Review: Branded

Nov •  22 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: BrandedBranded by Abi Ketner, Missy Kalicicki
Published by Self-Published on June 28th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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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.

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.

I read this book on a suggestion from a friend. She said,” You have to read it. It amazing!” So I read it. And you know what? She was right.

Plot: This story reminds of the old times where anyone accused a girl of witchcraft. But instead of witchcraft its your sin. Have too much money? Your GREEDY! You looked at a guy the wrong way? Your LUSTFUL!  Get mad too fast? Your RAGEFUL! And once accused of these sins you are taken to a hole. And underground jail that is filthly and hard to survive in. Once there, you are branded with color of your sin. And once everyone knows your sin, they will eat you alive if your aren’t strong enough. This plot is amazeballs! Super entertaining that is able to quickly grab the reader, holding the reader till the last page.

Love/Friendship: Despite the heavy, dark themes in the story, there is HOPE! I really wasn’t expecting this to happen since the story is so different, but it gave me happiness to know what has been establish between these two. An unlikely friendship forges and it sprouts into an amazing selfless love. It is forbidden. Which makes me cheer on this couple even more. They make hard decisions that leaves me heart-broken at times but in the end, they are fighting for each other.

Ending: WOW! That’s all I can say. I want more. And I want it now. There are several revelations at the end of the story, that leaves the reader hunger for more. Take it from me that you will enjoy this book so much, that you can’t even get it out of your head. It’s just an amazing story that will blow you away. Branded is a success!

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. I want anything that makes you say amazeballs! 😀 This sounds like a great dystopian. I like the dark, but give me some light! Love that there is hope.

  2. Jenni
    Jan 8, 2014

    Wow the plot for this one sounds really cool! I hadn’t heard anything about it before but I have to say that I am really curious now. Happy that you had such a great time with it.