Blog Tour: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the Branded Blog Tour!

This book was action packed and definitely took me by surprise!

Title: Branded
Series: Sinners #1
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Pages: 252
Published: 06.27.13
Acquired: Netgalley
Goodreads Rating: 
My Rating: 4.0


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 Review:

I had been seeing talks of this book show up all over my social media lately. So when the authors contacted me to read this book, I decided to give it a shot. Especially when I saw some of the bloggers who are apart of our FFBC had read the book when it first came out and gave it some great reviews. 

I have to say that the best part of this book was the beginning. The story starts off right when Lexi is being arrested. Of the bat you are drawn into the story. The pace that is set up in the beginning of the story continues all the way to end. The story is action packed and keeps you engaged through out the entire story. But I have to admit that I kind of wished that the paced slowed down somewhat towards the last third of the book. So much happens that I wished we had more time to really absorb and digest the plot points before the next thing occurred. 

Other than pacing, this book is filled with some great characters. Our main character Lexi is put into a terrible situation. Falsely Accused of having a sexual relationship with her step-father she is arrested and "Branded" with the color blue that signifies she been arrested for a sexual act. Once she arrives at the Hole - where all sinners live, she is taunted with cat calls and indecent proposals. But regardless she stays strong and does not let it rattle her. Then there is Cole - SWWWOOON ALERT! It is has been a long time since a I have lusted after a YA male character, but Cole is definitely worth it. There are a few surprising characters that pop up through out the book. And one of them plays an important role in the story. I don't want to give away who it is, but I do wish we got to know more about him in the overall story. 

The story ended on a good note. Even though I had problems with the packing towards the end, I did like how the authors were able to set up the next book without leaving it with a cliff hanger. There are so much left to figure out and discover that I am really looking forward to find out how things get resolved. 


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