Review: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter

24644814Title: See How They Run
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: December 22, 2015
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Digging up lost secrets is always dangerous.

For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother’s murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

On Embassy Row, power can make you a victor or a victim; love can turn you into a fool or a fugitive; and family can lead you forward or bury you deep. Trust is a luxury. Death is a very real threat. And a girl like Grace must be very careful about which secrets she brings to light.


Disclaimer: Minor spoilers for All Fall Down. 

Preface: If you have not read the first book, borrow it from your library, buy it at a bookstore, or convince your best friend to get it for you. If you’re interested in what I thought about All Fall Down, check out my non-spoiler free review here!  

While All Fall Down followed a thrilling chase to catch Grace’s mother’s murder, See How They Run focuses on a whole new mystery. (One of international proportions, one may say.) The risks are higher, the game more dangerous, and people less trustworthy. Once again, Grace is at the scene, but not necessarily in the spotlight. The higher stakes made this a faster-pace book, which I found made it easier to devour.

My favorite aspect, thus far, of the series is Grace’s characterization. Here you have a risktaker– maybe too much of one. She does not hesitate to act on what she believes is right. She trusts her gut. She tries to protect others. But….

At the same time, she is raw. Grace’s behavior was realistic and in line with how post-traumatic stress disorder manifests differently in individuals. Grace went through some life-changing revelations in All Fall Down and she has a lot to recover from. Her trust issues becomes 10x worse after realizing everyone around her has lied to her for years. She’s paranoid… or maybe, she’s not. That’s up to you to decide.

My heart honestly hurt for Grace at several different points because she wants to trust, she wants to fit in, but it’s not possible. One of the most heartbreaking moments was seeing Grace’s friend try to help and her pushing them away. Grace is fiercely independent and she doesn’t know how not to be. She’s not used to relying on others.

The growing tension between Grace and Alexei made me excited to see. Both are stubborn characters. While they compliment each other well, they still clash at times. Yet despite their compatibility, some scenes were brimming with miscommunication and secrets. It’s frustrating since I want nothing but peace and happiness for them!

My main critique is that it took Grace too long to figure out the mystery. The clues were all there if you paid close attention. Everything has a purpose.

See How They Run is a fascinating sequel that follows Grace as she learns there are more secrets in her past than she has begun to realize. With twists and turns at the corner of every chapter, you may find yourself having difficulty who and what to believe.

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