Review: Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner

Title: Branded
Series: Sinners, book 1
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Publication Date: June 28th, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Twenty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadliest sins were the downfall of our 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.


**A copy was provided for review purposes**


Lexi Hamilton is taken from her home to the Hole where she is branded a sinner, after being accused of Lust, one of the Seven Deadly Sins by the Commander; who is an arrogant sadistic gerk. Lexi is then escorted to her new home by her guard; Cole. The Hole is a horrible place, where people go to work and die. Everyone is treated like an animal (besides the guards), there is no respect or justice, only cruelty.

I was so emotional reading ‘Branded’, never before have i read a novel that has reduced me to such a sobbing mess; that is of course until this came along. The story is so intense I just couldn’t put it down, if i tried it was back in my hand within minutes. All’s i kept saying throughout was “God, Please No!”. The plot was well thought out and no detail was left unturned.

The character building was amazing, not just the main characters Lexi and Cole but the minor characters too such as Sutton, Bruno, Keegan etc. I felt i really connected with all of them which is something that’s not always easy to come do, especially as there are so many of them.

My favourite character was Cole, how could it not be? He goes against everything he knows and is taught to help a sinner. The feelings developed between Lexi and Cole is heart-warming, although it is totally forbidden for Guards to get attached to the Sinners. This doesn’t stop Cole though, and he does everything he can to make the Hole better for her. I totally love him!

Overall i thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Branded’ and can’t wait for the next Sinners novel as i’m dying to see what happens next! After reading the eBook i have even ordered the paperback i loved it that much. A job very well done ladies!

5 rating



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