Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pawn by Aimée Carter Book Review

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)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.

I had read the author's previous series The Goddess Test and I had enjoyed those books fairly well. This one immediately became my favorite however. A thrilling synopsis and an interesting cover, you pick it up and get past the first couple chapters and I'll bet you're hooked! Once Kitty wakes up I could barely put the book down. Kitty is a teenager who has been marked a III and that isn't a life she wants to live. A toss up of events and she has a chance to become a VII which she takes. Only the stakes are much higher than she ever thought as she begins to play a game of fighting for justice for the people and a change in governemnt...all while trying to hold onto her own life.

This was a really exciting book and there is a lot of mysteries going in...and when I finished there were still a lot of things that hadn't been answered yet. There is a lot of blackmailing, secrets, scandal, and backstabbing. Which just makes everything a whole lot more interesting. Without giving away too many secrets...the family that Kitty ends up being surrounded by is very, very interesting and a whole lot of trouble! Haha, there was no end to surprises and doubting who was one whose side. Even by the end you are still not completely sure who Kitty should trust. The ending was absolutely thrilling in both the final battle and the last few sentences. I cannot wait for the next book!

Kitty was a great character and I really liked her. She had some moments where she had to figure out what exactly she was supposed to do and what she should risk to get what she wants. And even while she's deciding that she isn't just thinking about herself. She's thinking about the people who aren't VIIs and who might even be IIs. She wants a better world and she's actually starting to make that happen. Most of the family I didn't care for, Knox and what's his name, Daxton's heir, were the only two that I liked. And I definitely liked Knox, he was pretty witty. Benjy, Kitty's old boyfriend was in a good bit of the book but I never felt like we got to know him extremely well.

Overall, this book was a really exciting sort of dystopian/rebellion/government-y book and I would rate it 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I liked Kitty as the main character a lot. There were twists and turns that just made the book and I'm pretty excited for the next book. I also think that this book almost matches Royals by Lorde or vise versa...they just go really well together!
Content wise there was a slight bit of language, a kiss or two, some attempts at murder, brief mention of drinking, and Kitty goes to work at a brothel but nothing happens to her.

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