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Take the Key and Lock Her Up

(Embassy Row #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  8,312 ratings  ·  890 reviews
The princess is dead. Long live the princess.

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
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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
yes i am very disappointed. so insanely disappointed.

this book gets two stars for at least being an entertaining read that made me forget about university.

it looses a star for the woman hating.

it looses a star for the fact it felt like every friendship and relationship other than alexei and grace had been forgotten (where were my bestie dynamics that i adore so much?)

and it looses a star for frankly feeling like a hastily written draft.

i didn't feel like i was reading the finished book of a fin
Dec 31, 2015 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 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Just don't bother. The most interesting angle of this series (though always handled poorly - still, anything can happen!) was the mental health angle. That's totally dropped in this novel with regard to the protagonist, though there are badly done elements of it cropping up elsewhere. In between the drugs and the murders and the complete lack of trial-by-jury. Then there's most predictable resolution, to both the mystery and the overall plot, that could possibly be written.

And then there's this
Katie Sholty
Apr 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-health
It is over. It is finished. It incites madness. It is repetitive as a toddler asking you why.

Know is used 558 times.
Think is used 220 times.
Feel is used 141 times.
Run is used 138 times.
Need is used 116 times.

I do appreciate that Ally Carter draws attention to PTSD and mental health issues. She does break down that wall and makes it approachable to readers who may not have come into contact with it before. However, the execution of Grace’s experiences was more off putting and frustrating than he
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome conclusion to the series. I will admit when I read book one I was not totally sold on the series. Book two got me ready for book three right away because I did enjoy that installment. This installment sold me on the series. It was intriguing and fast-paced. I do still find Grace a bit obnoxious but hey, we aren't going to thoroughly love every protagonist we come across as readers!

In conclusion, this series was interesting and had some great twists and turns throughout the t
May 31, 2016 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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I'm always a huge fan of the hidden princess plot, and I love a good group of five diverse teens, both of which featured heavily in this finale. Yippee!

But the actual story telling made me roll my eyes a lot for being overly dramatic. It turns out there's only so many times you can read variations of the sentence 'I'm going to end this.' There was a lot of back and forth between Grace deciding to work as part of a team or to go it alone which grated against me.

At least I finally got the romantic
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favourites
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This needs to come out now. 2017 is way too freaking far away. I need this. I'm dying. ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
This series took off and ended in a way I wasn't expecting it to just by reading the back of the first cover. Had I known there was royalty, though...
While the overall plot was interesting, and I did enjoy it better than the Gallagher Girls series (much cleaner than that series even bought this one still had some questionable content), I remember enjoying the humor and friendships in both previous Ally Carter series. This series did not have much of that.
However, like I've said in
rachel ☾
It is not secret that I did not enjoy the first two books in this series. In fact, I rather loathed them for their irritable protagonist, overly simplistic writing style, and nonsensical plotlines. You can see why I'd be surprised to find myself feeling rather meh and okay about this series ender, rather than flat out disliking it.

I will admit that pretty much all of the things I had trouble with in the first book are still present in this finale, but there was something - an intangible, undefi
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: mc with PTSD, half Brazilian side characters

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
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Why do I have to wait until 2017 for this book?!?! *grabby hands*
Lila Kims
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good finale. I liked it. But my annoyances from book 2 only increased in this one, so while I definitely enjoyed the read, I was also annoyed the whole time... :P
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paula  Phillips
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Centuries ago in the land of Adria, the royal family were killed in a siege. One member of the royal family escaped though, the youngest who was a baby at the time - Princess Amelia. Princess Amelia has been smuggled away and hidden, they changed her name, and people never knew she was alive. Sure there were rumors, but they were always squashed. Grace's mother knew Amelia was kept alive and spent her time along with Alexis's mother searching for the ancestors of Amelia as they would now be the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Ally Carter's work. Really. But Grace is seriously annoying, and I just want to slap her for most of the book. She is forever going off half cocked and is then surprised when things don't end well. Also, she was offered a pretty good alternative to Alexei. I'm one of those people who think that Princess Diana would have been better off if she had stayed with Prince Charles. If she really wanted to get back at Camilla, she would have stayed married and never let her come to light! Anyway, ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scholastic
Take The Key and Lock Her Up begins mere moments after the revelations of See How They Run, Jamie is injured, Alexei a fugitive and Grace is determined to carry her mother's legacy, finding evidence of the lost princess.

(view spoiler), a centuries old mystery that the government and Society of Ardia are determined to protect. Since moving into the embassy to live with her grandfather, Grace has been embroiled in controversy. Grace is r
Bec (booktineus)
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, own
This review first appeared on my Instagram, @booktineus.

The Good Things
+ Final book in the Embassy Row trilogy, a YA contemporary/ thriller trilogy.

+ This was what I'd been waiting for in the last two books! Twists and turns, centuries old secrets and deep betrayals! And a lot more death!

+ All my pressing questions have been answered!

+ I finished this in one sitting (more or less). I couldn't stop turning the pages.

+ Nice little bit of romance that's been slowly developing over the entire
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perfect easy read (4.5 stars)

So let me say first off, that I am kind of a sucker for Ally Carter books. Her Gallager Girls series was my first introduction, and Embassy Row certainly doesn't disappoint. Yes, there are cliches. Yes, there is teen romance and all that jazz, but for the most part it is just good, clean fun.

I read Take the Key and Lock Her Up in about 3 days, even while working and taking care of my family, so it is a nice relaxing read, while still keeping your interest and gettin
*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 Revie
Cara Putman
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book in this series. Somehow all the pieces come together in the plot-twisting, mind-bending way of this series. Very good read!
Lynn Peebles
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and ended up reading all of it in one day! It was a great ending to the series. ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 rounding up

I've been following this series from the beginning. I wasn't sure after the last book that I would come back for this one but I did. It's kinda crazy and a bit messed up, really, but I can't help but be sucked into the fast paced drama that unfolds on every single page. It's a bit far fetched and sometimes unbelievable but who cares? It's fiction! ha. The last book had me frustrated with all of Grace's internal dialogue and the repetition in that inner dialogue. Fortunately this b
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was hella messy. The other two were all over the place but this one fell all the way apart. Prep yourself for aggressive all caps.

GRACE, OH MY HEAVENS GET YOURSELF TOGETHER. You know that friend that we all had in middle school or high school that conveniently has a meltdown at the exact moment that someone else is going through something? Person B’s grandmother died, yet person A is the one who suddenly starts sobbing about one thing or another. Then everyone drops everything to comf
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I NEED MORE....!!!!

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"
Karsyn   Shae “No mourners. No funerals.”~The Crows
Why?! Why did it have to end!!
I have absolutely no words! NO WORDS!!
Okay I lied. I may have a few words. XD

First off, I love Alexei and Grace so much!
This is a series that I will probably re-read at some point. the books kept me on the edge of my seat, and just when I thought I knew what was going on.....Bang! I was wrong, so very, very wrong. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for suspense, action, mystery, romance, and fictional characters that you can fall in love with!
Ally Car
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
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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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