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Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion Series #1)

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Powerful New YA Series!

Would you give up your life and your identity to save those you care about? In a dystopian America where a power-hungry dynasty dictates what your station in life will be, seventeen year old Kitty, one of society’s “throw away” children, is thrown into a twisted plot to...
Would you give up your life and your identity to save those you care about? In a dystopian America where a power-hungry dynasty dictates what your station in life will be, seventeen year old Kitty, one of society’s “throw away” children, is thrown into a twisted plot to cover up the death of the “first” daughter. Bought on the black market, drugged and unconscious, Kitty wakes up to find the girl she has seen in the mirror for her entire life is gone, replaced by the face, body and voice of another and blackmailed into pretending to be Lila, the popular daughter of Daxton Harte, America’s leader. Kitty soon learns there is more to the death of Lila than meets the eye, and that Harte is actually a puppet for the family matriarch. She will do anything to keep those she loves safe, but soon finds that there is a grassroots rebellion in the making and just maybe members of this completely dysfunctional family may be its greatest supporters and allies. Can Kitty perform well enough to fool those around her? Can she fool the public? With so many lives on the line, she cannot fail, but as the Harte family’s house of smoke and mirrors starts to crumble from within, the secrets that are revealed threaten to overwhelm the resourceful young girl from the streets.

Pawn by Aimee Carter will rock you back on your heels with its fresh and intriguing plot that contains elements of surprise, mystery, political intrigue, terror and even romance! This is brilliant story-telling, fast-paced, unrelenting in its magnetic pull and a tremendously strong base to build what promises to be an incredible series! When Ms. Carter allowed Kitty to tell this story from her own perspective, it was a stroke of creative genius, putting the reader right in the middle of the action.

Each character is unveiled slowly, their forms colored in and their personalities crammed with three-dimensional life! All along the way, there are twists, turns and knots to be unraveled, but never did the pace relent! I absolutely NEED to know what will happen next!

I received an ARC edition from Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on October 23, 2013

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Pawn was such a disappointment. There I said it. I was really..

Pawn was such a disappointment. There I said it. I was really.. and I mean really looking forward to it because the synopsis promised a comeback for the dystopians with an actual dystopian plot line. Unfortunately the lack of likability in all of the characters as well ...
Pawn was such a disappointment. There I said it. I was really.. and I mean really looking forward to it because the synopsis promised a comeback for the dystopians with an actual dystopian plot line. Unfortunately the lack of likability in all of the characters as well as the absurdity with the way they behave and what is the norm for them kind of ticked me off. Maybe I should explain what I mean by what I wrote above. The main protagonist, Kitty, is a Doe (her last name, like Jane Doe given to all unidentified corpses), meaning an orphan. Her only way of going up the social and life ladder is to ace the test every 17 (or 16?) year old has to take. Unfortunately Kitty gets a III.. which is a far cry from the royal VII as well as the desired V or even IV. Now she has to work in the sewers.. all the way in Nevada.. so what does she decide? oh.. just work at a prostitution house for 4 months until her boyfriend takes his test.. la di la di la.. oh so normal.. WHAT?! HOLD UP! I am at AWE at how NORMAL it is for this girl to decide to work as a prostitute and all her boyfriend say is 'I promise I'll get a VI and get you out of there'… say what? also.. some scenes in which people go 'hunting' but instead of hunting animals they hunt people who have ben exiled.. and when Kitty finds that out she's horrified for a couple of paragraphs.. then BACK TO NORMAL.. Another horrifying point is when someone she knew for a long time dies because of Kitty and the next couple of pages were dedicated to Kitty JUSTIFYING that it is for the best and that person really was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just… the logic and lack of humanity in ALL the characters, the supposed good and evil is INFURIATING. I really couldn't stomach all characters and I really disliked every single one of them. Other than that, I felt that the plot line was wasted in terms of plain obvious revelations occurring in the book that just felt a bit too unrealistic. I had high hopes in regards to the dystopian side of the novel, and while I do like the incorporation of rebellion, I just can't understand some of the dynamic that are present in the novel. So many disconnected things happen in this novel that I wished were linked in a better way. The book felt choppy and I honestly started skimming paragraphs towards the end because I started getting restless (Reminded me of my restlessness when I read The Diviners). Unfortunately I am not going to be reading the sequel, because this whole book was a huge disappointment.  

posted by majibookshelf on December 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Personally, I expected more from Ms. Carter. The Goddess Test Se

    Personally, I expected more from Ms. Carter. The Goddess Test Series was utterly fantastic, and this one was somewhat... disappointing. All in all, it was very interesting, just not as grabbing as I first expected when I picked it up. It's a good read if you just want to pass the time, but nothing worth spending too much time on.

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