Book Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Posted January 17, 2014 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment Tags:

Book Review: Pawn by Aimee CarterPawn by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by HarlequinTeen on 2013-11-26
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 346
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

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.

Meh. It was okay but mostly I was just disappointed. I was really excited to read this because there have been some great reviews for it and it would be my first Aimee Carter book, but it just wasn’t that great for me. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and didn’t believe the story. There were some surprises along the way, so it wasn’t entirely predictable, but it wasn’t enough to keep me on the edge of my seat begging for more. For some people, this book has been great but it just wasn’t for me.

One of the biggest problems with this book for me was how similar it felt to The Selection. And I was not a fan of that book at all. This was similar in the class system, that the MC ends up living with royalty, that she has a boyfriend before she leaves, and while there isn’t necessarily a love triangle here, there are two boys that the MC spends a lot of time with. It is also a dystopian book with politics and a rebellion. Another similarity for these books? Lots of other people love them. I’m the odd one out. So I’m pretty sure I’m missing what the author was going for but I just didn’t really like this book.

*Warning: There are mild spoilers after this point.*

In regards to the characters, I was never much a fan of any of them. I hated Lila, I couldn’t much relate to Kitty, I liked Knox in the beginning but that changed about halfway through the book, I never fell for Benjy, and the adults were completely messed up. The only character I really felt anything for was Greyson, who seemed honest and who I think may end up playing a larger role in the later books in this series. But overall, I just never really believed the actions of the characters. Daxton and Augusta are insane, so I get that, but Celia should have been smarter. Knox shouldn’t have kept making promises to Kitty and Kitty was way too trusting. Every  time someone promised her something she believed them and honestly thought the next deal they made would be the last and then she and Benjy would be safe. It didn’t matter if it was the beginning of the book when I understood her naivete or the end of the book when she should have been smarter, she just went along. It really drove me crazy. I wanted to see more strength from her. And I don’t believe Lila would have been so reluctant to help or that Knox would have really loved her. I might have totally missed the mark on every single character mentioned, but that’s just how I felt about them. I didn’t like them.

Also, unfortunately, the plot didn’t make up enough for the characters for me. The biggest surprise for me was Daxton’s secret and the truth behind Lila’s death. Otherwise, the story was just okay for me. It didn’t feel exceptionally original or thrilling to me. It could be that I’m not a big fan of political intrigue books or it could be that every move by the characters felt ridiculous to me and I just didn’t fall for it. Every move they made just felt less and less realistic. I was completely on board when Daxton was trying to get Kitty to behave and do what they wanted by taking her Elsewhere, but several other parts had me rolling my eyes. I just didn’t believe that there was no other place for Kitty to go and that the entire family would be fighting each other and trying to one up the other. I just didn’t really care much for it.

This is one of those books where I feel like the complete odd one out. I got the audiobook because I read so many positive reviews for the book on Goodreads. And I was so excited to start it. But as soon as it started I was worried. It felt so much like The Selection to me in the beginning. And from there on it just didn’t get much better. It wasn’t all awful, or I wouldn’t have finished it, but it just didn’t really work for me. I wanted a stronger MC and a more unique plot. Based on other reviews, I would still recommend this because it seems to be well liked by other people. I would especially recommend it for people who loved The Selection or other political YA dystopians.

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