Debbie's World of Books
My book reviews, book news & random rants

Review: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

January 27th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Month9 Books

Series: Sinners #1

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About the book:

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.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

My Review:

I was really excited to read this book after seeing so many rave reviews for it by friends of mine.  Sadly it just didn’t live up to all the hype for me.

The world building was a little lite to me.  I get the original Commander had a thing against sins and yet this entire Hole thing seemed to just encourage these sins and then condemned future innocent generations to this sinner’s hell.  Then Lexi magically gets this sympathetic guard who starts falling for her for no reason that I can really see. And while we hear over and over how horrible this Commander is I never really felt like his character was fleshed out to be a believable villain.  Yes, he’s doing horrible things but most of his actions don’t make much sense.

My other main issue was Lexi.  She irritated me as a heroine and was so weak and made such dumb mistakes that it was hard to relate to her.  Even in situations I know we should feel sorry for her I couldn’t bring myself to. Besides her relationship with a dying patient nothing else made me like her.  There are a couple other characters I won’t mention since I don’t want to spoil the surprises but they also were irritating.  Add to that the way Lexi related to the and I was so done with her.

I would have DNFed this book early on if it weren’t for my friends praising it so highly.  I kept reading to the end hoping it would get better but sadly it just didn’t.   Obviously plenty of people loved it but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Find it Online:

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.