All Fall Down by ​Ally Carter

Meira Steiner

Hello all! Once again I find myself nestled in my bed with a cup of tea (because some of us are Grandmas at heart), but this time instead of reading a book I’m writing about one- maybe the next step is to write one myself (cue the hysterical laughter). Today the chosen tale is (shout out to all of you who don’t read titles) All Fall Down, by Ally Carter. All Fall Down is a young adult mystery/thriller with some fantasy aspects to it. You will have to forgive me, but I will take the description from a much higher source of wisdom than myself: Amazon.“​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… 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 haunt 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.”​ So as you can see, this novel is pretty interesting. You start out by following Grace as she attempts to solve her mother’s murder and the books ends up unfolding into so much more. To me, it was like a combination of J​ames Bond​ and something along the lines of ​The Princess Diaries.​ I found it to be unlike anything I have ever read before. First, I thought the book was pretty standard but very good, but as it went on, it took a crazy turn and that’s what I loved about it. Having read many young adult books, they all really follow a certain pattern and they can get easy to predict and even boring at times. This book completely surprised me; it was riveting and unpredictable, and left you not knowing what turn it was going to take. In other words, the book was inconceivable! (Whoever got that is now my new favorite person.) However, my one critique is that as a side effect of this, the book (and the series as a whole) did seem somewhat disjointed at times. That being said, it’s a pretty excellent series. Additionally, many of Ally Carter’s books are very similar in style, so if you like this one you should check out her other series (especially if you like the James Bond aspects of this one). Basically, this book is perfect for anyone who likes young adult books, but wants a bit of a twist. It’s got some mystery, some fantasy, some action and some of your run-of-the-mill drama. On a scale of 0-5, 0 being Twilight (sorry if you love it-you’re just wrong) and 5 being Percy Jackson (at least in my opinion) this book would be a solid 3.9. So once again, three things to just end off with (or if you don’t feel like sitting through a page and a half, just start here, but be forewarned:books are generally longer than a page and a half 😉

  1. This book is super cool. It’s interesting, dramatic, suspenseful, and although at times can be disjointed, it’s an all around crowd pleaser-I would definitely recommend it.
  2. If you like this one-it’s a series! That means (drumroll please) more books! Annnnnd if you love this series, Ally Carter has like three more that are at least equally as good (asking me to choose between thing would be like choosing a favorite child)- so you’ve basically struck a pot of gold (at least in my eyes and the eyes of most other nerds).
  3. Like I said before, if you want any more recommendations, just find me!

Finally, because I have an odd obsession with quotes,  I’m going to end off with two quotes by William Goldman, the author of  The Princess Bride.

I don’t know how many people have been keeping track of recent current events, but ​William Goldman​ passed away last week (November 16). Aside from being truly exceptional individual,he was the author of  The Princess Bride​, one of my personal favorites; while I will be reviewing that novel later on, I’m going to end off with two quotes by him (because they are too awesome to just choose one.)

“When I was your age, television was called books.”

“True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops.”

Thanks for reading!

Meira Steiner