Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki's "Branded"

Title: Branded
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Genre: Mature Young Adult, Dystopian
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Book Description:

Twenty 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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My Review:

This is a very strong & emotional lesson in the power of love concerning all odds. The connection between Lexi & Cole is unbreakable & often Lexi's source of willpower. Lexi's unrecognizable world is crumbling around her & the only thing she has to cling to is pain & sorrow. For fifty years now the Commander has curley ruled the land, using the seven  deadly sins & as his guideline. Each person is assigned a color according to which sin has been broken, if that wasn't enough, the sin is literally branded on to the accused. Lexi finds herself wrongly accused of lust & forced to spend her time in the HOLE. Extreme danger is Lexi's constant companion, but she continues to fight, refusing to give up on the hope that one day her life will change.

Cole willingly places his life in danger when he crosses the line from Lexi's guard to the protecter of her heart. He is respectful, devoted & enamored with Lexi willing to do whatever it takes to, make her happy. Can these two keep their taboo love a secret? You'll have to read to find out!!

What I Thought:

Oh this story was so amazing!!! A life lesson of self reliance wrapped in a beautiful & enchanting love story. Although wounded, Aston never felt sorry for himself or whined about his past experiences. I fell in love with him immediately & found myself pulling for him, wanting him to face his fears & feel whole again. Megan's unrelenting faithfulness & respect, was the cattilest that made Aston want to shatter his loneliness & face his past. The beautiful life lessons found in this amazing love story, will stay with for a long time to come.

About the Authors:

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.

Melissa Kalicicki received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.

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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