Monday, December 30, 2013

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Release date: November 26th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopia
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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. (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Harlequin TEEN through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Have you ever read a book wherein you felt like you were watching some thriller series? Well, this one's for me. I've read a lot of books but none ever made me feel like that. Pawn, however, totally made me feel as if it was one. I don't really know why. Maybe it was because of the characters, their choices and the way things turned out in Pawn. Somehow, it really is like a series. That's why I wasn't that much surprised with the twists and turns.

Pawn's premise was scary, stressful and exciting. Is it even right to bring those words together? Whether it is or it isn't, that's how Pawn is for me. It was scary because seriously? You live in a world wherein your future depends on your luck. Your lucky if you're the child of some hot shot public figure. You have bad luck otherwise. But that doesn't mean you don't get a chance. You're going to undergo a test at the age of 17 and your score will determine your future already. No do-overs. Just once. What are you gonna do if you scored the lowest? And you're just 17! Tell me if that isn't scary. It was stressful since the leaders of your country are so greedy. Especially when you're at the bottom of the social ladder, you can feel how much the officials are power-tripping. You can totally feel how much they practically own you. The worst thing is, you can't do a single damn thing about it. Despite the fact that it's both scary and stressful, Pawn was exciting when the MC, Kitty, was taken by the Harts to take over the role of Lila, the granddaugther who died. Honestly, if I were Kitty, I'd be excited that I'm an instant Hart. The Harts own the country. They control the people, their food, their jobs and just everything about it. But of course, power comes with a great responsibility. And Kitty was not only to take over Lila's role. She literally had to be her. Considering how she hate the Harts, she can't do anything about it since she's going to die and the people she loves. She really had no choice about it. The exciting part is that Kitty was actually doing other things than just the ones given to her by the family's head. She was supposed to stop the rebellion that Lila started but the hard thing for her was, it was also the things she believed in.

Kitty was a fun heroine to read about. She was assertive about a lot of things. I did feel how she was that determined to change the system. Even if there were hard choices to choose about, she chose the ones she  thought were the best. I actually agreed with her choices even if some were actually stupid. Still, no matter how much she hated the system and the people behind it, she was no killer. I admire that about her because she didn't let her hatred blind her judgment.

The thing I loved about Pawn is the way the characters practically turned into each other. One minute, they were allies, the next minute, they're enemies. They were enemies about one thing but they still have a common ground to be together. It was like watching a series really wherein the characters were so flexible. And I loved how I saw the good even in the evil characters and vice versa. It was nice to see their characters in such a way. I got to understand why they're doing this and that.

As I have said earlier, I wasn't surprised with the twists and turns. It wasn't the jaw-dropping kind anyway. It was pretty obvious and somehow expected but that doesn't mean it made my reading experience any less better. I really enjoyed it still.

Pawn is a great dystopia novel wherein one have to fight for his/her future. It's about standing up for your own life and what you believe is right. You'll actually be amazed as to how Kitty literaly took over Lila's role. Pretty much unique.

About the Author

I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a degree in Screen Arts and Cultures (a fancy way of saying I was forced to watch a lot of old movies) with a subconcentration in Screenwriting. I write. I watch a lot of new movies. Read a lot of books. Tweet too much. Love dogs and have two spoiled Papillons.

I'm represented by the magical Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio, and on very rare occasions I blog over at WordPress. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


Great review, Nina! I'm really excited for this one.... I couldn't get into Carter's GODDESS books, but this looks like something I'll really enjoy. Fingers crossed!


Thanks! Yay. And I haven't read that series yet. Better have my hands on it! Hope you enjoy this one. :D


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