25 November, 2013

book review

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

My Copy: ARC PDF eBook
Publication Date: November 26, 2013 (Tomorrow!)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley/Edelweiss
Genre: Dystopian | Science Fiction | Young Adult

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

My Review

I really enjoyed Pawn.  It was a very good story.  Fans of the Dystopian genre will really like this one!  The story is interesting and unique, and filled with twists and turns.  Pawn kept me captivated throughout its entirety.

Kitty isn’t my favourite heroin.  First of all, I really dislike her name.  I’m glad she doesn’t go by it for the entire novel, since she has to pretend to be Lila.  But, besides her name, I didn’t feel as though Kitty was as strong or brave as I typically like my Dystopian heroins to be.  She lets everyone push her around because she’s afraid what will happen if she doesn’t do as she’s told, which is completely understandable (I’m not saying I would be any different), but its not an admirable trait in a fictional heroin.  She talks tough, but doesn’t act it most of the time.  She does have brave moments, though.  And she is selfless and caring of others.

Benji is Kitty’s boyfriend.  But, he doesn’t have much of a presence in the novel.  Honestly, I liked Knox better than Benji.  There is no love triangle in this book — Knox is just the fiancee of the girl (Lila) who Kitty has to pretend to be.  But, I kind of wish something would have happened with Knox and Kitty.  It could have just been that I didn’t feel a connection to Benji, like at all, because he wasn’t very well developed.  Knox was definitely more developed and I felt like I knew who he was.  So, I liked him better.  (View Spoiler)(I was actually kind of hoping for Benji to get killed at the end so that in the second novel Kitty and Knox would get together!  Haha — I know, I’m mean.)

Should you buy it tomorrow?  Overall, Pawn was really good and I enjoyed it.  So, my answer would be yes — I recommend it!

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– The story.  It was intriguing and captivating!
– Lots of twists and turns.
– Action scenes and intensity.
– Kitty’s development was excellent.  I was able to completely connect with her and knew who she was.

I Didn’t Care For:
– Kitty’s boyfriend, Benji.  I didn’t think he was developed enough and, therefore, I didn’t feel I understood who he was.
– Character development was a bit weak for everyone but Kitty.
– Kitty’s character, while being compared to my favourite Dystopian heroins.

4 stars blue

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