Monday, January 6, 2014

Branded (Sinners #1)
by Abi Ketner and 
Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: 06/28/13
252 pages

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.

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About the Authors

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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How much torture and degrading can one take before you want to call it quits and end their life? Here is one girl's story of abuse and betrayal.. Will she give in or will she fight?
There is a prison for sinners and you get to go there for any of the seven deadlies. Pride, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy or lust. What is yours? Now here's the catch. You don't even have to be guilty of the sin. You just have to be accused. No trial, no defense and no mercy.
The prison is really just a slum behind a tall wall with guards.. Most of the guards are cruel and depraved. They can beat you, rape you or brutalize you just for their entertainment. This is acceptable behavior, but it is a crime punishable by death, for a guard and sinner to be in love. 
Prisoners are branded with their sin on arrival. The brand is placed on their neck so all the world can see your sin. Once you are imprisoned, there is no release. Lexi is accused, branded and imprisoned as sinner, because she told the truth about someone with wealth and power. She is the one who was wronged, but this doesn't matter. She could have proved that she was innocent, but was never given the Chance.
She is lucky enough to have a guard that is not like the others. Cole is a good person, just trying to do his job. He treats her kindly and along with his dog Zeus they protect her. Zeus is cool. He is a Great Dane with an awesome personality and he bonds with Lexi. Zeus will stand against anyone to protect her.
Lexi finds herself attracted to Cole or maybe, more than that. Has she fallen in love with him, even though it would be death sentence? Why is he so good to her? Could he care about her too?
Everyone in the prison must work. She is assigned a job in the hospital and works for a doctor that is compassionate and caring. Dr Sutton tries to help her and advise her like a father would. 
This book is amazing. Dark, emotional romance with forbidden love story. Who doesn't want what they can't have? This is a wonderful story that really sucked me in. I didn't want to put it down. Sorry kids, we will have supper and clean clothes when Mommy gets done with the book. I had to know how Lexi was going to meet everything this terrible place could throw at her.  I had to know if she will get justice. I had to know if love could find a way for Lexi and Cole? I high recommend this book. Wished I could read it again for the first time. (Fingers crossed) Maybe there will be a sequel.
I haven't read anything by Abi Ketner or Missy Kalicicki before, but they are on my radar now. I look forward to reading much more from them. Don't miss this book, it is amazing.