Review: Queen (The Blackcoat Rebellion #3) by Aimee Carter


Title: Queen
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher/Year:  Harlequin 12/01/15
Length:   221 Pages
Series:  The Blackcoat Rebellion #3



Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton’s niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person’s rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear…and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton’s secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she’s loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty’s survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

My Thoughts

There is so much going on in this finale that it makes my head spin.  The cat’s out of the bag in terms of who is actually masked and what that means for the Rebellion.  We want to hope for the best with who’s going to be the right person to take power and if they can be successful in not only getting the rest of the ministers behind them, but the country as well.

Throughout this story, we see a lot of battling going on, and a lot of ‘playing the game’ since we know that there’s an agenda in play.  Kitty is being used again as a pawn, and she and Knox have decided that it’s time to reveal the truth – the full truth in the hopes that it will help the Blackcoats get to a place where they are able to overthrow Daxton (or Daxton’s mask).  This of course gets her captured to be used as a pawn by Daxton, and that’s where the bulk of our story goes.

We know that Daxton (or Victor) is using Lila (the real one) to be a mouthpiece for his causes.  When Kitty gets pulled in, she’s forced to do the same in the hopes of saving Greyson and Lila.  Things are never that easy, and of course they get tricked.

Top that off, Daxton is getting a bit in his own head where he’s taking every chance he gets to do these ‘acts of power’ as i see them, and he bombs Elsewhere, killing everyone who was there, shooting down a helicopter that had either Kitty or Lila in it, and getting the ministers to sign off on a document that gives him absolute power.

That’s where the remainder of the story plays out.  We don’t know who’s alive anymore, but we know that there’s a need to get some sort of order instilled in the nation since there is hope among small pockets of people in the rebellion that things can change.  If Greyson is able to get into a role of power, he’ll make the changes that everyone wants to see.

What we have in this final installment is a battle of wits – who will be able to outsmart whom.  Who will remain alive and what relationships will last.  Some of those that we thought were completely destroyed come back to be fairly sound and those that were comfortable are broken apart and mended into new things.  There is an end of an era and a beginning of a new life.

The ending here is one that’s entirely expected but a great culmination of the chaos that we’ve been going through with these folks.  You know that you want to see a nation of change and they’ve acknowledged that it’s perhaps something that will not happen quickly or soon but something that is worth fighting for.  You’d be surprised to see who’s at the helm of the change that’s going on, and who’s going to help drive that ship.

What we don’t get though is the background on Rivers.  I don’t know if anyone else got annoyed here but there were so many hints along the way that his eyes were just like Kitty’s and i kept waiting for them to tell us that he was Knox’s twin or someone like that.  and we never get those answers.  just the reminder that his eyes are the same.  oh well.

So on that note, i’m glad that i finally read it since i’ve been appreciating the cover art for so long and i hope that you guys give it a chance.  happy wednesday!

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