Review: Captive by Aimee Carter

Captive by Aimee CarterPublisher: Harlequin Teen (November 25, 2014)
ebook: 304 pages
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #2
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars

For the past two months, Kitty Doe’s life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister’s niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats 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?


I really liked the first book, Pawn. Kitty Doe was bought and kidnapped, forced into a procedure that ‘masked’ her identity (aka A LOT of plastic surgery), and subsequently thrust into a role where she didn’t know who to trust. Captive starts off with that same high adrenaline rush that we got from Pawn. I picked it up to read just a chapter before bed, and somehow found myself halfway through and awake late into the night. It was that good.

One of the major downsides of this book was how much Kitty irritated me. She kept making dumb choices left and right and it hurt to read. She was acting like a child, doing what she thought was right even when asked not to for her own safety and the safety of the rebellion. And her argument kept coming back to how Knox doesn’t trust her enough to tell her anything. I’m sorry? Why would he trust her if she acts likes like that and puts the rebellion at risk? Luckily the fast pace of the story ensured that I wouldn’t have too long to dwell on those foolish decisions for very long.

There were so many things coming to light in this book. It’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not, especially in regards to Knox and his loyalties. But, I want to believe him. And I want Kitty to believe him. It’s just not likely to happen anytime soon though.

Benjy and his loyalty to Kitty is precious and I quite enjoy it. But he’s barely in this book, much like the first book, and I’m not sure how much I love him as a character. I love that he’s there for Kitty and he sees the real her, etc. etc., but as a character there wasn’t enough development to wow me. Appropriately, though, there was a lot of really interesting developments with the rebellion and the Blackcoats to keep me satisfied.

Overall this was a fast paced read that kept my attention even when I wanted nothing more to do with Kitty. Can’t wait to see her progress in the next book. For anyone who hasn’t read either books yet, check them out! They feature a lot of typical YA dystopian elements, but Ms. Carter manages to give it a pizzazz that’s hard to resist.

Author: Kim

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