This exciting new
series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on
Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a
rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful
ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her
childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.
Now, at age
sixteen, she's come back to stay--in order to solve the mystery of her
mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy
of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her
foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.
I am a big fan of Ally Carter's Heist Society trilogy (sadly yes this is still just a trilogy at this point), so when I heard that she was coming out with a new series I was eager to get my hands on the first book. I didn't really care what the plot was about because I was convinced that I would thoroughly enjoy it. And I did...mostly.
Ally Carter has a way of creating quirky characters that I just connect with. They are the perfect combination of weird and relatable. Grace and her friends are no exception. Grace's mother's death has impacted her life immensely. Three years after her death she is moved back to Adria to live with her grandfather, the Adria Ambassador for the US. She becomes reacquainted with some old friends and makes some interesting new ones as well. Alexei, the Russian from next door, is her brother's best friend who feels the need to look out for Grace. I honestly wish their connection was more developed, but maybe that is coming later on in the series. Noah, who resides in both the Israeli and Brazilian embassies, takes it upon himself to become her best friend and he becomes someone she can share her darkest secrets with. Rosie, her German neighbour, is a spitfire and although she is twelve, she teaches the gang to be evasive when danger strikes.
I thought the plot was strong, although slow to start, and found myself really enjoying the read. I found myself wondering if my theories were correct and had to keep changing them to keep up with what was happening with the plot. I felt like this could have been a stand alone so I am not sure where the series will go from here. We'll just have to wait and see.