ARC Review: All Fall Down




Title: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 5th, 2015
My Rating: 3.5 Stars


  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.
  Grace is the granddaughter of America's ambassador. Now sixteen, Grace has returned to Embassy Row, trying to find the "scarred man" who she knows killed her mother. With the help of Noah, Megan and Rosie, she will solve the mystery of her mother's murder.

  When I first read about this book, I was really excited because I loved Ally Carter's Gallagher Girl series. When I finally read this book, I was really able to enjoy it, however I think that were wasn't anything special about it. Compared to Gallagher Girls, this one really pales in comparison.

  While reading it, I was not really connected with the characters. The twist was really great though, but that was the only highlight of the whole novel. I bet the second book will be more exciting and interesting, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Becoming Rain Excerpt + Giveaway!

Becoming Rain
  Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. 

  When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. 

 Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. 

 As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to. 
Becoming Rain - Teaser 1

 Excerpt:

  “Let us know if you have any more problems.” Luke flashes that wide, charming smile that stalls my feet just a little.

  Still no mention of connecting again. In fact, I’d say Luke has gone out of his way to skirt the subject. He’s just not interested. That’s all there is to it. Or maybe he’s waiting for me to bring it up again. But if he’s not, then bringing it up will make me look desperate. I’m guessing he doesn’t like desperate women.

  Luke Boone has me in a tailspin. No target has ever had me second-guessing myself this much, this early. It’s just the pressure of the case, I remind myself. “I’m sure I will.” I take long, slow steps, ensuring my movements are sleek and appealing, the opposite of my frantic thoughts, as I desperately search for another hook, since nothing I’m casting has caught so far.

  “So, when did you say you’re cooking dinner for me?”

  I fight the urge to groan with relief but I can’t keep the smile from exploding across my face. “Whenever you call me.” I turn to regard him, to see his smug face—like he knew I was waiting for it all along, like he was toying with me—and nod to the sheet on his desk. “You have my number.”

  “I do.” His eyes twinkle. “I’ll call you soon.”

  Thank fucking God.

  I wait until I’m in my car and around the corner before turning off my wire and squealing like a fourteen-year-old who just got asked out to the movies. I dial Warner to debrief, my heart still racing. It’s standard protocol to call in after every meeting with my target. Up until now, I’ve had nothing but failure to report. And, while this may not seem like much . . .

  I think I’m finally in.

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Author Photo About K.A. Tucker:
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        
 
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Battle of the Covers #3 - Throne of Glass

  Battle of the Covers is a new feature in the blog wherein I judge books by their covers, literally. Here, I will compare two or more covers of the books in their different editions, judge which one I prefer, and leave a poll for people to vote in. In the next post, another cover will be discussed, plus the results of the poll will be announced.
  This week's book is Throne of Glass, a recent discovery of mine. I just finished reading this book, and I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to read the next books in the series, and I think Sarah Maas might be added to my favorite authors soon!

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  Cover #1 makes Celaena look like a weak, princess-y girl, and I totally disapprove. Cover #4 looks like it has something to do with winter. While it is pleasing to the eyes, I wouldn't pick it up if I pass it by. It is down to Cover #2 and Cover #3, in which Celaena looks badass in both covers, which I love. I think I love Cover #2 when looked at as a series, but I love Cover #3 individually. Luckily, it's the version that I own.

Final Verdict: Cover #3

Which cover is the best for you?
Cover #1
Cover #2
Cover #3
Cover #4


Results from last week:


Winner: Cover #3

Stacking the Shelves - February




Free from Amazon

Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Kids in Love by Nikki Godwin

Blog Tours

99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Soul Crossed by Lisa Gail Green
The Ghost of You by Amanda Buckhard
Eleven Weeks by Elana K. Arnold

Edelweiss & Netgalley

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Becoming Rain by KA Tucker

Traded

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Bought

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Bought from a booksale

Deception by CJ Redwine
Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
Revelation by Melissa De La Cruz
Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
The Van Allen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi


 Bookmark with my blog name on it! <3

Dress Up That Cover #28 - Cruel Beauty


  Dress Up That Cover is a new feature where I create an outfit based merely on the cover, not the story nor what the characters would wear. Colors of the outfit will all be taken from the cover design, so the books may be ones that I haven't read yet. All sets will be created via Polyvore.
  This week's featured book is Cruel Beauty, which I read and enjoyed save for the ending, despite most people not enjoying it. Anyways, here you go! :)


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