Branded was released 2 years ago this June and we are celebrating the #Brandedversary in style! We are posting about Branded and then the 2nd book in the Sinners series that was just released, Hunted. If you haven’t read Branded you are super lucky as you get to read Branded and then Hunted back to back. Read on to find out more about this awesome series.
~ Synopsis ~
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.
Brutal and savage violence.
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.
~ Review by Angela ~
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. 🙂 I give Branded 5 books.
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~ Synopsis ~
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s 50-year-old regime failed. Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better. Now, Wilson is in charge. But, can he really be trusted? Can anyone? Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse. In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted. Lives will be lost. Hopes will be crushed. Fears will be realized. When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one capture will change everything. Forever.
~ Review by Angela ~
I have been waiting and waiting for this book. I have been anticipating this so much that when I got it, I practically couldn’t breathe. I wanted to devour this book in one sitting but knew if I did, I wouldn’t be happy it was over so fast. I can tell you that reading it slower does not alleviate the pain of it being over and having to wait for the next one.
Lexi has grown in this book. While it may have been it 3 months since she left the Hole, she has witnessed and experienced so much while in the Hole and on the run that she has had to adapt to her surroundings. There are things that she does in this installment that shocked me because the Lexi that was in Branded wouldn’t have done those things. She’s matured and realized that there are things that need to be done even if they are out of the norm for you.
The authors put you through every emotion in this book. My heart was wrenched out of my chest numerous times. I was laughing, scared, dumbstruck, and taken aback throughout. I was shocked by the secrets that were revealed and by the old characters showing up and I wasn’t sure what was going to come around the next literary corner. When I finished the book, I messaged Abi Ketner and asked her something along the lines of why she hated me so much that her and her partner in crime would do that to me.
I am even more impatient for the next book. I have no clue what to expect in the next book, even though it’s entitled Liberated, because Abi & Missy shocked me with this one. I thought I knew what was going to happen but I was completely wrong. The authors did such a good job with the character growth and world creation that I have super high expectations for the next one. No pressure or anything. 😉 Hunted gets 5 books from me.
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~ About the Authors ~
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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