- Capa dura: 336 páginas
- Editora: Scholastic Press (27 de dezembro de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0545654955
- ISBN-13: 978-0545654951
- Dimensões do produto: 15 x 2,8 x 21,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 422 g
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Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, Book 3) (Inglês) Capa dura – 27 dez 2016
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Grace and her brother, Jamie, have just learned a centuries-old secret about their true heritage, which threatens the royal family of Adria, the secret women’s Society their mother once belonged to, and possibly the peace in Europe. With Grace’s Russian love interest, the stoic Alexei, the youths and their protector are on the run for their lives. Jamie has been seriously injured, and Grace fears the worst for her brother if he doesn’t seek medical help. Desperate to keep him alive, Grace throws herself to the wolves, only to be met with an impossible compromise.
This whole Embassy Row series really is excellent, and the third and final book pulled out all the stops. Everything major connected nicely in the grand finale, which was truly a nail-biter. I liked the whole ‘nursery rhyme’ theme running through the series and how the rhyme held centuries-old answers. I also enjoyed that these books have a cast of characters full of brave, bright and powerful women. Take the Key and Lock Her Up has everything from our hard-edged, not-your-ordinary narrator, action, international intrigue and a dash of romance, to high-stakes danger, fictional but fun history, and royal secrets. If you like the idea of an action series for teens with a darker twist on The Selection, mixed with the history of Anastasia Romanov, then these are the books for you! Five stars to a trilogy well-done. I’d love to read more on Embassy Row.
That being said, this book was my favorite out of the series and the strongest by far!
Pros: The pace of the book was quite nice, and the subplots all flowed together and were tied up nicely. I liked how certain tidbits of information from previous books (even just a sentence or two) came back to have a large part in this book. Grace and her friends grew up in this novel, and it was nice to see how the characters supported one another.
Alexei was also a great plus of this book! The romance was nicely scattered throughout the book, and thankfully there wasn't too much angst between Grace and Alexei keeping them apart.
Cons: I would have liked to know more about the Society, for its motives were not fleshed out fully. I honestly forgot about it in the scenes it wasn't mentioned, and I just wasn't sure what to think of it even at the end of the book.
I wished Grace's other family would have been involved more, including her grandpa, Jamie, and Grace's dad. I really enjoyed Jamie as a character and understood he was injured for most of the book, but it seemed like he should have been more involved. It bothered me that Grace's dad was nowhere to be found-- you're telling me that his kids are being hunted by political leaders and he doesn't step in and try and protect him? And he's high up in the army but doesn't know anything? I get it if he wasn't informed, but seeing that a lot of the adults involved didn't tell him either was strange.
Overall, this was the strongest book in the Embassy Row series and it was a nice wrap up of all the mysteries surrounding Grace and her friends!
The narrative dragged a bit for me – continual repetition of clues, rehashing of the past, and Grace’s “episodes’ – all recounted in such efficacy that I ended up putting this book down numerous times because I just wasn’t that into it. But that’s the worst of it.
I really liked Grace’s strength in this final installation of the Embassy Row trilogy. She was bad-ass. Though I found her continually slipping into PTSD mode : her episodes, were becoming tiring. I’d much rather see her come to terms with her demons earlier on in the piece. The whole wounded damsel thing was wearing thin. Especially when she was able to dismiss it and launch into terrifying situations in other moments. A little inconsistent from someone suffering the mental issues Grace was tackling.
The mystery side of things is expert level 10! I loved all of the plot twists, how facts were revealed, it is truly the best part of this series. Carter really knows how to plot and pace a story.
The rest of the Scooby Gang that featured so prominently in the first book, their relevance, and presence has slowly dwindled with each installment. To the point where I wasn’t really believing their friendship by the conclusion of ‘Take the Key and Lock Her Up.’ Grace manages to push people away and get so tied up in her predicament, she comes across as being a friend only when she needs their help for something. And don’t get me started on her brother Jamie – he felt like a prop, rather than a key person to the storyline and her motivation.
The same can be said for the love interest, Alexei, I got so invested in them over the second book (‘See How They Run’) of the trilogy, but didn’t feel the magic here.
I liked the twists and turns, but ‘Take the Key and Lock Her Up’ felt like some of the antagonists were practically cartoonish. The novel, and series, feels more like a Saturday cartoon serial than realistic YA fiction. It lacked a certain maturity in the writing style. I think it could have been streamlined and something extra injected into the narrative to give it some oomph without isolating its demographic.
It was fun, and I enjoyed ‘Take the Key and Lock Her Up,‘ but as you can gather from my review there is a tone of disappointment. It’s like the complexity and character development has been decreasing with each installment. I really wanted things to go out in a mammoth climax. And while it was spectacular as far as plot goes, I did not connect so much with the characters this time. I didn’t get that buzz when I finished the last page like I normally do.
I won’t say it was predictable – because what I assumed was going to happen, totally didn’t. I really think if I had been able to get emotionally invested in the cast more, I would have given this a full five stars/kisses because the writing is marvelous, the story outstanding… it was just slightly juvenile… (which *cough* is totally is marketed demographic, so maybe I should just leave the room.)
Definitely recommend this for younger YA audiences who love a mystery, lost princesses, action, and a bit of political intrigue.