Author: Aimee Carter
Published: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
I Give This ...
I was a little on the fence about this one. Since it seemed to fall smack into the new "it" genre, I was a little wary on reading it. But, I like the author's first series, so I decided to give it a shot.
I was intrigued with the idea of someone talking over the life of another. First, the complications of performing the vast amount of surgeries needed to make Kitty look exactly like Lila was mind blowing. But the thing that tripped me was they could even make Kitty sound exactly like Lilly, but kept her eyes? The exact reason why she was chosen to replace Lila was because she had the exact same color eyes. Well it's a damn good things she chose to steal something that day to get notices by the soldiers. How else would they have kept the public from knowing Lila was dead?
Kitty takes her new life in stride, but its a very fine line she walks. The Prime Minster has some conditions to her new found status. Lila's mother and fiancee seem to have a different agenda entirely. But, how can she be sure they truly believe in the cause they want her to support? And how can the so callously gamble with her life? They know she's not the real Lila. And they know exactly what the Prime Minister has threatened to do should she choose to continue along the path that Lila had choosen.
It's interesting watching Kitty learn who Lila really was. She may have been born a VII, with all the wealth and privileges that go along with it. But Lila saw something in the change she was tying to push forward. Kitty must decide if that rebellion is worth her life. Interestingly enough, she has the most experience with the people Lila was trying to inspire. Perhaps that will help her in her decisions. Can her effect on people cause and effect on herself?
I liked some of the relationship dynamic building in this series. Kitty's relationship with Lila's mother is interesting. I can't quite get a read on her. The Prime Minister and the matriarchal mother often left me wondering who was really ruling this country. And, I was actually enjoying the build up of a love triangle. Maybe because I'm sure if it's suppose to be one?
I'll be looking for the next book in this series. There are some serious plot twists that leave me wondering were we go from here!