Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by Harlequin on November 26th 2013
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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.
In the future, everyone has been reduced to a a number. On your seventeenth birthday, you are branded based on how beneficial the society believes that you will be. For Kitty, all she dreams about is being good enough to live a comfortable life with her boyfriend Benjy. However, after her testing, Kitty is marked a III. While not a death sentence per se, her life is looking very bleak. That is until a strange turn of events lands her the opportunity to become a VII. But there is a cost. One that Kitty isn’t too sure she is willing pay.
After loving the Goddess Test series, I was sure that Pawn would be an instant hit with me. I knew what Aimee Carter was capable of, and Pawn easily became one of the reads that I was most looking forward to. While the concept for Pawn was promising, its characters and blah romance put a damper early on on any real hopes I had for this series.
Our main character. Kitty was not a bad character really. She wants so little from life. Mainly just a comfortable life with Benjy. I wish I could say that I loved her character. That she was the redeeming part for Pawn. However, I can’t. Kitty just seemed to go with the flow. She has a few take charge moments, but those are so few and in between that I wondered more than once if she really had a backbone. Instead, the men in her life act as the true forces of change. It is was frustrating. Knowing what Carter can do with a female character, and being stuck with Kitty.
The romance. Ugh. That about sums it up. I have said it before and I will say it again. I despise already existing romances with no back story or chemistry. I need something to give me a reason to root for them. While Benjy seemed like a nice enough guy, he could have been wallpaper for all I knew. He has a few standout scenes throughout Pawn, but he was completely forgettable. When him and Kitty got together, it was sweetish, but because I had nothing invested in them as a couple, I found myself caring less and less about what happened to them.
Prime Minister Daxton. Despite the lackluster start and even middle of Pawn, I still had hopes for this read. I was hoping for some rabbit to get pulled out of the hat… and it happened. In the form of Prime Minister Daxton. When you look up vile in the dictionary, it is his picture that you should see next to it. He is the bad guy of bad guys. Once he started to reveal his hand, I sat up and took notice. All the pieces never quite fell into place like they should have with Pawn, but at least I was finally beginning to see the big picture.
I wanted to love Pawn… I really did. I think it has the potential to be an interesting series, but I need more from it.