by Abi Ketner
, Missy Kalicicki Series: A Sinners Series #1 Pages:
eBook Genres: Dystopian
, New Adult
on June 28th, 2013 Source: The Author via Publicist Goodreads
I received this book for free from The Author via Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.Buy the book on Amazon
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.
Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
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I’m not even sure where to begin with this review. I mean.. I knew I would enjoy this book. The description alone won me over. Then Brittany reviewed it and gave it such a positive review. But man.. I did not expect the emotions that this story would pull out of me!
It starts out right off the bat with an emotional scene. So prepare yourself for that. The authors do not hold back when describing the details of the dark reality in Branded. The story centers around a small group of people and I became attached to every one of them. No wait.. I take that back. I became attached to the good ones. I wanted to rip the throats out of a couple. The MC Lexi was incredible. she is strong and flawed and it was amazing to read her story. Lexi isn’t what she appears to be to everyone else. Marked as a sinner she is looked down upon and scorned by nearly everyone around her. Reading this from Lexi’s POV made the story that much more intense.
The Friendships in this story are what really had my heart aching. All of these characters go through so much, they have to fight for the smallest sliver of happiness. I don’t want to give away too much of the story but the relationship between Lexi and Alyssa- a young patient with a terminal illness- was probably one of the most intense friendships I have ever read about.
Branded is emotionally charged and full of drama and action. It had me crying and gripping the pages. It had me glaring at the characters ( in my mind of course ) wanting to smack them one moment and hug them the next! This story is really not for the feint of heart. The descriptions are so vivid that they had my stomach churning and my skin crawling.. One scene in particular, you will know it when you read it.
Basically.. READ IT. READ IT NOW. Because I am afraid that describing all that I loved would give too much away! I want you to read it and experience it fresh the way that I did. I want you to fall in love with the characters and cry with them, to feel your heart race as the action scenes hit. And i’m sorry but I want you to get the chills and the stomach churning emotions that I got because dang… it was just so intense!
I’m sorry for the ramblyness of this review.. I just finished the book and it’s pretty much like.. coherent thoughts.. they won’t form. I’m in too much shock!
To see what Brittany thought of Branded go visit her review HERE
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About Abi and Missy
Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.
Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.
Received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.