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YA Mystery Thriller Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Embassy Row #1)

Egalley thanks to Orchard Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
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 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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Great concept, a feisty heroine, lots of action - these are all things you expect from Ally Carter's books. And I did get it. The problem is the book felt rushed and half-done. Like all the threads were left unfinished... Which is why I am giving it my lowest rating I've given Ally Carter ever. 

To be honest, it sucked.

All Fall Down starts with a big mystery and a lot of questions. What happened to Grace's mother? Where is her dad? What was she doing for the last 3 years? Who is Alexei to her? Why doesn't she have contact with her brother?

Unfortunately we don't get the answers to these questions. The world-building is non-existent. Adria is a made up country of a Mediterranean type, tiny yet somehow very important. Strangely enough among all the Embassies, Iran embassy is absent. You keep getting all these frustrating holes in the plot.

The mystery itself is beautifully tangled but there are literally teasers upon teasers and not enough resolutions to make the story truly meaty. That's why I was left unsatisfied and can not recommend it to you, ladies and gents.

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Прекрасная идея, смелая героиня, нон-стоп экшн - всего этого следует ожидать от книг Алли Картер. И она их здесь предоставила. Проблема в том, что сюжет был сырым, незаконченным, как будто все его нити так и остались распущенными... Я была ошарашена тем, что впервые за несколько лет я дала этому автору одну из моих самых низких оценок.

Книга начинается с загадок. Что случилось с матерью Грэйс? Чем она занималась в последние три года? Где её отец? Кто для неё Алексей? Почему она не общается со своим братом Джэйми?

К сожалению,ответов на эти вопросы мы не получаем. Построения мира не существует. Адрия - придуманная страна средиземноморского климата. маленькая, но почему-то очень важная. Среди всех посольств Иран отсутствует по собственному желанию.И мы постоянно натыкаемся на подобные дыры в сюжете!

Сама загадка красиво запутанна, однако вместо какого-то разрешения сюжета, автор нас дразнит снова и снова, пока книга внезапно не заканчивается и мы не остаёмся ни с чем. В общем, порекомендовать не могу, - не книга, а сплошное динамо!
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