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

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Title: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Format acquired: Paperback (ARC)
Source: Received from the publicist for review (thank you, Lisa!)
Publication date: November 26, 2013



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.


Aimee Carter crafted a world that frighteningly enough, I can see happening in the near future. And that is one of the reasons why I find this book engrossing. Among all the Dystopian books I’ve read, Pawn is the closest picture of what our society’s government looks like. The deception, the lies, the betrayal, the intent of killing someone just so you can get what you want—it was all there. I know I’m painting a bad picture in your mind against the government but those are what I really thought of and they (meaning those who are in the high positions) aren’t doing things to prove to me that they aren’t what I really think they are. Though I’m not saying that all of those people who are in the higher ups are bad but most of them are. As I was saying before, it was what made Pawn engrossing—the close to reality situation of it.

The fast pacing of the story is another one of the reasons why I was absorbed reading this book. Imagine my surprise when I was still in the 20+ pages and there’s already a hint of conspiracy brewing. There are lots of things happening in the book at the same time and at times, you’ll feel like you can’t keep up but eventually, you’ll get ahold of it.

The villains in this book were evil. Especially Daxton. The gif below pretty much concluded my feelings for them.

Now let’s go to the not so positive side of my review. The characters felt flat for me with the exception of Kitty. I didn’t feel any connection with them. There were no character developments in the book. Though I kinda understand it since Pawn is the first book in a series and who knows, maybe the author is planning to improve the characters in the next book. Also, I would like to comment about the romance in the book. It’s too…cheesy. Whenever Benjy would say some sweet lines, instead of swooning over the sweetness of it, I cringe. I think it’s better if the author will focus more on conspiring and plotting part instead of romance.

Pawn offers an exciting introduction to an undoubtedly action-packed series. This book is thrilling and will have you gasping in shock towards some of the revelations in it.

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  1. I definitely had some crazy hatred for the villains in this book too, they were so cruel! This one got pretty much the same rating from me for the same reasons-I didn't care much about the characters. The rest does seem like it has potential though so we shall have to see :)