Synopsis 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.
I was completely surprised by the concept that the Commander used to reduce crime and unemployment in Branded. By using the seven deadly sins to brand someone for life is really harsh, especially because who hasn't broken a 'deadly sin'. This story follows the life of Lexi Hamilton, and the 'crime' that she was accused of. I was shocked by the news Sutton uncovers and that the accused are not allowed a period of time to prove their innocence.
Lexi Hamilton is a very strong female character, which you hardly have the pleasure of reading about anymore. Lately, its how a man saves a women from some chaos. In Branded Lexi endured a lot of pain before and during her stay at the Hole. By the end of the book, Lexi has things in her life she never thought she would before the Hole.
This story brought many emotions to the surface and there was a part in the story where I actually did cry. It was a story that could have you from a happy emotion to the next from page to page. While reading this book I kept thinking of The Dark Knight when Bruce Wayne is stuck in the hole and all he wanted to do was escape so he could save his beloved city.
I was very surprised by the ending of this book, which only added to how much I really enjoyed reading this story. I was actually sad when I finished the last page. I really hope a second novel will be published. Even if a second book is not published that will be okay because each reader can create Lexi's own happily ever after in their heads if they really wanted too.
My rating for Branded would defiantly be five stars because I was quickly able to fall in love with the main characters. I hope to see more come out of these two very talented authors.
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