All Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until itAll Fall Down was a trip and a half. No really, this book will mess with your mind… in a good way. I didn’t quite catch on to the huge twist until it was pretty much revealed. So good… anyways let’s backtrack. Grace is kinda messed up. She sees and hears her dead mother sometimes and is emotionally recovering from seeing her mother murdered 3 years ago. Now she is back at the place where it happened – Embassy Row in Adria. Her grandfather is an Ambassador for the United States and she moves into the embassy with him, only to find herself in her mother’s room. Probably not the best idea to throw your somewhat messed up granddaughter into the room of her dead mother… but I can’t tell these characters what is or is not right.
Alexei is of central interest as he seems to be keeping an eye on Grace, because her brother is not there to, and although things are strained between the US and Russia, keeps popping up to help. He’s very good looking and I’m always surprised in Carter’s books that the romance takes a backseat to everything that is going on. Alexei becomes a bit of the background, popping up only when she’s in severe crisis mode it seems but she pushes him hard away from her.
The other more friendly, not as romantic male character is Noah, who basically introduces himself to Grace as her new best friend… in the middle of the night… and then brings her to a party where she jumps off into the water. Probably not the best start to making new friends. She’s trying to save the world from going to War though… during the party a scarf of a somewhat mean girl named Lila floats over into Iran and that wouldn’t be a problem, the area is deserted, but the scarf is of an Israeli flag… which could insight a war. So, she mindlessly takes action.
Grace is quite out of control and trying to remain in control at the same time. She’s convinced that she needs to find the murderer of her mother and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Noah and Megan believe Grace and help her hunt down who she thinks killed her mother, all while trying to make sure to keep the peace. I just fell right into the story and could not stop reading. There’s this dichotomy of believing and not believing throughout this book that it really messes with your head.
An amazing start to a new series that I think will thrill readers. Definitely one to pick up and read....more
The final installment of the series really was packed with action and intrigue. Sara Jane is finally getting closer to finding her family and saving tThe final installment of the series really was packed with action and intrigue. Sara Jane is finally getting closer to finding her family and saving them. It may just take 4 million in gold and an untimely death. This is one of my favorite action series. I love the mystery and intrigue. It makes me want to venture into Chicago to find some of these mythical Capone doors.
If you haven't checked out this series yet, you ought to!...more
Armada was easily my most anticipated read this year and when I saw that Ernest Cline was coming to Anderson’s Bookshop for a signing, I couldn’t resiArmada was easily my most anticipated read this year and when I saw that Ernest Cline was coming to Anderson’s Bookshop for a signing, I couldn’t resist pre-ordering a copy and reading it before I met him. Since Ready Player One has been one of my top favorite books, I dove into this one without hesitation. Zack is a troubled teenager who loses himself in a game called Armada, an MMO flight simulator that has you pitted against an alien race. When Zack sees one of the alien aircrafts near his school, he knows that he must be losing his mind. What he doesn’t know is that he’s about to become of the many people that will fight to save Earth and Armada has been preparing him for this day.
Zack is a character who feels real. His father passed away when he was just a small child, leaving him alone with his mother who works long shifts. He has a temper that gets him into trouble at school and he has an obsession with learning more about his father. In fact, he obsesses a bit over every bit of information he has about him and even goes as far as watching his father’s old movies and even wearing a jacket that his father wore as a teenager. I really liked Zack who was just enough nerd but with more edge and a more realistic feel of how teenagers act these days. I’m glad there weren’t a lot of cliche moments and he was a bit more of a badass than most geeks are.
I love that Ernest features strong female characters. Zack’s mother is described as “the kind of single mom who would strap on heavy artillery and mow down killer cyborgs, if that was what it took to protect her offspring.” I loved that part and it shows how much Zack respects and loves his mom. The love interest that Zack meets later is named Lex and she’s a cool girl who ends up haranguing him into dates and not vice versa. She’s pretty badass and saves his ass once or twice during the book as well.
And the plot, I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll just say I loved the twists and turns and the somewhat conspiratorial nature of Armada. I felt like I was along for the ride of a lifetime and loved every second of this book. I think Cline has spoiled me and I need him to write me more books.. now!!