By: Melanie | November 11, 2013 | (24) Comments

Review: Pawn by Amiee CarterPawn by Amiee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 352
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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 Maskedโ€”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 ย…and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to chooseโ€”and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

My Review

After quite a displeasing debut series by Aimee Carter (The Goddess Test) I wasn’t exactly enthused to try Pawn. However when the early reviews started to roll in, I was surprised by the constant great number of positive feedback Aimee Carter’s latest was receiving. So I hopped on that train, and was not at all dissatisfied.

Kitty Doe hasn’t had the best life. After she was tested and marked as a III, one of the lowest ranks on society ever, at the age of 17, Kitty thinks her life couldn’t get any worse. And it does, instead, she gets offered to spend the rest of her life as a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. However she must be Masked, completely transferred into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece who died just recently–and forget about the people she had once cared deeply for before she was offered the offer. Kitty is a notably strong and independent character, only she’s being forced to be a pawn on a chessboard or her life will end immediately. Even though Kitty has never been able to read, she is still a fairly intelligent main character. She is not easily swayed by anyone, or just acting on things because it’s the right thing to do. She will always think through situations thoroughly, though swiftly before making a big decision. Hasty, ignorant protagonists are always the worse so Aimee Carter made sure there was none of that nonsense.

Here’s something that hasn’t been happening enough lately: equally lovable supporting characters. This twisted society also has twisted people. The supporting characters like Celia and Knox were certainly trying to do good things, but their histories seemed to be blurred out and their motives often felt odd. Nevertheless in the end I still really enjoyed learning about the way they came to be what they are now. Characters like Celia and Knox definitely have their flaws, but I loved them for their uniqueness–I haven’t seen such characters been created like this before.

We most certainly have the obligatory romance. There is a slight nod towards a future love-triangle, but I’m hoping that this will disappear in the next instalment. Anywho, Kitty and Benjy’s romance was already developed before Pawn began. I was not 100% happy with that, I wanted to see the build-up yet having something different is nice once in a while. I felt that their romance was wavering, the further we went into the novel but Kitty’s constant worry for Benjy’s safety was honestly fantastic. It showed that this chemistry was deep and genuine.

My main and pretty much only niggle with Pawn was the plot line. It was truly fantastic, however it felt somewhat hard to follow and with the more elements and mass of characters, it felt like a little too much for me. I loved the idea of faking your identity and becoming someone completely different to oneself but the great quantity of characters, subplots and crazy twists (which I loved, the big one coming but the others were quite shocking) just made Pawn feel awfully convoluted.

A crazily twisted novel with convincing characters and idea, I highly recommend Pawn even if you were not impressed by The Goddess Test.

~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending this copy!~


4 Stars
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24 Responses to Review: Pawn by Amiee Carter

  1. Tanja says:

    I have never read any book by this author but I have heard some not so great things about that other series so I decided to stay away, but now after seeing all these great reviews for this book I’m really curious. I love the whole idea and everything new is always a pleasure to read. So happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS. Sorry for not being around that much, but my midterms are getting closer and closer and my books bigger and bigger ๐Ÿ™
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  2. Sounds amazing, love the sound of the twists and turns here. This sounds like a really unique read, I might pick it up next! Lovely review as always Mel.
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  3. Jasprit says:

    I don’t know why I saw the cover to Pawn recently without reading the premise and automatically assumed that it wasn’t for me. But now after reading your review I really think that I need to give this book a try. It sounds like the author really mixes it up well with this book. Gorgeous review as always Melanie! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. This is up next on my review docket, and I’ll admit I’m a bit wary because Ms. Carter’s previous books simply haven’t worked for me. I’m definitely more excited now though! Lovely review, Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m glad it was good for you! This one is next on my reading list, so I’m hoping to love it! Great review, Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. I agree, some of those side characters were so interesting. They were good but they were also a little bad. I liked this book and it was better than the Goddess Test Series, but I also found myself frustrated at how Kitty let herself be manipulated so many times.
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  7. I don’t think I’ve read a review of this one yet, but I’m glad to hear that you really liked it. Sometimes you just have to give an author another shot.
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  8. I don’t mind “slight nods” towards love triangles…although it seems a lot of authors like to spin those types of things in book twos before reeling everybody back in to the original guy in book three. (Wouldn’t it be funny if this is what happened with this series? I COULD BE PROPHETIC.)

    I have yet to read any of this author’s books, but clearly I must.
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  9. This is a really reassuring review! I wasn’t hugely impressed with this author’s debut novel either, but I too noticed the influx of positive feedback for this one. And I am pretty easily influenced so I ended up requesting a copy – I’m reading it tonight actually! I’m glad you enjoyed this overall, Mel. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. I would like to read this one, and love that even the secondary characters got your attention. So glad you enjoyed this one ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. This is one book I’m rather looking forward to reading. I haven’t read her Goddess Test books, but from what I’ve heard I’m not all that encouraged to read them even though have them. Katie Doe sounds like an interetsing character. Lovely review, Melanie! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  12. Candace says:

    Oh I’m so glad to see your positive review for this! I liked her other books but wasn’t completely in love. This sounds great though!
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  13. The reviews have me itching to read this one too!
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  14. Yay — I’m reading this soon! “Nod toward a love triangle???” I am also not a big fan of that and wonder if authors do that just to toy with usโ€ฆ.

    Jen @ YA Romantics
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  15. Stephanie B says:

    I’ve seen Pawn around but haven’t looked very closely. I’ll have to check it out though. It sounds interesting!
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  16. Rachel says:

    Glad to see you enjoyed this one, Melanie. It’s so refreshing to have a heroine in YA that actually thinks her decisions through! Wonderful review! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  17. I’m reading a lot of positive reviews for this book, so I will definitely check this out when it comes out.
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  18. I quite liked The Goddess series, so when I seen Pawn was being released, I jumped on it. Thanks for the great review. Can’t wait to start this one.
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  19. Faye says:

    I have this but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I know for certain that the author had pretty good prose in The Goddess series so I am looking forward to this. My friend who read it warn me and asked me to suspend my disbelief since… you know… haha. I have to get to this one soon! Thanks for the review, chica!! Now I know that I have a really good book waiting for me ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. I’m nearly 3/4 through with this one. Unlike you, I did enjoy The Goddess Test series, Aimee a talented writer and she shines even brighter in this series. I loved the world building in this one. The story has plenty of action, and lot of unexpected twists as you mentioned in your review. I’m glad you said you thought there might be an inkling of a love triangle, because I got that impression, too. I just hope it doesn’t get acted upon because I want Kitty to be with Benjy, who seems to be her soul mate. Great review!

  21. Melliane says:

    Oh you’re right I agree with you too! I really enjoyed all the characters, they all have so many secrets and all want something on their on. I confess I only had tried book 1 and 1.5 in her other series but it was nice, not amazing but I liked it. I think I’ll see how the other are when one day I read book 2.

  22. Schen says:

    And so I haven’t yet read one of her books yet. And this review enticed me with the book. Sounds like a new kind of Divergent.
    And I’d go for the romance, too.

    I sure hope I won’t be disappointed with it. The cover’s nice, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

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