ARC, 296 pages
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen
The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1
For fans of: Action, Dystopians, Romance, YA
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.
Previously titled Masked.
I have to admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of her Goddess Test series, which made me kind of iffy about reading this one. See, I'm not a huge fan of dystopians either. But then I saw so many people talking about how much they loved this one and that it wasn't their typical dystopian, I knew I wanted to give it a try. And I have to say, I rather enjoyed this one.
The plot in this one feels like your typical dystopian, but I haven't read that many to actually be like, "Oh I'm so tired of the same thing." It had a fresh twist with the Masking thing and all the twists and turns made the read go by fast. And by twists and turns, I mean some that will leave you with your mouth hanging open.
My problem with The Goddess Test was I wasn't really feeling the writing style. (In my defense, it was before I started blogging...) But this one was the complete opposite. It flowed nicely and never once left me confused or thinking, "What?"
What I didn't like about it though, was the fact that there was 100% no world building. I'm a huge fan of world building because I like to let the author's words help me make up a picture of their world in my head. Especially in a dystopian when the world is completely up to the author. I was very unimpressed with this dystopian's world, because we aren't even informed how the world got that way. Just around what time it happened. I'm sorry, I like to know back story.
As for the characters, they were ok..... Kitty Doe wasn't the kick ass heroine I expected when reading a dystopian. She was very un-trusting but it made her really awkward. And as for the "love triangle," I knew the point of it was the drive the plot, but I didn't really care for either one of them. Both boys were just meh. Neither one of them just gave me enough "umph" to care about them.
In short, I enjoyed this more than I thought. I'm not sure that it lived up to all of it's hype, but it did end up at least being an enjoyable read.
Overall, I give this