ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter !!!

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)Pawn by Aimee Carter
My rating: 5 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.

Previously titled Masked.

My Thoughts:

I got an e-ARC from Edelweiss Galleys, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank the publisher and the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.
In book is a dystopian novel where we meet Kitty Doe who stays in a group home with other kids whose parents have left them at an early age because being a lower rank they cannot afford to feed even one mouth properly let alone two. In this future America people are divided into various ranks ( from II to VI for general mass and VII only for the President’s family as there is Family Hierarchy rather than Democracy) and according to these ranks they are assigned appropriate jobs. On the seventeenth birthday of every individual they have to take a test that will determine their rank. Kitty’s expectations weren’t sky high but she expected the average IV but got an III which changed her life forever. She left her Boyfriend Benjamin and ran to a Brothel to get a living by staying close to her group home and her BF but there the President claims her and assigns her a secret job in exchange of a VII which you can only get if you’re a Hart from birth. What is the strange job? For what purpose does the President have to get hold of Kitty when she is just an III? Does the world is so simple in reality as it looks? Are the laws equal for everyone as the President’s Family claims? What’s the catch and what is the trap in which the President lured Kitty by promising her a shinning VII on her neck?
On the other hand a rebellion is about to surface against the laws and the President’s family. Which side will win? What will happen if the President’s own family turns against him and join the rebellion?
My Reaction:
Oh My Sweet Lord. I have never ever loved any other dystopian book as much as I loved Veronica Roth’s Divergent but today I confess that Aimee Carter’s Pawn surpassed Divergent totally. The mystery is so coiled that you can’t even guess what’s going to happen next and at some of the peak points I gaped at my e-reader in disbelief and read again to believe that I didn’t make a mistake. The action scenes are perfectly planned and executed and the master-mind tricks that the conspirators made just stunned me. On many moments I got shocked and afraid as well. The concept is so good and new that it made this read a refreshing one. I got more than I thought from this book.
The Characters:
Well I liked Kitty a lot but sometimes she just took the wrong decisions and then regretted that which pissed me a little but on second thoughts we people do the same in our real life, now don’t we?
Kitty is strong and admirable; she has a brain of her own which is miraculously sharp as well no matter what her test result says. She is confident but sometimes she got real scared and confused like normal people and this made me believe in her character. Even when her life was at stake she stepped forward and embraced the danger just to secure the life of the mass. She is kind but not a emotional fool and has the guts to take tough decisions as well. Benjamin is remarkable character; he was always there for Kitty at each and every situation and never left her alone. Knox is my favourite male character and I think he has developed certain feelings for Kitty, don’t know that other will say!!!
Augusta is a pure evil bitch (sorry for the language) and Daxton is the puppet of that Bitch, well that quite explains his character, doesn’t it? Greyson is awesome too but don’t know why but I’m suspecting that there is something strange about him, let’s see what the sequel brings about him. The other supporting characters are strong and well developed too which enhanced the entertainment value of the story.
Celia was that sort of person who gets swayed by her emotional outbursts. The love that she had in her heart for her daughter made me respect her though the ways she chose to get back to the supposed murderers of her daughter was outright wrong but I understood the rebellion that wedged between her heart that had the desire for revenge and her rational mind.
Lila seemed selfish and kind hearted at the same time, well that’s contradictory but her character was confusing. I mean sometimes she was ready to sacrifice herself for her brother Greyson and the other time she back steps from joining the rebellion as she fears that she would get killed. But I liked her style and attitude, total riche rich!!!
The Plot:
Totally unusual and entertaining!!! There wasn’t even one dull moment. Just when you’ll think that you have got enough for now, the author will knock you over with a totally unpredictable twist. The concept is perfectly executed and the characters fit in it perfectly.
General contents:
The world building is remarkable and the vivid descriptions of each and every detail made the read intriguing and fascinating as well. The romance part is minimal but effective and showed the strength and capability of Kitty and Benjamin’s relation. Knox’s emotions are quite a puzzle for me but hope that I would be able to unravel that in book 2. There is action which is power-packed, great and stunning twists and turns, betrayals, lies, deceits, face-off, truth, love, friendship, grave dangers, even the threat of getting killed at any moment. It’s thrilling and will keep you at the edge of your seat all the time.


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