Hey guys! Today I want to write a little post reviewing a book that… hasn’t come out yet? It’s the first book in Ally Carter’s new series Embassy Row, and I somehow managed to get a proof copy of it!? I follow Ally on twitter and she tweeted out a link where the first 100 people who signed up would get a proof copy to read so I signed up and a few weeks later a book showed up on my door step! It was all very exciting and cool, and after an entire month of not finishing any books, I was beyond ready to start reading it.
So last night I decided to spend 10 minutes before bed reading it, and then a few hours later it was 1:30am and I had read the entire thing. Oopsies! All Fall Down is a YA Thriller about a 16 year old girl, Grace, who is sent to live with her grandfather who is a high up ambassador for the USA. Grace’s mother had been murdered in front of her 3 years ago, and she’s spent the past 3 years haunted by the memory. To make things worse, everyone else thinks that her mother’s death was a tragic accident, and won’t believe Grace’s story about the Scarred Man who killed her mother.
The book is set in the modern day world, but in a made up country called Adria. I think it was quite smart of Ally to make up a country for the book, as there is quite a political background to the story, being about an ambassador’s granddaughter who goes to live on ‘embassy row’ and all. The story is quite fast paced, with lots of secondary characters and suspense and plot twists. Grace is unlike either of the protagonists in Ally Carter’s other two series (Gallagher Girls and Heist Society); she’s daring, risk-taking, imperfect, and a little crazy (despite her insistence that she’s not).
Overall I really enjoyed the book, and definitely recommend that you check it out if you like books about teenagerhood, spying, friendship, and mystery. It’s coming out on the 20th of January, 2015, and you can read the first two chapters here. In the meantime, I highly recommend that you check out Ally Carter’s other books! I absolutely love both the Gallagher Girls and the Heist Society series – one is about a girl who goes to a boarding school for spies and the other is about a girl who grew up in a family of notorious thieves. Ally Carter is one of my favourite authors because her characters are relatable and interesting and her books are exciting and the kind that you never want to put down. Also they’re about spying and thievery and boys and travelling and secrets and action, and who doesn’t love a bit of that?
One thing I will say about All Fall Down is that it ended on a major cliffhanger, and I’m now in the unique position of waiting for the second book to come out before the first is even out! I don’t know how I’m going to wait so long to find out what happens next :P If you guys have any suggestions for books that I should check out while I’m waiting, leave them in the comments below!
**Note: I was sent a proof copy of All Fall Down by Ally Carter for free. This post is not sponsored and I will receive no compensation for writing it. All opinions are my own.