back story, but once Grace saw the man with the scar for the first time, it picked up. The more desperate she got to prove she was right, the faster the pages turned. It did feel a bit like a set-up book for the rest of the series but it's a series I definitely plan on reading when the next book gets released.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A thrilling new series! Having read the Heist Society series and the beginning of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, I totally thought I knew what I was going into with this one. But I was soooo wrong. This book completely blew me away! Seriously, I am writing this review right after finishing it and I think I have lost the ability to type coherent thoughts. Grace is definitely not your ordinary teenager. She saw her mother murdered right in front of her eyes, and no one believes her. And she swears she isn’t crazy. She’s now back at Embassy Row, at the U.S. embassy specifically, and any wrong move she makes could not bring her down, but all those around her. Basically, if you like political intrigue, mystery and tons of psychological suspense, All Fall Down is the book for you! The plot was interesting, intricately written and thought out. The first half is a little slow, as it is mostly world-building and establishing characters, but the second half is INTENSE (in the best way possible of course). The character relationships in All Fall Down are also a highlight. Each character is written uniquely and the way they interact between each other is interesting. Grace, herself, is a strong character that isn’t afraid to be herself. She gets a little nervous and angry sometimes, but what teenager doesn’t? The romance, however, was a little non-existent in this one but you can definitely see the tones that will carry towards the sequel. I can definitely see how Alexei will make readers swoon but he still seems very mysterious and it’s hard to say what will happen with him in the next book, at least for me. I think the most memorable part of the book for me was the last couple of chapters. SO many great things happen (and by great I mean totally mind-blowing and awful) and I am totally pumped for the sequel! I also enjoyed how different this was from Carter’s books. Her books are always a little light but I thought this one was a little dark and I loved it. Overall, if you’re looking for an exciting new series with great characters and a very unique protagonist, I suggest All Fall Down. Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here pining for the sequel.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I got this book earlier this week and decided to start it today and it did not take me long to finish it! In fact once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Grace is so different from the other girls and she really captured my attention with that. A must read!
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend! Having read the Heist Society series and the beginning of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, I totally thought I knew what I was going into with this one. But I was soooo wrong. This book completely blew me away! Seriously, I am writing this review right after finishing it and I think I have lost the ability to type coherent thoughts. Grace is definitely not your ordinary teenager. She saw her mother murdered right in front of her eyes, and no one believes her. And she swears she isn’t crazy. She’s now back at Embassy Row, at the U.S. embassy specifically, and any wrong move she makes could not bring her down, but all those around her. Basically, if you like political intrigue, mystery and tons of psychological suspense, All Fall Down is the book for you! The plot was interesting, intricately written and thought out. The first half is a little slow, as it is mostly world-building and establishing characters, but the second half is INTENSE (in the best way possible of course). The character relationships in All Fall Down are also a highlight. Each character is written uniquely and the way they interact between each other is interesting. Grace, herself, is a strong character that isn’t afraid to be herself. She gets a little nervous and angry sometimes, but what teenager doesn’t? The romance, however, was a little non-existent in this one but you can definitely see the tones that will carry towards the sequel. I can definitely see how Alexei will make readers swoon but he still seems very mysterious and it’s hard to say what will happen with him in the next book, at least for me. I think the most memorable part of the book for me was the last couple of chapters. SO many great things happen (and by great I mean totally mind-blowing and awful) and I am totally pumped for the sequel! I also enjoyed how different this was from Carter’s books. Her books are always a little light but I thought this one was a little dark and I loved it. Overall, if you’re looking for an exciting new series with great characters and a very unique protagonist, I suggest All Fall Down. Now if you need me, I’ll just be over here pining for the sequel.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for anyone and everyone, All Fall Down is Ally Carter at her best. Ally Carter did it again. She made me fall in love with another one of her books (all of which I highly recommend), so it came to me as no surprise when All Fall Down became another one of my all-time favourite books. The politics were interesting as well as they had an impact on the story. Since Grace lives in the U.S. embassy, certain things are expected from her and considering that everyone thinks she went mad after her mother's death, it was almost humorous to read about their interactions with Grace. The mystery element of Grace's mother's death and how it affected Grace and continues to affect her was cleverly done so it felt realistically similar to what someone grieving a loved one might feel. She was also very well developed and I really liked her character since I found her easy to relate to (as I imagine others will as well). If you miss Zach or Hale from Ally Carter's other novels, you'll definitely enjoy reading about a certain boy in this novel. Also charming, this character was super swoon-worthy and so much fun to read about because he lives in the Russian embassy and he looked out for Grace. The plot of this book was very unique and exciting throughout the entirety of the novel. In fact, I found the book hard to put down when I had things I had to do because I just wanted to keep reading! It was that good! The chapters end in a way that you feel compelled to keep turning the pages until you've run out of them. This was also due to the fact that Ally is a phenomenal writer who definitely has a way with words. Overall, Ally Carter never disappoints and this book was no exception. Perfect for anyone and everyone, All Fall Down is Ally Carter at her best. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way, shape, or form affected my review.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ally Carter's best novel yet! Grace's grandfather is the ambassador for the United States in the fictional country of Adria, and at the age of thirteen Grace watched as a man with a scar killed her mother. The thing is, no one believes her. They think she's crazy and everyone tells her that it was an accident and her mother wasn't murdered. She gets flashbacks when things remind her of her mother or the moment when she was killed and she won't stop trying to prove to the world that she isn't crazy. Grace has some serious self image issues and I'm sure it comes with being called crazy for three years. She puts up a front of being fine when she's not. Also, her brother and her father are both military men and Grace has grown up being surrounded by men and not feeling strong enough or too small, which makes her wish to be male. This bit of Grace really hit me hard and I think it will for a lot of girls too. She's a complex and interesting character and I really can't wait to get to know her more and to watch her grow. We meet some other characters in ALL FALL DOWN as well, like Noah Esteban, Grace's self-professed best friend. He's cheerful and kind to Grace, even as she threatens to break his fingers. There's Megan, Grace's childhood "friend", who has an unexpected side to her behind all the pink and glitter. Then there's Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is best friends with Grace's older brother, Jamie. He is looking out for Grace and he is SWOONY. I hope there's more Alexei in book 2 please! (and especially in a suit. ;D ) The plot for this book was fantastic and the way things turned out seriously caught me off guard. AND IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. The entire book is told through Grace's point of view so we really get to see into her state of mind and the views she has of herself and how she's dealing with it. Embassies are interesting, especially involving the children/grandchildren of the ambassadors. Grace is from the States and Alexei is from Russia and it is frowned upon for the two to talk because of the relationship between their countries. Though a lot happens in this book, it's really clear that it's setting up the story for something bigger, especially with the way this book ends. I think this is Ally Carter's best book to date. There are no words for how much I love ALL FALL DOWN. Ally Carter is one of my favourite authors. She writes stories on things that I love to read, a spy academy for girls, a teenage heist society, and now embassies and all the political struggle attached to them. It seems that the topics she chooses to write have become more interesting over the years. This is my favourite Ally Carter book by far. (Sorry, my Heist darlings. I love you.) ALL FALL DOWN is a fantastic read with everything you could ask for and more. Ally Carter's writing and stories have gotten more sophisticated. Readers both new and old of Ally Carter's novels will definitely not be disappointed by this one.
Date published: 2015-01-15