Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

The Blurb…

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.

My thoughts…

When reading a dystopia, if by the end of the book I’m not singing/humming/listening Uprising or Resistance by Muse, then the book was a big MEH! and didn’t work for me (yes, I might have issues).

Well … I was humming Resistance!!!!

So … after WW5, this evil double faced douche called “The Commander” rised as the new supreme leader, and established some sort of dictatoriship with a new set of moral rules based on the 7 deadly sins, ’cause he believed those sins were resposible for the collapse of the world’s society. If a person was accused of any of the 7 sins, the person was arrested que transported to The Hole with no trial, an accusation was enough for imprisonment.

At The Hole, the sinner was marked with a colored tattoo in the neck, branding him/she with the deadly sin. Later, the prisioner was given a job to perform (nurse, prostitute, maid or gardner for the rich ppl back in the city with daily transportation in buses, etc). The guards were responsible to keep order and … obviously … the guards were brutal. Oh I forgot to tell you, the hole is like a small city surrounded by big walls and impossible to breach security.

Lexi was a rich girl, her father died years ago, her mother remarried and became a drug addict, her brother ran away, and her stepfather was an abusive @ssh0le pervy sonovabitch. When she couldn’t take it anymore, she tried to kill herself, repenting at the last minute. Then she was arrested and branded with LUST. Now … think about it for a second … she was transported to The Hole, no man’s land, a place where only the strongest survives, where ppl become monsters because they have nothing else to lose, where a girl with LUST tattooed on her neck has 100% chance of being raped and beaten and 0% of survival. Now … she has hide and fight to survive.

“You’re going to take the one thing that matters the most to me?” I say, glaring into the guard’s emotionless eyes. “Isn’t it enough to taking my life, dignity and respect?”

Everything looks grim … right??

“Waking to the sound of gunshots doesn’t faze me anymore. Not a second goes by that I’m not reminded of where I am, who I am, and What I’m not.”

Well … NOP! Not exactly!!!

Cole is a guard with a mission “protect Lexi”, it was his assigment, boss’ orders. Why???? Ahhh … you’ll have to read the book. And yes, he falls in love with her!!!! And soon, both of them are involved in somethig way out of their league, something that has been brewing for years, something that could change the future of The Hole, and society.

The book has everything …

-Heartbreaking moments.
-A beautiful funny and brave dog named Zeus.
-A super evil villain.
-Forbidden love.
-A hot hero.
-A most-of-the-time intelligent heroine (I can’t get over that fact that she did some stupid things …)
-Loyal friends.

I could have given the book 5 stars but…

Lexi got on my nerves a couple of times … I mean, if the person in charge of your security at the moment tells you “stay here” … What do you do if you are in a place where 70% of the male population wants to rape you (from the 30% left 10% are gay, 10% wants to kill you and the last 10% are in such a bad shape that they couldn’t)??? Obviously you stay put!!! You listen to the voice of reason!!! What did Lexi do? She went somewhere else and got almost raped. But not only that … she did/thought a couple of other things that … arghhh … she can’t be that naive … right???

Yes, you should read it 😉

Ohh I forgot!!! Zeus is the best dog ever!!!! I had to sketch him with Cole and Lexi. Sorry … the sketch is pretty bad and I was just messing around with a new program that I’m learning to use … so … ignore the bad shading… it’s a SKETCH!!

Yep, that’s cole kissing Zeus’s ear and Lexi looking at him with a face that says “You are not going to kiss me with that mouth right???”

Really, I wish my dogs were like Zeus … I own two schnauzers, a salt-n-pepper male named Jericho (Yes … named after Jericho Barrons) and a silver female named Mercy (Yep! Mercy Thompson!!) and they are two little tasmanian devils … maybe I should get them to Dog School or something …..

And my fav quote … is a bit of a SPOILER but …

“He’s not worth it. He can’t hurt me anymore.”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” he says with a wicked smile. “I’ll always be in your nightmares.”

With those words, Cole fires the gun.

My Rating…

It’s 4.5 stars ……. I really enjoyed the book, seriously … I stayed up all night until I finished. Aaaand I’ll be impatiently waiting for the sequel.

My Rating



The book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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