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All Fall Down

all fall downTitle: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row Book # 1
Recommended for: 6th Grade and up
Pages: 310 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CARTER, A. 

Synopsis:

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.

– (Scholastic)

Grace can only remember little bits about the day her mom died.  What she remembers is her mom being shot by a man with a scar. Graces’ family has been trying to convince her that her mom died in an accidental fire.  Is Grace crazy? Did she make the whole memory up? Who should she believe?  The first half of the book you are getting to know the different characters that live on Embassy Row.  The last quarter of the book is where most of the action happens. This book was enjoyable to read.  I was hoping for more action, but I can tell the author is laying the ground work for the next book.  I am putting this for 6th grade and up because a huge part of this book is dealing with Grace’s internal struggle with what she thinks she sees and what everyone whats her to believe happened.

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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Mysteries, Teen

 

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They All Fall Down

20527879-196x295Title: They All Fall Down
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Series: N/A
Recommended for: High School
Pages: 341
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction St Claire, R.

Synopsis: Kenzie Sumerall just found out she’s on the the list. The list of the top ten Veinna High Juniors who are “hotties”. Unsure how she made the list at all, let alone be fifth, Kenzie tries to brush away the extra attention brought on by the list. She could care less about all the parties or the power the list brings. All she wants is to continue on as normal and hopefully get into Columbia. However, any hope of that is shattered when the girls from the list starting dying one by one. Fluke accidents that seem just a little too suspicious. Could the theory that the list is cursed be true or something more sinister going on? And more importantly, can Kenzie figure it out before she’s next…

I was ultimately disappointed in this book. The concept was rather silly, but it was fast paced and full of action. One I could totally see reluctant readers running with. However, the slut shaming that’s included is ridiculous. It’s unnecessary and doesn’t add to the story at all. Instead it demeans girls for either being sexual or how they wear their eyeliner. I would have loved to have taken this one to the schools, but the slut shaming made that not possible. I would be extremely careful when recommending this one. (I did write up more on this for my blog, if you want to see the full post.)

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Mysteries, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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