Book Review Minis: ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter & I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff
Posted 05/22/2015 by alicemarvels in Thriller
Ally Carter always manages to charm me with her stories of spies, thieves, and government conspiracies. All Fall Down introduces us to Grace, a damaged but relatable girl, thrown back into a world of political intrigue in the foreign embassies of Adria. Grace is tormented by her mother’s death, and the shadow of the Scarred Man, the vague memory of a villain who she believes killed her mother, looms large as she tries to re-adjust to life on Embassy Row.
We know that Grace is unreliable and in serious psychological distress, so I wasn’t quite as surprised by the ending as I should have been, but overall the setup for this series delivers, and has me on the hook for future Embassy Row adventures. And more Alexei, please!
It’s been too long since I read I Am the Weapon (back when it was called Boy Nobody), but I just picked it up again to refresh my memory before reading the next book, and remembered how much I liked it. Better late than never for a review – yes? Our unnamed assassin, who we’ll call Ben, is a seriously take no prisoners assassin, and I loved how uncompromising and ruthless he was about his missions – the violence and danger is not in any watered down for a YA audience, which I appreciated.
I liked his relationship development with Samara, the daughter of his next mark. Their relationship could have been cliched but it was handled well and worked well within the story. The plot was well done and surprised me often, and I loved the way it ended. After binge reading this (twice, now) I am excited to move on to I Am the Mission.