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. 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.
©2014 Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (P)2014 Tantor
"Branded was a riveting and exciting dystopian read that will have you at the edge of your seat." (Ben Alderson, Booktuber at BenjaminofTomes)
Not my normal type of book I would read. Was recommended to me by a friend. I loved it and would recommend it. I sat reading this book with screams of No's and cry's of Yes. I fell in love with Cole, Lexi, Bruno, Alyssa, Sutton and of course Zeus.
"Trashy romance in dystopia"
I got this book based on positive reader reviews. I was bitterly disappointed to find that this book is a trashy romance full of repetitive 'I can't live without him', 'my heart leapt at the sight of him/sound of his voice', 'I shuddered at the touch of his hand' type of diatribe. The dystopian setting (the reason I chose the book) was poorly constructed and underdeveloped and the characters were one dimensional. The conclusion is rushed and unsatisfying. Not my idea of a good dystopian story. The narrator wasn't too bad though.
"Don't Do it. Just Don't Do it."
If the writer actually cared about good writing. These sentences could have been written by a middle school kid for an end of the year project.... There's a 5 minute scene over a dog farting.
The whole story is well written, shrouded in elegant suspence with just a touch of romance. I enjoyed Lexi's victories and shared in her sorrows. Though, be prepared, once Branded sucks you in, you never want to leave the world of the Hole. You will be engrossed even to the bittersweet end.
You have been warned...
"The Best Ending! I want more!"
The first half of this book was really dark and some creepy moments too. Luckily I was already invested in the characters and wanting to see where this bizarre story was headed and I'm so happy I did! The last few chapters were crazy...and the ending was really well done. I'm highly impressed with this book and I can't wait for another!
"Don't Waste Your Money/Time"
I bought this audible based on it having good reviews. The narrator was like asking Siri to read a children's book and make it sound sexy. The story could have been written by a child with its simple structure, lack of imagination, and no sense of creating any sort of depth of the characters.
"Tears at the end"
I hate writing reviews but I wanted to put it out in the universe that this is an interesting concept and could really go far as a series. Can't wait to see what's next!
"ugh. too wordy. repetitive."
I had high hopes for this book, but it was not good l. I could not even finish the book and I never do that. even when I don't like a book I need to know how it ends but this book just annoyed me. The characters were not likable. there were plot holes and the dialogue was bad.
"amazing book. the narrator really made the book ci"
amazing book. the narrator really made the book come alive. the characters were believable can't wait to read the sequel.
"Absolutely Fabulous - great narrator"
Yes, loved the narrator. She was brilliant, wonderful to listen to & very entertaining.
I loved Cole, he was sweet, living and protective. Plus he comes with a canine protector too, Zeus.
Her voice is so easy to listen to and the way she changes tones for the different characters was awesome. I even grabbed another book narrated by her because I loved her so much.
It would have to be the main fight scene towards the end. When they all confront the Commander. That was very emotional.
"Loved it! Loved it, LOVED IT! This is really good"
This is my first time coming back to reading novels in a long time. wow what a way to start!
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