Monday, November 25, 2013

PAWN - Review

Title Pawn
Author Aimee Carter
Genre YA Dystopia
Publisher  Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date November 26, 2013
How I Got This Book Netgalley
Paperback 346
Stand alone or Series The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
   My Average 43 pg/day
   Reading Difficulty 2
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)


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.
Oh. My. God. This book was such an unexpected breath of fresh air. It's nice to find a book that you can easily envelop yourself with. Something that can consume your every thought and make you forget the world around you. That's what books are supposed to do. Drag you into a world of make-believe.

What can I say that isn't good?

Carter managed to get the fiction equation perfectly. There was a fast-pase plot with lots of unexpected twists and turns. You are always kept on your toes, because there's no telling what will happen next. As well as obvious character development. The main character shows obvious growth in the mist of her peril.

I really like that there's an antagonist on both spectrum's. Usually there's just one definite villein, but here it's hard to figure out which side is the right side. Really makes you think.

The reason for the dystopian society is entirely believable, and you sort of feel for the antagonist for trying to make things better even though they aren't. 

Uuh... [scratches head]...what to say?

The title didn't really catch my attention, neither did the cover. I'm not sure what would have made it better. Maybe an image of the main character standing in front of an elegantly framed mirror, or a mirror-less frame...

In the very end, it is said that the main character is dyslexic. I suppose I might be able to see that with her inability to read, even though she has tried really hard... but I don't. Being dyslexic myself, I always get a little giddy when an author or character is portrayed as dyslexic. This time, I just didn't see it. We can read people! Yes, it might have taken us a little longer to get there, but we can read and write like the rest of you. The only thing that helped this character was her memorization. It is common (like in Tom Curse) for a dyslexic to have a phenomenal memory.

Rating: A

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Aimee Carter

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.


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