Series: Embassy Row #1
Published by Orchard on January 20, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Grace 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.
What I Thought…
• This was one of my most anticipated early 2015 releases. The whole concept sounded awesome and mysterious and something I would absolutely love. And for the most part I did. All Fall Down wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was intriguing and mysterious!
• Grace is a bit of an unreliable narrator. She isn’t completely unreliable, but she has a lot of things in her head that as a reader we aren’t quite sure if things happened as she thinks they did. Once you find out what really happened it was heartbreaking and while I don’t agree with some of the choices that her family made, I can also understand why they made them. (In regards to this situation I felt that Carter didn’t deal with it enough, but I’m hoping that it will be dealt with better in the next book.)
• Despite Grace’s unreliability she was easy to like and I really felt that I just wanted her to find her answers and get better, no matter what the cost.
• In coming back to the embassy Grace is saddled with old memories and new friends. She falls into easy friendship with Noah, who provides a good balance for her. There was a moment when they were fighting and it hurt because you know they are destined to be best friends.
• There is espionage! I love espionage!
• Alexei is Grace’s brothers best friend and he is definitely set up to be her love interest and I love it. I wish we would have had a bit more from him, but hopefully that is in the books to come!
• I struggled with the ending a bit. It happened fast and got a little crazy (more crazy compared to the rest of the book). Some things just didn’t fit, and then like I said before I did not agree with the way her family handled the past, which impacted the end of the book.
Overall All Fall Down is a great YA thriller/mystery and highly recommended!