Book Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up

by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely is a princess on the run, hiding from her enemies to save her life. But Grace is also a sister. And if giving herself up means that her brother is safe, she’ll do it, even if it means working with people she can’t trust. However, Grace isn’t just going to do what everyone wants her to. She has her own plans.

Someone wanted Grace’s mother dead all those years ago. And they want Grace dead now. Grace has unravel the past, discover the secrets, and outwit her foes, all while trying to not die.


Take the Key and Lock Her Up is just like its predecessors: fast-paced, suspenseful, and filled with intrigue.

There are some places outside of Adria and well as some places not previously explored in Adria in Take the Key and Lock Her Up, so it was fun to see those new places.

There are also some new characters in this book. Even though he didn’t get much page time, I liked the king of Adria. I’d say more… but spoilers.

I loved the way that Carter tied the nursery rhyme into the plot, as well as into the series’s titles. It add a fun layer.

There are some twists in Take the Key and Lock Her Up that will make the reader look back on the past books and see some past events in a new light. The stories build on each other nicely.

Cautions: moderate romance; five kisses; brief violence

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