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

Book Title: Captive
Author: Aimee Carter
Published Date: November 25th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Book 2 in The Blackcoat Rebellion trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
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Synopsis from 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?

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley in change for my honest review.

Review:
Holy crap, Captive was so freaking good!

I had a lot of concerns about Captive, mostly surrounding the infamous “Second book syndrome” I had enjoyed Pawn so much that I was honestly afraid to read Captive. I really didn’t want to be disappointed. Thankfully, not only was I not disappointed but Captive surpassed my expectations in a really big way.

Kitty is still fiercely loyal to her Benjy, the boy she loves, everything she does, she does with him in mind. I still liked them together as a couple, but this book didn’t focus as much on the romance as Pawn had, which actually made the book better, I think. It focused on the relationships and friendships rather than the romances.

There were so many surprises that left me screaming “Holy shit” at the top of my lungs. So many twists that I didn’t see coming. A few times I was confused, but confused in the best way. I love when books keep me guessing like this one did. It adds an element to it that not very many books have.

The only person Kitty seems to trust is Benjy, and I totally understand that. It makes sense to me that Kitty doesn’t trust that many people. I know some people were pissed that she didn’t trust Knox, and while I do like him, I also understand why Kitty doesn’t trust Knox.

There are so many new characters in this book, but they are woven in nicely, and they didn’t add to my confusion. Several of them are really, really important to the story as well. So keep your eye on these characters, as you never know when or even if they’ll be important.

The world building was even better this time around. It was good in Pawn, but it was really good in Captive, so kudos to Carter for taking time to build the world that Kitty and everyone else lives in. A well developed world can really help a book be awesome, and in this case it definitely helped.

I hate that I’m being so vague about stuff, but I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. This entire book is filled with spoilers so I really can’t say much else about the book. What I can say though, is that I loved it and cannot wait for book 3, the final book in the trilogy. I can also let you know that this book was utterly fantastic and I’ll be giving it 5 stars. Go read it now.

Review: The Melody of Light by M.L. Rice

Book Title: The Melody of Light
Author: M.L. Rice
Published Date: November 18th, 2014
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Siblings Riley and Aidan Gordon are survivors. Together, they survived an abusive childhood, and when a fiery accident incinerates all they have—except for each other—they survive that, too. The tragedy leaves them with burdens and pain beyond their years, but it also sets them free to forge their own paths. Aidan’s road to happiness seems smooth and carefree. But Riley continues to struggle, her only saving grace being a passion for music that helps soothe her damaged soul. As their paths diverge and college looms, Riley will have to depend less on Aidan and more on herself. Fear of failure drives her, but will finding love derail her single-minded determination to succeed, or will it open the door to the family she’s always wanted?

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
This book sounded like something I’d love, so I was excited to get it from NetGalley. It’s no secret that I love dark contemporaries and that they usually give me all those feels. Unfortunately, this book didn’t do it for me. I was unbelievably bored the entire time I read it. I didn’t root for Riley or Aidan to overcome their childhood. I didn’t get excited or emotional at all.

Even as young adults they seemed overly involved in each others lives which really gave me the hebie jeebies. There was no reason they needed to constantly be all up in each others business and it really didn’t sit well with me. I understand being close with siblings, especially considering their rough childhood, but their co-dependence really made me wonder if they could ever have their own lives.

I was not a big fan of the romance either which is weird because I love LGBT romance. In this book it kinda came out of nowhere I was was left wondering if I had missed clues to the fact that one of the siblings was attracted to their same gender. Even when the couple got together, I wondered why they were ever together because I didn’t feel the chemistry between them at all.

Things were really rushed in this book and I don’t feel like enough time was spent developing their characters. I wanted more character development for Riley and more for Aidan. I wanted to see how they would conquer the world if they weren’t constantly attached to each other. I wanted them to explore their independence 

This book was overall very boring, the sibling relationship gave me the creeps and the character development was very poor. So I’ll be giving this book 2 stars. I would not recommend this book to anyone.