Blog Tour with Review – Branded, A Sinners Series book 1, by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki


Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

A Sinners Series

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.


~ Excerpt ~

I turn on the faucet for a long while only to discover ice-cold water rushing out. The water never warms and I begin to understand. The Commander thinks he can wash away my soul by freezing me to death. He thinks he can destroy me by stripping away my possessions. But he can’t and I won’t let him take my memories, my ambition, and my pride. He thinks I’m so easily broken. The Commander doesn’t know anything about me, what I grew up with, what I endured—the father I lost, the mother I hate, the brother who walked out of my life, and the stepfather I was forced to accept. He thinks since I was rich, making me poor will cause me to give up. What he doesn’t understand is that, after my father passed away, I grew up behind walls of hatred. I had nothing, but had everything at the same time. I owned expensive clothes, enjoyed good schooling, and lived in a nice home. But my body was just a shell protecting an empty, desperate heart. My life was a colorful façade. I had so much time to sit and think. 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. He wants to erase every sign of my existence on this earth, but I won’t let that happen. He can strip me naked, but he’ll never reach my soul. It’s personal, completely personal.

~ Review by Angela ~

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Here is my 1st review of Branded:

Lexi Hamilton is a sinner. She has been branded with her sin around her neck and has been taken to the Hole. Her sin is visible for all to see and there are many that want her because of it. She’s young, she’s beautiful and she has been found guilty of Lust. Cole is her guard inside the Hole. He has been assigned to keep her alive and protect her from harm. He does not know why this is his assignment, but he will fulfill it as he has his others. But, there is something different about this one. Something that makes him question what is happening in the Hole and with the world today.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To say that I was on pins and needles to read this book would be a total understatement. I read the first chapter that had been posted and I was hooked! I wanted to read more. When I finally got the chance, I was not disappointed! This story is so good and so well written. It hooks you in and doesn’t let go until the end. I would be reading and I would feel the build up coming and I couldn’t stop reading. It was intense, emotional and completely fantastic. The story was rich, vivid and completely original. I truly loved Lexi and Cole’s relationship and found that it was an exciting, nail biting roller coaster of emotion. And Cole’s dog Zeus is the BEST! I love stories with dogs in them, especially when they are given character and are part of the story.

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen in this story as I kept reading it and I was getting closer to the end and the big climax hadn’t come. I was nervous that Abi & Missy were going to leave me with a cliffhanger, but they didn’t. They were able to complete the story and leave the ending open for the next book. I love that! I prefer that kind of writing to the cliffhanger. I understand why authors do it, but I am not a patient person so it usually just pisses me off! But, Abi & Missy, THANK YOU for finishing the story and for NOT making me wait to find out what happens. However, I still have to wait because I have to wait for the next book. Oh well. Dammit.

To summarize, there are only 3 words for you to remember – READ THIS BOOK! I will definitely be reading this book again. That’s not something to be taken lightly either because those of you that know me, know I don’t read very many books a second time. I can count on 1 hand the number of books that I have read more than once. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if this story became the next big thing, aka Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. I really am very excited about this book and will be waiting (im)patiently for the next one. I have just added 2 more authors to my “Stalking” list. 🙂

As you can see, it is no secret that I absolutely love this story. Like I stated above, I usually don’t reread books, but when Branded was being revised and I was asked to read it again, I jumped at the chance. I was hoping that the changes that were made were significant enough to where I would agree with the changes and not feel like it was being “padded.” That was definitely not the case.

If you are reading this story for the first time, I envy you. This is one of those stories that I wish I could get booknesia (I just made that up) so that I could read it again for the first time. However, having said that, I really did enjoy reading it again, especially with the subtle changes that were made. Now, I must go and heckle Abi and Missy to hurry up and finish book 2, Hunted so that I may get my fix. 5 books (didn’t see that coming did you??)




About Abi and Missy

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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