I am very disappointed in myself that it took me SO long to find this series. Ally Carters Gallagher Girls series is one of my favourites reads but Embassy Row might just beat it. Not sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but it blew them all out of the water.
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.
I know there are a few covers for this book, but the one I have included in this review is my favourite. The stars are a metallic and it instantly drew me into it. Then there is the blurb, I mean who can resist a protagonist who thinks her mother was murdered? One of my best friends got me the series for Christmas and I read one after the other.
This book is a mystery and has mini-teen-romance weaved into it. It's set in a world of Embassies, ambassadors and international political relationships, and how delicate they are. Grace has been sent back to her Grandfather, back to the embassy he runs and the country where she grew up, three years after the death of her mother in a fire. She had a breakdown, and while she is still grieving she is also very rebellious. Grace does not want to play host and dress up for anyone, even if they do send her to functions.
The story moves forward with Grace making discoveries about Adria and her mothers death. She knows theres some secrets surrounding the loss of her mother and Grace just won't rest until she had answers, especially if they back up her claim that it wasn't an accident. The ending of the book left me needing more. I'm not sure I liked the way this book ended, but I am glad I had books two and three to read straight after.
Ally Carter does a wonderful job of weaving fragments of Grace's memories into the story. This gives us a deeper understanding of her as a character and gives us a way to connect to her emotional. I also loved the other characters; Noah, Alexei, Megan, and Rosie. Noah believes Grace right off the bat about what she thinks happened to her mum and becomes her best friend. Megan is someone Grace used to play with when she was little and to start off with there's a bit of hostility between them. Rosie, she was awesome. A cute little button of a girl who is also badass.
Overall, this novel was a small let down, BUT it's still a pretty awesome story. Definitely glad I read the whole series.