See How They Run by Ally Carter ||Festivals and Fire


Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions–from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace’s 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.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

I didn’t like this book as much as I did All Fall Down. It’s sad, but true. Especially since I read All Fall Down the day it came out and so I had to weight a year for See How They Run.

Some things I didn’t like:

  • Noah, Megan, and Rosie were barely in the story. They popped up once or twice, sure, but not like in the previous book, and in the previous book I got really attached. It was kind of like they were shunted aside in favor of new characters.
  • There were some parts that felt unnecessary, and like they were only there to make the book longer.
  • Spence. HE felt unnecessary.
  • And there were a couple of times that really didn’t make sense. Like, I get that Adria is a fictional country and all, but I very much doubt that the guards at the palace would let a teenage girl bring in a bleeding teenage boy without questioning her, even if her mother was best friends with the Adrian princess.
  • While in the first book, Grace very much was the fragile, hurt little girl. You would never really know what she would do next, which was what made her so interesting. She was still kind of like this in this book, but she came across as more “stupidly brave”, rather than scared.
  • The plot twist in the end? Yeah, not that great. It was a surprise, sure, but it was a surprise because THERE WAS NOTHING EVEN HINTING TO IT. Because of this, I can’t help but wonder if it’s not true.

Some things I did like:

  • Alexei. Apparently he isn’t the ass we thought he was in the first book, and is actually this super interesting, sweet person.
  • It was nice to get to know Grace’s older brother, Jamie, too.
  • The festival, and the whole idea behind it. It just had this very raw, slightly dangerous feeling about it, partly because of what it celebrates and how it’s celebrated.
  • Just the overall feel of the story. Ally Carter has really nailed the writing style for this type of book, and I was never bored, just a bit skeptical.

So, yeah. This book wasn’t as good (sadly) as All Fall Down, but it wasn’t boring or bad, either, so if you liked the first, still read this one.


So, blogglings! Have you read See How They Run yet? If you have, do you agree/disagree with my review? Am I right and is Adria a fictional country, or am I worse at geography than I thought? And, finally, any spectacular plans for this, the second and last day of the weekend?

Happy Sunday,


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