I don't know what to think about this book. One the one hand, I really enjoyed the story and the adventure. All the high-paced action and the new characters made me read this book quick. On the other hand, I wanted to hit Kitty over the head with a shovel. That girl got more thick-headed and flat-out ridiculous in this book than I thought possible.
I think the reason I like this series is Knox. He's level-headed and has a plan... and he's not going to risk it all because Kitty wants to know things. He keeps a lot from her, and honestly I would too. At times I started to think maybe he was being unfair, but her behavior confirmed to me that she can't be trusted. She acts like a spoiled child and sadly the consequences of her actions usually ends up with someone dying. She'll feel spurned in some way and then just stomp off and do the most reckless and flat-out dumb stuff to retaliate. She almost dies a million times, and I was kind of hoping she would (even though I knew that that was never going to happen). I think she felt like she was being a leader and "stepping up", but most of the time the things she did totally backfired, and had she stopped to think it through for a minute, people wouldn't have had to die and the rebellion wouldn't have been endangered. Now she does redeem herself at times by doing really brave things, but those times aren't nearly as plentiful. The author seemed to confuse bravery with blind stupidity and stubbornness.
I really enjoyed seeing Elsewhere and finding out what it was all about. In the first book it was this total question mark. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be anything good, but it was interesting to see how the people there lived. Of course, Kitty grew up thinking it was some sort of Floridian retirement home, but anyone with a brain would know that it would be more like a concentration camp. But within a place so desolate, there was love and family, which was nice to see. I thought to use it as a setting for the middle book was a really great idea.
I hope Queen features much more of Knox and much less of Benjy. Benjy is just blah and he's just in the way. And I know Kitty loves him, but she puts him above all reason and that is a liability. I am going to finish the series because I'm super interested now in what happens. It's easy reading if you don't allow your blood-pressure to rise too much at Kitty's stupidity.
OVERALL: I enjoyed this second book in the Blackcoat Rebellion series. At times I really did NOT like the main character, but that didn't stop me from needing to know what happened. If Kitty was a tad more intelligent and less thick-headed, this series would be so fun!
This Book Contains:
- Dystopian society
- Elsewhere- a prison camp
- Slight Love Triangle
My Rating: 3/4 (due to the fact that I like the story)
How I got this book: Thank you to Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read and honestly review an Advanced Readers Copy.
Date Published: 11/25/2014