Monday, October 27, 2014

Before I Read All Fall Down

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers nearly as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Release: January 27, 2015 from Scholastic
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.
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.

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.


  1. Haven't read Ally's books (yet) but given how much she is well loved by reader friends, I'm banking on loving her stories and this one sounds SO good. Cannot wait. :)

  2. I really enjoyed Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series, so I'm definitely anticipating All Fall Down! I didn't realize Carter was writing another book until I saw this post, so now I'm really excited! And I do agree with you, the cover is to die for- it draws me in and puts me in the story, even though I haven't read it yet.
    Thanks for the kind words on my blog earlier, by the way! I really appreciate it:)

  3. I really enjoyed all of Ally Carter's YA books so far, and I am definitely excited for All Fall Down! Looking at the cover and the synopsis, I feel like this will have the signature Carter writing style, but will also deal with much more mature subjects/situations than the Gallagher Girls OR Heist Society. Cover wise, I also feel that this book mirrors a lot of adult suspense government thrillers/spy/thief stories. I personally don't find it as appealing as the Heist Society covers, but the mature tone of the covers has me excited for some pretty awesome action!

  4. I haven't read anything by Ally, but I do think this cover seems a bit more grown up. I think my sister would enjoy it.

  5. I've only read one book by Ally Carter, and although I didn't really like it that much, I do think I'll try some of her other books! There are quite a few authors where I'll really dislike one of their series, but love another. Hopefully Ally Carter will be one of those authors! :)

  6. I haven't read anything by Ally either (the Gallhanger Girls series always seemed a bit...juvenile to me), but this sounds like the absolute real deal! The cover is fantastic, and I'm crossing my fingers that what's inside is just as wonderful! Thanks for sharing Emily. :)

  7. I loved reading all of Ally's other YA books (especially the Heist Society ones). I can't wait for this one. And the excerpt she shared isn't helping me be patient. January is way too far away!

  8. So I've been reading your blog for a while and I'm quite a big fan so, not to be embarrassing but uh :3 I tagged you in the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award :D HERE: Drop me a link if you do the tag :D GREAT WORK


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