ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

January 19, 2014 Review 38 ★★★

ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter
Pawn by Aimee Carter
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher
Pages: 346
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Dystopia is a favorite genre of mine but science fiction is… not. When combined, I had no idea what to expect but I ended up liking PAWN more than I thought I would. I do love a caste system and political secrets in my dystopia, but unfortunately the idea isn’t exactly unique.

Kitty Doe was a protagonist I could not bring myself to care about, plain and simple. Her relationships and tragic childhood were obviously something readers are supposed to feel sympathetic about but Kitty did not garner any pity from me. Sadly, the rest of the characters were like this as well. Although each one has a back-story and personality, they still felt one-dimensional and bland.

On a more positive note, that was pretty much the only negative to the book. It was a fairly big issue, though, and really brought the book down. The plot itself and twists and turns were entertaining and interesting to read about, but when you cannot connect to the characters everything that happens doesn’t really make you feel for what the characters are going through.

For those of you who are iffy about love triangles, there is serious potential for one in PAWN, although it isn’t a true love triangle. Kitty knows what she wants and only loses sight of this one time in the entire story. The romance is not a huge part of the book, but Kitty is basing all of her decisions on love.

This is a series I will be following, with hopes that character development will be more prominent in the next book. It definitely has potential with its plot, is incredibly readable, and has a few really unique twists I would love to see more of.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

38 Responses to “ARC Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter”

    • Alise

      Yeah, I definitely liked Kitty more than Benjy. I feel like she just didn’t have a lot of emotion at times, though. Same!

  1. Kezia D

    Aw, the characters sounds very boring :( sorry to hear that they ruined the book for you. Character connection is really important and hopefully the next installment will be better. However, it’s really nice to know that the plot is entertaining enough to keep you reading! I’m not really sure about the romance though…
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  2. Goldie

    Thanks for this review! You know how books have such wonderful covers but their content is not at par? This kind of feels like it for me. I don’t relate to all the characters I’ve read but I want to like the character, at least. At least the plot itself was its saving grace, though! Have a happy week ahead :)
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  3. Stormi

    I think we are a little alike in our feelings for this book. I liked it but wasn’t wowed by it and Kitty wasn’t a favorite character. I hope she grows on me in the next book and I am curious enough to follow the series. Great review.
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    • Alise

      I so agree. Let’s hope the author takes into account the criticism about Kitty-I feel like the next book has great potential! Thanks!

  4. Lesley Marie

    Lol, the protagonist’s name cracks me up. Cats and deer come to mind also. Anyways. It’s too bad that the uninteresting and bland characters brought down your enjoyment of the book. Good characters are pretty important to me, too, so I’m not sure if I want to get this or not.

    Oh, well. Time will tell. Great review, Alise.
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    • Alise

      xD Same! Why two animals? Haha
      If you aren’t too big into character driven novels yeah, I would avoid this one. Really intriguing plot, though!

    • Alise

      It’s not an in your face love triangle so thankfully it’s not too frustrating, aha! The library is always a great option :) Thanks!

  5. tonyalee

    I agree with you 100% lady! I thought the plot twist and well, everything, was pretty shocking and all, but I didn’t really CARE because I wasn’t connected to the characters. ANd honestly, even though it’s clear that there was no suppose to be a love triangle, I was really hoping for one.

    Great Review!
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    • Alise

      EXACTLY. No matter what awful thing happened, it didn’t seem like the characters cared enough, so I didn’t either.

  6. Summer/Sunny

    Now that’s a true definition of disappointment! When everything is good from the twists to the plot EXCEPT for the’s a letdown because characters, especially the MAIN one is crucial. I’m glad you’re continuing on though and I hope the development will be better for you.

  7. Wendy Darling

    So funny, Alise, I’m just the opposite of you–I generally really like scifi, but am iffy on dystopia, hah. Or maybe I’m pickier about dystopians, after so many disappointments over the past couple of years. I am really happy to see that you liked this, though–I don’t always mind a love triangle if it’s well done (or at least not too annoying), and the story sounds good.
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    • Alise

      That is funny! Everyone does like different genres, though! Yeah, maybe, because I tend to pick up a lot of dystopia :)

  8. Allie @ Little Birdie Books

    I love Dystopia and sci-fi, so if they’re combined then that’s like my ultimate book lol. I read one recently like that, Cinder, and thought it was amazing. Also Avalon seems to be a combination and it’s been getting rave reviews, so I think I’m going to like the Dystopia-fi genre :D

    Even though Kitty was a bit one-dimensional (and, I have to admit, her name would really great on me) at least the rest of the story was there to keep you going. The love triangle thing makes me nervous though. Even a hint of one and I come out in a rash :P
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    • Alise

      Then this one might be a huge hit for you! Baha xD

      Yeah, her name was kind of my first strike but the book isn’t terrible. LOL I actually don’t mind love triangles if they work well or aren’t in your face.

  9. Emily

    Unfortunately, I think I was kind of a black sheep for this one >< Similarly to you, Alise, I think I couldn't bring myself to like or connect with Kitty, and this sort of ruined my experience reading this story. And the romance with Benji seemed to have no base to me! So I was kind of meh towards this one :( The plot was a good one though! It was pretty intriguing :)
    Fantastic review, Alise!! <33
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    • Alise

      YES. My thoughts exactly. I couldn’t believe in their romance at all. Right? Plot got points but everything was was just kind of a downer.

  10. A Canadian Girl

    I’ve seen some mixed reviews for this one and considering neither dystopia or sci-fi are genres I prefer, I’ve been holding off on reading this one even though I have it for review. It’s too bad that characterization brought down your rating of this one as it seems like it’s pretty entertaining otherwise.

    • Alise

      It definitely has some unique elements and as you aren’t a fan of either genre, I’d be very curious about your thoughts on it! Let me know if you ever review it.

  11. Aman

    I felt the same way too. The character were very boring and plain, what I loved about this book was the story and the world itself. I really hope the love triangle doesn’t happen in the next book, but the way all these ya dystopians are these days, the triangle is inevitable. Great review, Alise!
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