Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review Blitz - Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

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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.


Book Review: 

Five words that I would use to describe this book are:

Usually I am not one to pick up any book that does not fall into the category of Young Adult. I remember that I used to think that there were no books about characters "my age," but obviously I was very wrong about that. When I saw this book labeled as New Adult (NA), I was a little unsure. Then I read the synopsis, and I was completely sold on the book. It was enough to pull me in, and I could not wait to read the book. 

Despite not usually reading NA books, I was pleasantly pleased with how much I enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful read, in fact. The plot was amazing, and I love the world that the authors created for us. If you have been around the blog for any amount of time you know that I am a fan of anything dystopian, and this book certainly gave me my fix for that. The book also kept me on my toes, which I always like. It is not enjoyable to read a book where everything is put out there for you and holds no surprises. With this book, every time I thought I had things figured out, it changed completely once again. It was frustrating in a very, VERY good way. 

The main characters were amazing. From the beginning you feel for Lexi, and that is something that continues through the whole novel. She has been through so much herself, yet she still cares so deeply for other people. It is amazing to me how strong she can be as she goes through everything that she has to deal with. Of course, a lot of it is due to the help of her guard, Cole. From the beginning he is difficult to read and understand, but you quickly come to love him (even if his behavior makes you angry and annoyed at some points). There romance is perfect and forbidden, which just makes it that much better. 

Overall, I think that this is a book that anyone would enjoy if they like reading upper YA or NA books. It has a little bit for everyone; however, it is very dark and intense. It has to be, of course based on the story line, but some of it catches you a bit off guard and leaves you feeling even more shocked and fearful of the characters. Ketner and Kalicicki did a very good job of writing a book that made me want to continue turning the pages (or hitting the arrow on my Kindle, same thing). I would certainly recommend reading it!

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.

Abigail 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

Missy 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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