Into the worm's hole
Rating: 5 out of 5
Series book: Yes
Will I read the next one: Hells yeah
I AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN OF THREE THINGS:
1. I DO NOT COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHAT I JUST READ
2. I DO KNOW THAT IT WAS AMAZING
3. ALL FALL DOWN IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE READ
Let me just stop for a second and say, do not read this. Or at least, not right now. Unless you can handle a cliffhanger and then wait till who-knows-when, 2016 to read the next book. I, personally, can not. I will probably die between now and then because I am so confused. I don't like confusion. But when you do decide you want to read this book be ready for one hell of a ride. This is the definition of a good book. This is how you actually surprise people with an ending. Okay, on to why I loved this book so much, and a few reasons I didn't.
Ally Carter knows how to write crazy.
Ever read a book where the person may be crazy, or actually is crazy, and you don't really see the crazy? It's like everyone thinks they're crazy but they only ever act normal and you're just like, "so they're crazy because they did one thing one time?" It just really doesn't make sense unless the author can write crazy. And let me tell you, Ally Carter is a genius at that. Grace had some seriously wacko moments. In the beginning of the book she literally threw herself off a cliff. That's right. She's like, "what? I'm crazy. The water could be shallow but I'm willing to bet my head breaking into a million pieces that it's not." If you don't think that's crazy, you probably are.
Noah is my new best friend.
Another thing I loved about this book was one character in particular, Noah Estaban. Half Israeli, half Brazilian, all hilarious boy who is the best sidekick/best friend you could ask for. Seriously, how often do you meet a character who breaks into a girls room only to introduce himself as "your new best friend?" Sure, the breaking in part's a little weird but it's easy to overlook once you get to know him. And once you get past his initial hilarity, things get deep. You can tell that he's a really good friend and he cares a lot about Grace. It was almost weird, though, how quickly they got to real BFF status. It was like within a week Grace could trust Noah and Noah trusted and believed in Grace, no questions asked. It was like children in pre-school meeting. Me and my first best friend bonded over the fact that we colored the same way(as most of the population colors) and it seems that maybe Noah and Grace bonded over the fact that they can both sneak out through windows. There was also the fact that Noah is in love with Megan and that relationship was hilarious.
“Don't let the glitter fool you." She wiggles her shiny nails in the air, then taps her temple. "I'm up here"
HOLY MOTHER, that plot twist.
I still don't really understand what happened, or exactly how this series is going to continue. The ending was a slap in the face to say the least. I had guessed maybe ten pages before who was involved and then it turned out they were but not exactly and it was all very confusing. There is no possible way you can guess the ending of this book. The answers to what exactly happened to Grace's mother was such a plot twist, I literally started talking to the book. And that doesn't happen as often as you might think.
The one thing I kind of liked but at the same time didn't: Alexei
First off, Alexei is definitely swoon worthy. There will never be any doubt in my mind about that. The problem was how little chances you had to swoon over him. He was only in the book a handful of times but he could potentially have played a huge role in the book and maybe he will in the series. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully. Second, this is in no way a instant romance. I knew there was something there from the first page, but Grace didn't until the end and even then it wasn't really on her mind. I mean, she had a lot going on without having to think about the Russian next door. I'm just hoping their maybe romance will continue in the second book. If not I might feel a little cheated.
“For the first time I realize how perilous peace can be. I appreciate the tightrope that my grandfather has spent his whole life trying to walk. And now, more than ever, I grow terrified that I'm going to make us all fall down.”
“You’re following me,” I say.
“Yes, I am.”
“That’s really annoying.”
“I’m sure it probably feels that way, yes.”
I stop. “I can take care of myself.” Overhead, the gas in the streetlamp surges. It grows brighter, harsher. There are no shadows anywhere as he looks at me.
“That’s exactly what worries me.”
“Ok," he says. "First lesson."
Noah broadens his stance, taking his place firmly on the embassy side of the threshold. "in the United States," he says. Then, with both feet, he leaps on to the sidewalk. "Out of the United States." Quickly, he jumps back toward me. "In the United States." Another jump across the threshold. "Out of the United States. In. Out. In --"
"Is this the part where I hit you?”