Release: January 27, 2015 from Scholastic
Anyone who knows me as a reader is probably acquainted with my undying adoration for Ally Carter. As one of the most intelligent authors I have ever encountered, she never fails to make me love every part of each new novel she writes. However, one aspect of her stories always stands out—their sophistication, their brilliant plotting and references to clandestine spying or thieving terms.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 an 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 all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
What I like about this cover is the way it showcases that signature sophistication. While Carter's other covers are far from juvenile, this one has the aura of something out of a government file. The watermarked logo stamped across the sky gives the image an official sense that girls in plaid skirts or sunglasses cannot quite capture.
Combined with a crackled font that promises the kind of suspense and plot twists only Carter can deliver, this cover's grown-up feel has me more excited for the book than I thought possible. Still recovering from the conclusion of the Gallagher Girls series, I am beyond ready for All Fall Down. And if its cover is any indication, I have no doubt it will live up to the author's previous stories.