Sunday, June 1, 2014

REVIEW: Branded by Abi Ketner & Melissa Kalicicki


Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki 

Sinners #1

Publication date: June 28th 2013 

Source: Paperback given by author for honest review.

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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.
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.

                    My Thoughts                   

Branded grabbed my attention from the very beginning. 

It was very easy to get hooked on this book right off the bat! It begins with Lexi, a young girl about to take her life, when she is arrested and taken to go live in the Hole. The Hole is a place where sinners go. You don't have to be convicted of a crime, just accused of one, which really is awful ! Right off the bat you are labeled with a colored neck tattoo that indicates your "sin". Lexi gets branded with a Blue tattoo which indicates that her sin was Lust, she is innocent of course but none of that matters. Branded was very easy to read as you are swept away in Lexi's dilemma of surviving in the Hole.  Without giving out any spoilers, there is a lot more to why she is in the Hole in the first place, and who else is in there with her.

Branded definitely had some surprising twist that I definitely didn't see coming in the end.  Some parts towards the end I wasn't fan of, and some things didn't add up for me, or come into play when I thought they should, but perhaps these are things that will be addressed in the next book in the series. Over all I thought it was a good read.

Plot : Great idea for a plot. I loved the labeling of the sinners, or accused sinners. This made it such a scary and horrible place for  for a young innocent girl to be stuck in. However, I feel like I could have used a little more world building both outside and inside of the Hole.

Characters: I loved the bond between Lexi and Alyssa, that was an unexpected and wonderful relationship. Zeus ( the guard dog ) gets my vote for best dog in a book EVER!! I liked Cole and Lexi's relationship however I really wasn't a fan of her brother, Why he sent Cole away was still never really explained. Just over all not a fan of the brother.  Bruno Rocked! 

Cover: Love Love Love the cover! does a great job depicting the branding. This new cover is a million times better than the original cover! So Pretty 

You might like: Mocking Jay, The Uglies Series, Shatter Me Series

Rating: The beginning of the book I give  a 4.0. My love dwindled to a 3.0 by the end of the book so over all I guess I would give it a 3.5 

                    Author Bio                    

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.

Abi Ketner 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.

Melissa Kalicicki 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. 

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