Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter
For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she’s accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she’ll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
My first thought after finishing this book is that there are no Acknowledgements. What’s up with that? There was nothing at the end but blank pages after the final page of the story. And it’s not an ARC, either. I always, always read the Acknowledgements whenever I am finished reading a book that is not an ARC (ARCs don’t typically have the Acknowledgements yet). Acknowledgements provide me with a sort of closure to the book. I wonder why Carter decided to leave them out.
Anyway, on to my thoughts about the actual novel…
I’m still not a huge fan of the romance between Kitty and Benjy. I’m not sure if it’s because Benjy isn’t a very prominent character throughout the story, but I just don’t feel the chemistry between them.
In my review of Pawn, I noted how I didn’t care for how Kitty handled herself as the heroin. I commented on how she wasn’t very brave and she just kind of went with what others told her to do. Well, in Captive, she finds her courageous side. She tries to fight back and she acts bravely in many ways. However, she goes about it poorly and without caution. Now, she needs to learn to work on her sneakiness and strategizing to pair with her new found bravery. Then, maybe she would be a better heroin.
There were a lot of twists and turns throughout this book, some I didn’t see coming and some I did. It was a good story overall and it kept my interest. I’m looking forward to reading the third installment when it is released.
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