Jul 032013
 
Review: BrandedBranded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
Published by Self published on Jun 28, 2013
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Romance, YA
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-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.

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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a quick moving story about love and survival. Lexi hasn’t had an easy life, and things just get worse when she’s falsely imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit. Not only is she imprisoned, but she’s branded for her supposed sin, and it’s not a pretty one.

I felt the setting was underutilized. The Hole wasn’t used for much execept a backdrop to Lexi’s suffering. It could have had a much bigger presence. Instead, the story focused more on the romance, which was hot and clean, but a little insta-love-y.

The storyline itself moved very quickly, at times too quick. It never felt like the reader had time to settle into each new development before being pushed into the next scenario.

There are a lot of secrets in this book, and a lot of crazy reveals. I was not expecting everything that happened. I am sure there are more secrets to be revealed in the next book. I think I know what one of them is, and it’s a doozy.

Overall, this was an exciting story with a heavy romance element. It had a lot of twists and turns and surprises, and I hope the next book can keep up.

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