Monday, 15 December 2014

Review: Captive (Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #2)Captive

Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Blackcoat Rebellion
Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: 25th November 2014

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

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?

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Captive is the second book in the Blackcoat Rebellion series and begins where Pawn left off.

Everything was certainly kicked up a notch in Captive – the intense action, betrayals and surprise plot twists had my mind spinning but I loved each and every moment.

Kitty’s reckless behaviour drove me crazy in the first book and it is probably worse in Captive unfortunately but in saying this she is a generous character who thinks of others before herself, especially when it came to Benjy who I have come to really like but for the first part of the book I still felt he was a bit of a mystery and we didn’t know enough about him, I also still feel they are suited more as friends and even though Knox could be a complete ass and was extremely frustrating, I preferred him as the love interest for some silly reason.

As we know, in the first book Kitty had been masked to become Lila Hart and the decisions she has had to make in order to survive have been extremely difficult with a lot of sacrifices needing to be made. Her world is now more hostile than what we knew it in Pawn and as a result she ends up where she was most afraid of – Elsewhere, which was brutal.  

The plot is fast-paced with some wonderful action sequences, the villain is written to perfection and we are introduced to a wonderful secondary cast who each play a pivotal role in the overall story. Captive started off slow for me but it soon picked up and delivered action and surprising plot twists, leaving me flipping the pages wanting to know what would happen. The world-building is original but I still feel there are certain aspects which are lacking when it comes to the details of how it all came about, it was hinted at and unless I have missed something I felt it was lacking.

Overall, Captive delivered an action-packed thrill ride that I was almost unwilling to let go of when it ended. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series Queen which has an anticipated 2015 release date.

Thank you to Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review Captive.

Aimee CarterAbout the author: 

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. Her first novel for young adults, THE GODDESS TEST, will be published by Harlequin Teen on April 19th, 2011. The sequel, GODDESS INTERRUPTED, will follow in January 2012.

Find her on Twitter at @aimee_carter.


  1. I can't help but expect more of everything from a book 2 in a series, and it seems like Captive delivered exactly that which is FANTASTIC. I hate waiting though, so I'll probably hold off until Queen hit shelves in 2015, then I will binge read this trilogy. Plus, I need to know that it ends well before I commit.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    1. The waiting is the worst Carmel! I tend to forget what has happened by the time the next book is released. This one delivered thankfully! :-)

  2. Kitty was a little frustrating in this book. She seems to enjoy making decisions without really thinking them through. Still though, this was definitely an entertaining read and the villains! Oh man! They sure did make my blood boil. I'm glad you ended up enjoying this, Sharon! Lovely review!

    1. The villains are written so well in this series. Yes, Kitty was too frustrating at times but I really enjoyed it overall.

      Thanks Nick :-)

  3. The first book didn't really do it for me and I didn't think I'd continue the series, but honestly, I'm kind of curious now.

    1. The first book didn't really impress me as well (I think I rated it a 3 stars) but everything was kicked up a notch in this book and I enjoyed it more than the first.

      I hope you are able to satisfy that curiosity Christy ;-)

  4. This one sounds great. I've not heard of it yet. Definitely adding it to my list. Great review!


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