Captive

Book Covers

For me personally, book covers, titles, and series titles should support the story as much as possible. These elements are the initial marketing that readers see or hear. They either grasp our attention and interest or they…..don’t.

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The cover of Pawn is a great example of tying the cover to the story. Before reading the book you would not be able to see all the details and how they factor in but there are many in this cover.

First, the title Pawn is supported with the chess piece in the upper right hand corner. It is also supported by the teaser line of “The first move is hers…”. Then we see the maze like center, which is later revealed to be a necklace that Lila receives. The center of the maze details an eye and the Roman numeral of three. The importance of the bright blue eye is explained. Kitty’s eye color is a perfect match to Lila’s, a Hart signature, and we find out that the eyes are the one thing that cannot be changed when someone is masked.  The number three represents Kitty’s status in society. The cover is gray such as the color of stone.

Captive
Taking a closer look at Captive we see the same blue eye but the three is no longer there and is replaced with a seven. The maze like detail has changed. I suspect this might be to represent Section X of Elsewhere. The chess piece in the corner has increased rank from a pawn to a rook. The teaser line is now “Some moves are riskier than others”. The color of the cover is now a wood color which would represent an increase from stone. This cover does not have as many details to uncover as the first book. The major differences are the maze, the number in the eye and of course the cover color.

The next book in the series was announced to be called Queen. I suspect to see a queen chess piece in the corner, an X in the blue eye and I am not quite sure about the maze or the cover color. I want to say an iron color but that would be too close to the Pawn stone colored cover.

What are your thoughts on these covers?

About Captive

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?

About Pawn

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.

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Welcome to my stop on the PAWN Blog Tour!

Here’s a quick interview I had with Aimée.

Aimée I’d love to hear more about the advanced technology you developed for PAWN. Did you do some research? Did you maybe talk to some scientists, or did you just let your imagination flow?

Part of the fascination of Kitty’s society for me was the fact that they suffered economic collapse seventy-odd years earlier – and because of that, they’ve been focused on rebuilding instead of advancing technology that wasn’t necessary to sustaining life. There isn’t a whole lot of advanced technology in the series that doesn’t have root in something we have today, and that’s really because of what the society as a whole has gone through. In many ways, they’re still recovering.

Especially the motorized walkways and the “cloning” was very fascinating. How did you come up with these specific ideas?

The motorized walkways exist today in various places – for instance, airports – and the next logical step in my mind was having them in parts of cities that are populated by the rich. As far as Kitty being Masked goes, a lot of the inspiration from that comes from people even today who get thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery to try to look like famous people. Recently I read a story in the news about a man who spent a huge sum of money to look like Justin Bieber – and it’s following that same sort of possibility, but the scientists in Kitty’s world have had decades more time to perfect it.

What kind of technology that we will find in PAWN would you like to have for yourself?

The necklace Greyson gives Kitty. I don’t want to spoil too much, but having that kind of technology hanging around your neck would be amazing.

I agree! That necklace was pretty awesome!

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) by Aimée Carter

HarlequinTeen | November 26, 2013 | 352 pages

About PAWN

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

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.

Connect with Aimée Carter

Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time continuing with The Goddess Test series and working on new projects. You can tweet her at @aimee_carter or catch updates on her website.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, November 4th – The Irish Banana
Tuesday, November 5th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Wednesday, November 6th – Alice Marvels
Friday, November 8th – The Cozy Reader
Monday, November 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, November 13th – Me, My Shelf and I
Friday, November 15th – Books Complete Me

 


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