Take the Key & Lock Her Up Review: Pros and Cons of Twists and Betrayals

December 26, 2020 by Bec | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Take the Key & Lock Her Up Review: Pros and Cons of Twists and BetrayalsTake the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #3
Published by Scholastic Inc. Australia on February 1st, 2017
Source: Purchased
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
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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 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.

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 trilogy.
  • I always have fun with Ally Carter’s books.
  • It’s so hard to talk about the final book in a series without spoiling things. But this was a good conclusion, trust me.

The Not-So-Good things

  • I can’t put my finger on exactly what was missing and stopping me from loving this. I enjoyed it overall but… idk, something was missing.
  • We didn’t get to spend as much time with the secondary characters in this one. I missed them a lot. They were highly entertaining.
  • I still have a few small questions about the fate of some of the side characters (they’re not important to the plot really, but I’m curious to see what happened to them).


Overall, Take the Key & Lock Her Up was a good trilogy conclusion. It had the twists and turns I’d been waiting for, but also had less of my favourite secondary characters. Still, I enjoyed it overall.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Trigger warnings: PTSD & anxiety, murder

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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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