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REVIEW: Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter

Captive by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #2
Published by Harlequin UK (MIRA Ink) on 1st December 2014
Pages: 304
Source: *Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The truth can set her free

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
Dark and captivating, Captive is a shocking and hair-raising sequel to the explosive novel Pawn. The only thing I dislike about this novel is the cover, I just find it too simple and sadly does not do the book justice in comparison to the US cover.

Kitty Doe is wearing the face of Lila Hart. A girl who is suppose to be dead, but is not. However, when Kitty becomes agitated with secrets hidden from her concerning The Blackcoat Rebellion, she puts her identity on the line. But when she is thrown into Elsewhere, she must survive amongst those who hate her most whilst trying to help to rebellion.

Kitty Doe is a strong and powerful protagonist. She drives to help those around her, no matter who or what they have done; however, the things I like about her is that she does have a guilty conscience unlike a lot of protagonists. Knox is also an intriguing character, he always has a plan up his sleeve and is never caught out. Though some of his motives are questionable, Knox has the interest of the rebellion at his heart.

The plot of this novel is fast-pace and fascinating, though dark and cruel. The picture Carter paints of Elsewhere is horrifying and shocking. To imagine a place like Elsewhere, where no-one is your friend, where everyone has ulteria motives and are all tell-tales, alongside fearing for your existence with every breath, afraid; it is a place of betrayal and self-defence. Carter's imagery is vivid and realistic, whilst the captives have no idea what is really going on.

The twists and turns this novel took was something I certainly did not expect. It continuously kept you guessing whilst making you heart-wrench with emotion for the characters and captives. Alongside this, the battle was enthralling and perfect. It was a brilliant conclusion to the sequel and I could not have asked for anything more.

A shocking yet fantastic sequel, Captive with have you craving the sequel Queen.


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