Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter


The final book in the Embassy Row trilogy by Ally Carter, what an ending to a really interesting series! I’m not going to lie, Ally Carter’s books are 100% my guilty pleasures. I’m not into contemporary fiction and tend to veer away from that section with a vengeance, but for some reason, Carter’s books are just brilliant to me. They are incredibly quick reads (in the best way, i.e. I get super sucked in!) and so entertaining, and although there is the girly aspect within all her books, they also have action and intense scenes where ruin, injury and death are all real possibilities.

This series is focused on a girl named Grace, and how her life has changed after her mother dies in a horrible accident and she moves to the American embassy where her Grandfather lives in the fictional European micro-state of Adria. If you haven’t started the series yet and don’t want to be majorly spoiled then don’t read any further than this paragraph. I should have reviews up for the first two books in this series relatively soon, but you definitely don’t want to spoil the action for yourself!

Okay, now for those who have read the first two books in this series (or who just really don’t care about spoilers!). Grace has just found out that she is, through many previous generations, the lost princess of Adria and her brother is the lost prince and rightful heir to the throne. This precarious position puts their lives in danger and results in them ending up on the run with Jamie still attempting to recover from the stab wounds he received in the midsts of a large crowd. Thankfully they have Alexi and Dominic (the scarred man) to help them stay hidden and stay safe whilst they work out how to proceed. Things speed up as Grace decides to take action in order to allow her brother the time he needs to rest and recuperate, and that is also when things start to go wrong.

This is such a fun, gripping and interesting read which despite looking very girly should still appeal to those who normally avoid that type of literature (like me!). I’ll definitely continue to read more of Ally Carter’s work and hope it stays at the same high standard!

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