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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
That’s right, I finally got around to reading this, after it sat on my shelves for almost three months. Ally Carter has once again lived up to my expectations and surpassed them, bringing a compelling read. Honestly, I don’t know how she does it…this women is unfairly talented in the writing department.
But anyways, the heroine, Grace, is different from the rough-and-tumble Cammy of the Gallagher girls, or the smart, sly Kat of Heist Society. Grace is suffering from PTSD, and despite her daredevil personality, she’s really quite fragile.
It’s interesting how the world of the Embassy works. When Grace was younger she broke her leg in three places leaping (and falling) from the walls of Germany and Canada. You can be on the American soil one minute, Russian the next, French the next.
All the minor characters are interesting, too. I wanted to slap Alexei a couple of times, Noah is a loveable dork, and I’m sensing a possible love interest. I kind of ship them. Not completely, yet, but kind of.
I’ve read reviews that say this book is a badly written teen drama, but the thing is, all of my teen friends who have read it have loved it. It’s supposed to be a fun, summer-vacation type read like her other books.
Also, this book has one heck of a twist that made me put down the book for a minute just so that I could process it. I need the next book. Right. Now.
Speaking of, I’ve got this theory that Grace’s mom went to Gallagher academy. I might be totally wrong but…it makes sense.