Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

24644814Title and Author: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

Series: Embassy Row #2 

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, 2015 Release

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published: 22nd December 2015

Ratings: download (1)


 

Summary:

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.

Review: I was really looking forward to this book because All Fall Down was the first book I reviewed when I started this blog and also because I love Ally Carter. Her books never seem to disappoint me so I had high expectations for the sequel. Sadly, I ended up really disappointed.

“This is my big brother, the boy who slayed all my monsters. But just as soon as I’m back on the ground, I remember: The monster is me.”

In this book, we finally get to meet Grace’s brother Jamie who is on leave from his military academy back in the US and as come to spend some time in Adria. Grace, however isn’t too happy to see her brother because she feels that now that she knows the truth about what happened three years back, nothing would ever be the same again. Not even her relationship with her brother.

Keeping that in mind, Grace spends more than half of the book whining and hating herself for what happened. I mean, I get it. I understand anyone would feel horrible but I don’t need to be reminded about it on every single page.

“history almost always repeats itself. And it is almost always written by men.”

Then half way through the book, Ally Carter introduces a 1000 year old secret society which has been and continues to influence all events that take place in Adria. This was just too ridiculous and yet I continued to read the book. But then Ally Carter went ahead and did the unforgivable. She introduces to the plot, a story of the baby princess of Adria who got lost (in a way) during a coup which took place 200 years ago. Naturally, even after 200 years have past, people are still curious to know what happened to the lost princess. Or better yet, whatever happened to her descendants. And ofcourse this curiosity turned out to be the reason behind why a few had lost their lives.

As much as I love Ally Carter, this book was too ridiculous. And the lost baby princess plot was the last straw. The only reprieve was that we get to see a lot more of Alexei and both Grace and Alexei seem to be a lot more closer to each other than before.

Final thoughts: I don’t know whats going to happen in the next series and frankly I don’t even want to know. I feel like the author herself doesn’t know what to do with the series anymore and frankly, I’d rather read a sequel to the Heist Society than a sequel to this.

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

22929578Title and Author: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: The Fixer #1

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 7th July 2015

Ratings: download


Summary: This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars. 

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.


Review: After being swamped by my university books for so long, I finally had time for leisure reading and I’m glad I chose this because I was sucked into the world created by Jennifer Barnes from page one.

“You’re telling me that my sister is a professional problem solver?” I asked tightly. “She just goes around, solving other people’s problems? How is that even an occupation?”
“Supply and demand?” Vivvie suggested. “Around here, we call them fixers.”

The Fixer tell us the story of Tess Kendrick who after living a quite life at her grandfather’s ranch is left with no choice but to move to D.C with her sister Ivy who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in three years. In DC, Ivy works as a professional problem solver for important political figures and when Tess joins Hardwicke, an elite school for the children of the rich and powerful, she soon realizes that the same is expected of her as well. Tess is an absolute badass. Shes strong, independent, incredibly smart and has a zero tolerance for bullying. She doesn’t intend to become a fixer but it soon becomes apparent that problem solving runs in the veins of the Kendrick sisters.

“Go away, Asher.”
“You say go away, I hear be my bosom buddy.”

Apart from Tess, even the other characters are very well rounded. Each and every character had an important part to play in shaping of the story and what I liked most was that all the characters had very different personalities. Tess’ group of friends included Vivie, who she becomes instant friends with at the very beginning, Asher, a troublemaker who seems to be everyone’s best friend, Emelia, Asher’s smart and resourceful twin and Henry, who doesn’t seem to like the Kendrick sisters very much.

The plot was absolutely terrific and intriguing!  Although it was a political thriller, a large theme of the book was centered around family and the relationship between Tess and Ivy. There were certain twist and turns that which would come as a shocker but unfortunately, I had already been suspecting them way before they were revealed. However, I’m sure I would have been completely blown away if i hadn’t been paying attention to little details. Another thing that I quite appreciated was the lack of romance. I like how the author felt that there was no need to throw romance into the mix as the mystery in itself was very engaging.

Final thoughts: The Fixer is an absolute page-turner. I really did enjoy reading it and I am definitely looking forward to book two!

Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Title & Author: All Fall Down by Ally Carter 81k35r7TWpL

Series: Embassy Row #1

Shelves: Young Adult,Contemporary,Thriller, 2015-release

Publisher: Scholastic Press  

Publication Date: 20th January, 2015 

Ratings:   4 stars


Summary: 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.

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