Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: Branded by Abi Ketner and Melissa Kalicicki

Are you ready to be Branded?

I feel like I've hit the dystopian jackpot! Out of all the dystopian books I've read this book is tied for the number one spot. The authors spare no details when it comes to describing this dictator ruled society where people are accused of crimes and sent to the Hole. The judicial system as we see it is no more and the Hole is a place for all accused sinners whether they are guilty or not. Lexi's father was a huge advocate in trying to end the rule of the Commander. What I thought was a simple cut and dry story turned out to be this complex riddle just waiting to unfold. I'm usually good at spotting the plot twists before they happen but I went into it blind. Very rarely do I love every single character...even the villains. These characters were on point! I've always said that it takes a really talented author to kill off a character and I was not disappointed. I cried along with them. Their writing had this way of bringing out such raw emotion that I had to take a break in between to recompose myself. OH and can I tell you you that I love gore? I live for it. Thank you for making this as realistic as possible.

My favorite characters always wind up being the dog. Zeus is such a goofball and totally overprotective...maybe even a little crazy. Maybe he gets it from his owner. Cole, Lexi's guard. It's like a star-crossed lovers kinda thing. The complexity of Branded just rocked my world and then some. I can't believe I have to wait for books two. They're lucky that it didn't end in a huge cliffhanger or some fighting would be had!



I turn on the faucet for a long while only to discover ice-cold water rushing out. The water never warms and I begin to understand. The Commander thinks he can wash away my soul by freezing me to death. He thinks he can destroy me by stripping away my possessions. But he can’t and I won’t let him take my memories, my ambition, and my pride. He thinks I’m so easily broken. The Commander doesn’t know anything about me, what I grew up with, what I endured—the father I lost, the mother I hate, the brother who walked out of my life, and the stepfather I was forced to accept. He thinks since I was rich, making me poor will cause me to give up. What he doesn’t understand is that, after my father passed away, I grew up behind walls of hatred. I had nothing, but had everything at the same time. I owned expensive clothes, enjoyed good schooling, and lived in a nice home. But my body was just a shell protecting an empty, desperate heart. My life was a colorful fa├žade. I had so much time to sit and think. I spent the majority of my life between four walls. I was abandoned, neglected, starved, betrayed, and abused. I’ve already been treated like the scum of the earth, so the Hole is nothing new. He wants to erase every sign of my existence on this earth, but I won’t let that happen. He can strip me naked, but he’ll never reach my soul. It’s personal, completely personal.


And these teasers....LOVE THEM!!!

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About Abi and Missy

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.