Friday, December 27, 2013

#4 of 2013 - Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Branded (Sinners, #1)Branded by Abi Ketner &
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published June 27th 2013 by Abi and Missy Books

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.

Most Original of 2013.

Original Review Posted Here: July 12.
Read for the Branded Book Tour, June 28 - July 15. Hosted by CBL Book Tours

A few steps short of beyond amazing.

This was like nothing I've read before, most dystopias involve characters trying to stay safe from whomever is in control, but this this is the story of the character that didn't manage to do that. But of course she wasn't too safe to begin with.

Lexi is awesome, it's hard not to feel for her and everything she has to endure. I especially love the fact that she is such a strong character considering everything that is thrown at her; she never breaks down even if she is given many reasons to do so.

All the characters are incredible from the moment they are introduced it's like you already know them and they each have a certain comfort to them. The likable ones that is, everyone receives the emotion they're meant to.

6 Months Later:
This is the book I think about at night when I can't sleep. . . not sure why. I mean there's just so much to think about when it comes to this story.

Looking at my review I'm starting to think that I probably short-changed this book, because I know I could have done better.
The day after I finished reading it, was a pretty bad day though. Which led to a pretty bad week. And while I'm not sure when I sat down to write my review I'm sure I wasn't in a "gushing praise" mind frame.
So I owe you. Hopefully the story will continue, and hopefully all will be good with me when it comes time for me to write up a review.

Though I have to say, everything that led up to that bad day was lessened because of this book.

Read the first chapter.

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