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Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row #3)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  967 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews

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 w
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Like everyone else who's read this series, I was desperate to get my hands on book 3, Take the Key and Lock Her Up, after the shocking revelation and cliffhanger at the end of See How They Run. Grace now knows she's descended from the lost princess of Adria, and more to the point, her and her brother, Jamie, are in danger from either the Royal Family, the Society, or both. She only has her frie
Jun 04, 2016 Stormsiren99 marked it as to-read
UPDATE: THERE'S A COVER!!!!!!!! AHHHH IT IS GORGEOUS GIMME GIMME GIMME! *sees release date* *whimpers and curls up in dark corner to wait for 2017*

Old review: Why do I have to wait till 2017??? That's more than 365 days! That's more than 8760 hours! That's more than 525,600 minutes! That's more than 31,536,000 seconds! I'm a shriveled soul...
Jan 19, 2016 Elizabeth marked it as not-yet-released
Dec 31, 2016 Madi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, read-in-2016
This needs to come out now. 2017 is way too freaking far away. I need this. I'm dying.
diana (chaotic reader)
Dec 31, 2016 diana (chaotic reader) rated it really liked it
** EDIT: After reading **

Rating: 3.7 of 5 stars (Totally made that up.)

I don't know what's wrong with me but I found myself in the first half of the book totally annoyed with Grace. I felt like she was constantly being overly dramatic about everything. She could have solved all her problems a lot faster if she just stopped being thoughtless and unnecessarily taking risks for just a second. Yeah. Like I said, there was something wrong with me. (Don't shoot me please.)

But since this is Ally Carter
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Why do I have to wait until 2017 for this book?!?! *grabby hands*
Galley provided by publisher

If I'm honest, I'm a little underwhelmed by this one. I had high hopes, because it's Ally Carter and she always writes good last books, but this one just didn't quite have me as hooked as the others.

It felt like the plot was a little all over the place, much like Grace appeared to be (how she didn't get jetlagged absolutely defeats me). One moment, they're in America, then Paris, then Russia, and all of this happens in the span of a few pages each time. It exhausted m
Jan 10, 2017 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.25ish stars

As with the first two books, Grace is the main problem with this series for me. I really wanted to shake her every time she talked about being crazy or how she was afraid that whatever another character said "they were right." She didn't seem quite as illogical as in the first two, but then the plot suffered a little. I like the set up of the story and many of the other characters, but there were some logical errors in the plot this time around. Like...never mind, I don't want to sp
Eri (Airy Reads)

release date Jan. 26 2016? one month before my birthday and almost seven months away okay I can wait that long...maybe



Hello I mean I need this book more than I need life.

Rachel Lightwood
Jul 29, 2016 Rachel Lightwood marked it as next-book-in-series
I. Love. This. Cover!
Alyssa Llanes
Jul 11, 2016 Alyssa Llanes marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2017 Allie rated it it was amazing
A great third book!
Sep 30, 2016 Duchessbookworm rated it it was amazing
So I just read the expert and love it so far...
*Source* Library
*Genre* YA, Action & Adventure
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Take the Key and Lock Her Up is the third and final installment in author Ally Carter's Embassy Row trilogy. 200 years ago, there was a coup and Adrian King Alexander's family was murdered. But, in the chaos, another baby, Amelia, was smuggled out of the castle, and protected by The Society. The Society is a group of women who have seen regimes come and and dictators fall over their one thousand years of existence.

*Full R
May 31, 2016 Breanne marked it as to-read
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Sep 24, 2016 Gaby (lookingatbooks) marked it as to-read
Nikita the bookworm
Jul 11, 2016 Nikita the bookworm marked it as to-read
Omg! A cover and a release date!!!
But... I can't wait until DECEMBER!!!
Goodreads thinks I took over two weeks to read this, but it was really just three sittings, including a 200-page sitting yesterday. I haven't been caught in a page turner like that in a very long time.

Writing a review for this is hard without being full of spoilers or plot points that make no sense without the other two books. Grace remains an intriguing and unpredictable narrator. Our main cast takes a back seat for Prince Thomas, a welcome edition amongst all the crazy.

If I have a complaint,
I had a really hard time finishing this book. It wasn't terrible, per say, it was just...too much. I could not take Grace seriously. Since the first book, she's operated as if the world revolves around her and it's awful because she's so crazy and can't everyone see what a terrible destructive force she is and she has to sacrifice herself for everyone because she's such a terrible person it doesn't matter anyways and if they cross her they better watch out cause crazy girl is gonna get them and ...more
Dec 29, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Too short. Need more. I can't believe that's the end. This series was WILD and so fun to read. Thank you, Ally. I'm so glad you gave an ARC of All Fall Down to my sister at that library conference three years ago... We probably wouldn't have read or heard of this series otherwise.
May 31, 2016 Caitlyn marked it as to-read
I can't wait any longer for this book. I guess if I MUST wait, I'll just re read all of Ally's other books.
Shravya M. :)
Jul 14, 2016 Shravya M. :) marked it as to-read


Six years ago I fell in love with Ally Carter’s books, and that remains a true statement still today. I’ve not only read all her young adult novels, but I’ve also read her e-book novellas as well as her short stories, and deleted scenes. As a result, the series as a whole should easily be given a 5/5 stars no problem and no questions asked, right? Well… not exactly.
To begin, I do have a few minor problems with this series; one of those being Grace herself. She started off as an unreliable narrat
Miriam Joy
I loved the first book in this series and liked the second, so when I was approved for the eARC of this, it quickly zipped to the top of my TBR (despite all the other review copies awaiting my attention).

It's a strange series for me -- I think my brain feels a certain dissonance about the fact that it's sort of contemporary but isn't realistic. There's no magic, but the country whose politics and conspiracies dominate the book doesn't actually exist, and it's focused on lost princesses and secr
Jan 19, 2017 Alex rated it liked it
So I liked the idea of this, and I feel this series would have been amazing, it had so much potential, but most of the time I was just confused.

First, Grace. I thought she was a very unique protagonist, seeing her mother's murder then being haunted by the fact that she actually killed her mother...I just really liked how Ally Carter did that. We see Grace struggle with this revelation and how she's crazy. Part of me thought it was a little overdone by the time I got to this last book, but at the
It was good, but it just felt like a less awesome, yet more dramatic version of the Gallagher Girls series.

Maybe it isn't fair of me to compare the two, but these books were so unbelievably similar. Some of the more notable similarities were the use of the tunnels that just happen to pop up everywhere, the recurring safehouses, the emphasis on the feminist themes (which I actually love), the trauma appearing in the form of "ghosts" behind reality that was almost identical to Out of Sight, Out o
Jan 02, 2017 Cassi rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good conclusion to a good YA political thriller. I really like Ally Carter and she has shown yet again that she can write a fantastic and subtle thriller with this book.

Over the course of the two books I have definitely become attached to these characters. One of the things I like most is the fact that they are all so complex and interesting, especially the main character. Grace is far from perfect. She is the kind of character who makes tons of mistakes and is constantly havin

Two hundred years ago, there was a palace coup and, in the chaos, a baby was smuggled free. The Society hid her among their own. She was raised in secret. Protected. Safe. And, eventually, she grew up, and her bloodline survived.
Until someone started trying to kill us.

Out of all three Embassy Row books, I think this one was Ally Carter's strongest. There's a lot of development with Grace's emotional state. She's not "cured" or "fixed" of
Jan 19, 2017 Deborah rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted on Hills of Books

*e-book provided via netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

I loved opening (or more accurately clicking on) a new Ally Carter. I was nice to sink back into Ally's smooth writing style, a style which I have been reading for a number of years now. I just love her story style as well, with a relatable (in some ways at least) teenage girl who are also extraordinary in their individual way. Ally also has this great skill of blending action and suspense, w
Jan 05, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
Take The Key and Lock Her Up is the third and final installment in the Embassy Row series and we follow Grace as she tries to come to terms with everything and try and find a way to stop it. It’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book since I’ve enjoyed all of the books Ally has written. It was a thrilling conclusion to the series and I have to say that I was not expecting that ending. And I don’t know if it was just me, but so much in this reminded me of the Gallagher Girls and just how much I mi ...more
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Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series. Her books have been published all over the world, in over twenty languages.

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Other Books in the Series

Embassy Row (3 books)
  • All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
  • See How They Run (Embassy Row, #2)

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“Oh, can I? Because what I want to do is strangle you. I want to tie you up and throw you over my shoulder and jump out of a moving train. I want to take you to the coldest place in Siberia, to the darkest part of the moon. I want to keep you safe, Gracie. So the question is, why are you so determined to stop me?" - Alexei” 1 likes
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