Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter, book cover and review
Take the Key and Lock Her Up is the third book in the Embassy Row series. Now these books aren't really serious, but they are fun and I enjoyed this new installment.

Grace is in hiding and soon on the run again, as we catch up with her.  She knows she and her brother, Jamie, are being hunted down so they can be killed before they can rightfully claim the throne in Adria. 

Grace wants nothing to do with being a princess or a queen, but she can't seem to convince anyone who matters.  She has to figure out what her mother knew and why she was killed.  There has to be a way to save her life and not be in hiding for the rest of it.

The plot sounds heavy, but reads like a very lighthearted book.  The danger never really seems real.  The scenario is way too far out to be taken seriously. There is romance and lots of action to keep your interest. Even though it seems like Grace can't trust anyone, there are her tried-and-true friends from the previous books that come to her aid.

I did feel a bit bored for part of Take the Key and Lock Her Up, even though it reads pretty quickly.  It just seems like more of the same--somewhat of a repeat of the first two books--even though we finally learn the secrets.  And, I had to know what was going to happen. Fortunately, there is a nice, comfortable resolution for Grace and her friends.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up will make much more sense if you read the first two books--All Fall Down and See How They Run. Fans of those books surely won't want to miss this one.

Published by Scholastic, 2016
Copy obtained from the library
327 pages

Rating: 3.5

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1 comment:

  1. I thought I would have an easy time getting students to check out this series so I bought all three books and couldn't talk anyone into reading them. Sigh. Our poor school library is really struggling against iPads and their luring influence away from books.


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