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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Branded was a riveting and exciting dystopian read that will have you at the edge of your seat." (Ben Alderson, Booktuber at BenjaminofTomes)

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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.

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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!

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Don't Do it. Just Don't Do it.

What would have made Branded better?

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.

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Great Book

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...

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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!

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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.

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Absolutely Fabulous - great narrator

Would you listen to Branded again? Why?

Yes, loved the narrator. She was brilliant, wonderful to listen to & very entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Cole, he was sweet, living and protective. Plus he comes with a canine protector too, Zeus.

What does Jorjeana Marie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It would have to be the main fight scene towards the end. When they all confront the Commander. That was very emotional.

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Fantastic, Draws you in!

Amazing, gripping, intense, leaves you on the edge of your seat! I loved it !

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Amazing & Thrilling

This book was awesome I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I would definitely recommend!

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Amazing

Its an amazing book it's very time-consuming I loved every minute of it it's just plain amazing The character development is amazing, the book is written by two riders but you really don't see the difference between the writing so you don't really know when Abby is riding or when Missy is writing. Overall the book is just amazing

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  • 09-09-15

This was a good read with a nice twist

I enjoyed this story, although it was predictable there wee a few twists that kept it in engaging. I will definitely read the next book.

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  • Kat P
  • 06-12-15

Awesome

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.

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  • 03-12-17

Good first novel

i like the story from the beginning. but as it progressed it graded. for a while in the book nothing was going on but repeate of same situation. also the main character was in same way too dependent and week but it did pick up at the end. so i was OK with it. overall this book desivers a read.