Sunday, 24 January 2016

Leave all your love and your longing behind, you can't carry it with you if you want to survive.


 See How They Run
Publication Date: January 14th 2016
Publisher: Orchard Books
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

Inside 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.

OHMYGOD. THAT WAS THE MEANEST CLIFFHANGER ENDING. Continuing on from All Fall Down, See How They Run builds up the history of Adria, and the history of the founders. Believe it or not, See How They Run is a lot darker than its predecessor, there are so many more secrets about Grace and Adria and more things out of Graces control than she likes (and we know how she acts when it comes to secrets).

Grace is...I hate to say broken, but she is completely broken. And it's what you'd expect from what she found out about the mystery surrounding her mother’s death and the scarred man. At least when she didn't know she had this thing to hold onto, to know she wasn't crazy, when everybody acted like she was. But I love her, she isn't entirely likeable, but I connect more with her than any previous Ally Carter MC's (Cammie post Only the Good Spy Young and Kat, Uncommon Criminals). Alexei. Oh, bloody hell, Alexei. We get more of him (yay!) but we also get more depth from him, and get to see his darker side.

What I love about Ally Carter, is the emphasis she puts on family. Never are they standard or perfect, they're broken and dysfunctional but they're strong. They're family, and it doesn't stop at blood. And in See How They Run we get to meet Grace's older brother, Jamie. And she tries her damn hardest to push him away, but he's always there pushing her back. They really feel like siblings.

WE HAVE SOME ROMANCE, if you were disappointed by the lack of romance in All Fall Down, you still might be, because honestly, there's no outwardly romance between Grace and Alexei. But what I seriously adore about the way Ally Carter writes romance is how she builds their foundation first. How she can write intimate and sexy moments without the characters even kissing, is beyond me.

See How They Run is fast paced, packed with shocking twists that you won't see coming until just before it hits you, family ties, and uh, more Alexei.

Rating: 5/5