Title: All Fall Down
(Embassy Row #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: YA, Mystery. Thriller
First published: January 20th 2015
Finished reading: August 24th 2015
Pages: 320
Rating 4,5qqq

“Power has always corrupted, my dear. Even the promise of power. It is a hard thing to look at through the fence for hundreds of years without wondering what it would be like on the other side.”


To be honest, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect of this novel and All Fall Down ended up to be more than a pleasant surprise. I loved the international setting and the fact the main characters lived in the different embassies in Adria. Ally Carter‘s prose is easy to read and the past is fast, making this first part of the Embassy Row series a quick and entertaining read. The story is full of action and the whole mystery around the death of Grace’s mother is intriguing. Grace clearly suffered after her mother died and people think she is crazy when she claims it was actually murder. When she goes back to the US Embassy to live with her grandfather, she is determined to find proof she’s right… Clearly, Grace is a very interesting character and I liked most of the other main characters as well. If you like YA mystery/thriller stories with a lot of action and an international setting, you would probably enjoy All Fall Down as much as I did. The only minor drawback is that the sequel has yet to be published…


After Grace saw her mother die in a fire, she is certain that it was actually murder. She tells everone she saw the man that killed her mother, but people believe she’s simply overreacting and losing her mind. Grace doesn’t care and is determined she will find the killer one day and make him pay for what he did. But since nobody actually believes what she saw, there is no one she can completely trust. When she is sent to the US Embassy in Adria to spend with her ambassador grandfather, Grace is ready to go looking for answers. She is not like her mother and doesn’t exactly feels herself at home in this new formal diplomatic world. They can’t really control her and she has a tendency towards trouble; will she be able to keep safe as her past comes back to haunt her?


I was looking forward to this novel ever since I first heard about it and I’m glad I’ve finally read it. It wasn’t exaclty what I was expecting, but I actually ended up enjoying it even better! The prose, plot and characters make All Fall Down into a very entertaining and fast read that I would definitely recommend if you like the genre. The ending is a mayor cliffhanger though; I need the sequel NOW!!! Hopefully the new publish date this December won’t be posponed…