Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.

Previously titled Masked.

Pawn by Aimee Carter

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Kitty has been raised in a foster home, after being born as an extra – the second child of a couple only allowed one child.

On her 17th birthday, having completed her test and being labelled a III – one of the lower classes, Kitty has been told that she will be working cleaning out sewers on the other side of the country, meaning that she will never see her childhood sweetheart Benjy again.

When an opportunity presents itself for Kitty to leave behind life as a III, and instead be given a new label as a VII – the highest rank, she takes it, not knowing the catch.
What has Kitty gotten herself involved in? Will she ever see Benjy again? And was becoming a VII worth risking everything?

This was an okay dystopian story, but I didn’t love it.

Kitty was an okay character, but I just couldn’t love her. At times she would show some spunk, but then at other times she was downright naïve and stupid. When she found out that rich people hired their kids tutors to help them with their test, she was surprised, shocked even! How she found this so shocking was beyond me. Anyone with half a brain would be able to work out that rich people’s kids will get higher ranks one way or another, and it also doesn’t take a genius to work out that even if she’d been the smartest person on the planet she might still have been labelled a III. Even as smart as she was, she had some sort of dyslexia, and couldn’t read because of it. In this sort of society, not being able to read for any reason was going to be held against you, so the odds were already stacked against her.
When she was then asked to do a certain task (one that I was pretty sure would have ended up killing her) she refused to do it, but not for the reasons I expected! And then when a certain person from her past turns up, she happily believes that he honestly scored a VI on his test, as does he. While this is never disputed, I find it highly improbable that he earned a VI, and was not in fact given a six so that they could get him into a position to use threats over his life to get to Kitty. I really just could not believe how she believed everything she was told! Considering that she was supposed to be smart, she certainly didn’t act like it at times.

The storyline in this was okay, although it did remind me of other books that I had read. It was a bit of a mash-up between ‘Legend’ and ‘Impostor’, and while I enjoyed the story, I just didn’t love it. This is probably in part due to the afore mentioned problems with Kitty, but the story just didn’t keep me engaged for the duration of the book, and I found this pretty easy to put down, and easy to get distracted from unfortunately. I also began to get pretty sick of all the different backstabbing things going on.
There were some twists that I didn’t see coming, which were good, and the overall story was alright. The ending was okay, but also made it obvious that this was the first book in a series, as very little was tied up at the end.
It will be interesting to find out what happens next in the story, but I won’t be rushing to read it.
Overall; an okay dystopian, but the main character was just too trusting and naïve for me.
6.75 out of 10.

Also - has anyone noticed that when said out loud, this book's title sounds like 'porn'?


  1. I just read a review from someone who loved this! Your thoughts and opinions kind of clashed--you thought Kitty was just okay while she loved Kitty; you thought the plot was okay, she thought it was amazing! Hm, I might have to check out other reviews before I read this! I love honest reviews, though, so I might lean more on those who gave this lower ratings so that I wouldn't expect so much.

    Christie @ Read by the Undead

  2. I'm hearing mixed things about this one, but I'm still a bit intrigued. Great review

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. LOL -- I didn't think of the title that way, but the cover reminds me of the Settings icon on my iPhone.
    Thanks for the heads up on the new release -- added it to my post :)

  4. hehe, porn. I never said the title out loud before. I so agree, Kitty was just so stupid sometimes it was hard to root for her.

  5. This was such a struggle for me. Honestly, I'm just not a fan of this author's writing. I'll probably break up after this one.