Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter


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.

Release Date: November 26, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli

Pawn was a really unique read.  I liked the premise of the ranking system, and really felt for Kitty.  Kitty's rank is low, due to her learning disability (she can't read despite being very intelligent) and she is doomed to a life as a city sewer worker.  Unexpectedly, she's approached by a man who offers her the choice to become a VII (the highest rank).  Kitty will join the country's ruling family as Lila Hart.  The choice is a no-brainer, and Kitty accepts.  However, once she does, it sets a sequence of events into motion, things she never anticipated.

Kitty soon learns that the Hart family is full of deception, hatred, and the desire for revenge.  Nothing is as it seems and she really can't trust anyone.  There was a lot of intrigue in Pawn, and that kept the story interesting and unpredictable. However,  Pawn had a lot of drama, and some of it felt unnecessary to me.  Most of the characters were two-faced and played a lot of mind games.  That got old for me.  I prefer straight-forward characters and tire quickly of the back-and-forth that comes along with drama. 

I respected Kitty's strength and the fact that she was really good at standing up for herself. Kitty was unpredictable, and I like that in a character: not ever being sure about how they'll react to any given situation.

I think now that the world-building is complete, book two will be even better than Pawn. This series shows promise, and I'm definitely going to be reading the next book. 

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