Branded (Sinners, #1)

Authors: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Publication Date: February 18, 2014
Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Rating: DNF

Review: The premise of this book was so promising: a dystopian world where sinners are branded according to which of the seven deadly sins they committed and a young woman wrongly accused and sentenced. After reading the blurb, I was intrigued by the world that this book takes place in, however I didn't feel that the world building was complete. I found Lexi to be inconsistent and annoying. Ultimately, what led to my decision to put this book down was the violence, it was just too much for me.


  1. DUDE! I have been seeing this book everywhere, but haven't really looked at it until now! The synopsis sounds so promising and awesome. I'm sad that it didn't live up to your expectations, Emily. Maybe I'll still give it a try, but it's not high on my priority list now.

    1. It definitely has an interesting concept - it wasn't an easy decision to put it down, but I just couldn't stomach the violent scenes - if you check it out on Goodreads, there are a lot of good reviews, it just wasn't for me

  2. I already read this book and your review was similar to the one i wrote. I agree with every word!

  3. I think I wanted to read this book, but was kind of ehhh about it. LIKE IT DOES SOUND SO INTERESTING. gah. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I might pick it up at the library or something when I see it.

    1. It's ok, it happens sometimes, ya know?

      Anyways, if you can get it at the library, why not try it out?

  4. That is so disappointing! This book sounds so interesting, what a shame.


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