Release Date - November 25, 2014
Publisher Website - HarlequinTeen
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 304 pages
My Rating - 3.5/5
**received in exchange for an honest review**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.Aimee Carter's Pawn started of her Blackcoat Rebellion series filled with promise. I was excited to get my hands on the sequel. The sequel provided a few new twists and turns to the story, but ultimately left me eager for the finale so that the events could unfold.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?
Aimee has captured this deadly, dark, and often nauseating world in vivid detail. The sequel does expand upon the atrocities that plague this world and the inhabitants. After the first novel it would have been hard to conceive of how it could have been made worse, but it's accomplished within these pages. The consequences and dangers are real, and swift. The truth is a rare commodity in a world filled with lies. Kitty is someone who is just trying to survive, and is floundering through. I think many will bemoan her choices and decisions, however, I felt it was within her character. She's rash, impulsive, and headstrong. She is only beginning to show change because she's too busy dealing with what is happening to her to take it all in. People want her to be a fighter, but she's just a girl who just wants a quiet life and her freedom.
Knox continues to intrigue me. He keeps you guessing. You never know his true motives or what side he's on. He kept the storyline progressing and I am hoping to see much more of him in the next installment. This is a rare scenario where I ship the 'bad' guy instead of the 'good' one. I find the chemistry between Kitty and Knox electric and filled with potential. The relationship between her and Benjy feels more sibling like in comparison. I, personally, didn't get a sense of their chemistry. It is known and comfortable, but doesn't push her the way Knox does. He's like the bridge between who Kitty was and who this world is turning her into. I am not sure he's going to fit as neatly into this new Kitty's world.
This novel felt like a placeholder to the ending, instead of really developing or changing anything in the story. In the end I felt the same about most of the characters, and the world, as when I began. I wouldn't say we end up in the exact same place, but it was a journey that didn't feel vital. I was entertained and enjoyed the story, but I am not sure how much it progressed the plot. I may, however, feel differently after reading the final book.
Aimee Carter has created a darkly dangerous world, a heroine who gets by on chance and determination, and a complicated web of deceit. This may not have been my favourite of the trilogy, but I am more than intrigued enough to finish out the series and follow this rebellion to, what will surely be, the deadly end.