Friday, February 20, 2015

All Fall Down by Ally Carter [Review]

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)2.5 out of 5 Robots!


All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: January 20, 2015
Hardcover:  320 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon


Book Summary:
A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, 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.


(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Sigh.  I've heard good things about Ally Carter and so when this book came out, I was excited to get it a try.  Unfortunately I didn't like it.  I just...didn't get it.  

Here is what I liked:
**The twist at the end.  It was unexpected and does open up a lot of possibilities for the future of the series.

**Noah.  He was pretty funny and about the only person I actually liked.

**The writing is snappy and fast paced.  Which was good when I was to the point of wanting to skim.

Here is what I didn't like:
**Grace.  She doesn't really do much than be sassy to people, make rash decisions, act petulant, tell everyone she isn't crazy and that she's "fine".  I really didn't care much for her at all, but everyone seemed to love her.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  I don't expect everyone to be sunshine and rainbows, but give me a reason to care about them.  And don't make an unlikable character and then have all the characters want to help them and be friends with them.  Why would they?  She isn't particularly nice to them.  

**This apparently set in a fictitious country surrounded by real countries.  I had no idea and was seriously doubting my geography skills for awhile.  I thought maybe it was a city I wasn't aware of? This really annoyed me for some reason.  Either make it a real country, or make it more obvious from the get go.  I want an explanation and some framing for what this fake country is and why is it so important to have major embassies situated in there?  A map would be good.  A little exposition. Something.

**The weird thing going on between Alexei and Grace.  He just kind of pops up randomly.  There is no point to it.  There is no chemistry, no connection.  He could have easily been cut out of the book I wouldn't have noticed.

**I felt the first half of the book was so monotonous with Grace acting out and insisting she isn't crazy.  But the last half of the book throws the twist at you and lowers the curtain.  Major cliffhanger alert.   I got so tired of Grace and her antics that I just wanted to skim to the end.

Overall:
Overall, this was not my favorite.  I wanted to like it because who doesn't like a good international mystery?  But none of it really made sense.  The characters felt young and very immature.  Even for 16 year olds.  I just didn't get it.  I won't be reading the rest of the series.  


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