Released: November 2013
Series: Yes, #1 in the Blackcoat Rebellion series
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Digital Copy
Source: From Netgalley
Find at: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Author Site: Aimee Carter
Many thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.
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.
Why did I wait so long to read this one, it was brilliant. The story and the characters sucked me straight into a whirlwind. I felt a bit dizzy and giddy when I finished. This is totally worth the 4.5 star award. I'm really eager to move on to book two as I'd like to see what happens to Kitty next.
There was a good mixture of characters and the way the story unfolds you don't know who to trust in the Hart family and extended family. I felt myself being torn in which way my allegiance lay. My favourite character was definitely Kitty, she is a strong character and even though there could have been an easy option, she used her moral judgement and always put people before her. I did feel myself being torn between Benjy and Knox, there was just something about Knox :)
This story hurls you into a world that is governed by one family, you take a test when you are 17, to determine where you will be placed in society and job related. Failure to pass the test means you end up in a place called Elsewhere, get old and you also head to Elsewhere. And believe me, as you learn what Elsewhere is you certainly don't want that. Our main character Kitty is an intelligent girl, however due to her inability to read she gets placed as a III, this is not good. III's have very menial jobs, but circumstances beyond her control give her an opportunity to become a VII, but all that glitters is not golden. There are repercussions and a whole new corrupted world that unfolds before Kitty.
This book kicks off to a very promising start to the series. I will certainly be carrying on.
Overall: This was a gripping read, I couldn't put it down.
My Thoughts on the Cover: I love the colour scheme and the little pawn piece.