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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Branded Blog Tour & Review

Title: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance
Series: Book One of the Sinners Series
ARC provided by NetGalley
Twenty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadliest sins were the downfall of our 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.
My review for: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson
Amazing. Fantastic. Heart-pumping, and brutal. These are just some of the words I would use to describe this very original dystopian novel. Heartbreaking at times and addictive from page one; Branded is one hell of a ride and it is one I will take over and over again. The depth of this story and how many twists and turns there are in it, it is a must read for any book lover. Even if this isn’t your usual genre, this book is a game changer! Trust me…you want to read this book!
In a world where justice lies in a single tyrant, the ‘guilty’ are marked and wrote off. These people are known as Sinners and their marks are a constant reminder that no one is safe and when you are marked you are forever convicted of that sin. There are seven deadly sins, each represented by a color and a discrimination. Instead of a prison system, they are nearly worked to death in the same matter as slaves would be. There is no justice when one man rules them all.
Lexi Hamilton has given up. There is nothing good left in the world now that her father was dead and she was more than ready to die along with him, but moments before she could commit suicide, they came for her. To mark her a whore even if the ruling was lie. She is sentenced to the Hole for the rest of her days.
Completely broken, she doesn’t fight back. What’s the point? No one can escape the Commander or his sadistic guards and what’s waiting for her in the Hole will change her whole life and possibly even her soul.
Cole is assigned to protect Lexi at all costs. When a beautiful girl is marked with LUST, there is nowhere that is safe for her. She is looked at as flesh and nothing more. And it doesn’t make his job any easier. To make matters worse, the more he learns about her the harder it becomes to disconnect from her. There is a pull there and it scares the hell out of them both. In a world where love is forbidden between the two castes, will they be able to deny the truth? Will there finally be a way to overthrow the Commander and save what’s left of humanity?
I cannot stress enough how truly incredible Branded is especially for a debut novel. Being unique in every way, I can honestly say you have never read anything quite like this before. With its vivid imagery both brutal and beautiful, Lexi’s story pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the very end and even then you are left wanting more. Bravo, Abi and Missy! This is clearly going to be a bestseller!

Authors Bio:
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.


  1. Thank you ladies for being on the blog.Awesome review Shanna.

    1. Thanks Trudy! I just adored it! :) Fantastic read!