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Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he haWithin these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect? An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough....

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The Key Reviews

  • Katerina
    2018-12-01 05:41

    “The word is to be prepared.The key will arrive.We must all be ready.”A conquered kingdom.A nation on the brink of civil war.A soldier prince tired of killing.A lost heir.And a court full of enemies.The result?Young Adult fantasy at its finest.“Surely,fighting for what was right and what one believed in was worth the risk.Because if no one stood up against this tyranny,it would continue until they eventually lost their land,livelihood,and homes.”Seventeen years ago,Greenwood Island fell and the entire royal family was slaughtered.Or so they thought.The young princess survived,and grew up away from potential dangers,isolated and ignorant of her true heritage,until she crossed paths with Prince Darmik and everything changed.A series of events forced Rema to get engaged to his brother,the despicable Crown Prince Lennek,who chose her as his bride only to upset his brother.Rema ended up locked inside the palace,afraid of her betrothed and the king,trying to decipher the meaning of an important riddle,while Darmik tried to fight his feelings for her and find the rebels who threatened the peace of his kingdom.But some truths are better left hidden...“You ruin everything you touch.”What makes a YA fantasy book a good YA fantasy book-An intriguing storyDo you know when I was certain I would love this book?When I read the first chapter,a chapter narrating how a soldier tried to protect the royal family and swore to the fallen queen he will keep her daughter alive.I got goosebumps and I could hear my loud heartbreat,my hands shook and my breath caught and I knew,I knew I just dived into an unforgettable reading experience.The rest of the story did not disappoint.Sibling rivalries,politics,a brewing uprising,hideous acts,mystery and a huge cliffhanger left me craving for more,and Jennifer Anne Davis managed this without using magic and bloody battles,and it surprised me that I didn't mind at all.-A good world-buildingEven though the structure and the history of Greenwood Island and the Empire were gradually revealed,every necessary information was at your disposal,making you a part of this suffering,broken world,feeling for the poor and wanting to right everything that was wrong.Starting with murdering Lennek and feeding him to the sharks.Which brings me to the next entry.-A villain that makes you thirsty for his blood (in a non-vampiric but homicidal way)There are villains you love to hate,villains that cause you a pang of sympathy,Darkling who is a category all by himself, and villains that awaken your violent tendecies and make plotting their death a very satisfactory hobby.Lennek and the King belong to the latest category.If you're scared there's a love triangle rejoice! because there is not.Lennek is the jealous,ruthless brother who doesn't take no for an answer and wants to hurt Darmik however he can,and claiming a girl his brother likes is his sick pleasure.He and his father,two people who care only about their needs but leave their people starve,deserve to die in the most painful way possible.I am more than willing to help.-A relatable heroineRema is not your typical kickass YA heroine who can do nothing wrong and handles a sword like a trained soldier.But she is strong and proud and dedicated to her family and willing to help people in need.There were moments she lost her courage and her faith,and she made mistakes,but those are the exact reasons I could relate to her,and assume I would follow the same course of action in her place.She's realistic.-Swoony romanceEven though there was insta-attraction and connection between Rema and Darmik,things between them developed slowly in a burning-your-insides,turning-you-into-goo kind of way,and their moments were so sweet and adorable I couldn't help but puke unicorns.They had a fairytalish vibe I found deeply endearing.They have many things to resolve and trust to rebuild but I fiercely believe they're soulmates and they'll find their happy ending.If not,you know I'm available Darmik baby,right?(don't judge me,you know I have a thing for tortured but noble princes!) If you loved Air Awakens,you have to try The Key ASAP!And guys,it's free on Amazon!You're welcome.

  • Ben Alderson
    2018-12-07 09:40

    This book blew me away. As a fantasy lover, this had it all. Kings, Castles, hidden princesses and a killer romance. Oh and the CLIFF HANGER AT THE END OMG JENNIFER HOW COULD YOU!Jokes, love you and this book.A engrossing fantasy with a kick ass female protagonist that would put Beyonce's confidence to shame. Wonderful world building and interesting story telling. Give me the rest of the series.

  • Norah Una Sumner
    2018-11-29 01:31

    I am completely disappointed. What a one-dimensional story. Not everything is black and white. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. The mystery was too obvious and the insta-love made me want to stop reading it. I just...I just don't even know what to say. I don't want too sound too harsh or anything but the writing wasn't that good and the characters were either brave and perfect or evil and completely flawed. I am probably not going to read the sequel. Also, everyone who's saying that the ending was really intense and cliffhanger-y ... are you for real? It's obvious what's going to happen in the sequel. I'm giving it two stars simply because I loved how much Rema loves horses. I feel like this book would be pretty great for young readers who are getting into fantasy books (age 12-14).

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-12-15 07:42

    4.5 StarsHere’s a few things you need to know about The Key when you start it. It’s a series, so yes the book will end on a cliffhanger. I’m not spoiling anything from you because that warning was screamed at me prior to reading the book.This is a YA book, so the steam is not there and the romance is mild, but plenty good in my opinion.There’s a lot that goes on in the book, but it worked for me completely.Reading YA fantasy books are something you have to be in the mood for and I was on the hunt for that type of book. I was recommended this read and I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up sooner.Even though this was a YA read it’s not a “light” YA read, it’s kind of like the Hunger Games in the sense, people die and there are super villains in the book. At times I cringed and was really sad, but it worked for the book. It made it a story and it made the characters more emotional. There’s Rema, she’s the spitfire of the book and I love her. She’s the type of Heroine I want to read in a YA book. She’s strong, smart and loyal. I love that she keeps to her word and she loves her family.When you start the book the author does a great job in setting up the story. Get ready for a lot of oh my goodness moments. At times I had to put the book down and talk about it with my husband (mind you, he doesn’t have any interests in the books I read, but he was a good sport) because I had to talk about it with someone!I don’t really want to give away too much of the story because it’s just best to be exposed on your own. There’s a war torn country, where the poor are SUPER poor and the rich are ruthless and rule all. There’s an evil Prince and a handsome good Prince. Both show interest in Rema.There’s the power struggle between the rebels and the monarch. It’s highly political and highly addictive to read. I read this book in one sitting and I was so happy there was two more books for me to read because I wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.AMAZON

  • Stacie
    2018-12-15 07:53

    I can pretty much sum up this book the following way: DAMNYOUCLIFFHANGERSBUTHOLYHELLTHATWASAMAZEBALLS. I went into this book knowing it was outside of my typical genre. I honestly anticipated a bit of a fluffy Romeo and Juliet-esque type of read. I couldn't have been more wrong. Jennifer Anne Davis absolutely blew me away with The Key. The character development was phenomenal, the plot was an absolute page turner and the heroine was probably one of my ALL TIME favorites. It is typically very hard for me to be taken by a female lead. In fact, they normally drive me bat shit crazy. Rema, however, was all kinds of sassy, independent, and strong. The hero was über swoon worthy (as every hero should be) and the villains were absolutely awful human beings. I wanted to storm the castle and kick their shins! Jennifer did leave us hanging off of a huge ass cliff, but I simply cannot devour a book the way I devoured The Key and not give it 5 stars. Rest assured, the wait for book two will not be long. Until then, I suggest we gather a mob with pitch forks and demand Jennifer to put those typing fingers to work! Must. Have. Book. Two. Now!!! Absolutely brilliant, fresh, engaging read. 5 stars!

  • Katerina Kondrenko
    2018-12-16 07:43

    6 out of 10 ревью на русском/review in russianTrue Reign (Истинная власть):— The Key (Ключ) #1/3— ЯED (ЙЫНСАРК) #2/3— War (Война) #3/3Reign of Secrets (Царство тайн):— Cage of Deceit (Клетка обмана) #1/3— Cage of Darkness (Клетка тьмы) #2/3— Untitled (Без названия) #3/3

  • Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
    2018-12-16 04:37

    4.5 Stars I loved THE KEY so much! I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not because it didn't sound fantastic, because it did, but I kept putting it off for years, thinking it was one of those books that sounded fantastic, but turn out to be a load of junk. But I am so happy to say that was NOT the case here with THE KEY! Not at all, the complete opposite to be exact!The world-building is what captivated me from the very beginning. I love a thick-plotted world with evil kings and a kingdom of the verge of self destruction. And then you throw in conspiracies and political intrigue, with a forbidden romance and a hot love interest, and a determined heroine, and you have one hell of a book. And that's exactly what I found here! So I was instantly drawn into this world and the outcome of their situation. Davis created a thrilling plot to go along with her epic world building! BRAVO Jennifer Davis, BRAVO!!The characters were just as amazing as the world-building. The story was told in dual POV's, with Rema and her love interest Prince Darmik as the main characters. And they were both developed and fun characters for their own reasons. Rema was the mystery of the novel, and though we knew her true identity, she didn't, and that made for a thrilling ride to watch her discover all the little hints along the way to revealing the truth behind it all. She was spunky, and I really liked that about Rema's character. She wasn't quickly knocked down, and I don't mean physically I mean mentally. She could take whatever was thrown at her and turn it into not as bad of a situation as it really was. She was also smart and tough, even though she really didn't know how to physically fight, she still wouldn't let that defer her from standing up for herself. She was just a well-rounded, awesome protagonist that I just loved.And Darmik, the other main POV was so dam hot!!! He drove me crazy when it was his POV! I loved him to pieces for many reasons. And though he was doing the evil kings bidding's, he knew it was wrong and did not take pleasure like his brother, the Crown Prince did. He was strong, skilled, loyal, determined, and viciously lethal when he need to be. Yet he was gentle, sweet, compassionate, and just wanted the best thing for his people. And he was slowly starting to see that it was not his father and brother that the people needed. I thought Rema and Darmik were awesome protagonist, and together they would be unstoppable... THE PLOTSEVENTEEN YEARS IN THE PAST: Greenwood Island is ruled by a just king and queen, with two sons and one daughter. All is well in the land, citizens are feed and treated fairly, and though their not the riches kingdom, their content and happy with their Monarch and the lives they provide.But all that changes when Emperor Hamen, ruler of Emperion on the mainlands wants to open up trade with Greenwood Island. But the king and queen of Greenwood refuse the Emperor for their own good reasons, and thus sentenced Greenwood to their deaths at the hands of the Emperion army. An army vastly larger and highly more skilled then Greenwood's soldiers. And on one eerie, blood-filled night, the Emperion army invades Greenwood Island, and slaughtered the Royal family, killing anyone who gets in their way. Royals, civilians, guards, woman, children-babies, anyone who posed a threat was executed on site. But the Commander of Greenwood Island manged to slip the castle undetected, taking with him the only remaining heir to the Greenwood throne.So hiding within Greenwood Island, the legitimate heir grows strong and healthy everyday, and is unknowingly the only hope Greenwood has of ridding itself of the false royal family, taking them from power and saving the people from a horrifying life, or death. And this is how their story begins...SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER: Rema is just a commoner in a kingdom ruled by brutality at the hands of a viscus king and his two sons. She has been shielded from the harsh reality of what really lies in the kingdom. She's content with raising horses and thrillingly riding them with her best friend Bren. Until one day all that changes, and Rema is quickly pulled into a viscus game she knows nothing about, and becomes the pawn in her ultimate downfall.While out on one of her runs through the forest, Rema meets Darmik, one of the kings sons and commander of the kings lethal army. And what she sees in him is not a brutal, arrogant, blood thirsty prince like she thought him to be, but as a sweet, caring, and very handsome man, who seems to want the best for his people, but is forced by the king to do his evil bidding's. But the other prince, Crown Prince Lennek is the one she has to worry about. He is the opposite of Prince Darmik. He's evil, conning, vindictive, and is very quick to shed blood if it pleases him. And Rema has just unknowingly caught his eye and sealed her fate...Rema is forced to marry the vile Prince Lennek, becoming the princess and future queen of Greenwood Island. Something Rema would rather die then become. But with no other option if she wants to save her family from a torturous death at the hands of Prince Lennek, she has to obey, and look pleased about it. The kingdom of Greenwood Island is on the brink of civil war. With the king rapidly increasing taxes, and quick to kill anyone he pleases, and the people quickly starving from the increase, and not having the means to support themselves, death has become a for sure thing on Greenwood Island. But their are some people who are fighting for peace and freedom, fighting for a new way of life, fighting to overthrow the king and his sons, and they claim the have just the key to do it... The Key is coming... That's the whispers in the streets, the hope that swells in peoples hearts, that's the words the rebels spread. The rebels are fiercely rousing the people to stand up for themselves and fight for their freedom. But with little hope of defeating the kings army, the people are quickly knocked down. But what if The Key to their salvation has been right in front of them all along? And what if their really is a rebel force that may just be strong enough to stand up to the kings army? What then?Doesn't that sound fantastic? It was, it truly was!! I've never read anything by Davis, but she's quickly climbing the ladder into my favorite authors! THE KEY was an amazing start to an absolutely wonderful series that I'm actually almost finished reading, and loving! While writing this review I'm already reading the third and final book in this series! THE KEY was just that good that I instantly had to pick up it's sequel and see what happened after that terrifyingly wonderful cliffhanger Davis threw at us with full force! And book two and three is just as good, if not better then THE KEY! Overall, I am highly satisfied with this book and the way it all played out. Davis has a way to grab the reader from the very beginning and keep hold until the very end. If you enjoy a spunky, quick-witted main character, with a hot love interest, and a kingdom on the brink of civil war, with evil kings and princes, and a great drama with plenty of action and adventure, then THE KEY is definitely one book you should check out!!

  • bibliophile (Romance Addict)
    2018-11-27 06:58

    DNF at 60% Okay.. I really tried to finish reading this book. There were so many great reviews, but this didn't work out for me. I really hoped it would, but there were so many tropes and cliches I couldn't handle. So I really don't want to be harsh while reviewing this, but at the same time, I must explain few reasons why this didn't work out for me. ✖ The inta-love is so instant that the moment they looked at each other they were in love. They barely spoke, and directly afterward, the MC's thoughts went back to their meeting, repeatedly. ✖ The main character's 'braveness' went overboard. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read this book yet, so I have to explain this carefully. The MC was supposedly brave, but during a specific part, her braveness was more of stupidity. Her actions were foolish, and she acted like a child. There is a difference between being brave and knowing the consequences, and being stupid and reckless. In one scene, the heroine basically jumped from a high cliff to a river when she was a child. It was stated that she didn't even check whether the water was deep or not, and only wished that she wouldn't get hurt. Now this isn't the situation I'm talking about here. Its just and example.✖ I didn't care about the heroine, but that may only be me. ✖ There were many tropes such as: ✖ Forced marriage. ✖ The unloved childhood friend. ✖ I don't want marriage because I'm different.✖ insta-love. ✖ The lost princess. ✖ The psycho, evil king.✖ Ok, there were many, so I'll stop here!There were honestly great things I found in this book such as: ✔ The writing style is very engaging. When I started reading this, I just wanted to try reading a fantasy novel, but the book surprised me by how it was easy to get through. If it wasn't for the heroine, I might've enjoyed this book more. ✔ The politics was enjoyable. I really liked Darmik's side. How he was sympathetic and nice to people, but when it came to making decisions for the kingdom, he became strict. The politics was the strong part in this book, but it wasn't the big part, so I couldn't complete reading it for these few scenes. █ █ █ █ █ █ █I might've not enjoyed this as much as others did, so yes, this is my opinion. There are many readers who loved this book and gave it five stars, which only proves that this book might've not worked for me, but maybe it will for others. Enjoy!

  • Rachel(APCB Reviews)
    2018-12-18 02:56

    Are you in the mood for an all-absorbing fantasy series? This book has EVERYTHING I wanted in an easy-to-binge and pick up novel.-Relatable, fierce, and admirable characters-Enticing plot-Stellar writing-Plot twists galore-Action -Court politics-Searing romancePick this one up!!

  • Paula
    2018-12-12 07:58

    I somehow stumbled upon this freebie yesterday. Holy hell, this book is fantastic!! I love finding these unknown gems. And bonus...the trilogy is complete! On to book two!

  • Amber
    2018-11-20 03:39

    The Key is a riveting and breath-taking journey of an ordinary young girl who turns out to be anything but ordinary. Her story is one of bitter betrayal, profound love, and fierce determination. It is not one to be ignored or taken light, so heed this warning. Now, enter this story at the risk of your own heart, but don’t let that make you shy away from the adventure and passion that awaits you.Rema could be considered as just another peasant girl. She was raised by her aunt and uncle into the simple life of a horse merchant. While she has always loved her family, she still longs for travel and adventure before settling down. Her wild heart hasn’t been tamed like the horses her uncle trains. It longs to ride free unrestrained by the shackles of everyday life. However, her dreams like her freedom are about to be dashed onto the jagged edge of a cold and heartless mountain known as the Crowned Prince. She risks her life and her heart as she is unwittingly made a pawn in the shift of allegiance in her kingdom. Does Rema have the courage to walk the unseen line that is set before her, or will she falter and fall into despair at seeing all that she has lost?After recently finishing a fantastic medieval trilogy, I was afraid I would not find another of equal or greater brilliance. I will freely admit that I was very wrong. This tale is absolutely wonderful. It claimed my attention immediately and never let it go. The stunning landscape, the vibrant characters, and the bone-chilling yet intriguing plot created a dream world that I was able to truly love and appreciate. Once this story started, there was not stopping it. It raced forward at record speed and never let up. Even the ending has you on pins and needles waiting to see what happens. You don’t often come across an ending that leaves you with multiple emotions choking in your throat at the same time. That takes a lot of heart and soul from a very talented author to pull that off.Rema is a beautiful character who is independent, devoted, and loving. To her family, she is the ideal niece who loves her uncle and aunt with all her heart and would go as far as resigning herself to an arrangement marriage to make them happy. She is wiling to push aside her dreams of traveling the countryside and keeping her freedom to remain true and faithful which speaks volumes about her character. I ached to watch what she was forced to go through at the hands of the Crowned Prince, but my heart soared at the love and kindness that his brother Darmik showered her with. No matter what trials and hardships you face, always remember that there is always something worth fighting for, something worth living for, and something worth dying for. While Rema had no idea of the nightmare that her life would become, she refused to give up, lay down, and let it take her without a fight. While darkness tried its best to destroy her, Darmick was the hope, the love, and the light in her life that fueled her decision to not give in. He became her foundation stone, and she in turn brought his heart back to life. What lay before them was engulfed in shadow and uncertainty, but Rema pressed forward knowing with everything in her that things would get better either by her own hand or with help from another. Responsibility and privilege were two notions that echoed throughout this story. The current King and Crowned Prince were ruthless and cruel. They lived only for their own pleasure and personal gain. They ignored their responsibility to take care of their people while indulging in what they saw as their privilege. As with any leader, the people under them need to be confident that the decisions made will be to their benefit and not their detriment. People will follow a good leader as long as they continue to make wise decisions, but they will overthrow a dictator whose only concern is making his life easier and his stores richer. In stark contrast Prince Darmick wanted nothing more than to see his people fed, happy, and prosperous. He cared little for the life of luxury and indulgence that he saw his father and brother partake in. They repulsed him, and yet he was forced time and again to protect them at any cost. He longed for a simple life with simple pleasures that included Rema and a family. He wanted to see his father and brother change into better people, but he also knew that was a dream that would not come true.I am in awe of this amazing story! It is filled with wondrous beauty and ravishing love that is pitted against depraved cruelty and dark deception. There is action, adventure, mystery, romance, and lots of drama. What is there not to love?! Jennifer Anne Davis is a fantastic writer who has such a captivating ability to draw you into what seems like a stunning fairy tale before unleashing the unyielding evil that tries every way possible to destroy the hope and love that begin to grow. Hold onto your seat for what feels to be the beginning of a heart wrenching and action packed tour de force that you will not want to miss out on!

  • Tamara
    2018-12-16 08:35

    This book was like a pot of all the books I love. It was a bit slow, but the story made up for it.

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-11-17 06:48

    I devoured this book but OMG that ending!!! I was left dumbstruck that it ended how it did! I hate cliffhangers in books but this book is too good to hate! Everything about it was amazing!I'm not going to say too much about the plot for fear of ruining it so I'm going to just start with everything I loved!!Rema was such a sweetheart and I loved her character. She is so nice and sweet but she isn't afraid to stand up for herself and what she thinks is right. My heart broke for her when she was "requested" to visit the palace. She wanted a quite life and was due to marry her childhood friend when the chance encounter with Darmik changed everything. I loved that no matter what was thrown at her, she stood strong and was sure of herself. She put everyone she cared about first and was willing to sacrifice everything for her family. I wasn't sure of Darmik at first because he is so unsure of things but I eventually grew to like him, though I did want to shake him and tell him to wake up and small the coffee!! How could he miss what was going on?? Prince Lennek is pure evil! He picks Rema simply to get one up on Darmik. He is a womaniser and all round horrible person. Then we have the King. He is as bad as Lennek and so hard to find anything nice about. Both of them treat Rema like she is nothing and poor Rema has no choice but to grin and bear it, though she is in no way passive with them!! She stands up to them many times but with the treat to her family, she has to play it safe till she can come up with a plan. The world building was amazing. The prologue sets the scene for a plot that's very fast paced and intriguing. The book is full of treachery, heartache, betrayal, adventure, secrets and enough twists to keep your mind reeling! It has everything a great read should.There is a little romance thrown into the mix. Rema finds herself drawn to Darmik no matter how much she tries not too. He can't stop thinking of her either but has to stay away because if his brother found out, he would be accused of treason. Anyway, The Key was so so good. I listened to the audio and absolutely devoured it. I couldn't turn it off because I needed to see what happened next. I listened to it in 2 days and hated that it had to end. Its the type of book that once you start, you will not want to finish. Be warned though, there is a massive cliff hanger and you will need book 2 to read straight away after! I have book 2 and 3 on my kindle and just need to clear some more review books before diving back into this amazing world, believe me it's hard to stay away!! A brilliantly written and executed book and one that everyone needs to read. The audio was fantastic and Michelle Michaels did an amazing job of bringing Rema to life. The narrator made you feel her heartache and struggle and she pulled you into the story. All the books need to be brought to audio, and for me, the sooner the better!!

  • Selina
    2018-12-09 03:52

    Rating: 1.5 StarsI'm being generous with my grade. Yes, the premise was interesting and the writing made it easy to breeze through the book. However, there wasn't much book to breeze through. Not much happens in my opinion. The characters were not very complex and it was obvious who the good guys and bad guys were. No real character development. No world building outside the bare minimum. Not enough description overall.I was very intrigued about 'the key' but the author didn't delve into that mystery at all. It seems the author is just saving it all up for the subsequent books. There was a bout of insta-love, which I hated. The heroine blushes and flushes way too much.This book is all bone and no meat. Not very satisfying at all.

  • Cheer Papworth
    2018-12-06 09:48

    4 1/2 stars: The Key (True Reign #1) is the story of Rema, the lost princess hidden as a commoner and the face of a revolution against the evil King. Only problem, Rema does not know her royal status and she is in love with the King's son Prince Darmick and engaged, against her will, to the King's wicked eldest son Prince Lennek. This story is a tangled web of secrets hidden in royal tattoos and anagrams. It is an easy, clean read that I would highly recommend to all ages and it is totally appropriate for young teens. The Key is a breath of fresh air in the YA genre that is often polluted with sexuality, vulgarity and violence. The ending leaves readers hanging in anticipation for the next book and I for one appreciate a good cliffhanger.

  • Dvora
    2018-12-15 07:38

    I love when an author can go from writing one style to another and Jennifer Anne Davis did it beautifully! This book is so different from The Voice and that would be a difficult book to top. But she accomplished that goal! This book is full of action, suspense, and my favorite, love. Her writing is so beautiful, it made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I felt the bonds that were created between the characters and the pain of the secrets that were kept from each other. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great classic novel.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-04 08:58

    I found this little gem while cruising Audible and was instantly hooked! If you're a fan of YA Fantasy, I can't recommend this one enough. It has a tough but likable heroine, a strong hero, and villain I loved to hate. The storyline flows really well and found myself unable to put it down. It has a great cliffhanger, and I'm diving right in to book 2.Thanks to Paula for confirming this book's greatness!Audible Notes: Loved the accent of Michelle Michaels! She is an excellent narrator.

  • Megan Olguin
    2018-12-04 05:52

    4.5 stars!This book has everything I love!Handsome prince.Strong willed and stubborn heroine. Politics, pretty dresses, betrayal, jealousy, secrets.... I can just go on and on. But you can read for yourself FREE on your Amazon Kindle! So really you have NO excuse not to try it and see how you feel! Rema was so easy to fall in love with. Full of life and confidence, yet a realistic person. She's not super strong, no powers, can't fight. She's just a normal girl forced into this horrible situation and dealing with it the best she can.Prince Darmik is sexy and sweet. what more can you want?? He's strong at commanding an entire army at a young age, yet he allows himself to wish he could change the world and help the people he is supposed to ignore. I still have a hard time imagining him as the younger of the brothers.Prince Lennek is an absolute spoiled rotten, immature, selfish little dick head. I hate him and I hope he dies. The end.

  • Katie McNally
    2018-11-29 02:30

    Actual Rating: 3.5Overall I thought The Key was a pretty decent book. It had a. nice plot, a little romance and a little mystery. The only real reason I gave this book a 3.5 star instead of something higher was that Jennifer Anne Davis seems to have a bit of a show don't tell issue in the novel. There were several instances where I wish she would show us the information rather than explaining it in a narrative, or have one of the characters explain it. It would have made for a much better and enveloping story with more dynamic characters. I did like however how the protagonist, Rema, was a fairly strong female character. She had a overwhelming sense of love and selflessness in regard to her family and her feistiness was fun! I also enjoyed how Davis had two pretty distinct voices for the two points of view, something other authors have huge difficulties with.Overall, I may or may not end up reading the next book in the series, but it was a nice, light read.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-27 05:48

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Key is the first book in the True Reign series by Jennifer Anne Davis. The True Reign series is a young adult fantasy series. Jennifer Anne Davis' Reign of Secrets series is my all time favorite young adult fantasy series. The Reign of Secrets series is the story of Princess Alyssa, which is the daughter of the couple in the True Reign series. So even though the two series can be read separately and can stand on their own, they are set in the same world and revolve around the same family of characters. I knew that because I am loving the Reign of Secrets series so much, I needed to read the True Reign trilogy. Plus, I knew I would love it as well because I am such a huge fan of Jennifer Anne Davis' writing style. I am halfway through book two right now, and I am totally hooked.I love reading the story of Darmik and Rema, Alyssa's parents. But in The Key, they are just 17 years old. Darmik is a prince and Rema is a long lost princess, only she has no idea. There are lots of secret movements in place, and the book takes place at a very pivotal time in the country's history. I really loved the set up, because it gave me a totally different look at the countries. The world that Jennifer Anne Davis has created is so rich and detailed. I love that in both of the series. In the Key, the story takes place at a different location than the Reign of Secrets series, so that gave an interesting and very different perspective of the world. Darmik's father is a harsh ruler, as his Darmik's older brother. I loved seeing the two prince's different personalities. They could not be more different, but surprisingly even with as awful as his brother is, Darmik was still caring towards him. (I'm not sure if I would have been able to be as nice.)I loved being able to see Darmik and Rema, not as parents, but as their own love story. And their love story is not all roses and sunshine. There are secrets around every corner, and the countries are on the brink of war, both with each other and within their own walls. The Key is a highly charged novel. I love the intense atmosphere, and I loved the riddles and secrets that all of the characters needed to unravel. I love this world and these characters so much. The second book is even better than the first book! (In fact, I am itching to finish this review and go back to my reading of book two.) The Key does an excellent job setting the stage for the next two books, and the ending was intense. I immediately grabbed for the second book in this trilogy, because I had to keep reading. Jennifer is evil with her cliffhangers in all of her books. This is a series that you will want to have all the books on hand because if you are like me, you will want to binge read them. (and you can! Because the trilogy is complete!) I am so happy that I have found Jennifer Anne Davis' books because they are so beloved by me. I could re-read them over and over again and not get sick of the characters or the world. I love Alyssa so much and the Reign of Secrets is still my all time favorite fantasy series, but the True Reign series helps flesh out the world even more! If you are new to both of these series, I recommend starting with The Key, and the True Reign Trilogy, and then immediately jumping into the Reign of Secret series. Books one and two are already out, and book three is forthcoming. These series are incredibly good! They will always be favorites of mine. Everyone should read them. Everyone. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  • Minni Mouse
    2018-11-26 01:56

    This ebook was free on Amazon at the time that I bought it...but I just checked and it's $3 now. Oh, well. It's still a good buy! The plot itself was extremely engaging - albeit not particularly original - to the point where I found myself speed-reading toward the end because I was breathless with wanting to know what was going to happen next. My main gripe with this book was while the story might have been entertaining, the actual execution of it was marked by young-sounding narrative and prose. THE STORYPrincess Amer/Rema is a bit like Anastasia - her entire royal family was slaughtered during a takeover by an enemy kingdom. The only way she survived was by a Commander switching his murdered infant daughter with her, thus smuggling her out as a commoner and leaving the rest of the kingdom believing the entire royal line had been extinguished. Fast forward seventeen years. Rema lives with her aunt and uncle with no idea who she truly is. She catches the attentions of Prince Darmik and Crown Prince Lennek, the former who falls in instant love with her and the latter who only wants her to spite his younger brother. Rema is forced into an engagement with Prince Lennek while also falling for Darmik. Darmik, as the Commander of the army, is tasked with suppressing the riots and uprising from unhappy subjects who despise the royal family and who spread rumors that the lost royal heir has returned to claim her true throne. Dun-dun duuun. THE GOOD"Are you not entertained?!" The plot moves extremely quickly and covers a lot of ground: an arranged marriage, escape attempts, another arranged marriage, killings and violence, wicked kings and impoverished civilians, ball gowns, military efforts to hunt down the source of the uprising, political scheming, falling in insta-love again, prison, and cliffhangers.I also thought Rema was a decent heroine. She's clearly a damsel in distress but she's not completely without a spine. It's her determination to keep her chin up even when she's terrified that makes me respect her. Not bad for a heroine in a book that's probably targeted toward the 12-14 year old range. THE BADPoorly crafted language that doesn't build a credible time period. The first clue I had to what the writing was going to be like was this line from Darmik to Lennek:Taking a deep breath, Darmik said, “I’m going hunting. Want to come?”Call me nitpicky, but if the writing was going to be more mature and try to pass itself off as more serious, Darmik would have phrased his question more along the lines of, "I'm going hunting. Do you wish to join me?" or "Will you join/accompany me?" I nitpick this because these guys are royals in some sort of medieval/fantasy time. Lingo would be different for folks such as themselves in a time period such as these...more formal, ya know? Word choice is everything when it comes to subtly shaping characters.And here's another one: “Oh, honey. Are you all right? We were so worried when you didn’t come home last night.” Lemme tell ya - Catelyn Stark would never "oh, honey" Ned Stark or anybody else because it's such a modern thing to say. Yet another example of a distracting element that takes away from the believability of the moment.And this entire book was like that. Cheesy plot lines or young-sounding writing that glossed over serious moments - murder, torture, sexual tension - and treated them instead with the depth of a middle grade book. That's probably why our story moved so fast - we didn't have the patience to take our time and scrape deeper into the psyche of these characters. The weakest link? That insta-love. THE VERDICTDespite the cheese and corn and cliches, I greatly enjoyed this book! Sure, the insta-love and romance were astonishingly grating and unbelievable and sure, this isn't a deeply dramatic or serious book...but I was entertained! I'll definitely be picking up the sequel.

  • Crystal Marie
    2018-11-17 03:39

    4.5 Stars!!!I feel that before I start with my review, there are a few things that I need to address right off the bat.1.) I DID receive a copy of this book for MY honest review.2.) I absolutely can NOT stand YA. I’m sorry it’s just not my cup of tea.3.) I completely hate cliffhangers.4.) I am completely IN LOVE with this book and can’t wait for the next book!Now that I have those out of the way, I will start with my review.When I first started reading this book, the switching of the POV’s was slightly annoying at first. I was really getting into Rema’s character and then Darmik would pop his head in. And it was reversed as well. But as the story progressed, I did enjoy the way that the author was able to switch the POV’s in a way that it added more to the story than if she would have told it from only 1 character POV.The character’s themselves I feel were written very well, the attention to detail when it came to describing not only their looks but also their personalities was done in a way that you weren’t left confused or wanting more from them. Each of the characters in the story had their own completely different personalities, even down to the chamber maids and it was great fun to read and see how they interact with each other.There was quite a bit of drama that was taking place throughout the story, and while I don’t usually like stories with that level of it, I think that the author was able to incorporate it in the story very well. There were enough twists and turns that were taking place that this story will suck you into it and you won’t want to put the book down.With every book, no matter how much you love it, there are also the downsides. To me, the “discovery” that Darmik made? I totally saw that coming, but even still, I enjoyed the book. I really wish that I would have known there was a cliffhanger because come the end of the book I was on baited breath waiting to find out what was going to happen next. I also felt like there were more questions than answers during the course of this book. I am hoping that the next book will be able to answer some of those questions, because I felt in a way that we didn’t discover anything new in this book.Overall, I did completely enjoy this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great new read!

  • Holly
    2018-12-04 01:32

    I was looking for a change of pace for my reading list. I've read a lot a paranormal, dystopian, and contemporary fiction lately. So when I saw this book, I was immediately drawn to it. It looked like a classic medieval fantasy--something I hadn't read in a while, but absolutely love. But, like the synopsis says, this is no fantasy... it was better!!! This is a book about the brutalities of war, the oppression of a people living under tyrannical rule, and the life and death of ordinary people living in an depressing time. At the center of this book lies a prince and a peasant girl. They come from very different worlds, but are immediately drawn to each other. Then the worst possible thing happens. The prince's brother--seeing that his younger brother is taken with this girl--forces her into an engagement of marriage. (These two have the ultimate sibling rivalry going on.) This is an amazing story, delivered flawlessly. The characters, the action, and the love story were all woven together masterfully. The story pulled me in from the start and didn't let go until the end. And oh boy, what an end! I'm not only waiting for the sequel in this book, I'm clamoring for it. I absolutely cannot wait to see what other adventures this author has in store for us. But it's bound to be brilliant!

  • Melanie
    2018-11-18 06:36

    *This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*This book is your next MUST READ! A cover to cover, could not put it down, even if I tried kind of read. The characters just jump of the pages and the craving to know what happens next is intense. No words in this book are superfluous (apart from the last 4 .. but I will get to those) so read them carefully. Even the prologue offers clues that can help you try and unscramble the mysteries held within the pages that demand your attention. Often YA books can leave an adult wanting but this is NOT the case here. Now back to those final 4 words .... end of book 1 ..... END OF BOOK 1???? Even though I went into this KNOWING there was a cliffhanger coming I was STILL caught off guard. The urge to THROW my kindle across the room is definitely not an understatement here and the only thing that saved it is without it I wouldn't be able to read book 2. Incredible!!. V""V***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: ***

  • Jan farnworth
    2018-11-21 07:32

    All can i say is when the next part coming out :)This story is told from multiple points of view which the author does a great job of transitioning between as you move through the story. The story kept me enthralled i am very invested in the characters in this story. I really felt like i was in the story line all the way up to the end and fair warning this is a great build up to what i am sure is going to be a fantastic 3 part story. I am hooked, if you like the story of Anastasia then you will love this story.this book is currently free on amazon

  • Ari Reavis
    2018-12-12 09:50

    This was a great book. It had so much action, mystery, and some romance. Rema is such a strong young lady and she goes through so much in this story. She doesn't know she's a long lost princess, but she damn sure acts like it. She's experiencing romance with Darmik, but is engaged to the PSYCHOPATH Lennek ( aka Darmik's brother...... drama). Darmik needs to figure out if he'll continue to be loyal to his evil family or to his kingdom. And Lennek just needs a sword to the gut, like yesterday. The cliffhanger was just cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Jessica Cowgill
    2018-11-18 08:38

    Awesome awesome awesome!!! wow!! I loved the ending too...everyone moans and groans about cliff hangers but she does it so well at the end that u can't think of anything else but hurrying up and opening the next book...which I'm going to go do as soon as possible!!

  • Erin
    2018-12-06 06:29

    This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.I can’t come up with the words needed to express my love for this book. The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis is one incredible journey. Greenwood Island is a land divided into several regions by a merciless ruler, King Barjon. Once prosperous and open, King Barjon has overthrown the once ruling family and begun an oppressive and brutal regime. Rema is the seventeen-year-old niece of a horse merchant and his wife, who realizes she looks “different” than other people. She has been kept isolated by her aunt and uncle with very few interactions with the other villagers, except for her best friend Bren and his family. When her aunt and uncle and Bren’s parents reach an agreement on the two young lives, their decision sets in motion a life path that Rema doesn’t want yet. She wants to explore and give in to her wanderlust. But how can she when all inhabitants of the island are forbidden to travel outside of their own regions?Prince Lennek, and his younger brother, Prince Darmik, are the heirs to the throne. Lennek, is being groomed for the role of future king, while Darmik is the Commander of the King’s Army. Lennek rarely sets foot out of the castle and King City, and Darmik rarely sets foot inside, preferring instead to be out with his troops patrolling and protecting King and Country. While out with his troops, Darmik begins to hear stories of a peasant uprising and the coming of “the key” to take its rightful place on the throne. But how can this be when there are no surviving members of the previous royal family? Rema happens upon Darmik accidentally one afternoon while running wild through the forest near her house. They have an immediate connection, but he is royalty and she is common, so nothing can come of it. She then happens upon him again when she and her uncle deliver a horse to the governor’s house and he is there. Unfortunately, she also happens upon Lennek. Lennek witnesses this connection and hatches a plan to make Rema his and to keep it secret from his brother. Although she wants nothing to do with Lennek or the royal family, Rema musters all her strength and courage to go with him to King’s City in order to spare the lives of her aunt and uncle. Especially after witnessing firsthand how incredibly cruel the Prince can be. When Darmik arrives back home after trying to track down the legitimacy to the rumors of a blood heir, he learns of Lennek’s plans for Rema. He also begins to see how blurred lines can become when dealing with facts, folklore, and the ways of the heart. Is everything as it seems, or is there more to the rumors and the pawn that is Rema? And what do you do when you begin to question everything you’ve ever learned and start to wonder if there’s anyone at all you can trust? The Key is a rich tapestry of vibrant colors and depth. The story is intricately layered and the characters are marvelously fleshed out. Even though I passed “young adult” years ago and the genre for The Key is young adult light fantasy, I never once felt like the story or characters were too young for me. Actually, I think everyone would find enjoyment with the story because there is so much complexity to it. It really does have something for everyone. A fantastic story! Hurry up part two! I give this 5/5 stars.

  • Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
    2018-11-28 05:40

    This was really a 2.5 for me as I did not much enjoy it. There were places where I skipped five or six pages at once and I never do that. Nothing was happening and it was boring. Since I started with negatives, I will finish them and there are some positives which I will put below. I did not care for the fact that Renna's aunt and uncle were not telling her the all important fact of who she was. They felt she was old enough to marry, but not to know that she is the lone surviving member of the murdered royal family? That is a spoiler but the reader finds out that information in the Prologue. And then later on her aunt gives her an obviously very valuable piece of jewelry that she says is an heirloom even though Renna's family was to her knowledge poor. AND she does not tell her to keep it hidden even though at that time the aunt knows she is in serious danger. That just did not make sense at all. Renna should have been aware that it needed to be hidden but she lets a servant see it and discusses it with her and lets Prince Darmik see it as well.I also kind of like fantasy fiction to make sense as far as how the characters act. At one point Renna is under guard and forbidden to leave her room in the castle. Prince Darmik who is his father's war leader simply bribes her guards and some others and steals her away to wander around the city in disguise for the day. Not likely. Illogical things like that were constantly irritating and kept me from really getting into the story.Regarding the characters for the most part they were really really good or really really bad - except for Darmik who is second son of the evil king. His very evil brother is heir to the throne. For a good guy Darmik does some horribly cruel things which are in unbelievable contrast to his stopping to comfort a crying child whose mother is dead. I wanted to really like him but in some instances it was very difficult to do so.For the positives, the storyline was very good and had great possibilities. It's good against evil as most fantasy stories are, but with some mystery behind it. Is the mysterious Mako still alive and is he close by? Is there a movement afoot to right all the wrongs the evil kind has brought onto the land? For all the negatives of this book for me, I can't help but want to get the next book. I seriously hope I enjoy it more than I did this one, but the brutal (brutal to the reader as well as the character) cliff hanger ending makes it pretty hard not to get the next book. Ordinarily I hate cliff hangers and sometimes just read some reviews with spoilers to see what happens if I didn't really like the book. This time I want to see what the author does with this story and these characters so will try one more book.

  • Tammy Hall
    2018-11-27 01:32

    I was completely drawn to this book by it's cover as if it were calling my name just begging to be read. I wondered what surprise might be behind that cover and if I had really chose to pick it up or if by some force unknown to me it had just appeared to me. I knew one thing at this point I had to know the story behind the cover that had me in it's grasp. The Key had unlocked a magical wonderful world to me one of time gone by were girls really became princess's and king ruled the land. Make no mistake here though as I make this seem like a fairy tale I can assure you it is not. As I read I became acquainted with a spirited 17 yr old girl named Rema who wanted to set out on adventures untold and discover new places if only she could. Rema has grown up with her one and only friend Bren who has been her accomplice in many of Rema's schemes never once stopping her from trying anything that fancies her. Then as if fate intervened Rema has a chance encounter with a prince his name is Darmik and he is strong and rugged and not in total agreeance with the way his father and older brother are ruling the kingdom. As Darmik's brother the Crown Prince believes that he should have whatever it is he wants no matter what the price. When he see's that Darmik is smittened by Rema the Crown Prince decides to scheme behind his brothers back and forces Rema to become his bride using measures that will cost Rema dearly as she will in the end suffer losses untold her only hope is Darmik but she's afraid to trust him after all he is the Crown Princes brother. Could she trust him oh if only some one had a key to all of the answers and away to stop the atrocities that unfold. Is Rema the answer Darmik and the kingdom needs or is she as conniving and callus as the Crown Prince. I became completely swept away with The Key. As the story had me hoping for a happily ever after I knew there had to be some strings attached as it did not start out as once upon a time. As I said before this book is no fairy tale but it is magnificent and for sure to keep you intrigued as to what nasty scheme the King and Crown prince will come up with next. The Key is an outstanding fabulously written story that will leave you with your heart in your throat begging to know what happens next. Jennifer Anne Davis has done a superb job of writing a story that you won't want to put down and at the same time wanting to ask her for more. I truly am twitterpated with this story and hope that there is more to come as I feel that Rema has some more adventures in her yet that may or may not include Darmik. Maybe this story will find it's happily ever after, after all.