Monday, 8 July 2013

Branded Tour and Review

Title: Branded
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Genre: Mature Young Adult, Dystopian
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Twenty 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.

Review
What an intense ride!  The story starts out with a young girl getting ready to kill herself.  We find out later why.  But progresses rapidly for a fight for survival.  Branded is a dystopian novel, and if I was to tell the truth, I'd hate to have to live in that world.  Where you are guilty and can never be proven innocent.  Not a good world to live in at all.

Character creation was fairly well done!  I must be honest here and say that the main character was just a little bit of a weakling for me.  A lot of time is spent telling you how strong she is going to be, but it isn't shown very much.  Unless you count her strength at love.  She has a very strong moral compass and does stand by her own thoughts and choices. 

The concept behind the story where a person is placed in "the Hole" and "Branded" due to committing one of the seven deadly sins sucked me in.  But the story is far larger than just that.  Lies, Deception, Hidden Agenda's, and Friendship all are of equal value in this book.  And I felt that the story had a ton of potential and paths it could take.

This book is a very quick read!  It will keep you flipping pages, and it is a very rapid paced book.  The story itself progresses along fairly quickly. But I must say that even with that, I felt that the ending should have been a bit more.  I still give the book 4 stars, and I do recommend the book to anyone who likes this genre of books.  If the ending wasn't so rushed I honestly would have given it 5 stars.  But the absolute speed at which what happens, happens is just far too distracting.  And it felt a tad bit disjointed for me.

As I said all in all I give this book 4 stars and I will read the next book simply to find out what happens next with Cole and Lexi.  I do offer one little piece of advice to the Author, don't rush the endings as much because it makes it feel off, and don't say someone is something that they aren't.  Show me how strong Lexi is, don't just tell me she is strong.

Details/Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free for my honest review.  This free book held no determination on my final review.


Abi 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 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.

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.

Links:
twitter @abiandmiss.com 
website and blog www.abiandmissy.com
 

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