Publisher's Note:  

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)

by Ally Carter

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See How They Run (Embassy Row #2), is the second book in bestselling author Ally Carter's Embassy Row series. Having read the first novel All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1), nearly 2 years ago, I wondered if the sequel would be an easy assimilation. After a few pages it became apparent I didn't have the memory of an elephant. That called for a quick debrief. So after a cursory review of the first novel's last 30 pages I felt ready that I was up to date with the players and their positions, AKA the characters and their developed stance with the main character.

So here's the rundown. The novel begins where the first novel left off, mid-conversation in fact, and while the first novel in the series dealt with protagonist Grace, and her family's secrets and cover-ups, the second novel goes deeper into the conspiracies, but this time it's bigger--it's a whole country! Although the first novel hinted at something more substantial to Grace's mother's murder, the second novel blows it out of the water, especially the last page! Ally Carter is a master of the hook and grab – hooking readers with mysterious statements and then grabbing them with a discovery that is strange, but begins to make sense.

If you want to have a more enjoyable experience with Embassy Row #2, I suggest you get caught up with its predecessor, it will explain more of Grace's mental health background and why she is so self-deprecating. It will also help the reader feel more connected to the supporting cast since one of them comes out of the shadows and starts to become more of a major player in this book.

The setting itself, the country of Adria, gets more exposure in this novel as well. Although we got a precursory glance in the first novel, this second book really explores not only the terrain, but the history and how it connects to Grace and her family.

Luckily, I don't have to wait another 2 years to read the next book in the series as it has already been published. I can't wait to see how it all turns out in Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3).

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Report of character shooting another character resulting in a coma (this incident is mentioned throughout the novel); report of country's violent history; report of hit/murder for hire of character's parent (this is mentioned throughout the novel); report of teen character accidentally shooting their parent resulting in death (incident mentioned throughout novel); extended scene (about 1 page) male characters fight one another, punching, blood and injuries mentioned (fight and injuries are mentioned a few times); threats issued; report of murder; characters see a dead body; characters discuss the possibility of a character being murdered; report of royal family (including children) being murdered by an angry mob (this report is talked about a few times throughout the novel; extended scene (about 2.5 pages) group of people attack an individual, blood and injuries mentioned; extended scene (about 1 page) character tends to another character's stab wound; automobile explodes, report of driver dying, explosion meant for another character (mentioned few times within in the novel); character is threatened with murder; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters discuss the possibility that another character may be a murderer; character injured in a deliberate attack, major injury, bloody description; character playfully hits another character.

Sex/Nudity:  Flirtatious wink; flirting; characters kiss; flirtatious touch on face; sibling asks their younger sibling if a character took advantage of them (sexual reference); extended scene (about 1 page) characters embrace and kiss; characters embrace (2x); hold hands (3x).

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Murder/murder investigation, mental health/PTSD, parent(s) death, conspiracy/espionage/secret society.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A few mentions of encountering drunk individuals in the street; character drugs another character; teen character mentions taking prescribed anti-psychotics.

Reviewed By MaryLou
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