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 ...more
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.
For one thing, the ending seems very rushed. Taylor manages to cram the entire resolution of the story into pretty much a pa ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
*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? ...more
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 ...more
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
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
-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 ...more
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 ...more
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He rested one hand on my other shoulder and the other on my arm and leaned forward, gently pressing his lips into the center of my brand.
"Nothing about you could disgust me," he whispered against my neck.”