May 28, 2015

Review: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Title: Branded
Authors: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Published: June 28th 2013
Pages: 380
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian
Source: Sent to me by the authors 
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5/5 Stars 
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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.

Branded is fast paced, action packed with a slight amount of gore and heartbreak. Branded gave me so many feels.

The Hole is definitely one of the last places I'd ever want to be, and it was described in such detail that I was frightened for Lexi and even a tad shaken myself. The world created by Abi and Missy was extremely terrifying.

I loved Lexi, she puked A TON but ended up super strong and badass. Also, COLEXI! I love them together, and they aren't your conventional YA angsty couple, they stay together and fight for each other. Its really admirable, and I couldn't wait for the next book, Hunted, to see them kick tons more ass together. Theres tons of chemistry and passion between them.

I was extremely happy with Branded and I think most YA dystopian fans will be too!

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