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All Fall Down

(Embassy Row #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  24,807 ratings  ·  3,271 reviews
Grace 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 uncove
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Orchard Books (first published January 20th 2015)
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Stephanie From what I heard from people who read the advanced readers copy, it's better than Heist Society and Gallagher Girls, so I'm not that worried. Everyth…moreFrom what I heard from people who read the advanced readers copy, it's better than Heist Society and Gallagher Girls, so I'm not that worried. Everything Ally Carter writes is amazing. (less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I randomly picked this up off my shelves the other day and plowed my way through it pretty quickly. There are definitely things within this book that you have to suspend your disbelief for, because some things that go down are a bit outlandish. I loved the group of characters that form to work together on breaking down the mystery at hand and the plot went in such a unexpected direction that left me pleasantly surprised. I will say that there is a major over use of the word crazy... could've tak ...more
Diplomacy, ambiguity and a hot Russian love interest. Sorry, Jess will have to get back to you. She’s currently nursing her book hangover.

I know my last review was all about the book of my dreams and whatnot, but All Fall Down was basically an element of reality that I'm quite close to and the best that imagination can offer and it's made me wonder “Why weren’t you creative enough to dream that up, Jess?” Now I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, seeing as it’s only January and all, b
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

All Fall Down is my first Ally Carter book and I must say, it's an enjoyable read. The age level is a little lower than I usually read, I would classify this book as a middle grade for ages 12-16. It is the perfect type of book for transitioning young readers out of the chapter books and into the Young Adult/Teen genre.

Three years after witnessing her mother's death Grace is sent to live with her ambassador grandfather in a country that borders Iran. Grace used to spend her summers
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3.5 stars

Being someone who hasn't read anything by Ally Carter before, I went into this book... not expecting all that much. But knowing that Ms. Carter's previous books have all been something along the lines of a mystery thriller-y espionage kinda thing, let me assure you now, this isn't anything like that. Heck, this book is definitely something that I wouldn't think you've picked up beforehand. It's original right to it's roots. All Fall Down combines a w
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG. This was so. Good. Definitely different than anything that Ally Carter has written before, but in a good way. NEXT BOOK PLEASE.

Pre-Read Thoughts:

Could it be? YES! Another Ally Carter is writing another book! Another, WONDERFUL book!



Ally Carter is amazing, and it will be perfect since I need something after finishing GG!

But wait. 2015!? HOW CAN I WAIT THAT LONG ?????

Well, I guess I can wait. But it will be hard! SO VERY HARD!


EDIT: 10/6/14


This review is also posted on DEADLY DARLINGS.

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Grace saw her mother murdered right before her eyes but no one believes her. They say it was an accident, that her mother was killed in the fire, but she knew the truth. Her mother was shot in the chest by a scarred man. But she was thirteen and they say that’s just trauma that’s talking so nobody believed her.

Anyway, she was back in Adria again after three years and decided to stay for good. In her stay, she discovered that
C.G. Drews
I am pleased. I admit! I was dubious at the beginning! The first 100-pages didn't grab, not at all. In fact, I was seriously wondering if this book would plummet into an untouchable basket. BUT THEN IT WOWED ME with a gob-smacking ending and some seriously wicked twists. I have a few quibbles, but overall I'm impressed.

It's not about spies! Or espionage! I guess it's unfair to assume it will be, but Ally Carter has written two series about spies and crime, sooo, I guess it was my first
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

So I did really really enjoy this book. I wasn't sure what I was expecting going into this, but this was not what I was expecting at all (in a good way!)

I am really interested in YA Political Thrillers right now, so I picked this book up because of that. It is extremely easy to get through and it's fairly short. The reason I knocked off a star and a half is really simple:

Plot/Story > Characters.

I really liked this storyline and the mystery of it had me questioning everything.
I have no full review coming for this as I simply skimmed the book. It was interesting for the most part, but I wasn't invested in the characters or the story. I think this was just a bit too childish for me, unfortunately.

Also, just to also, this book does feature slut shaming which I am incredibly against.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Politics, family, death, memories, lies.

Having read Ally Carter before I was expecting action and intrigue and sass and teenage boys that act more like they're 25 than 15. I was not expecting this.

And I was actually a little bit disappointed.

It was a good read, a quick read, but it was rather slow in pace. It felt like there was quite a bit of unnecessary filler in the pages. Even with this, a few of the characters just fell flat, 2D images hovering in the corner.

There are teeny tiny hi
Aly (In Wonderland)
Full review now UP!


I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. Once I got used to Grace's personality, I actually started to enjoy it a little bit. However, it doesn't change the fact that the answer to the huge mystery was a little too predictable and therefore took away from the climax of the ending.

Full review to come on 100% Rock!
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
This my first book by Ally Carter and although I wasn’t sure what to expect, I really liked All Fall Down. Even better, I’m really excited to read the next book! When I first heard about this book, I thought it would be a dystopia. But this is actually a contemporary/mystery. I must be really ignorant because I didn’t know that the Embassy Row is a real place in the United States. I’m not sure if this is exactly how it’s portrayed in the book since the book takes place in Adria and it seems like ...more
Olivia McCloskey
I read All Fall Down as a buddy read with Kathy from The Novelty of Life and Cassandra from ccbooks66512. Overall, I found it to be a combination of mildly intriguing and tremendously frustrating, and I seem to be struggling to rate it (I apologize to those of you who have been watching me change the rating back and forth between two and three stars for the past hour).  I’ve finally settled on two stars and am trying to restrain myself from making any further changes.  

Grace is an army brat, nev
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

“I can apologise in seven different languages. It’s just something you pick up when you’re me.”

This was an interesting YA mystery story, and I really liked the details revealed at the end of the book!

I liked Grace although she did make some questionable decisions at times. I felt really sorry for her in the way she’d lost her mother though, and it must have b
”’I don’t mean to get into trouble. Trouble just sort of finds me.’”

Synopsis:Donald Trump’s long-lost sixteen-year-old makes it her mission in life to start WWIII when she moves to Embassy Row, making daddy dearest very proud.

Unnecessary Fictional Country: At first glance, I thought this book was set in Washington D.C.. However, I was mistaken. While Grace Blakely is American and the granddaughter of an American ambassador, this book is set in the very much fictional country of Adria somewh
Nasty Lady MJ
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Alfred Hitchock was considered to be the master of suspense. While his movies normally don’t contain an obscene amount of gore (unless it’s that awful shower scene in Psycho) they have had a lasting impression on film and how crime was portrayed in film and TV.

The man even made a movie about psychotic birds scary. Unfortunately, Ally Carter is no Alfred Hitchcock.

Not that I’d expect her to be a master of suspense (or even intrigue like the blurb suggests), with
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
(almost rounded the gr rating up to 4)

the ending has left me so conflicted!
the book is super engaging throughout.
i liked that grace had agency, but i disliked that each time she broke down, alexei picked up the pieces.
i liked that noah (and lilah) was of color, but i disliked that in this book set on embassy row, where there is so much opportunity to include diverse characters, only one of the five main kids (grace, alexei, noah, rosie, megan) was a POC.
i liked alexei's sincerity an
If Ally Carter ever wrote a book I didn't fall in love with, my world would come crashing down. Or the sky would fall, something along those lines.

My day today went along something like this:

3:30PM: I arrive home, only to find out that my Amazon package hasn't arrived yet.

4:20PM: The delivery guy finally gets here.

When I finished:

I'm backlogged on reviews so I'll get to this one soon, but not now.
Umut Rados
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I think the concept and idea of this book is quite unique and fun. I chose it as a fun, fluffy, quick summer read. But, I was expecting it to be more eventful and energetic, when it got so boring sometimes. Unnecessary teenage dialogues just tired me.
Maybe it's not for me.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That...that twist!
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

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I was super, crazy excited for All Fall Down. And not just because I named one of the characters.

So I know you’ll understand when I say that I only liked, and didn't LOVE this book - but that I'm still breathlessly waiting for book two.

Here's the thing: when I first dove into the world of Embassy Row and All Fall Down, I was completely totally flummoxed. The writing and Grace, the main char
✨navier  Empress✨
Megan’s sparkly pink fingernails are a blur as they fly across the keys. Sixty seconds later she announces, “we’re in.”

Why do hackers always say “we’re in?”

Anyway, this book was really good.

Grace Blakley 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.

However, it is important to keep in mind that this was written in 2015, so the “I’m not like other girls” trope, was used.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 stars

Heist Society is by far my most favorite series by Ally Carter. It is fast paced, hilarious and light. And right now, I am currently in my fourth book of Gallagher Girls series. Its fun, but I’m not in love with it yet.

One thing I noticed from Carter is, as she published a new book from another, the successor is always far superior than her preceding work. That's why I'm so excited for All Fall Down. Most of my friends have nothing, but praise for this book. I was so rea
Kyla Harris
Plot - 17/20
Characters - 11/20
Creativity - 16/20
Writing - 13/20
Pace - 7/10 - fast
Ending - 10/10
74/100 = C
3/5 stars

All of Ally Carter's other books I completely ADORE. I'm obessed with them so when I decided to dive into this one I was expecting nothing else but to enjoy a new world built by her. I was disappointed.

This book's first half was really awful. Grace was crazy and she had rollar coaster of emotions she was a lactic and keep on making a fool of her self. I cringed. I HATE when charater
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
I love me some unreliable narrators. And plot twists. Cuz lemme tell you, I didn't see it coming. ...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones
4.5. Almost perfect.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
4½ Stars.
I knew I'd enjoy All Fall Down, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I adored it. It follows the story of Grace, who is still grieving her mother's death three years prior and vows it wasn't the accident those around her claim it to be. Grace has spent the last three years trying to hunt her mother's killer, until she discovers him at Embassy Row and working for the Russian Prime Minister no less. What ensues is a thrilling chase for a
I read this book so fast because it was one I literally could not put down! However, while it kept me intrigued, there were some flaws in my opinion. First, I had trouble connecting with Grace, she never stabilized enough for me to understand her. Also, by the end of the book it didn't feel like much was accomplished, it was a lot of going around in circles. Overall 3/5 stars; I will be reading the next book in the series. ...more
vic (indefinite hiatus)
i can't even think that's how much i dislike this book so much oh my god the cliches ...more
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Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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