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The Key

(True Reign #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,950 ratings  ·  493 reviews
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he ha
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published November 16th 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published November 15th 2013)
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Paula You can also request the books through your local library. They should be able to use the inter-library loan service. Looks like book 2 is in 36…moreYou can also request the books through your local library. They should be able to use the inter-library loan service. Looks like book 2 is in 36 libraries worldwide; book 3 is in 33 libraries. ILL service is free to patrons. Good luck!(less)

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Katerina
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katerina by: Diana Ouma
Shelves: fantasy
“The word is to be prepared.The key will arrive.We must all be ready.”

A conquered kingdom.
A nation on the brink of civil war.
A soldier prince tired of killing.
A lost heir.
And a court full of enemies.

The result?Young Adult fantasy at its finest.

“Surely,fighting for what was right and what one believed in was worth the risk.Because if no one stood up against this tyranny,it would continue until they eventually lost their land,livelihood,and homes.”

Seventeen years ago,Greenwood Island fell
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Ben Alderson
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away.
As a fantasy lover, this had it all. Kings, Castles, hidden princesses and a killer romance. Oh and the CLIFF HANGER AT THE END OMG JENNIFER HOW COULD YOU!

Jokes, love you and this book.

A engrossing fantasy with a kick ass female protagonist that would put Beyonce's confidence to shame. Wonderful world building and interesting story telling. Give me the rest of the series.
Norah Una Sumner
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I am completely disappointed. What a one-dimensional story. Not everything is black and white. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. The mystery was too obvious and the insta-love made me want to stop reading it. I just...I just don't even know what to say. I don't want too sound too harsh or anything but the writing wasn't that good and the characters were either brave and perfect or evil and completely flawed. I am probably not going to read the sequel. Also, everyone who's saying
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Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, ya
4.5 Stars

Here’s a few things you need to know about The Key when you start it. It’s a series, so yes the book will end on a cliffhanger. I’m not spoiling anything from you because that warning was screamed at me prior to reading the book.

This is a YA book, so the steam is not there and the romance is mild, but plenty good in my opinion.

There’s a lot that goes on in the book, but it worked for me completely.

Reading YA fantasy books are something you have to be in the mood for and I was on the hun
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Rottgrl88
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy


This was a book series that I purchased on a whim after having read the synopsis on Goodreads. One day while trying to fulfill a minimum purchase amount for free shipping with an online book order, I made the decision to purchase this entire trilogy. After having read the first book, I am happy that I did.

I found the writing style to be easy flowing and intellectual. I actually found myself having to look up a word or two during this reading process as I had no idea what it meant in the context
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Stacie
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favies
I can pretty much sum up this book the following way: DAMNYOUCLIFFHANGERSBUTHOLYHELLTHATWASAMAZEBALLS.

I went into this book knowing it was outside of my typical genre. I honestly anticipated a bit of a fluffy Romeo and Juliet-esque type of read. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Jennifer Anne Davis absolutely blew me away with The Key. The character development was phenomenal, the plot was an absolute page turner and the heroine was probably one of my ALL TIME favorites. It is typically very har
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Alaina
The Key was an amazing book. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time.

This review will have a ton of spoilers - so don't read it if you haven't read the book yet.

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bibliophile (Romance Addict)
DNF at 60%

Okay.. I really tried to finish reading this book. There were so many great reviews, but this didn't work out for me. I really hoped it would, but there were so many tropes and cliches I couldn't handle. So I really don't want to be harsh while reviewing this, but at the same time, I must explain few reasons why this didn't work out for me.

✖ The inta-love is so instant that the moment they looked at each other they were in love. They barely spoke, and directly afterward, the MC's tho
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Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4.5 Stars

I loved THE KEY so much! I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not because it didn't sound fantastic, because it did, but I kept putting it off for years, thinking it was one of those books that sounded fantastic, but turn out to be a load of junk. But I am so happy to say that was NOT the case here with THE KEY! Not at all, the complete opposite to be exact!

The world-building is what captivated me from the very beginning. I love a thick-plotted world with evil kings
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Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Are you in the mood for an all-absorbing fantasy series? This book has EVERYTHING I wanted in an easy-to-binge and pick up novel.

-Relatable, fierce, and admirable characters
-Enticing plot
-Stellar writing
-Plot twists galore
-Action
-Court politics
-Searing romance

Pick this one up!!
Paula
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-faves
I somehow stumbled upon this freebie yesterday. Holy hell, this book is fantastic!! I love finding these unknown gems.
And bonus...the trilogy is complete! On to book two!
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This book definitely could have used some more editing and I would have enjoyed it infinitely more if it had felt more...eloquent. It's supposed to feel medieval, with castles and sword-fighting, but the dialogue is so modern, with the exception of a "my lady" thrown in here and there. But otherwise, I loved the sassy heroine and the prince whose loyalty was being tested and just the overall premise, though it's definitely not the first time I've read about a kingdom overthrown by another power- ...more
Amber
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Key is a riveting and breath-taking journey of an ordinary young girl who turns out to be anything but ordinary. Her story is one of bitter betrayal, profound love, and fierce determination. It is not one to be ignored or taken light, so heed this warning. Now, enter this story at the risk of your own heart, but don’t let that make you shy away from the adventure and passion that awaits you.

Rema could be considered as just another peasant girl. She was raised by her aunt and uncle into the s
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Tamara
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was like a pot of all the books I love. It was a bit slow, but the story made up for it.
Selina
Feb 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1.5 Stars

I'm being generous with my grade. Yes, the premise was interesting and the writing made it easy to breeze through the book. However, there wasn't much book to breeze through. Not much happens in my opinion. The characters were not very complex and it was obvious who the good guys and bad guys were. No real character development. No world building outside the bare minimum. Not enough description overall.

I was very intrigued about 'the key' but the author didn't delve into that my
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Laura
DNF at 20% - it was just too annoying. annoying characters, annoying plot, annoying world ... got no time for bad books
Ann (annreads)
“Surely,fighting for what was right and what one believed in was worth the risk.Because if no one stood up against this tyranny,it would continue until they eventually lost their land,livelihood,and homes.”

Well that was a quick read! Even though not much happened in this first book, it got me really invested in the story and the characters pretty much right from the beginning! With that said, I’m curious to see how things will play out in the next books *give me all the character development ple
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BookLoversLife
I devoured this book but OMG that ending!!! I was left dumbstruck that it ended how it did! I hate cliffhangers in books but this book is too good to hate! Everything about it was amazing!

I'm not going to say too much about the plot for fear of ruining it so I'm going to just start with everything I loved!!

Rema was such a sweetheart and I loved her character. She is so nice and sweet but she isn't afraid to stand up for herself and what she thinks is right. My heart broke for her when she was "r
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Jennifer
Seventeen year old, Rema, has been raised by her aunt and uncle in the woods. She is young and a little wild and loves horses. Fate puts her in the paths of the brother princes of the kingdom. Darmik is the younger. He is commander of the king's army and surprisingly kind. Lennek is the Crown Prince, cruel and sadistic. Lennek is ordered by the King to choose a commoner as a wife, and to spite his younger brother (who showed mild interest in her), chooses Rema. Of course, he kills her fiance and ...more
Cheer Papworth
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
4 1/2 stars: The Key (True Reign #1) is the story of Rema, the lost princess hidden as a commoner and the face of a revolution against the evil King. Only problem, Rema does not know her royal status and she is in love with the King's son Prince Darmick and engaged, against her will, to the King's wicked eldest son Prince Lennek. This story is a tangled web of secrets hidden in royal tattoos and anagrams. It is an easy, clean read that I would highly recommend to all ages and it is totally appro ...more
Dvora
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I love when an author can go from writing one style to another and Jennifer Anne Davis did it beautifully! This book is so different from The Voice and that would be a difficult book to top. But she accomplished that goal! This book is full of action, suspense, and my favorite, love. Her writing is so beautiful, it made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I felt the bonds that were created between the characters and the pain of the secrets that were kept from each other. I highly ...more
Rebecca
I found this little gem while cruising Audible and was instantly hooked! If you're a fan of YA Fantasy, I can't recommend this one enough. It has a tough but likable heroine, a strong hero, and villain I loved to hate. The storyline flows really well and found myself unable to put it down. It has a great cliffhanger, and I'm diving right in to book 2.

Thanks to Paula for confirming this book's greatness!

Audible Notes: Loved the accent of Michelle Michaels! She is an excellent narrator.
Katie McNally
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5
Overall I thought The Key was a pretty decent book. It had a. nice plot, a little romance and a little mystery. The only real reason I gave this book a 3.5 star instead of something higher was that Jennifer Anne Davis seems to have a bit of a show don't tell issue in the novel. There were several instances where I wish she would show us the information rather than explaining it in a narrative, or have one of the characters explain it. It would have made for a much better and en
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Megan Olguin
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
This book has everything I love!
Handsome prince.
Strong willed and stubborn heroine.
Politics, pretty dresses, betrayal, jealousy, secrets.... I can just go on and on. But you can read for yourself FREE on your Amazon Kindle! So really you have NO excuse not to try it and see how you feel!

Rema was so easy to fall in love with. Full of life and confidence, yet a realistic person. She's not super strong, no powers, can't fight. She's just a normal girl forced into this horrible situation
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Michelle
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**

The Key is the first book in the True Reign series by Jennifer Anne Davis. The True Reign series is a young adult fantasy series. Jennifer Anne Davis' Reign of Secrets series is my all time favorite young adult fantasy series. The Reign of Secrets series is the story of Princess Alyssa, which is the daughter of the couple in the True Reign series. So even though the two series can be read separately and can stand on
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Minni Mouse
This ebook was free on Amazon at the time that I bought it...but I just checked and it's $3 now. Oh, well. It's still a good buy! The plot itself was extremely engaging - albeit not particularly original - to the point where I found myself speed-reading toward the end because I was breathless with wanting to know what was going to happen next. My main gripe with this book was while the story might have been entertaining, the actual execution of it was marked by young-sounding narrative and prose ...more
Crystal Marie
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!!

I feel that before I start with my review, there are a few things that I need to address right off the bat.
1.) I DID receive a copy of this book for MY honest review.
2.) I absolutely can NOT stand YA. I’m sorry it’s just not my cup of tea.
3.) I completely hate cliffhangers.
4.) I am completely IN LOVE with this book and can’t wait for the next book!
Now that I have those out of the way, I will start with my review.
When I first started reading this book, the switching of the POV’s was s
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Melanie
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

This book is your next MUST READ! A cover to cover, could not put it down, even if I tried kind of read. The characters just jump of the pages and the craving to know what happens next is intense. No words in this book are superfluous (apart from the last 4 .. but I will get to those) so read them carefully. Even the prologue offers clues that can help you try and unscramble the mysteries held within the pages that demand
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Jan farnworth
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All can i say is when the next part coming out :)

This story is told from multiple points of view which the author does a great job of transitioning between as you move through the story. The story kept me enthralled i am very invested in the characters in this story. I really felt like i was in the story line all the way up to the end and fair warning this is a great build up to what i am sure is going to be a fantastic 3 part story. I am hooked, if you like the story of Anastasia then you will
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Ari Reavis
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. It had so much action, mystery, and some romance. Rema is such a strong young lady and she goes through so much in this story. She doesn't know she's a long lost princess, but she damn sure acts like it. She's experiencing romance with Darmik, but is engaged to the PSYCHOPATH Lennek ( aka Darmik's brother...... drama). Darmik needs to figure out if he'll continue to be loyal to his evil family or to his kingdom. And Lennek just needs a sword to the gut, like yesterday. The ...more
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Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer. Jennifer is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013), winner of the Kindle Book Awards (2018), a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2014), and a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards (2014).

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