ARC Review: See How They Run-Ally Carter


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“Vengeance is like gravity for me. Always present, pulling me in a direction that I can no longer feel. It is simply the fact of my life, of who I am. Someday, though, I’m going to break free. And when that happens, I may very well just float away.”

“She looks toward a sky she can’t see, reaches out for a sun she can’t touch. One wing unfurled behind her, its tip long since rotted away. Her other wing is broken. And I know this poor angel will never fly again.”

synInside 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.

review3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss & Scholastic Press.

PROS: 

  • Grace has grown up a lot but is still flawed; that’s what makes her lovable and easy to identify with. She has doubts. But as the story progresses, she recognizes bold, and sometimes painful truths about herself. The girl is a poet. Some of her internal dialogue is stunning (see above quotes). She’s courageous, a risk taker, and pretty BA. She works through the lies and secrets, scrambling to get to the truth and she never gives up. She perseveres through everything. 
  • FINALLY. The tension has been building since book one and this book is even more intense. Grace and Alexei. ❤ ❤ ❤ Alexei is made of swoon. He’s always there for Grace, protecting her like an adorably, sexy guard dog. That accent, his general gorgeousness, and the way he slinks into the night and pops up out of nowhere. Hot, hot, hot. There are several moments where you’ll want to flip forward because of the anticipation and other, sweet intimate moments where you’ll want to strangle Alexei and say KISS HER ALREADY! Electric. absolutely, fantastically, off-the-pages lightning. 
  • Grace and her brother, James, open up to each other for the first time and it makes their relationship 10x stronger. James is a cautious and concerned older brother, he worries about his baby sister, treating her like she’s more fragile than she is. She’s precious to him, you can tell. Where Grace is always worried James will blame her for her mother’s death, never once does he look at her with anything but glowing love. Their bond is wonderful and solid. The scenes where they tease each other and share memories show a softer, younger side of Grace that came before her breakdown and loss of her mother. The playful, adventurous Grace that wasn’t bogged down by guilt and fear. 

CONS:

  • The plot twist felt randomly inserted and like a last minute add. So much that leads to the twist was thrown in towards the end that the result is pretty predictable. Yet, you’ll wonder, what’s the point? Is it even relevant anymore? 
  • All the secrets and history are revealed at once. While it connects, there are hundreds of questions and the answers are too few. It only leads to more questions and fury. It seems overwhelming, an overload because you’ll be plagued by so many information gaps.
  • There are numerous plot lines running simultaneously that don’t really work well together and make the story far less clear than it could have been. There story is unfocused and flits between different elements without and real guidance. The pieces are there, they just weren’t sorted well. 

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Happy reading,

Jordan

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