Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn - Aimee CarterPublisher: Harlequin Teen (November 26th 2013)
Hardcover: 296 pages
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Source:  Netgalley
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars


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.


I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve read a dystopia. Especially with the plethora of them, I felt like I had my fill for a while. That being said, Pawn was a pretty nice re-introduction back in to the genre.

Kitty Doe was a III. In a society where everyone at age 17, takes an aptitude test to be ranked  I to VI to determine your worth to society, a III is barely passable. Though still better than a I because that meant getting sent to Elsewhere (you don’t want to be sent Elsewhere). But then Kitty is given the opportunity be a prestigious VII, where only the ruling Hart family are VII, how do you say no? The only catch is she will be masked and become Lila Hart, the prime minster’s dead niece. The Hart family has plans for Kitty, but problem arises when it’s obvious that everyone has their own hidden agenda.

The plot is wonderfully face paced with lots of secret agendas, conspiracies, backstabbing, and assassinations weaving through the political intrigue. As soon as I got comfortable, another curve ball was thrown. And! Kitty was in the thick of the action! With the prime minster, Daxton and his sister Celia (Lila’s mother) at odds for power and a rebellion making its rise, Kitty is just a pawn (oh title reference!) to the Hart family. But (thankfully) Kitty is more than a puppet and when push comes to shove, she shoves back. I appreciate  a heroine who’s capable of taking the initiative instead of letting things push her to action.

Oh let’s talk about the love triangle. There’s Kitty. There’s Kitty’s childhood love Benjy. There’s Lila Hart’s fiance, Knox. Remember now, Kitty is Lila. So Knox is now Kitty’s fiance. Oh, and Knox know’s Kitty is masked as Lila. All the makings of a ridiculous love triangle right? … wrong! Turns out it’s a faux love triangle! (confetti).


It’s a well done romance, that’s really used to as a catalysis for the the story and I’m a-okay with that! Basically, this story isn’t about the romance, it’s about a dystopian society that’s about to rocked by change and Aimee Carter keeps it that way. Speaking of which, Knox is an interesting character, who still has lots of secret agendas. I’m definitely curious what his end game is. And in case you’re wondering, I found Benjy to be a bit of a cardboard cutout boyfriend. But it’s not really his fault, he hasn’t had much to do. (Oh and I like Greyson. He should rule (the world).)

The dysoptian world is interesting and when I found out about Elsewhere, it was a bit a horrifying. The idea of masking is so intriguing! It’s like taking plastic surgery to the extreme and literally looking like someone else in every manner. Overall, a very entertaining read with lots of great twists and turns. In the end, the book leaves us with many secrets still needed to be ousted. The ending isn’t really a cliff hanger but definitely sets up the next book well. This was my first introduction to Aimee Carter and it definitely wasn’t disappointed. I can’t wait for book 2.

{* Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter”

  1. Yay I’m glad you loved the book as well, I thought it was fan-freakingtastic! Benjy was kind of a wet rag yeah, but it was kind of refreshing to have a constant in that world full of backstabbing and treachery. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. Benjy was definitely kind of useless haha. Maybe he’ll get more to do next book haha. But yes, I’m glad Kitty stuck to guns in the romance department.

  2. I absolutely loved it!!! I am already wanting the sequel!!!

    1. Me too! i loved that this book ended perfectly with it’s perfect set-up but not cliff-hanger ending. I’m glad it lived up to expectations!

  3. Wonderful review. I just keep seeing great reviews on this book. I am definitely getting it.

    1. Thanks Ellen (: It was a nice surprise going back into dysoptian genre haha. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I loved this book too, I honesty didn’t expect much.
    Great review.

    1. The slightly lower expectation I think helped me enjoy the book more haha 😉 Thanks!

  5. Ah, thanks for this review – definitely going to get it now. 🙂

    1. No problem 😉 Hope you enjoy! It was an entertaining read!

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