28 December 2015

Queen

Author: Aimee Carter
Series: The Blackcoat Rebellion #3
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

I have still yet to be blown away by Aimee Carter.  It seems she is just another author in the vast array of young adult writers out there.  Though her fundamental plots are often unique, the execution of them throughout her series has been so far tired and cliched.  Queen is no exception.    While it wraps up the series well, the ending for the rebellion was a bit predictable, and the romance was a little too heavy considering the dire situation they are all facing.  Granted, I now realize this series is published by Harlequin Teen, so of course it's going to have a strong dose of romance.  Unfortunately, the romance in Queen seems to come at the cost of the plot.

Kitty (still a terrible name for the main character) is limping along with the Blackcoats, trying to find a way to prove that Prime Minister Daxton is not who he says he is and to overthrow his power.  They struggle at every turn to make a mark and find a foothold for the rebellion, and yet there is still an emphasis on this love triangle between Kitty, Benjy, and Knox.  I don't think it would be so bad, except there is no real chemistry between any of them at all, so it makes it that much more glaringly out of place.

Overall, I think this series fails to deliver on expectations I started with in Pawn.  For such a crazy dystopian and an unique world and idea, the possibilities were endless.  And while there is a bit of suspense and excitement through the series, it's heavily weighed on by other issues that aren't quite as gripping.  So while I bought Pawn and got an ARC copy of Captive, I probably won't add Queen to my collection to complete the series in my personal library.

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