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#97489 in Books Scholastic Press 2016-12-27 2016-12-27Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.40 x 1.10 x 5.90l, .0 #File Name: 0545654955336 pagesScholastic Press | File size: 62.Mb Ally Carter : Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, Book 3) before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, Book 3): 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. She does a great job of creating a suspenseful story-line and a nice ...By anonymousI've been a fan for Ally Carter's books for a long time. She does a great job of creating a suspenseful story-line and a nice mix of ensemble characters. More so than her previous series, in the Embassy Row series, I had a harder time relating to Grace. In the first book, specifically, Grace was a troubled girl, and not a particularly fun character to read about. I understood and appreciated that her narrative was written in a gritty, emotional way (going along with what her character had been through), but I missed her character development. In the second book, I again


felt like Grace as a character was overshadowed by some of the action of the plot. I'm happy to say, though, that in Take the Key and Lock Her Up, we finally see a Grace that can be happy and not let her grief weigh her down.That being said, this book was my favorite out of the series and the strongest by far!Pros: The pace of the book was quite nice, and the subplots all flowed together and were tied up nicely. I liked how certain tidbits of information from previous books (even just a sentence or two) came back to have a large part in this book. Grace and her friends grew up in this novel, and it was nice to see how the characters supported one another.Alexei was also a great plus of this book! The romance was nicely scattered throughout the book, and thankfully there wasn't too much angst between Grace and Alexei keeping them apart.Cons: I would have liked to know more about the Society, for its motives were not fleshed out fully. I honestly forgot about it in the scenes it wasn't mentioned, and I just wasn't sure what to think of it even at the end of the book.I wished Grace's other family would have been involved more, including her grandpa, Jamie, and Grace's dad. I really enjoyed Jamie as a character and understood he was injured for most of the book, but it seemed like he should have been more involved. It bothered me that Grace's dad was nowhere to be found-- you're telling me that his kids are being hunted by political leaders and he doesn't step in and try and protect him? And he's high up in the army but doesn't know anything? I get it if he wasn't informed, but seeing that a lot of the adults involved didn't tell him either was strange.Overall, this was the strongest book in the Embassy Row series and it was a nice wrap up of all the mysteries surrounding Grace and her friends!3.5/53 of 3 people found the following review helpful. Five Shining Stars to a Trilogy Well-Done!By Royally ReviewedTake the Key and Lock Her Up (2016) is the third installment in Ally Carters Embassy Row series, following All Fall Down and See How They Run. Once more, we plunge into the disturbed mind of teenage Grace Blakely in this fast-paced, nonstop international action/thriller for young adults.Grace and her brother, Jamie, have just learned a centuries-old secret about their true heritage, which threatens the royal family of Adria, the secret womens Society their mother once belonged to, and possibly the peace in Europe. With Graces Russian love interest, the stoic Alexei, the youths and their protector are on the run for their lives. Jamie has been seriously injured, and Grace fears the worst for her brother if he doesnt seek medical help. Desperate to keep him alive, Grace throws herself to the wolves, only to be met with an impossible compromise.This whole Embassy Row series really is excellent, and the third and final book pulled out all the stops. Everything major connected nicely in the grand finale, which was truly a nail-biter. I liked the whole nursery rhyme theme running through the series and how the rhyme held centuries-old answers. I also enjoyed that these books have a cast of characters full of brave, bright and powerful women. Take the Key and Lock Her Up has everything from our hardedged, not-your-ordinary narrator, action, international intrigue and a dash of romance, to high-stakes danger, fictional but fun history, and royal secrets. If you like the idea of an action series for teens with a darker twist on The Selection, mixed with the history of Anastasia Romanov, then these are the books for you! Five stars to a trilogy well-done. Id love to read more on Embassy Row.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A perfect political mystery to kick off a CW tv series, or a Disney movie...By Casey CarlisleA trilogy that culminated in spectacular form! It still reminds me of The Goonies, a bunch of teenagers pulling together against all odds, risking peril for their noble quest, Take the Key and Lock Her Up captured my youthful excitement with its drama, subterfuge and a European setting.The narrative dragged a bit for me continual repetition of clues, rehashing of the past, and Graces episodes all recounted in such efficacy that I ended up putting this book down numerous times because I just wasnt that into it. But thats the worst of it.I really liked Graces strength in this final installation of the Embassy Row trilogy. She was badass. Though I found her continually slipping into PTSD mode : her episodes, were becoming tiring. Id much rather see her come to terms with her demons earlier on in the piece. The whole wounded damsel thing was wearing thin. Especially when she was able to dismiss it and launch into terrifying situations in other moments. A little inconsistent from someone suffering the mental issues Grace was tackling.The mystery side of things is expert level 10! I loved all of the plot twists, how facts were revealed, it is truly the best part of this series. Carter really knows how to plot and pace a story.The rest of the Scooby Gang that featured so prominently in the first book, their relevance, and presence has slowly dwindled with each installment. To the point where I wasnt really believing their friendship by the conclusion of Take the Key and Lock Her Up. Grace manages to push people away and get so tied up in her predicament, she comes across as being a friend only when she needs their help for something. And dont get me started on her brother Jamie he felt like a prop, rather than a key person to the storyline and her motivation.The same can be said for the love interest, Alexei, I got so invested in them over the second book (See How They Run) of the trilogy, but didnt feel the magic here.I liked the twists and turns, but Take the Key and Lock Her Up felt like some of the antagonists were practically cartoonish. The novel, and series, feels more like a Saturday cartoon serial than realistic YA fiction. It lacked a certain maturity in the writing style. I think it could have been streamlined and something extra injected into the narrative to give it some oomph without isolating its demographic.It was fun, and I enjoyed Take the Key and Lock Her Up, but as you can gather from my review there is a tone of disappointment. Its like the complexity and character development has been decreasing with each installment. I really wanted things to go out in a mammoth climax. And while it was spectacular as far as plot goes, I did not connect so much with the characters this time. I didnt get that buzz when I finished the last page like I normally do.I wont say it was predictable because what I assumed was going to happen, totally didnt. I really think if I had been able to get emotionally invested


in the cast more, I would have given this a full five stars/kisses because the writing is marvelous, the story outstanding it was just slightly juvenile (which *cough* is totally is marketed demographic, so maybe I should just leave the room.)Definitely recommend this for younger YA audiences who love a mystery, lost princesses, action, and a bit of political intrigue. 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. Praise for All Fall Down (Embassy Row Book One):A New York Times Bestseller"Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." -- Publishers Weekly"Action packed and meticulously plotted, All Fall Down keeps readers guessing." -- Booklist"With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." -- School Library Journal"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." -- Kirkus s"Grace is a fighter, and she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her mother. Readers will love this first book in what promises to be an exciting, thrilling mystery series." -- VOYA "An amazing book." -- The Guardian

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