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.
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It's been a long time since I read a YA and even longer since I read a dystopian novel. I'd forgotten how much fun they can be. Yes, Branded is YA and considering I'm bordering on 31, I do like more 'risque' books, however, Branded is not as spic and span as you may be lead to believe. The blood, sweat and tears within this book is not something for the faint at heart.
Really the only thing that makes this a YA is the fact that there isn't much swearing (or none - but I speak under correction). There are no sexual themed naked scenes so that would add to it being considered a YA... but other than that it's pretty dark, deep and emotional... Quite grown up. But you know what... even though I do love my angst and passion... I didn't miss it at all while reading this book. It was only afterwards that I realized there was no adult content and even then, I can't say it bothered me at all nor did it change my opinion of the book.
I don't need to go into what Branded is about because the summary is sufficient enough to give you a taste, however, I feel it is my duty to inform you that if you have not gotten your hands on this book yet... do so immediately. It's so engrossing and perfectly written that for those few hours while you are reading this book... you are gripped into the unique world created by Abi & Missy within Branded.
I have absolutely no complaints. None what-so-ever... ok maybe one and that's is that I really need to get my hands on the second part. Although Branded doesn't end on a cliffer, you don't get nearly enough of Cole...
Who is this Cole I speak of? Well... Cole is the reading worlds newest book boyfriend. Perfect and Divine!
I loved every single character in the book... well except for the Commander and we aren't suppose to like him so clearly the job of character development was done brilliantly.
Branded is a debut novel for author duo Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki and what a privilege to have been able to read it.
I will never be the same again... I too have been Branded...
Rating: 5 Stars!
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