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Branded (Sinners #1)

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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...more
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Published June 28th 2013 (first published June 27th 2013)
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"I love you... I don't want you to ever question it. I'd give up my life for yours. That's how much I love you. Don't you dare ever doubt that."


Fast paced, action-packed and emotionally charged, Branded is a phenomenal Dystopian debut with a forbidden romance that will capture your heart! A must-read of 2013!

The writing was strong, I fell in love with the characters and was totally wrapped up in the world. There was a swoon-worthy hero, a strong heroine, a forbidden romance (and I m...more


Imagine a world where one Commander can control an entire justice system based on......nothing. No trials, no innocents, only the accused. According to this Commander, all the accused are guilty of one of the seven sins.

When you're accused, you're immediately guilty because a judicial system of trials no longer exists. You will be transported to the Hole, where you will be branded according to your sin. After branding, you will have to work, liv...more

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What can I say about this book... I feel like anything I write isn’t going to do it justice. I read it 4 or 5 days ago and I’m STILL trying to come up with something good enough. I was blown away. Incredible, Phenomenal, Amazing... those are the first words that pop into my head! This is one of those books I will be recommending to anyone and everyone!

This is Lexi’s story.
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The world is different now. Years ago, after WWV, the justice system was revamped by ‘The Commander....more
✰★✰ 4.5 STARS. ✰★✰

"To the outside, I'm filth now. I'll never be allowed to return to the life I knew. No one ever does."

Branded tells the story of a young girl named Lexi Hamilton. In a future world, the world as it is after World War V, all,the power is in the hands of a cruel, sadistic leader, aka The Commander. People who commit one of the seven deadly sins are branded according to the sin they've commited and exiled to The Hole. A horrible place where there's no form of luxury and barely...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Sins & Sinners Stars

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now, everyday 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.


In a world ravaged by Wars, a new society has emerged and a madman whose sadistic view of humanity rules the people with an iron fist. The Commander is now in power by murdering anyone that stands in his way. Justice is a thing of...more
Duchess Nicole
2.5 Stars. Sad Face :(

This book has SO MUCH PROMISE. The premise is awesome, and no matter how many YA dystopian I read, I love them all. So I was really excited to get this from Net Galley, especially after all of the raving reviews. But I feel like once I missed something that everyone else seemed to get. WHAT AM I NOT GETTING? This book started off strong and exciting but the appeal quickly turned to confusion and boredom for me.

One big problem was the characterization of both Lexi and Cole....more
"You Can Over Come Anything
Short of Death"

Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki have written a brilliant Dystopian story that takes the reader on a journey that is terrifying, gruesome, violent, and heartwrenching. Through all of this horror and heartache, there is a love that grows between a guard and a "Sinner and the odds are stacked against them. Can love survive in a world that knows very little peace, or will it fizzle away in the midst of all the chaos.
This story captured my attention from th...more

With its very original dystopian setting and fascinating storyline, I had hoped Branded would be better than it turned out. Unfortunately, this story did not work for me.

Lexi Hamilton has been branded a sinner for all to see around her neck. Lust is her sin, even though she is innocent of her crime. She’s been sent to the Hole, where all the sinners go to live the rest of their lives. The Hole has now become Lexi’s own personal hell and home. The Commander created the Hole when he came into pow...more
Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie
Never did I imagine they’d come for me. Never did I imagine all those nights I heard them dragging someone else away that I’d join them.


Branded was fast paced, raw and gritty, with a heart wrenching romance and a captivating story. One of my absolute favorites of this year!

It’s post WWV, where the privileged live in fear of being accused and the unlucky one’s fight for their life in the Hole.
With a twisted, unyielding Commander as their leader, those who oppose him are murdered and...more
2 1/2 stars

I have so many conflicting feelings about this. On one hand, I love the concept and it was an easy book to get through. On the other, I couldn’t stop thinking about things that bothered me that took away from the overall enjoyment of the book.

It all begins with Lexi Hamilton; she has just been branded a sinner. She now wears a blue brand signifying her alleged sin of lust on her neck. In her world, anyone who is accused of one of the seven deadly sins is sent to the Hole. There is no...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2.5-3 stars!

Note: The book has recently been updated with a new cover and has brand new chapters (extra 70 pages).

When I first read this book last summer, I thought it was flawless – I especially loved that the story gave me a total escapism feeling. As time goes by, I’ve noticed that my tastes change (like a lot) and I become more jaded & critical. I just want to point out that this review is not very trustworthy – the first time reading I gave this book 5 stars. Now almost a year later it...more
Jun 30, 2013 Lucia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lucia by: Christy
Shelves: dystopia
I loved the emotional first half of the book. But after promising introduction into this story I was a little bit disappointed with the second half which lacked element of surprise or twists that would keep me on my toes. However, I was still able to enjoy this book!
My Lexi and Cole:

In Branded, after World War V, country is ruled by Commander who sends all "sinners" into The Hole as a way of keeping society "pure". All sinners are guarded by Guards of Commander and relationship of any form betwe...more
4 Fighting Stars

This story takes place in a post-WWV world, which is now a completely different place.
The world is now ruled by the “Commander” and it has to remain pure.
No sins… and no sinners.
The Commander believes that the seven deadly were the cause to the downfall of society and all the sinners that are believed to commit a crime inside one of the seven deadly sins are judged and sent to “The Hole” where a color will identify the type of sin they committed.


Lexi was sent to the hole and...more


That was AMAZING!!!!

It was written so well. The story was beautifully constructed throughout the book. There is action, romance and gut-wrenching moments. It was one hell of a roller coaster ride . One I enjoyed so much. There were so many feels. I felt like my heart will leap out of chest and jump into my trembling hands. (My hands weren't trembling mind you but that was how hard the feels where, they were eagerly scrolling down to devour mor...more
Zakirrah BookBlogger

"Never did I imagine they’d come for me. Never did I imagine all those nights I heard them dragging someone else away that I’d join them."

The book is set post World War V. The commander, a cold hearted man who wants to eradicate all sins by locking up sinners in a place called The Hole,there is no trial.He has took over the country and everyone is under his control.Anyone who speaks out against him will be branded a sinner or executed.

"You can...more
Laurynne -

I'd like it to go on record and state that on this day I said "Just you wait and see... Branded is going to become a Bestseller for sure. If this doesn't happen then there's a problem with the system. Injustice will not be tolerated - Branded deserves to be amongst the best."

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,...more
Stopped reading at about 60% and skimmed rest.
Interesting premise, however the execution was awful. It went from 'we just met' to 'I love you' in about 5 pages. The dialogue was extremely juvenile, and there was very little 'show' and a whole lot of 'tell'. Not for me at all. Very disappointed.

**I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review**

What would you do if you lived in a world where you were guilty if you were accused? If you were branded for life for sins you did not commit? If you were thrown into a horrible prison called The Hole to fend for yourself and fight daily to survive? This is the horror and the hell that Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki created in Branded.

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Lexi is a young woman who has been forced into the Hole and branded for committing the sin of Lust. She is immediately given a guard and escorted to h

Wow! What an utterly thrilling, heartbreaking, brutally intense read! I loved it!

The story is set in a future dystopian world which is ruled by ‘The Commander’. The Commander believes that the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society, and therefore anybody even accused of committing one of these sins is immediately labelled a Sinner, branded around the neck with the colour representative of the sin they have been accused of committing, and thrown into ‘The Hole’ – a horrifyingly violent pr...more
Well first off I want to give a HUGE shout out to Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicciki ! They are two remarkable people and authors and they gave me the chance to read ‘Branded’ before it was released and I have to say I am so happy they did!

This is the story of Lexi Hamilton and her fight to stay alive in the world that was falling apart around her. She will not let them win and she will not let them take over her life she will fight! Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and he decided the...more

Dear readers, I did not like Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki. Not in the least. When I first read the book blurb, I got excited. A dystopian novel set in an ultra-religious society where people are imprisoned for violating the seven deadly sins, a main character falsely accused and imprisoned for lust, a conflicted guard mysteriously assigned to keep her alive at all costs, and a smidge of star-crossed love thrown in to boot. Sounds great, sign me up! Turns out my initial excitement wa

Kim Person
After reading the first Chapter that was posted ~ something I NEVER do ~ I totally HAD to read this book!!! Honestly, this is the second dystopian book I've read (the other one is part of another series) and let's just I'm ....

This book sucked me in the minute I started it ~ right out of the gates Lexi is apprehended for reasons that well made me downright

and then what she went through while being processed well I was...

and the reason why she has been arrested one of The Seven Deadly Sins would'...more
First of all…THANK YOU, Missy and Abi for letting me read this!!!
I finished Branded and was left speechless. This Dystopian tale takes place in the future, around a world burdened and warped by one crazed Commander. Sinners are collected and taken to a place called the HOLE, and branded with a color of one of the seven deadly sins. The Hole is horrifying, sorrowful place filled with the scum of the earth, but there is also a whole other part, where people are left starving and dying. The hole is...more
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STILL LOVED every minute of this book and I stand by my 5 Star review. The added material was awesome and just made the whole story even better than it already was.

Re-Reading with New updated version for Blog Tour

I am not even sure I can write a review that will do this book any justice. I will say this book was Amazing,Beautifully written, Incredible.

Abi Offered this book to me to read and review and She told me flat out it was a very gritty book ..not for the light hearted and she did not...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
"You're amazing just the way you are. There's not a single thing I would change about you. When you smile my entire world stops. All I see is you. I need you."

For a debut novel, this one really blew me away! I sometimes cringe when I read a debut novel as sometimes authors have to find comfort in writing, but with Branded I could tell that the authors felt passionate and comfortable while writing it! I had been wanting to read Branded since I first heard about it after one of the authors approac...more
Feb 23, 2013 Fred marked it as to-read
This looks amazing, really different, and Abi is the sweetest thing ever, can't wait to read!
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
"At what point do they believe what's been branded on their skin instead of just knowing who they are inside?"

It was a a jarring tale of a descent into the very bowels of Hell, because I can't imagine Hell being much worse than the world in this book. It's like taking the horrific tales of the Salem Witch Trials, only adding a Dystopian, futuristic post-war society controlled by essentially a sociopath dictator. No trial, or even a sham of one. No jury, just ostracized immediately by everyone yo...more

First of all I wanted to say Thank you to Abi Ketner & Missy Kalcicki for giving me a chance to read Branded earlier, you have no idea how much I enjoyed reading this book.

Branded is scorching hot debut novel that will blown you away. Twist your insides and melt you to the puddle on the floor, and when you turn the page with shaking hands it will do the same, but with twice as much strength. It's action packed and has lot of gut wrenching moments, and of course a forbbiden romance. Romance...more
Okay, here we go ! :-) Finally, I have some time to write my review.
I was really excited to read this book, I'd heard a lot about it. What a great read. Branded was a really strong and emotional book.
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 b

Barbara Ann
“You can overcome anything…short of death.” –C. Hamilton, Branded

When I read the book description for Branded, I knew I wanted to read this young adult dystopian novel that is set in a fictitious world where our current judicial system has been turned on its head. No longer are citizens considered innocent until proven guilty. Instead, the accused are immediately arrested, found guilty, and sent to spend the rest of their life in the “Hole”. No evidence is needed, no trial is conducted; all it...more
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Abi Ketner Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.
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