Monday, March 9, 2015

All Fall Down Review

A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter. 

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.
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Welcome back to Paper Worlds and Swirls of Ink! Today, I'm reviewing a book that I heard about and was excited to pick up and read in January 2015, All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I've never read her Heist Society series, but I've definitely been curious to. I actually started the second book in the trilogy before finding out that I'd missed the first, so if you've read that series and enjoyed it, let me know! Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of this novel, although I did enjoy it. I gave All Fall Down 3 out of 5 stars.

To begin with, the plot development in this story was lacking. It didn't feel like much happened in this story in terms of plot until the very end, which felt abrupt. The ending didn't leave me completely shocked and amazed, but there were some plot twists that left me reeling. While the characters were unique, it felt like we didn't get much of a chance to get to know the secondary characters, and I would've preferred more character development from them.

I thought the story was unique in how it was different in terms of setting and the international intrigue that was interwoven throughout. I think it was an enjoyable read, but also that I probably won't be continuing on with the series. I'd recommend this for others though, especially if the story sounds like something you'd want to read, and I think that it's an interesting novel. If you've read her other series, let me know your thoughts about those! I still want to pick up the Heist Society trilogy, so let me know your thoughts on that series as well! Overall, All Fall Down was unique and an enjoyable read, but I found the secondary character development and plot development/pacing a little slow for me.

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  1. I know what you mean about the plot development. I definitely felt like the twist came out of left field it it still worked for me. I'm interested to see where the rest of the series goes. I saw a comment where Ally Carter said the ending was a "game changer."

    And I haven't read the Heist Society books but I have read a few of the author's Gallagher Girls series. It is on the younger end of the YA spectrum. It's about teenage girls who are spies. It's fun, I recommend it.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  2. I used to love Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, and I read Heist Society when I was a bit younger as well. I think her writing style is well suited for a middle school age group, but still fun to read! I think I'll give this one a whirl, just to see :)


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