Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Pawn by @aimee_carter


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.


I’ve been in a need of a new dystopian novel. Pawn is a story about Kitty, a seventeen year old orphan girl, whose turn it is to test to determine her place in society. When she gets a III, she feels as if her life is over. Kitty has dyslexia and was unable to finish the test due to not being able to read. So instead of leaving the only life she’s ever known and her boyfriend Benjy, Kitty decides to go and be a prostitute. At least doing that, she won’t have to move to Denver and risk not ever seeing the love of her life. It’s at the club she’s at that her life changes and nothing will ever be the same. She’s offered the chance of a lifetime. But it comes at a price.

“Tell you what Kitty. How would you like to be a VII?”

My mind has been blown to bits and pieces. Pawn is original and new and oh so dark and creepy! Kitty has a ton of spunk as our heroine, and in the world that she lives in, spunk is just what you need. Becoming Lila Hart is her blessing in disguise.

The whole mask aspect was intriguing and down right disturbing. Having your whole identity changed through extensive surgery is scary to think about. Kitty then meets Lila’s mom Celia, and Knox, Lila’s fiancĂ©e. It’s through them that she has to learn how to talk, walk, and act just like Lila. Can she trust them? Or are they just trying to use her for their own gain?

“Maybe I was nothing more than a pawn to her, a nameless piece in whatever twisted game she was playing, but she had to acknowledge me eventually.”

The romance was perfect but not too in your face. Even better, there isn’t a love triangle. The story is more focused on the politics of the country and finding a way to keep control of the population.

Pawn is full of backstabbing, lies, and plot twists galore! There was never a dull moment while reading. If you are looking for a fresh novel full of action and a kick ass heroine, this is the book for you.

*Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

The book is due out November 26, 2013


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