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Jessica's had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, an
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Published March 4th 2010 by Createspace (first published January 3rd 2010)
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Jun 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Good:
Branded has a very interesting premise: angels are not the glorified beings they're hyped as. Instead, they are the cause for the main character's torment. Neat.
The story line is decent as well. It kept me guessing until the end. It's not all that predictable (except for the romance bit) and the author keeps some semblance of suspense up until the very end.

The Bad:
For one thing, the ending seems very rushed. Taylor manages to cram the entire resolution of the story into pretty much a pa
Keary Taylor
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I had to give my own work 5 stars right?... Keep an eye out for Forsaken, the second book in the Fall of Angels, coming this fall!
Shelly Crane
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First off, let me say I devoured the first two books in two days time. I was wary to start it. I mean bad angels didn't sound awesome to me but I gave it a shot and was not dissapointed.
The characters were not annoying as I find they are in alot of fantasy novels. They were relateable and caring towards one another. Their relationship was sweet and believable, no patronizing. I'm not turned on by female roles who are whiny and selfish. And the male roles are usually so arrogant b
First of all: negative stars, a shelf created especially for this book, because it left such a bad taste in my mouth that the only stars I can possibly give are those below zero.

As you might have guessed, Branded made me angry, and therefore it will be impossible to review this without spoilers. However, many of the plot is so obvious and unoriginal that the spoilers aren't that substantial. Also, some explicit language will be used, because sometimes there is just no better way to express your
Dec 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Jessica Bailey is tormented. Every time she falls asleep, her nightmare begins. The first chapter got me into reading the book. It was different. It started where most books end… on judgment.

However, after a couple of chapters, the story goes downhill. FAST. The author tends to overelaborate on everything, leaving nothing to the imagination. There are a few pages full of just descriptions of surroundings, and feelings. I gets boring fast when every detail is explained and explored.

The book fee
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok


Initially I was really into this book. I loved Jessica's character. The premise intrigued me. The writing was decent. Then Alex happened.

I did not like Alex, at all. He was too chipper. Too eager. At least, he is in the beginning. He and Jessica fall in together way too quickly for my piece of mind. I mean, Jessica hasn't known him a day and already she's okay with him walking in on her in the shower. Not only that, but he thinks its okay to invade her privacy this
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
review by Megsly

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Branded follows 20-year old Jessica Bailey, who is a teenage run away who never sleeps. She can usually reach almost 100 hours with no sleep before her body starts caving in on her. The reason she doesn't sleep is because she has night terrors, extreme night terrors. In her dreams, she finds herself locked in a room, awaiting trial. An angel she calls Adam, with gray eyes (which is apparently indicative of whether or not they are fallen or not?
Elle Beauregard
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
The story and the characters definitely kept me reading.

I purchased this book on a whim--I love to read the work of local authors and jumped at the chance to help support a local up-and-coming when I saw this book at a bookstore near my office, in Seattle. I read every day on my way to and from work on public transit, and sometimes, while reading this book, I'd almost forget where I was! Once, I almost missed my stop!

The story is compelling, the scenery and set-building very full without dragg
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
So I did enjoy the story in this book, but I am not sure I liked how it was executed. The idea was fantastic and very original. I am not sure if this was the writer's first book, but the flow of the book was off. There was so much build up and not enough character development to fill the pages. While I liked there characters in the book okay...I didn't feel like I knew enough about them to love them. There was so much room to get you emotionally involved with the characters but since you didn't ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Smashwords as a freebie. This was an enjoyable read. The story was well-written and interesting. Also, the characters were great. I really liked Jessica and Alex. I thought their relationship was perfect. Their chemistry was great. I thought the ending was great. I cannot wait to see how the series unfolds. Keary Taylor is now on my favourite authors list. Overall, a great read.
May 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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N.N. Light
What happens when your night terrors come to life? Torn between Heaven and Hell, which side will you choose?

I was told by several reviewers how much I'd go ape-sh*t over this book and the series. I'm sorry to disappoint you all but I didn't like it. There's nothing wrong with the characters, plot, or writing. It just didn't keep my interest. I found myself skimming to the end and that is generally not a good sign.

My Rating: 3 stars

Reviewed by: Mrs. N
Sarah Marie
Branded by Keary Taylor

2 stars DNF @ page 48

I have nothing against Branded or the story within, but this book was boring and irrelevant. There was a lot of random exposition and transitions that made the story feel stilted and caused a hindrance in my reading experience. Due to Taylor's writing choices, I was completely put off by the concept and uninterested in continuing with my reading experience. I'm currently trying to continue clean out my Kindle and the premise for this is promising, but

~Mindy Lynn~
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: angel-books
I'd like to give this more than 2 stars, but I can't see it when I compare this book to some of the other "angel" books I've read.

Basic premise is that Jessica has been haunted by terrible nightmares since a young age. Her nightmares are really more than that, however. In them she stands trial before a panel of angels on the behalf of others, and upon their decision, she suffers the pain of these souls' ascension or worse, damnation. Oh, and she wakes up with proof of it. Enter Alex, the perfec
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)

I have never read a book that has bored me so much. I don't know why I did even finish it? Maybe because I was still hoping that the appearance of the 'villain' (sorry for insulting real villains here) would give this story the kick that would make me understand why everyone has rated this book so well...

The only really interesting thing is what the 'heroine' is experiencing... in her dreams. The twist is a new view on things, and that I did like. But that's about it, unfortunately.

What made thi
Willow Brooks
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
The plot started off great but plummeted so much so it became tedious to finish the story; It dragged on and on. I hated the heroine after chapter 18. The ending was basically a lot of work for nothing. All that training for what?? I'm glad it's over. I will add how I believe that if I had read this book three years ago, I probably would have loved it.

I recommend this book for people who are fine with reading stories based around an annoying heroine. I really liked her at first but as the story
Sam! at the bookstore
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibooks, 4-stars
Rating: 4.25 stars

Such a fantastic and unique plot! Jessica herself was so strong, and I didn't expect half of what happened. My only criticism was that it seemed just a bit too long.
I must admit that I'm not planning on continuing the series, as I just feel like it's better as a stand alone.

I definitely recommend this fallen-angels novel!
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Rating: 3.5 stars

There was a time a few months ago when I was binge-one-clicking free eBooks on Amazon – Branded was one of those. In my dilemma to choose a new book, I was scrolling through the ridiculous amount of eBooks I own and I chose Branded, to be completely honest, because it had a really pretty cover. I mean, the cover is just stunning (I see a Cover Cosmetics in your future, Branded). Anyway, I basically devoured this book on Christma
Jessica has an interesting issue - every time she falls asleep she possesses a soul as it is being judged by the council of angels to either become condemned to hell or join heaven. She's been having these visions since she was little and bears both the brand of the condemned and the scars where a soul's wings appear. Because she wakes from every vision screaming, she has holed herself up in a remote cabin as a housesitter. The cabin changes ownership unexpectedly bringing Alex into her life, fo ...more

Jessica has been tortured with horrifying nightmares ever since she was a little girl. Nightmares of being judged and standing trial for those that have died, in front of a council of Angels. 5 Condemned angels with black eyes, and 5 exalted angels with blue eyes.
Up meant exaltation and never ending bliss, while Down meant a branding and never ending torment. On the back of her neck she wears the branding of the condemned reminding her that not all nightmares stay hidden in the shadows of a d
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis: Jessica's had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.
But when two men she can't ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn't be more different. She will d

I started Branded with high hopes - it seemed like an interesting premise and I was happy at the prospect of reading some YA with slightly older characters.

I get a few pages in and already it is setting itself up for a stereotype, complete with pretty-but-kind-of-weird female character plus wealthy-male-model-with-not-much-personality and a healthy dose of insta-love. I was ready to forgive Keary Taylor for this because there was still this mystery over Jessica's dreams and I was intrigued
Dava Stewart
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is based on a really interesting idea, and after the first chapter or two I was set to like it a lot. Alas, it foundered. The main character is a tortured individual whose life is steeped in the supernatural - not exactly the kind of character you would imagine would be interested in shopping at the mall or painting her toenails. The idea gave the author a great opportunity to explore some deep, philosophical questions about religion and humanity, but she shied away from it. There was ...more
Penelope Fletcher
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

DNF at 18% and Chapter 6.

This one is truly a shame that I must quit it because it REALLY has a fascinating premise. Jessica goes to sleep, but in her "dreams", she's a soul on judgment in front of a tribunal of 5 evil angels and 5 good angels.

Fascinating, right? Well, it would be without all the boring day-to-day activities and the mooning over Alex's FANTASTIC ABS. Gorrammit, I get it, women are fully entitled to be sexually attracted to a guy purely based on his physical qualitie
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alex is just perfect, and so very selfless. He is sunshine and all things that make one happy. I think it was beautiful when Jessica said that she would never be worthy of him but she's going to try.

I freaking love this book! The concept was so different, and Jessica and Alex went through too much. There's just so much love in this book, especially from dear Alex, you can't help but adore the book and the characters!

Here are some things I learned from Branded:
1) You must look past a person's mes
Malu Nóbrega
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I'm really not sure how to review this book. So I think I'll go with bullet points and just random thoughts because honestly, it was a little incoherent and therefore so is my review.

-The concept was cool, I'll give it that for sure. It had the makings of a good story, but the execution was shaky. I did like the good vs. evil angels and the concept of the trials. I also thought the judgment by proxy thing was an interesting idea.

-The book started off at such a rushed pace I didn't even catch t
Lenore Kosinski
DNF @ Chapter 8 -- I actually skimmed from chapter 8 til the end, b/c I needed some answers, but this book was just not for me. I found the characters to be kind of dull, and too perfect...I needed more personality, and I just didn't buy the progression of Jessica and Alex's relationship -- it was super smooth and over the top and just not believable. Very insta-lovey.

On top of that, there was a lot of unnecessary detail in the everyday goings on of Jessica's life. It felt like I learned a lot o
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Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequen ...more

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