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review 2016-10-29 21:52
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Pawn - Aimee Carter

Book Title:  PAWN

Author:  Aimee Carter

Narration:  Lameece Issaq

Series:  The Blackcoat Rebellion #1

Genre:  YA, Dystopian

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

 

♫  See Who I Am by Within Temptation  --Well, for a story about a girl who gets a surgical transformation to make her look like another girl, I think it is fitting.♫

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:   3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  sort of

 

Will I continue this series?  ???  It's always possible…

 

 

 

3.7/5 STARS

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Definition of PAWN

 

  1. a chess piece of the smallest size and value. A pawn moves one square forward along its file if unobstructed (or two on the first move), or one square diagonally forward when making a capture. Each player begins with eight pawns on the second rank, and can promote a pawn to become any other piece (typically a queen) if it reaches the opponent's end of the board.
  2. a person used by others for their own purposes.

 

This Author is from Michigan, which I am also, so I really wanted to like this for that reason alone.  And, I will say I liked it, I just wasn't wowed by it. I feel if I had read this when it first came out, (before I read about 50 other dystopians, give or take a few) I would have loved it.

Overall, It's written well, the characters are mostly likeable.  There's a plethora of intrigue, secrets, lies and twists; some of which are only mentioned in this first book of the Blackcoat Rebellion Series.  And some, unfortunately, that left me feeling confused and disconnected.  

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Not really a factor, but there is mention of it.

 

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review 2016-09-04 12:25
Ein Abenteuer, dass die Welten vereint! Einfach klasse!
Animox. Das Heulen der Wölfe - Aimee Carter,Frauke Schneider,Maren Illinger

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Simon wünscht sich nichts sehnlicher als wie ein ganz normaler Junge aufzuwachsen und Freunde zu finden. Doch er ist Anders und dies schiebt in automatisch auf die Bank der Außenseiter - Simon kann mit Tieren reden – und genau dies lässt ihn für die Mitmenschen als Verrückt erscheinen.

 

Doch als seine Mutter ausgerechnet von einer Herde Ratten entführt wird und sein Onkel sich vor seinen Augen in einen Wolf verwandet, bekommt er es nicht mit der Angst zu tun, sondern merkt, dass es eine Bewandtnis hat, dass er so Anders ist wie alle behaupten! Simons Familie zählt seit Jahrhunderten zu den „Animox“-Menschen, welche sich in mächtige Tiere verwandeln und führ Gerechtigkeit und Frieden unter ihres Gleichen sorgen. Ohne jegliche Vorwarnung befindet er sich nach nur einem Wimpernschlag mitten in einem verbitterten Krieg und dies ausgerechnet zwischen den fünf Königreichen der Animox. Auslöser dafür – Das Erbe des „Best King“, der Verdacht der fünf Königreich – Simon als Erbe!

 

Wie kann Simon bloß aus diesem Missverständnis herauskommen oder steckt vielleicht doch ein Funke Wahrheit dahinter?

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Wer kann bei diesem Cover und dem Klapptext NEIN sagen? Ich für meinen Teil nicht! Angelockt von diesem sehr außergewöhnlich erscheinenden Reihenauftakt, musste unbedingt mehr über Simon und die Geschichte seiner Familie erfahren!

 

Zu Beginn wird man mit dem sympathischen Protagonisten bekannt gemacht und man merkt sehr schnell – Simon ist anders! Aber wieso und weshalb ist es so. Eine stetige Frage, die einen trotz Aufklärung in den verschiedenen Kapiteln beschäftigt, weil der wahre Grund bis zum Ende des Buches doch ein sehr großes und gut gehütetes Geheimnis darstellt.  Aber nicht dieses Geheimnis allein machte dieses Buch für mich so lesenswert, denn die Welt, die die Autorin rund um den 12-Jährigen Jungen aufbaut ist absolut faszinierend. Es kommt dem Leser so vor als betrete er eine komplett neue Welt, die getarnt unter uns verweilt, dabei finden sich die Schauorte direkt unter uns. Sei es ein Zoo, der Park oder die verlassenen Gassen, überall befinden sich Animox-Menschen, deren außergewöhnliche Abstammung man nicht erahnen kann, denn wirken sie im ersten Moment wie eine ganz normale Person.

 

Anfänglich war ich etwas misstrauisch, wie die Autorin diese Welt in die Welt der Menschen integrieren will, doch umso tiefer ich in die Geschehnisse eindrang, umso überzeugter war ich von dem Schreibtalent der Autorin. Mit viel Liebe zum Detail, einer Idee, die voller Fantasy nur zu strotzen scheint und jeder Menge ausgeklügelter und gut beschriebener Charaktere, fesselte sie mich bis zur letzten Seite und ich fühlte mich mehr als nur gut unterhalten.

 

Waren ein Paar Schwächen im Laufe der Handlung zwar vorhanden, so schaffte es Aimee Carter mich total von ihrem Werk und der bevorstehenden Reihe zu begeistern, und so kann ich es kaum erwarten, dass der zweite Teil erscheint und hoffentlich noch mehr Licht ins Dunkeln bringen wird, denn ein paar offene Fragen sind noch vorhanden, die unbedingt geklärt werden wollen.

 

Der Schreibstil ist leichtfüßig, sprüht vor Energie und ist angenehm flüssig zu lesen. Der malerische Fluss ermöglicht es zudem in die Welt der Animox einzukehren und sich dort zu bewegen.

 

Fazit:

 

Trotz seiner kleineren Schwächen konnte mich dieser Reihenauftakt von sich überzeugen. Er ermöglichte mir einen kleinen Einblick in die Welt der Animox und schürte so meine Neugier darauf, mehr erfahren zu wollen, wie es mit Simon und Co im zweiten Band weitergehen wird!

 

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review 2016-01-04 05:00
DNF @ 15%
Pawn - Aimee Carter

Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not starting out the year with a book that has a simpering main character whose choices all revolve around a boy. Plus, when you hit the 12% mark and that boy essentially says "Hey, before you run away forever, let me take your virginity!" you've lost me. Ugh.

 

 

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review 2015-12-25 18:08
Queen by Aimee Carter - A little Ramble
Queen - Aimee Carter

I love, love, love this series. The Blackcoat Rebellion is a series not many have read. And it is one of those series that you either love or hate. I absolutely love it!!!

Ever since I read the first page of the first book Carter had me hooked. This series is incredible. It’s so fast-paced. There are so many twists and surprises. I couldn’t stop reading. Now the last installment has come out and again Carter had me wrapped around her little finger. The characters are fantastic. I love Kitty and Knox. I am disgusted by Daxton Hart’s cruelty. I am fascinated by Greyson’s brilliance. This book series has everything I love in a great book. I will continue recommending this book series even though not everyone loves it as much as I do. I can’t wait for Carter’s next book and I hope I will like it as much as I loved this series.

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review 2015-06-24 01:12
Review for Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter
Captive - Aimee Carter

The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews


Kitty Doe has agreed to help the rebellion. She trusts Knox enough to let him lead her through what needs to be done for the rebellion to succeed. Above everything else, she knows that the government needs to change. But the longer she pretends to be Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, the more she wonders what side Knox is playing for. Then everything shifts and suddenly she is in Elsewhere, the land where criminals are sent after they are caught, a horrible place to be. From there, revelations occur and things with the rebellion escalate pretty quickly. The question is, how much is Kitty willing to sacrifice to make sure they succeed?

Kitty is the same character I enjoyed in Pawn. I like the element that she isn’t the special little snowflake who must step forward. She has that Katniss attitude of “I really don’t want to fucking do this, but you’re not giving me a choice.” She steps up a bit more here because she actually agreed to stay and help, despite the fact that Knox keeps refusing to tell her what’s going on. It’s funny because he expects her to act like an adult while treating her like a child. He recruited her to help, but he doesn’t really want her help. He just wants a figurehead, a pretty face people will follow. Which shows he doesn’t know her well at all because she’s all in now and will do whatever she can to make this thing succeed, even if her ideas are stupid and childish.

Then we have Benjy, Kitty’s boyfriend. This guy wins my heart over and over. He’s smart and sweet and incredibly loyal. He’s dedication to Kitty is commendable. His willingness to standby her even as she pretends to be Knox’s fiance in public just made me love him more. He’s the best friend that almost never actually wins the girl in the end. No, the girls always go for the cocky bad-ass (AKA Knox). Even though I’m usually all for the cocky bad-ass (Hello Daemon Black!), but I love it when the sweet guy wins because in real life, that’s who I prefer. In real life, the cocky bad-ass is usually an asshole without a hidden gooey center who never changes to anything beyond a grade A douchebag.

Speaking of douchebags, there is still Knox. I don’t understand the people out there who ship Kitty and Knox. The guy is a borderline jackass who constantly refuses to really trust Kitty or allow her any decision making. He’s constantly bosses her around and forbidding her to do things, which is the wrong approach with Kitty. The minute you tell her explicitly not to do something is the minute she seriously considers doing it. In the end, I think he’s a decent enough guy who truly just wants to do what’s right by the people, but he could go about it a different way.

The beginning of this novel is a bit slow and hard to get into. You are thrown back into Kitty’s world with little to no background. I read the first one last year before it was released, so it’s been a good year since I’ve been in her head and a little catch-up would have been appreciated. The slow start (and the cliffhanger) are the reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5. Once you get to Elsewhere, things pickup quickly. You learn so many new and interesting things. You learn about Kitty’s family, which shouldn’t come as a complete shock. I knew pretty early on who one of her parents was. I love the new relationships that develop. I will also say that there is a moment when I almost rage-quit this book. Those of you who know my big pet peeves (::cough cough:: character death ::cough::) will know this scene as soon as you arrive at it. For those who worry like me, have no fear, it isn’t what it seems! That’s all I can say without spoilers on that subject.

I find myself a little tired of dystopians lately. They are being mass-produced and not all of them are tolerable. Plus, they all have that special-little-snowflake thing going on and I’m bloody tired of that as well. But I really enjoyed Pawn last year and I couldn’t resist trying to get this when I saw it on NetGalley. Even though I’m stuck in contemporary mood, I knew this would be well worth the effort and I wasn’t wrong. Carter manages to deliver an original feeling dystopian in a time when they are as common as Divergent fangirls. Carter gives us a compelling story with fascinating characters and a plot that has the right balance of surprise and predictability. If you like dystopians even a little, this is the series for you! Make sure to read the first one though, otherwise this won’t make much sense!

****Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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