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

23395735All Fall Down | Ally Carter | Orchard Books | Embassy Row #1 | Source: Review | 320 pages Young Adult | Contemporary
Release Date: February 5th, 2015
ISN13: 9781408334379
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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Review:

All Fall Down follows the story of Grace. Following the death of her mother, she is sent to live with her grandfather who lives on Embassy Row.

Grace is consumed by her belief in the fact that her mother did not die by accident – that she was murdered. This belief sets her firmly on the path towards finding out how her mother actually died.

I am a huge fan of anything written by Ally Carter. I loyally followed her Gallagher Girls series from start to finish and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first instalment of her new series. It didn’t disappoint!

Ally Carter has a knack for storytelling. She just has this way with writing that draws you in. I don’t think it has ever taken me more than two sittings to finish her books. All Fall Down is no different, it’s gripping and action pact from start to finish. As always there is a signature twist at the end.

One thing that needs to be mentioned is how hilarious/interesting the politics in this novel is. The interesting part due to how the grown ups behave towards one another and the hilarious part being all of the embassy’s children trying to mimic and follow all the norms between the countries.

The only gripe I will ever have with this novel is the cover. For  young adult, it is awful. I would definitely favour a cover change or a switch to the U.S edition at this point. Apart from that I can’t wait for the sequel. See How They Run (LOVE THE TITLE) comes out January 5th, 2016!

Goodreads Average: 3.79/5.00 (Out of 6,840 ratings)

I was sent this for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)

25820177Trial by Fire | Josephine Angelini | Macmillan Children’s Books | The Wolrdwalker Trilogy #1 | Source: Bought  379 pages | Young Adult
Fantasy
Release Date: August 28th, 2014
ISBN13: 9781447260820
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Goodreads Synopsis:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Review:

Trial by Fire follows the story of Lilly Proctor. Her persistent allergies stop her from enjoying her life to the full. After a chain of events including and embarrassing situation with her long time crush, she finds herself in her alternate version of an hometown of Salem.

I am a huge fan of Angelini’s Starcrossed Trilogy so when I found out that she was writing a new trilogy about witches, I was on board regardless of the story.

Trial by Fire did not disappoint. The writing style is incredibly easy to follow, it has a way of just bringing you in to the world and the story. Lilly is not the most likable character and but it didn’t take away from the plot at all.

When it comes to witch novels you tend to find that there is little explanation behind the characters abilities. It is simply magic. I adored the concept of Crucibles and Mechanics. To have some level of rhyme and reason behind a witch’s abilities made the read so interesting!

My only gripe with this first instalment is the ending. Josephine Angelini is notorious for painful cliff-hangers. Trial by Fire is dangerously close to not being finished. Luckily its sequel,  Firewalker, comes out August 27th, 2015.

Goodreads Average: 3.96/5.00 (Out of 6,189 ratings)

Review: The Hit by Melvin Burgess

The Hit | Melvin Burgess | Chicken House Publishing Stand Alone | 2.5 Stars | 303 pages | Young Adult Dystopia
Release Date: April 4th, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

“A new drug is out. Everyone is talking about it. The Hit. Take it, and you have one amazing week to live. It’s the ultimate high. At the ultimate price.

Adam is tempted. Life is rubbish, his girlfriend’s over him, his brother’s gone. So what’s he got to lose? Everything, as it turns out. It’s up to his girlfriend, Lizzie, to show him…”

Review:

I am not a huge fan of kicking off reviews on a negative point, but the fact of the matter is that this books is probably my least favourite read of 2014. This is not saying too much considering that all of my books previous to this one are not below 4 stars, but still, I had a hollow feeling of regret upon finishing.

As always, negatives out of the way first. This novel was an endless string of disappointment and missed opportunities for me. The possibilities were endless when it came down to what this could be. This book is essentially about suicide. A drug that youth are taking that is killing them after a week of the ultimate high is becoming more and more used and to be honest, I never really found out why. I think world building was non-existent. A fabulous and intriguing concept with poor execution.

The book focused on the characters journey more than the actual society. This was a huge mistake for me.

I had a certain level of empathy when it came to the characters. Again, there was not much development on their part. I basically did not want them to die, which is always a tribute to the author.

One positive element I found were the twists in the novel. I genuinely wanted to see where it went and how it finished. Although this novel was flawed, there was never a point where I didn’t want to read it.

If you want a quick read for entertainment value, this is the book for you. It was fast paced and the pacing was on point. I have heard amazing things about the rest of his books so I will definitely be checking them out.

Goodreads Average: 2.98/5 (Out of 598 ratings)