Trailer Reveal for Pawn by Aimee Carter + Giveaway

I recently read Pawn, Aimee Carter’s newest book and start to a new series The Blackcoat Rebellion. I found it to be a nice take on the dystopian genre with some actual shocking twists and dark segments that I loved. You can read my review here.

I am happy and honored to share the trailer and giveaway for Pawn today on the blog.

About the book:

Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimée Carter
Imprint: Harlequin TEEN
Release: December 2013
Price: $17.99 / $19.99
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 978-0-373-21055-8

You can be a VII, if you give up everything. In a not so distant future, America has become a meritocracy. Upon your seventeenth birthday you take a test and are branded with a number signifying your status. For Kitty Doe, her dyslexia leaves her a “III”—part of the working class—and assigned far from her home and boyfriend. She’s ready to become an outlaw, until a chance encounter leads to an amazing opportunity. The niece of the prime minister—America’s leadership is now inherited and members of the ruling family are ranked “VII”—has been killed, and Kitty is asked to impersonate her. Now nestled in the ruling Harte family, Kitty begins to see the truth behind the pretense of equality and options for all.

About the cover:
If you look closely at the cover you can see that there is an eye behind the maze. It’s rather mesmerizing and isn’t noticeable at first glance. If you’re like me you’ve wondered about the entirety of the image. Here it is:

From this I think the paper cover will have the maze and this will be the book cover itself. That will be very cool. Excited to own my hardcover.

Now for the trailer:

Giveaway:
Harlequin Teen is hosting a giveaway for 1 of 3 prize packs:

Review of Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
By: Aimee Carter
Release Date: November 26th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

I read Pawn with my reading group-Scott Reads It, Bibliopunkk and On Starships and Dragonwings

Summary:
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.

The Story:
Overall I enjoyed Pawn and think it is a good start to a series I will be reading further in. Nothing about Carter’s dystopian book was completely different from others I’ve read but it didn’t feel overdone either. It was a nice mix of genres and a future that had the feel of the past. The world is split by a ruling caste and people are tested and placed into their roles in society. This is supposedly to give everyone an equal opportunity to be placed in the field and class they are adept at. Of course, the government is corrupt and things are not as they might seem.

Carter’s writing is fast paced and easy to lose yourself in.  Certain aspects (Elsewhere specifically) were shocking and equally disturbing. I must say I was happy to see Carter go there. I like my dysptopian to have an ample heap of the gruesome.

The Characters:
I had a few problems with the main character, Kitty. In particular, I felt her lack of trust and confidence in her long time boyfriend and best friend to be unrealistic and not something I could relate with. While reading, it was rare that Kitty ever chose what I would have done. It is always more difficult to connect with a character and book when the mc’s choices are far from your own. Even with this disconnect I did not find Kitty unlikeable so it wasn’t a deal breaker for my enjoyment.

The r0mance was a bit different than man young adult books because we do not see the getting to know you stage of Kitty and Benji’s relationship. We are introduced to the characters after they are already in a relationship and in love. This was refreshing in some ways, though I felt I missed some of the development and bonding between the two.

Though we read that Benji is a great guy he didn’t star in the book as much as I would have liked, though I’m confident we will learn more about him as the series progresses.

Speaking of the romance, there was a moment while reading that I was certain a love triangle was being introduced. Nothing came of it in this book but I’m not sold that there won’t be one later on.

Final Thoughts:
Pawn was the first book I’ve read from Aimee Carter. Though I had some trouble connecting to the main character I enjoyed where Carter took the story for the most part. I will be picking up the sequel.

Showcase Sunday #20

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via Publisher):

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter

For Review (via NetGalley):

Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals

What did you get last week?

Waiting on Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait to-read” selection is: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)Summary (via Goodreads):
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 am I waiting on Pawn?
The whole concept of ‘masked’ makes me squirm along with the death by mysterious circumstances. Add in threats conspiracies and a ‘life that’s not her own’ and I’m sold! I need this book now!

Pawn by Aimee Carter will be released November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen