by Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion (Book 2)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (November 25, 2014)
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The truth can set her freeDearest Captive,
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, in a hostile meritocracy on the verge of revolution, Kitty sees her frustration grow as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoat rebels she is secretly supporting keep her in the dark more than ever.
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?
I wasn't sure what to expect from you, because more often than not, middle books in trilogies usually suffer from middle book syndrome. I was so scared that would be the case with you, but I'm happy to report it wasn't! Honestly, I would have to say I loved you even more than the first, which is rare!! But you stepped up to the plate, and knocked me out of the park!
Captive, you are the second book in the Pawn trilogy by Aimee Carter, and you follow our main character, Kitty Doe, who is still wearing the face of the Prime Minister's niece, Lila, but things aren't going to great for Kitty, with betrayals and craziness popping up left and right, and before you know it, Kitty is accused of Treason, and sent Elsewere. But how far is Kitty willing to go to fight for the rebellion, and what price is she willing to pay to win?
Seriously, I love Kitty, even though, she can get annoying from time to time, because she tends to go against what everyone tells her to and she ultimately always gets in trouble for it. However, I adore her attitude. I can about imagine myself in her situation, and I probably would act the same way. Her snark is what gets me though. Despite her circumstances, she still gets me to giggle quite a bit. As far as her love interests go though, they don't really make me swoon. Benji is her best friend boyfriend forever (BFBFF?), and she loves him, but I just...I don't. Yeah, I get their relationship, but he doesn't make me *le sigh* which kind of sucks, and her fake fiance, Knox? Well, I pretty much swooned for him in the first book, Pawn, but not in you, Captive. He was kind of a booty head, and I don't swoon for booty heads.
I really enjoyed getting to see Kitty in Elsewere, though. Wow, that sounds weird, but I liked exploring your world a little more outside the Palace. We briefly saw parts of it in Pawn, but you fulfill that ten-fold, Captive. I was utterly horrified at some of the things that happened in Elsewere. If people thought Elsewere was bad in Pawn, well, they have another think coming when they read you, Captive, because you are legit cray cray, but awesome, because I tend to love the extreme and gruesome-ness in books.
All in all, I thought you were a fantastic contribution to the series, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to how your author, Aimee Carter, ties it all up in the next book. If someone hasn't read your bro/sis novel, Pawn, then I would definitely encourage them to do so, just because that means they get to read YOU next! Both of you are simply fantastic, and stand out in the crowd of Dystopian/Futuristic-ish novels. Bravo, Captive! Four stars to you, and that's only because you didn't make me swoon!
Glad I don't have to worry about an Elsewere in our society,