BRANDED by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki A Sinners Series #1
Published by Abi & Missy Books
Debut Date: June 26, 2013
Source: ARC via NetGalley
My rating: 5 stars
Overivew: 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.
Okay, let me first say that I’m a sucker for a good dystopian themed novel. Like…a huge sucker. BRANDED caught my eye from the overview and I quickly fell in love with world in which Abi & Missy creates. It is dark with a romantic twist and I seriously can’t get enough of the Sinners Series!
The storyline was freakin’ amazing and I was enamored from start to finish. The world inside of BRANDED is so vivid and so captivating that I was immediately absorbed out of my world and into theirs [Abi & Missy’s]. As a reader, that’s the best feeling in the world.
The main characters, Lexi and Cole, are a whirlwind of everything good characters should be. Their backgrounds were well-developed and the intensity between these two from the start is explosive. Cole can’t help but fall for her and Lexi is taken immediately with Cole. OMG..they way Cole is described in the book got me a little worked up so I can completely understand where Lexi is coming from! Even though the odds were against them throughout the entire novel they make it through..well, sort of.
I laughed, cried, and mourned throughout this entire book. Lexi is an awesome heroine. She is strong-willed and sarcastic. She’s a survivor and even though at times, it was hard for her to see her own strength she never gave up. Ever. She’s very easy to relate to so readers can’t help but to fall in love with her. Hell, readers can’t help but to fall completely head over heels in love with Cole either. Oh, and Zeus…beloved Zeus. He freakin’ made this book and it was amazing.
I’m so enthralled by this world of the Hole I’m seriously gonna die waiting for the next book. That’s how great a story this book is and I encourage all to go get it and read it ASAP!
**BRANDED is available to buy through B&N and Amazon so go pick up your copy today! You won’t regret it!