Genre: YA, Dystopian (slightly), mystery
Released on: January 20th, 2015
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A new series of global proportions — from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.
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. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
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 hunt 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.
It has been quite a while since I’ve reviewed a YA book, let alone read a YA book. And I have to say, I am so glad it was this book that brought me back into the YA fold!
Right off the bat, I’m captivated by the main character and her rebellious ways. It is a good old fashion girl acting out because she craves her families’ attention. Maybe cliche, but it has been a while for me, so it worked. Plus, Grace adds in her own twist to that cliche trope. She’s a headstrong girl who just wants to be heard. And I can definitely empathize with that.
The writing has this cool way of sounding simple yet so relatable. When I read the story, it really felt like I was a background character or even one of Grace’s friends, watching all the events unfold. All the other characters that surround Grace always seem to be hiding some kind of secret, which is awesome! It definitely makes their characters more intriguing.
But the main thing I loved about this book was the way it draws you in and takes you for a very enticing drive. From start to finish, I was eating up the pages, trying to draw out the story and solve the mystery. Even as I neared the end, the truth still didn’t feel like the truth to me. Once I read that last line, I was still questioning what was real and what was a lie. I loved that about this book so much and it makes me very excited for book 2.
Another thing I’m hoping gets explored some more is the world surrounding Grace. It is an interesting concept to have an embassy where each door really feels like you are entering into a different country. Every little action conducted by Grace’s friends really feels like a big action because it could literally lead to the next war. Tensions are in every relationship with these kids because of their nationalities and politics. It’s usually expected with adults in books, so it was cool to see that reversal and see these kids carry that weight instead.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the world building and the characters that live off it. And I am very interested to see where Grace goes next, especially with that ending (not to mention the cute Russian who lives next door, practically).
MY RATING: 4/5