Title: Take the Key and Lock Her Up
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row
Previous Books in the Series:
1. All Fall Down
2. See How They Run
Date Started: February 13
Date Finished: February 16
Format: Hardcover from local library
Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed…or so everyone thought. Now Grace Blakely knows the truth: There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution—which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light. There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family, and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years, and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk. If she wins, she will inherit a throne. And if she loses, she will inherit the fate of all the dead princesses who came before her.
This was probably another one of my most anticipated releases last year. After the way See How They Run ended, I was excited to see what would happen to Grace and her brother next. But this book had the same problem that the other two did, it was a really slow start and it took me a few minutes to remember what exactly had happened in the last book – other than the cliffhanger ending. I also didn’t like the fact that you didn’t know who to trust, everyone had their own reasons for trying to ‘help’ Grace. The Society wanted to help her so that she wouldn’t spill the beans and make the world unstable. Ann wanted to help her because she was friends with her mother. And Dominic wanted to help her because he didn’t want her to meet the same end her mother did. Out of all three of those people only one was trustworthy, not that Grace realized it until it was almost too late in some cases.
However, I did like the dry sarcasm between the characters especially Grace and Alexei. I’ve been rooting for those two since book one and when they finally kissed in this one I was cheering on the inside. Then there was that nice little plot twist that could have ended really badly if Thomas – the crown prince of Adria – wasn’t one cool guy. I would have actually loved to know what happened to him after the ending. I know Grace said that no one was really going to know how he was for a few years, but I’m hoping that with Grace and her friends in his life that won’t be the case.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Another slow start with a very distrustful set of characters. A nice conclusion though to a good series.
Bookshelf worthy? Another book where the secret room is totally being misused. I would use it for my own personal library! Imagine the potential.