Nov 17, 2014

ARC Review--Captive by Aimee Carter

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no compensated for this review. 

Aimee Carter's Captive picks up just about where we left off in Pawn--and let me tell you reading these both as ARCs does damage on the memory bank! LOL Luckily, though we get enough recap pieces from Kitty as the story moves along and this is one fast paced read! Only a handful of days occur in the story but soooo much happens! I've never had so many doubts and suspicions regarding character before. I mean you look at everyone and wonder...whose side are you on? And the answer is never what it seems to be!

Kitty is beginning to tire of life as Lila Hart. It's wearisome being paraded around on Knox's arm all the time. And plus, lately, she's being left out of the Blackcoat's meetings and it's really starting to annoy her being left in the dark so much yet still needing to be the face that everyone sees to help better the world and all that whatnot! And as you might have seen by reaction on Twitter last week, there was quite a shock early on in the book and let me tell you...

It's not until around 27% in, that Kitty is sent to Elsewhere and learns just exactly what this place is. It's not all human hunting grounds as Daxton showed her once upon a time, though there is that. Elsewhere is where we see a lot of action! There's something stirring within the compound and once again, we don't know who to trust. When everyone is a prisoner of some sort, they all look out for themselves, so any secrets don't stay secret for long. Survival is key.

I really enjoyed this one! The beginning may have been a little slow but once Kitty starts to think for herself again and gets herself into trouble, the pace turns and keeps you on the tips of your toes! I also really enjoy Kitty's character, she's always wanting to do what's right, no matter the cost to her own personal being. The world she lives in now, isn't a great one, hence the Blackcoat Rebellion is trying to change that. But so many lives are continually lost, as we see in this one!

For the parts we see of Benjy in the beginning, I didn't feel totally sold on the romance between him and Kitty. Perhaps because he doesn't get much page time, but even when they are together, I just don't feel it. I mean I like Benjy, but there just doesn't seem to be anything romantic about the romance. 

Knox on the other hand is a character that I can't get enough of! Though it's almost infuriating how complicated he is! You think he's this but then he's that, and then he does something so contradicting you can't make heads or tails of the guy! Yet I like him! I never really get the vibe that something romantic could happen between him and Kitty, but still...I like him! 

The ending to this one was yet another jawdropper! There were so many shocks and surprises that I was left reeling! I couldn't believe any of them! They were just so...shocking! And then the ending totally leaves you with a WTF moment! The wait for the final book, Queen, is definitely going to be killer!This is one series that took me by surprise because it's totally outside my usual scope of paranormal or fantasy reads. But every now and then, there's that dystopian that totally hooks me and this is one of the few that did! I so can't wait for Queen

If you're looking for an intriguing dystopian with incredible characters and so many jawdropping moments, then The Blackcoat Rebellion Trilogy is one for you!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

Captive releases November 25, 2014


  1. I haven't read this series yet, I need to read the first book, obviously! I'm a huge fan of Aimee Carter's, too!
    It was the original synopsis that turned me off but I've seen such rave reviews that I think I need to give it a chance!
    Great review, Jess! Changed my mind :)

  2. What an awesome cover! I have never read anything by Aimee Carter but that book just might be the first as it sounds so good!

    I hope to see you around my blog


  3. Okay, so I've never read book one, but after this review I absolutely have to! I've just been skipping this one over on Netgalley because I'm behind. Definitely going to find Pawn and add it to the TBR pile! Thanks for sharing :)

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  4. FABULOUS. I was really curious about Elsewhere in the first book so I'm happy we get more of it!
    And don't worry, I barely remember what happened in Pawn as well! Haha

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  5. So I think if I remember right I gave book one a 3 star cause I thought it was just okay, but you really make the second one sound really good. Now I am sitting here hoping to get approved on netgalley even though I know I don't need more from there..LOL. Oh well if I don't get it it will go on my wish pile for when I get some more book funds. :) Though I really hate cliffhanger endings..especially the long


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