Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

Take the Key and Lock Her Up
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row (Book 3)
Publication: Scholastic Inc. (December 27, 2016)

Description: For the past three years, Grace Blakely has been desperate to find out the truth about her mother's murder. She thought it would bring her peace. She thought it would lead her to answers. She thought she could put the past to rest.

But the truth has only made her a target.

And the past?

The only way to put the past to rest is for Grace to kill it once and for all.

My Thoughts: This story begins with Grace on the run with Alexei, Dominic, and her brother Jamie. After a murder attempt that almost succeeded in killing Jamie and attempts on Grace too, they want to get as far away from trouble as they possibly can. But there is no escape from a thousand year old Society or a Royal Family fearful for its throne.

Grace is willing to do anything to keep her brother safe and alive and, besides, she has enough guilt about her mother's death to make it seem right to her to sacrifice herself for her loved ones. Grace would almost prefer to die to relieve her guilt.

Grace finds herself kidnapped by the Prime Minister of Adria, herself a member of that secret Society, and taken to Paris to stand in judgment before the Council of Elders. There she finds a group of powerful women who have such a sharp eye on the future and the big picture that they don't see Grace and Jamie's immediate danger as something that should concern them. While they aren't directly trying to kill her, neither are they willing to do anything to keep her from being killed. Luckily, her friends from Embassy Row are there to be on her side when she escapes from the Society.

They have determined that it is the Royal Family who wants Grace dead because she could force them from power they have held for 200 years. Grace finds it hard to believe that Princess Ann, one of her mother's oldest and best friends, could be the architect of the plan that killed Grace's mother, imprisoned Alexei's mother, and is responsible for the attempts on Jamie and Grace. It must be the King and other members of the royal family.

Grace makes a deal that she will move into the palace and one day marry Ann's son Thomas which will put her children on the throne and solve the problem of the competing rightful heirs. But Grace still wants to solve the riddle of the whereabouts of the deposed royal family - and not just because their DNA will confirm her right to the throne. She wants to know the secret that her mother ultimately died for.

This story was fast-paced, exciting, and filled with bunches of plot twists. Grace was an interesting heroine because she had been so broken and was just beginning to heal from her traumatic past.

Favorite Quote:
"The Society has operated in secret for a thousand years. Four times longer than this" -- she gestures to the land and water that surround us -- "has been a country. Regimes rise. Dictators fall. Wars rage the world over and still we stand. Do you know why, Ms. Blakely?"

"Because I wasn't around to ruin everything?"
"Besides, what I've done I've done for Adria. I've done for peace."

"Yeah. When I hear peace I always think hunt my friends down like rabid dogs."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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