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

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: Abi and Missy Books
Format: ebook // 314 pages

Why I'm reading it: 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!
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.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness. Brutal and savage violence. Excruciating pain. Every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole. I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.

My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.
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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