Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
A Sinners Series
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.
I turn on the faucet for a long while only to discover ice-cold water rushing out. The water never warms and I begin to understand. The Commander thinks he can wash away my soul by freezing me to death. He thinks he can destroy me by stripping away my possessions. But he can’t and I won’t let him take my memories, my ambition, and my pride.
He thinks I’m so easily broken.
The Commander doesn’t know anything about me, what I grew up with, what I endured—the father I lost, the mother I hate, the brother who walked out of my life, and the stepfather I was forced to accept. He thinks since I was rich, making me poor will cause me to give up. What he doesn’t understand is that, after my father passed away, I grew up behind walls of hatred. I had nothing, but had everything at the same time. I owned expensive clothes, enjoyed good schooling, and lived in a nice home. But my body was just a shell protecting an empty, desperate heart. My life was a colorful façade.
I had so much time to sit and think. I spent the majority of my life between four walls. I was abandoned, neglected, starved, betrayed, and abused. I’ve already been treated like the scum of the earth, so the Hole is nothing new. He wants to erase every sign of my existence on this earth, but I won’t let that happen. He can strip me naked, but he’ll never reach my soul.
It’s personal, completely personal.
About Abi and Missy
Branded by Abi Ketner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 BRANDED, BEAUTIFUL STARS!!
"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. "
I just love Dystopian novels and this one is probably my favorite one I've ever read! I absolutely loved everything about this story. It starts out with us meeting Lexi, who is accused of being a sinner. She tries to escape with no avail. "Never did I imagine they'd come for me. Never did I imagine all those mights I heard them dragging someone else away that I'd join them."
Lexi is innocent in her charges but she doesn't bother to stand up for herself because nobody will believe her. The 7 deadly sins are used to label each sinner, and colors are used to represent these sins. Lexi gets branded with blue, for Lust. Each sinner is assigned to a guard and they are to make sure they get to their new home and know how to get to work each day. This is where we meet Cole, Lexi's guard.
Cole takes Lexi to her place and we learn that Cole has been assigned to protect her. And we also get to meet Zeus, Cole's Great Dane guard dog. From the minute Zeus is introduced I know I'm going to love this dog. He becomes a great protecter for Lexi, and he adds some comic relief too.
Relationships of any kind are strictly forbidden with the guards. We learn of this early on with a scene involving a couple who are humiliated and tortured in front of crowd.
There is one part in the book where we meet a young sinner named Alyssa and I won't give away the story behind it, but I want to state that this part of the story made my heart bleed with sadness. I was captivated by Alyssa and everything she represented. And the things that Cole did for her was beyond amazing. I sat and read through most of that part with tears falling down my cheeks.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!
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I was given a copy of Branded in exchange for my honest review from the authors
Branded was revamped! We got a new chapter and some more editing! I adored Branded the first time I read it and I loved it even more the second time around! I still stand by my thoughts of this being my favorite Dystopian novel! If you haven't read Branded yet, now is the time to do it!
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