Pawn by Amiee Carter

Posted November 21, 2013 | 14 Comments

Pawn by Amiee CarterPawn
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #1
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 347
Source: Publisher


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.

Holy cow! This book can give any daytime soap opera a run for its money. I was very curious about Pawn when I first saw it. I mean that literally, because I don’t think I even read more than the first sentence of the blurb prior to reading the book. Come to think of it, I still haven’t read it. So yes, I got suckered in by a simple, yet beautiful cover. Luckily, the book didn’t totally suck. Did I love it? No. Did I like it and find it entertaining? Yes.

Pawn is set in America during the late 21st century. Everyone takes an aptitude test at the age of seventeen, and that determines where you rank in society. If you rank as a III or lower, then you are stuck with cruddy jobs and a short lifespan. If you rank as a IV – VI, then you get to live on the nice side of the tracks and become an important member of society. Then there are the VIIs. This ranking is reserved strictly for the Hart family who rule the country. Oh boy, is this family a piece of work. Who needs enemies when you have family like them?

Kitty is a smart, clever girl, but scored a III because the aptitude test doesn’t accommodate for things like dyslexia. So she jumped at the opportunity to become one of the elite Hart family, but she had no idea what she was getting into. Kitty became Lila, a pawn in a dangerous game of deceit, murder, betrayal, and blackmail. I didn’t love Kitty, but I didn’t dislike her either. She, along with all of the other characters were enjoyable, but none stood out and wow’d me.

The world-building in Pawn was interesting. I liked how the author took political and social issues that are prevalent today and enhanced them. For instance, the testing is similar to what goes on today, but the author took it to another level. A scary level that doesn’t seem all that farfetched. I was also happy that the romance in this book didn’t overpower the story. It was actually minimal compared to everything else that was going on.

To be honest, Pawn was a little on the ridiculous side. I don’t mean that in a completely bad way, though. I wasn’t joking when I said it could give daytime soap opera run for its money. I laughed several times throughout the book because I used to watch Days of Our Lives with my great-grandma when I was younger, and saw so many similarities between some of the show’s storylines in Pawn. It’s drama with a capital d. I know a lot of people like that kind of stuff, but I can only take so much before the rolling of the eyes begin. I do admit that I found it entertaining. That is, I found it entertaining in the way I occasionally find those Real Housewives shows entertaining. It gets to a point where I just can’t take it seriously.

So to sum it all up, I liked Pawn for the entertainment value, but wasn’t close to being enamored by it. As of now, I’m not sure whether or not I will read the next book. It’s something I’ll definitely have to be in the mood for.


14 responses to “Pawn by Amiee Carter

    • Christy

      Well, I skimmed some reviews a few minutes ago and I seem to be in the minority. So who knows, you might like it more that I did.

    • Christy

      Yes, definitely give it a try. The whole being masked for diabolical family schemes was just too soap opera-y for me. It felt like there should’ve been a sound track that played “dun dun duuuun” throughout the book. lol

  1. haha I have seen so many amazing reviews of pawn that I just had to request it even though I have way too many books to review, but I havent seen anyone else mention the soap opera like drama. I’m reading it this week or next so I will be on the lookout for it.

    I really like amiee carter and the premise looks really intertesting so I am excited to read this one, even though it is drama laden.

    Great review christy!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    • Christy

      It was funny, because the other day I had the TV on and one of those soap operas came on. I about died laughing because there was/is a storyline that involves a person being “masked” for a diabolical family scheme. Just like in the book. They’ve been doing that for decades on those shows, though.

  2. I am with you, 100%. I didn’t even see the comparisons to day time soaps though! haha

    It wasn’t that I didn’t like Kitty per se, I just think there was too much going on to really connect with her, thus making it difficult to care, ya know!?

    I’m glad you enjoyed it though! Great review 🙂

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  3. I’ve heard great things about this one, but your review sealed the deal: I’M SO READING IT. It sounds great! Although ridiculous may turn out to be bad, I like how you compared it to a soap. I think of Once Upon a Time actually. I don’t like too dramatic, but sometimes it’s done really good in a book. Great review!

  4. Great review! The cover drew me in too. I know what you mean, there was definitely some soap worthy drama in this one. The Hart family was definitely a piece of work. I really liked Kitty though and I was glad the romance didn’t overpower either. I really liked Knox.

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