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

Title: Pawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Expected Date of Release: November 26th 2013
Pages: 346
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Are you more than the number on the back of your neck?

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.


Love, loss and betrayal, this story will capture you from the very beginning. Sadly the cover did not capture my attention, however the plot of this story did. I do love the other cover thought! The blue of her eyes is so bright and recognisable, no wonder they struggled to make other people eyes that colour. I also like the way they have embedded the ranking into her eye, as if she can be a VII on the outside however, she is still an III.

Kitty Doe has taken her test, and due to the slow reading of her reader she was unable to complete the test, consequently meaning she is left with an III. If you do not have a V in your ranking, you are not respected nor welcome into the communities. But when she is caught by the Prime Minister, Kitty is no longer Kitty; she is Lila. She looks like Lila, however if she wants herself and the ones she loves to survive, she must become Lila. Otherwise her and others shall be sent Elsewhere. But how will Kitty be able to play by Daxton's rules, when Celia and Knox need her help more? Lies and betrayal will soon envelop her...

Kitty is a character who is strong and knows what to do and what not to do in particular situations. Additionally, her dedication and love for Benjy was lovely and how much she goes through to try and keep him safe shows her true strength and power. She is a bright girl whom knows exactly what she is doing, and is very secretive on occasions meaning she will always attempt to find an alternative. With Kitty's transition into Lila, it was interesting to acknowledge all the little differences you don't think about and the extent something of that procedure can go to.

The story was highly engaging, with heart-wrenching scenes of which will make you think about some of the consequences people have to go through. But when you find out about Elsewhere... that is something else entirely. To learn about the lies and truths behind the most powerful family was eye opening and clever, you learn that with such power you can do and manipulate anything how you want.

This is an engaging story of which will open your eyes to the true cruelty of people, but additionaly the monsters that can lurk inside them. With action, love, loss, heartbreak, trust and rebellion this story won't allow your attention to lapse until the very end.

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