Title: All Fall Down

Author: Ally Carter

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure

Where I received the book: I bought this book from Whitcoulls.

Star rating: ★★★★

A summary:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.




Okay, okay, I admit it was slow at the beginning – a little hard to get into. But it definitely picked up just under half way. I found it difficult to get into because, like all her books, I find the protagonist hard to understand/like. Cammie, Kat and now Grace. I haven’t liked any of her protagonists from the beginning, but it’s something that comes with character growth.

I adore Grace, as a character, so much. It’s not very often that I read a book where the main character has panic attacks over her trauma. Most books shake it off and the protagonist goes on a revengeful manhunt to get justice and you never once see the traumatic side of what they’ve been through. THANK YOU ALLY for approaching this topic that many push aside.

(I adore Noah so much, where’s the heart eyes emoji when you need it???)

I’d really like to congratulate Ally for writing middle aged guys so damn well. I mean, Solomon from GG was my favourite (/occasional bae); the “the Scarred Man”??? That scene with the cat?? That’s not how you write a bad guy but it certainly made me like him a lot. And by the end I thought he was rad af. Bless.

There were so many plot twists, I could cry from frustration. Whenever I’m reading a book, I can usually figure out where it’s going/what’s going to happen next, but All Fall Down certainly kept me on my toes. Just when I thought something was going to happen, something that hadn’t even occurred to me did. There’s a reason this talented woman writes complex stories about spies and thieves.

I can’t wait for the sequel, I need to know more! I need more Dominic. I. Need. To. Know. More.

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  • I totally agree with you about authors showing the consequences of trauma. Some of the things I see YA characters just get up and shake off makes me so angry. I don’t understand why so many authors are so reluctant to address the subject. Knowing that Ally Carter does instantly wants to make me read this book. Great review 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s annoyed about the lack of trauma in YA novels. It’s really frustrating, because it’s a real thing but these books seem to act like it doesn’t exist.

  • Yes! Noah is gorgeous, I am obsessed with him and I cannot wait for the next book in the Embassy Row series. Ally Carter has been an absolute favourite of mine for aaaages…

    Also it’s nice to see another Kiwi blogger!! We are rare and hard to find, so I’ll definitely be stopping by again 🙂 It helps that you like Ally Carter as well…