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.
Oh my beautiful book!
I have had this book on my TBR list for awhile now. I finally ordered it from the library, in attempts to find something decent to read. Honestly, when it arrived, I didn’t even know what it was about. I just knew it was clean and looked good. I’m so glad I read this.
The writing was impeccable. I love Ally Carter’s writing style. This was the first book I ever read by her and it won’t be the last.
I love the flashbacks of Grace and her mom. I feel like they really help the reader learn more about Grace and tap into her emotions.
Next, the characters.
Grace was well-written and believable. She had just enough definition so you can understand her and love her like I did. Most of that definition comes from what other people think of her, or what she thinks everyone thinks about her. It’s a very unique way to describe a character and I love it.
I read a few other reviews of this book upon finishing it and I saw people would think that Grace is whiny and annoying.
Um, did they even read the book?
Grace went through some major emotional trauma. She saw her own mother killed. Everyone thinks she is crazy. If I went through that, I’m sure I would be acting the same way.
But enough of that.
Let’s talk about secondary characters.
Do you ever have that one character that you can’t stand in the beginning, but by the end they are your favorite? That’s Alexei. In the beginning I thought he was a spoiled, annoying teenage boy. By the end I am in love with him. Weird how that works, huh?
In the beginning, I loved Noah. He was funny and cute and quirky. Then him and Grace got into that argument. Now? I don’t like him as much.
Rosie. I’m pretty sure she is like Rue’s (The Hunger Games) twin. So, naturally, I love her like a little sister.
Finally, a (no spoiler) look at the MAJOR plot twist, aka, the last chapter and cliffhanger ending. I never saw it coming. I can’t even explain it. You’ll have to read the book to understand it.
Overall, this is a totally clean book that will get you craving more. I totally recommend it for anyone 13+, due to a small amount of violence.