All Fall Down by Ally Carter


All Fall Down  by Ally Carter (Embassy Row #1)

Ally Carter, author of the popular Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series, has written the first book in a new series: Embassy Row. Sixteen year old Grace has been sent to live with her grandfather, the American ambassador to the European county of Adria, while her Army father is deployed. Grace has not been to Adria for 3 years, when her mother died in front of her. While Grace has been told her mother died in a fire, Grace is sure she was shot by a man with a scar. Grace has resolved to stop reckless behavior from her younger years so her grandfather will be proud of her, but can’t seem to change her habits. Grace and other “embassy brats” whose parents represent different countries follow suspicious characters through ancient tunnels, sure they are on the track of a nefarious plot. What they find surprises them.

I have been a devoted fan of Ally Carter’s two series and am waiting for the next installment in this series.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson


The Mission Song by John Le Carre


The Mission Song by John Le Carre

Le Carre is a bestselling author and this was his 20th novel! His stories are about spies, international deceit and corruption, AND the almost futile attempts of people to make the world a better place. If you are into the spy, CIA, covert ops, MI5, KGB, secret service kind of mystery than he is an author for you. Also if you like to understand some of the underground machinations of how the world is influenced by the elites, then Le Carre is an illuminating author.

The Mission Song is centered around a man whose father was a missionary and his mother a woman from the Congo. He speaks many languages from continental Africa and works as a part-time, off the books, as a translator for the secret service. He is called to take place in a secret meeting being held as an attempt to stop a war from breaking out in an already war-torn part of the world. But nobody is who they seem and their motives are anything but clear. Enjoy!

Review by Sarah Rosenkrantz




Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

CodeNameVerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Spies get caught. Torture, confession. A wavy line between truth and lies. Betrayal. Friendship. A gruesome war that must be ended.

Divided into 2 parts, the first part of this book contains the written confessions of Verity, a Scottish woman radio operator, trained to be a spy, who is in Gestapo custody in France in Fall, 1943. She trades secrets like radio codes to be given backher clothes, even though she is still tortured but kept alive by Gestapo officer who forces her to write background of how she came to be in France. She gives details of her best friend Maddie, also a radio operator, who became a pilot and flew her to France for her mission. Other prisoners despise her as a collaborator. In part 2 the pilot Maddie starts by giving an account of landing her crippled plane in France after delivering Verity.

The best advice I can give readers is to be patient. Think of this plot as an onion, for the characters keep unfolding layers to the story, and nothing turns out to be as it seems. Only after reading the book all the way to the end did I understand the glowing reviews this book got when it was first published. I would ruin the plot by giving any more details except to say I would love to read it again, since there is more to appreciate in this book than a reader gets the first time through.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson