Thursday, 22 November 2012

Branded, by Keary Taylor

Title: Branded
Author: Keary Taylor
Format: Ebook
Length: 376 pages
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Jessica likes her solitary life. By avoiding people, she can hide the fact that she has a few quirks. She is scared of angels; she counts when she is nervous; she has scars on her back in the shape of a branded X and wings. And then whenever she sleeps she dreams that she is judged by Angels, in the place of those who have died, before being branded; a traumatic experience that makes her avoid sleep for days at a time. When two men, Alex and Cole, come into her life, and the dreams begin to change, life gets even weirder for Jessica, which is really saying something.

I had heard some good things about this book, and the description sounded good... and the cover is pretty sweet, so I thought why not... and that was my big mistake.
This book had a really promising start, but it just seemed to drag on a bit. Jessica's whole tortured thing really dragged on; on one hand, she dropped lots of the kooky coping mechanisms she had as soon as her relationship with Alex started to develop, and on the other hand, her constant my-life-has-always-been-terrible thing really got on my nerves by the end of the book. There were certain aspects of the plot that I had worked out fairly early on, and was waiting for Jessica to catch up, horror-movie style.
Seriously, if you have a really bad feeling about someone creepy who has just arrived in your life, listen to it, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BAD GUY!!!!!! Some of the plot points felt a tad contrived, such as Jessica noticing when there was a new angel on the judging panel, but not being able to remember what the old angel had looked like.

Actually the longer it takes me to write this review, the harder it is to think of why I actually did like this book. The ending wasn't very satisfying as far as I'm concerned; too much happened off page for my liking... although, maybe all the off-page stuff was being saved for the next two books, which I most likely won't read. I did like Alex, but the relationship between him and Jessica was overly PG, even if you consider this book a YA, and his constant enthusiasm was cute but tiring.

Overall, fairly underwhelmed by the book. It had lots going on, and some creative ideas, but it just didn't click for me. There were some really good scenes, such as the opening dream/judgement sequence, so its worth giving it a go, mostly because it's free. You never know, you might love it, even though I didn't. 5 stars


  1. Sounds like this book could have been better. It has a beautiful cover, though.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Brandi @ Bound 2 Astound

    1. Yeah, I think it would have worked better as a novella, or maybe with just a few changes. It had lots of potential, so I was quite disappointed.

  2. I loved all three of the books!


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