Review: Pawn

November 19, 2013 book review 19

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn by Aimée Carter

Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Pages: 346
Format: ebook ARC
Source: publisher


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.

Imagine a world where your test scores define your whole life. It defines where you live, it defines what you do, it defines what you eat, it defines your future family. Now picture scoring a III, one of the worst scores you could get and then being offered to be a VII, aka a royal. Would you turn it down?

PAWN is a gripping tale about one girl’s choice to step into a dead royal’s shoes. Kitty loses her face, her identity, and her friends. She must learn everything there is to know about being Lila Hart, the niece of the Prime Minister. He’s a cruel and heartless man who does whatever is necessary to keep the population down and keep everyone in their rightful place. The rules don’t pertain to him, he is the rules. He can virtually command people do whatever it is he wants them to do, and nobody will stop him. But being Lila gives Kitty that window to make a difference and possibly take down this horrendous and volatile man who can never be not elected.

This story caught my attention from the very first chapter. It was engaging and intriguing and the world Carter has created is, quite frankly, scary. Kitty is obviously desperate to be anything other than a III. She knows becoming a VII could mean staying in the DC area where she’s from. She knows it would mean staying close to her childhood boyfriend, Benjy. What she doesn’t realize is how much danger she’s really in. Daxton, the Prime Minister, is ruthless and would kill her in a heartbeat if she steps out of line. Kitty is brave beyond belief for A) willingly going into selling her body to make money and stay close to Benjy and B) for pretending to be somebody else even though she has the potential to fail miserably and possibly wind up dead. She puts herself in extremely difficult and dangerous situations but always seems to go in with a level head. She does everything for a purpose and knows that even if she dies, it’s for the better good. I loved that about her. If I were forced to be somebody else and then forced to lead a rebellion right under the Prime Minister’s nose, I don’t know how I would choose what to do. Every decision could get her killed and she was willing to do it anyway. Talk about guts.

The Prime Minister’s family was psychotic. Like legit psychotic. Daxton is hellbent on preventing a rebellion. His mother is basically the ruling person of the family. She’s willing to sacrifice her own family members to keep her family in power. She controls every nook and cranny of her household and plays every member like a piece of chess. It’s her game, and she’s going to win. Daxton’s son, Greyson, becomes one of Kitty’s best friends in the house. He is supposedly 18 but he acted much younger to me. He was extremely sensitive and some of the things he said and did seemed like they were coming from a 13 year old. This was probably my one and only issue with this book. I can’t really go into the more important characters because they all play a specific role in this novel that I don’t want to give away. Just know that the apples don’t fall far from Grandma Augusta’s tree. Each character was crafted magnificently and all made the story that much more thrilling. Seriously, this is a messed up family that you can’t help but want to follow around. I was surprised time and time again with what everyone was capable of and what they were doing behind each other’s backs.

I was a little worried going into this that it would just fall right in line with all the other dystopian novels out there. But I can wholeheartedly assure you that PAWN is a fantastic new dystopian that delivers a punch. The ethical issues it raises, along with a frighteningly terrific cast of characters, makes this a book you’re not going to want to miss!

4 Thought Clouds!
I received an ebook ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


19 Responses to “Review: Pawn”

    • Christine P

      Thank you!! I’ve been debating on changing it for a little over a month and wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend the money and time to make one. This made me so glad I did 🙂

    • Christine P

      It was definitely different from others I’ve read in the genre. I think getting an inside scoop on the corrupt government was such a neat concept and worked well

  1. Cait

    Daxon was freaky, eh? I ADORED that twist involving him. 😉 There were a lot of good twists, but I wasn’t wholeheartedly convinced on this one. I felt it borrowed a lot from other dystopians, and I really didn’t get “elsewhere”. But that’s just me! It was SUCH a fun and quick delicious read.

    And the blog looks different! Nice! 🙂

    • Christine P

      That twist! It definitely took me by surprise but I wish only Kitty and Augusta had known about it. I feel like it makes it less surprising since some other people know about it. BUT I can’t wait to see how that plays out in the next book.

      Thank you! I was hoping it would look okay after I spent weeks debating whether to change it in the first place

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    This sounds really interesting. I remember seeing it when it popped up on NG, but I’m so far behind on my review books I just couldn’t do it. I love books that have a strong female protagonist, so I’ll have to give this one a try sometime. Great review!

    • Christine P

      This was one of the books I decided to break my NG ban on because I loved the sound of it. I’m so incredibly behind. My approval to feedback ratio is HORRIBLE. If you do catch up once your student teaching semester is over, I’d definitely recommend reading this at some point!

      Thank you! I was worried how it would turn out and after spending all day on it, I was convinced it was crap. I’m glad you think it looks good! 🙂

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