My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: December 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Super Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary, Romance
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.
There is no denying that this is no ‘‘The Gallagher Girls.’’
The story isn’t the same, the characters aren’t the same, the pacing isn’t the same, and even the writing doesn’t quite read the same.
But if Ally Carter does something well, it’s create completely distinct storylines.
This is the sequel to ‘‘Embassy Row.’’ It picks up immediately after the ending of book one, after Ms. Chancellor’s revelation.
I’ll have to say I liked this a little more than the first book. Ally Carter really wrote a fast-paced story here. Because it was fast-paced, I read it almost in a single shot, despite some annoying scenes.
Although I didn’t think it possible, there is more drama than in the first book. It makes things very intense. Maybe this is why Grace seems to always be in a state of dementia sprinkled with lots of reckless behaviour.
But I was quite entertained by that, I must admit. I can criticize Grace all I want about being extremely immature, suicidal-almost and single-minded, but I’ve got to say it’s fun watching her fall into traps and getting herself in danger over and over again.
Though there still is romance in this book, it is much less prominent. Thank God, because Alexei is just not my cup of tea. What is happening? I loved the romance in ‘‘The Gallagher Girls,’’ and I know Ally Carter can do better. So why doesn’t she?
Not a perfect sequel, but a good one regardless.
Also, huge cliff-hanger. You’ve been warned.
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