Release Date: January 20th 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: 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.
So far, 2015 has been a terrific reading year. January has graced me with so many beautiful titles. I’ve read a mixture of genres this month but it was only natural that I once again gravitated towards more contemporary reads . Contemporary, if done right, can easily be my favourite genre. Hence, my natural gravitation towards it.
So, me being the daring and adventurous personal I always claim to be, decided to read something a bit lighter and easier on the heart for a change. I’d also been determined to finally read my first Ally Carter read since figuring out I was the only person left on the blogosphere who hadn’t read anything by Ally Carter. Now, before you all start glaring at your computer screens and wishing you could gave me a one on one talk about my terrible life decisions, I should remind you that you are reading my review for All Fall Down. Ally Carter’s latest. So, I’ve officially popped my Ally Carter cherry.
So, how did me and All Fall Down get along? I’m not quite sure if I’m being a hundred percent honest. You see, I don’t know what I was expecting going into All Fall Down but coming off the emotional rollercoaster that was I’ll Meet You There, my heart and mind wasn’t ready to switch gears from emotional depressing to humorous and badass in a matter of hours. So getting into All Fall Down was a bit tricky those first few hours.
All Fall Down is a fairly quick book (it’s only three hundred and ten pages!) and it reads like one too. The pacing was quick and the dialogue was sharp. But, All Fall Down does read like a murder mystery and early on I knew that the quick pacing was not working for me in regards to the “murder mystery” aspect of the story. I felt like, as the reader, that all the things Grace (our protagonist) feels, believes, and even uncovers, was always being told to us, rather than shown to us. This made me feel almost disconnected from the story and took away much of my interest in the ‘murder mystery’ aspect of the novel that I was looking forward to the most. Instead of reading like a thriller with a touch of humour, I got a bland mystery. A good but nonetheless, bland mystery.
Of course, I did enjoy my time with All Fall Down. Even if I struggled a bit with what type of read this one was. While I may have struggled with the overall genre of this one I did enjoy the lovely blend of characters in All Fall Down. Early on I knew Grace was the type of character I was going to love. Quick wit and a courageous spirit are my favourite things to look for in YA heroines. The rest of the characters Noah, Rosie and Grace’s grandfather were also enjoyable characters to read about, although I do believe All Fall Down only scratched the beginning of the potential of many of the secondary characters. Especially Alexei, everyone’s new favourite Russian boy.
Now, where does this leave me with Ally Carter? I suppose we’ve got a complicated relationship. All Fall Down was not what I was expecting, but I found this one to still be enjoyable. I do have plans to continue reading the Embassy Row series since I find it highly entertaining and the ending was where things really picked up and the ball got rolling. I hope all the characters can be further explored in future sequels and I hope I can grow a stronger emotional connection with the overall plot of the next books. That being said, I finally gave Ally Carter a try and I’m looking forward to reading her books again.