Book Review → Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Friday, July 11, 2014

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Book 1 in the Sinners series

Young Adult Fiction // Categories: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: ebook • 314 pages
Rating: 3 stars

Sasha from Abookutopia loved it, so I requested and was approved for this ebook from NetGalley. Thank you to Anne from Victory Editing for allowing me to read and review this!

I have never been a fan of reading ebooks because I prefer holding a book in my hands and seeing how many pages are left, but I decided to test the waters with Branded.

I started off enjoying this book a lot. There was just enough information to keep me engaged but not give away any of the secrets, and the pacing was perfect. All the interactions between Lexi, the main character, and the people she meets in the Hole were realistic and understandable. However, it started going downhill when I reached the middle of the book.

While certain events were very detailed (lots of blood and violence), it didn't seem like a lot of thought was put into carving the small details of their society and lifestyle. I liked the plot and where the story was going, but I felt like I was left with a lot of different holes that ended up empty.

As with a lot of the characters in dystopian novels, Lexi ends up developing feelings for someone. I liked their relationship but after it was established, it ruined both of the characters for me. The decisions they made did not seem in line with who they are supposed to be.

Although I am not a fan of the writing in Branded, I like the plot enough to want to read the next book in this series. I don't have any expectations for it though.


Have you heard of Branded?
Would you read a book that is written poorly but has a good plot?

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