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The Key

(Secret Defenders #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her. She’s young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love. She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, but instead she is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare and a very real stalker. But all that changes with Chase Donovan.
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Published (first published December 16th 2010)
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Midu Hadi
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: young adult fans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Warning this is going to be long - mostly because I feel the need to completely express why I am so disappointed with this book after having the pleasure of receiving a copy of the work from the author due to problems with my kindle edition.

This story does have original points and ideas, but it is also the same as everything else. Original elements include the addition of gryphon shifters and the mythology about the gryphon tribes and the human families who could lead to the freedom or their do
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: R2R
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book as a part of Read 2 Review program.

When the story began, I had high expectations. I thought I was going to love it. In the end, it fell short and giving it three stars is generous. Why am I being generous? Because the story had so much potential. I’ll begin with the good things. The mythology for the paranormal entity was original and had my interest peeked. The trajectory of the romance was great (however see the spoilers). Unfortunately, it didn’t make up for the bad.

Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Key by Felicia Rogers

Felicia Rogers has created this book around a different type of paranormal creatures; there are no vampires or even werewolves in her story she introduces us readers to the world of the Gryphons.

This is a paranormal mystery/romance book and it’s a nice change to read a story about a different type of paranormal creature.

So we are introduced to Maddie a senior attending a new high school, with no friends not even a locker to store her books in. She rides her bike home ev
I want to thank the author and the R2R program for giving me a copy of this book.

Reviewing this book is really going to be hard for me. WHY?
If you check this book here on GR you will see it as part of a List BOOKS THAT GET YOU HOOKED. Well, I agree, this book got me hooked from the very first page, though I am not really sure why. Now don't go judging me, but I personally don't think the story is original, it did remind me a lot of TWILIGHT, and I did have some issues that bothered me a lot. Bu
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-n-reviewed
I didn't know this when I started this book but The Key is about SHIFTERS!!! And we all know how much I love my forever changing, most of the time furry friends, and the take on a whole new bread of shifters was no exception.

Maddie lives with her great-grandma after losing her parents in a house fire. She tried desperately to save them before she somehow ending up sitting in the grass outside her home surrounded by fire fighters, paramedics, and flashing lights...not really sure how she got ther
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I got this book through Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics Group for R2R.
I hate giving a bad review. If I can't get into a book, I usually don't review it.

When Twilight first came out, the series made it okay for two people to feel an attraction out of no where. To be honest, it should be criticized for this reason. Here's the deal with The Key - it follows the path of Twilight but in a way that made no sense. As soon as I started this novel, I couldn't help but notice a f
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Key was such a cool story to read! A modern fairy tale full of adventure. And of course there is a great love triangle. Maddie and Chase are both new in school and instantly drawn to one another. With the presence of Maddie's stalker around, Chase feels the need to protect her. Little did he know, this need to protect Maddie was stemmed from a war long before his time. Maddie soon learns more details about her parents death, and that she is in the middle of a paranormal war. Her and Chase st ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The Key is a story about Maddie who is now living with her great grandmother after her parents died in a fire. She has been at her new small town school for two months, but has made no friends. On the same day two new boys start at school and both take an interest in Maddie. Chase is protective of Maddie immediately, while Dougal is strange, staring at her all the time and it creeps her out. Well without giving away the whole story I was very surprised that it was a new take on paranormal. No va ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! I don't think I can write a review on this book. I just read about the author and discovered that she has grown children. I thought she was a young girl by the way this story reads. Listen I don't want to say anything mean so I will say this, the editor and publisher should be ashamed of themselves! The idea of the story is great and the characters are very likable. This could have been a wonderful book if it was put together correctly. This is just my option and God bless the author for ha ...more
Kathy Coleman
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Truth: deciding to review a book that I don't buy makes me nervous. Another truth: making sure that something gets from one mailbox to another makes me even more nervous. I don't drive and relying on people for things has never been my strength. I actually made my family sign an agreement that they will haul butt to the post office and make sure this keeps moving. It's on the fridge right now. I'm serious.

But no signature would guarantee that I wo
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I received a copy as part of the Bloggerhood of Traveling Book Tour from Paranormal Wastelands. I had heard really good things about it and I found the green eyes on the cover intriguing.
*sigh* Unfortunately the book did not live up to the hype.
The really sad part is I actually did like parts of this book, however the parts I did not like were impossible to ignore.
Okay first let me comment on the parts I did like.
I liked the idea of the stor
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.

Maddie is struggling from day to day as an outcast after moving in with her grandmother due to a haunting family tragedy. Her world gets tipped upside down again when two new students make an appearance on the same day, both of whom can't seem to leave her alone. Chase takes on a role as her knight in shining armor while Dougal gives her the creeps. I don't want to give anything more away because a lot of my enjoyment in reading this boo
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about The Key? It's amazing. I am going to try and break down all of the reasons why without spoiling the story for anyone.

Firstly, the plot was awesome. I was always guessing. I really mean always. Felicia Rogers has a gift for delivering suspense and plot twisters. Your perspective of characters change until the end of the book and even at the end more secrets were revealed.

Also, the characters were written perfectly. Chase was a character I know I'd have a crush on if he wa
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is a sweet story of love and loss, betrayal and redemption, and hopes and dreams.

This book is about Maddie, a teenage girl who is relatively new at school, having moved in with her great-grandmother after the death of her parents a few months before. Maddie is very lonely, having trouble making friends at her new school and grieving for her parents, and she keeps to herself. Then one day, not one but two new guys show up at school and show Maddie attention, maybe too much attention. Ch
Read Phoenix
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Read by: Darkfallen
My favorite Blog Paranormalwastelands is hosting this amazing book tour! If you are interested in reading The Key please click the link below! Darkfallen & Greta will give you the 411. F.Y.I. You do NOT have to be a blogger!


A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her. She's young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love. She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, b
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Key
by Felicia Rogers (Goodreads Author)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her. She’s young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love. She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, but instead she is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare and a very real stalker. But all that changes when Chase Donovan, an Air Force brat with a protective streak, shows up at school. Will Chase be
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, thank you to Paranormal Wasteland, Darkfallen & Greta, and the author, Felicia Rogers, for providing such a good book to travel to various places! I really enjoy being part of the bloggerhood-of-traveling-book-tour and it is such a great way to get a book out to the public and one I would normally miss out on.

Now down to it.

As I said, this is a really good book. The excitement starts at the very first page and doesn't let you go until the very end; and even then, I wanted
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Key is a great Young Adult book about love and mystery. Maddie is a 17 year old high school girl who moves in with her great-grandmother after her parents are killed in a tragic fire. Her grandmother is the only person she has until Chase moves to town. They are drawn to each other, and he feels the need to protect her. Chase is the boy all teenage girls dream about.

Chase and Maddie have great chemistry together, but no romance is complete without a few challenges. Maddie is the typical dams
Jessica Bronder
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The last several months of Maddie’s life has been terrible. She has lost her parents and has moved in with her great grandmother Draoi and starts the middle of her senior year in a new high school. She is not popular and has become a loner. Then she discovers a new guy sitting in her seat. Dougal is in every class with her, always ends up in her seat, then stares at her through the class. She also meets another new student, Chase. She is drawn to him with is electric touch and he can’t seem to g ...more
Sana Noor
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
With witches, werewolves and vampires roaming around in almost every novel, Felicia takes a risk and writes about something completely out of the blue...Gryphons! I guess that was the icing on the cake. Never had i imagined a person transforming into one, but when i read about it, lets just say it was awesome!

I really enjoyed this read. Once I got started I couldn't seem to put it down. But i'll also be very honest, the descriptions seemed kind of rushed and if you're not reading the book with a
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
First, I’d like to start by saying that I love YA novels. “The Key” combines the paranormal with mystery and I enjoy both elements separately and together. I was hooked on this novel as I made my way through the beginning chapters. Teenage drama, popularity contests, angst, possible 3-way love triangle and the like filled the first 8 chapters. Then Chapter 9 happened!

The plot became choppy and rushed. Transitions within the storyline became a bit uncomfortable to me and they didn’t flow smoothly
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I liked this book a lot. It was a refreshing story line with a new line of paranormal creatures. The story hooked me and pulled me in. The reason I only gave this book 3 stars though were a few issues surrounding the characters.

1.) Maddie was not a very strong character. I felt the book actually should have focused in on Chase as the main character with Maddie as a supporting actor. She just wasn't super believable and came across very weak for most of the book (and she made some horrible decis
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought The Key by Felicia Rogers was Great!! It has action, romance, paranormal creatures,good vs evil.! It is one of those books that will pull you in from beginning to End,
The storyline was well put together. I loved each of the characters, personality. The love story between Maddie and Chase (loved) was AMAZING, they have great chemistry from beginning to end. They are destined to be together. Chase Donovan is officially my hero, he's handsome, protective, loving,and would do anything for
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was immediately wrapped up in this book. I like that this book didn't have a lot of fluff in the beginning, and got right into the plot. I enjoyed the characters of Maddie, Chase, and even Dougal. From the beginning, I thought there might be more to Dougal than the typical 'bad guy' character, and I was pleased to be somewhat right. I would have liked more time for his character to change, and see where that might have taken him.
I also liked that this was different from other paranormal rom
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Maddie has had a rough life. She is a senior in high school and is living with her great grandmother in an apparently dilapidated home. She rides a bike to and from school much to the delight of the bullies. Her parents have died in a fire and she feels like if she develops attachments for anyone, they too will be taken from her.

Enter Chase and Dougal who both take an interest in Maddie. Her life drastically changes at that point. Strange things begin to happen and she discovers that she is "the
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Key was a wonderful, fast pasted book. It was full of action, mystery, paranormal elements and of course, romance! I adored this story from beginning to end and im looking forward to reading more books by Felicia. Maddie has faced many challenges. First her parents die, she then moves to her grandmothers; goes to a school were shes invisible, deals with horrible nightmares and lives the life of a every day high schooler. Things couldnt possibily get worse, or could they? Chase and Dougal mov ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Maddie needs a hero. Her hero comes in the form of Chase Donovan; the love story begins from here. Chase makes for a great hero, he's charismatic, handsome, protective, loving, etc... and the author doesn't overdo these qualities-he still seems human. The novel switches the point of view from Maddie to Chase, giving the reader the opportunity to view both of their thoughts and decisions. Maddie has a few rough edges, but this just adds to the appeal. The plot is very unique for a fantasy YA nove ...more
Rhonda Helton
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Vampires? Dragons? Witches? NO.....try Gryphons! I was on the edge of my seat half way through this book, not knowing what was going to happen next. Madelyn Clevenger is a teenage girl who lost everything. Or did she?
She moves to a new town to live with her great-grandma, it isn`t long until she meets a special boy who has just recently moved to the same town. their connection is strong from the begining, maybe too strong! Chase Donovan feels a sense of protection
Penny Estelle
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got the opportunity to read The Key by Felicia Rogers. What a story! Not sure what I can and cannot say in a review, so as not to give anything away, but here goes.

This story is about a high school senior which, due to tragic circumstances, lives with her grandmother. She is alone and friendless. Two new boys come to her school, both wanting her attention, but for two very different reasons. One dark and foreboding, the other, determined to be her protector. One wants her life, the other want
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