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.
I generally love Ally Carter books, but unfortunately, this one just didn’t seem for me. Before I begin, I’m going to say that I am a black sheep on this one, so please don’t feel as though you’ll hate the book just because I didn’t like it. You might love it!
Grace was a 16 year old girl whose mother was dead, and her father was in the army. She was sent to live with her grandfather at Embassy Row, because she wasn’t allowed to go to a war zone. Grace hadn’t been to Embassy Row in three years, because of a tragic event. One day, while Grace was with her mother, Grace’s mother was shot and killed. Ever since then, Grace has been terrified of a Scarred Man who she thought killed her mother. Her family thought that she was crazy, so she was put on medicine to stop having panic attacks. But now, now she was back at Embassy Row, and everywhere she looked, she saw her mother. She had flashbacks often, and one day…she saw the Scarred Man.
My main issues with this book were the characters, the plot pacing, and the setting. And yes…that basically means that I disliked the entire book. But please, let me explain why. For some reason, this book seemed much more MG than YA to me. None of the characters seemed to act their age- instead they were all completely immature. Yes, I understand that some high schoolers are immature, but these characters seemed to take immature to another level. In addition, I could never understand the relationships between the characters, especially Megan and Grace. It seemed as though they were friends when they were younger because they had to be, and never really liked each other. But later in the book, Megan said she actually cared about Grace and had always wanted to be her friend. It didn’t make sense, not one little bit. Was I supposed to trust Megan? Was I supposed to trust Grace? I ended up trusting neither, which just made me more confused.
As far as the plot pacing, the beginning and middle of this book were very slow. There seemed to be a lot of random events that occurred for no reason whatsoever. While some of the events were exciting, I never felt completely hooked on the story. In addition, there were many flashbacks that were supposed to tell Grace’s backstory, but they never made sense to me. The regular plot and the flashbacks didn’t grab my attention like Ally Carter’s books normally do. And then the end of the book…what can I even say? It was a jumble of rushed events that went way over my head and confused me completely. What even happened? I honestly have no clue.
Overall, I really wasn’t a fan of this book. I give it 2/5 stars.