Book Review: Branded – Abi Ketner and Missy Kaliciki


Series: Sinners – Book One
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: Abi and Missy books
Pages: 384.
Find it on: Goodreads. Amazon.


This one will leave you on the edge of your seat, desperate for book two!

In this world people are divided into three people, the wealthy, living in high society and affluence, the poor – struggling to keep alive day after day and those that live in the hole. Those that live in the hole are sinners, people who have sinned or done wrong. As punishment for this wrongdoing they are branded according to their crime – lust, greed, envy etc. They are kept separate from everyone else in society and must slave away at whatever job is assigned to them. Life is tough in the hole, and surviving is the most difficult thing of all.

Lexi is a young girl living in high society, although she is wealthy her living is made a living hell by her stepfather who torments her at every turn. She is then accused, branded as lustful and sent to the hole. But all is not as it seems, her father was a well known advocate for the rights of the people living in the hole, her older brother mysteriously vanished and her own mother appears to be the person that accused her. All these questions Lexi takes with her to the hole, but will she find the answers? Not only is she fighting to answer these questions, she’s fighting to stay alive.

I absolutely loved this one! What a thrill ride! I had never heard of it before but after seeing what a huge following the book has on instagram, I thought I’d give it a whirl, and I’m so glad I did. It’s so exciting, so addictive and you most definitely won’t be disappointed.

“You can overcome anything…short of death.”

“I spent the majority of my life between four walls. I was abandoned, neglected, starved, betrayed and abused. I’ve already been treated like the scum of the earth, so the Hole is nothing new.”

This book is just so exciting, and there’s so much going on. You won’t for a minute be bored, I promise! A dystopian novel that covers so many interesting themes and ideas. It covers abuse, relationships, friendships, dictators, violence crime and just about everything else in between! There’s also a wonderful dog called Zeus, who is mischievous and gets into trouble and I would absolutely love to have as a pet!

The characters are fantastically written, Lexi is so sweet and has had so many hardships in her life, you feel so sympathetic for her and just hope that her future has something bright in it. There are so many characters in it that I love, Sutton, Cole and so many others are just brilliant, you really get attached to them all!

Unfortunately for me I read this book at a particularly hectic period during term time which resulted in my having to stop and start the book more than once, I think this diminished my enjoyment of the story a little bit, but despite this, it’s still an utterly brilliant book and I’m itching for book two to be released, so make sure you read Branded before it’s released in march!

Looking for something similar? Try: Switch or Aberrant. 

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