on Oct. 5, 2016 :
Branded is a story about a girl, slightly different from the norm, because when she sleeps, she travels to where the angels are... sounds pleasant enough, doesn't it? The trouble is, Jessica has to stand in for whoever is being judged, and she will feel the pain of being branded if they go 'down', or the joy if they go 'up'.
She tries to stay awake for as long as possible, she doesn't mix socially, and she is still quite happy with her life. That changes when she finds out that the people she is house-sitting for have died, and their grandson now owns everything. Alex says that she can stay on though, and a tentative friendship starts up.
However, the leader of the Condemned suddenly disappears, and things change for Jessica.
This book is well written, with some twists and turns to keep you occupied during the length of the story. It has quite a smooth pace, with some interesting supporting characters. However, there is a big dollop of InstaLove, not just once but with both main males. Although, I guess you could call Cole's attraction as wanting possession, rather than insta-love. Still, it was a bit much for me.
Recommended for anyone who wants a different take on angels, and doesn't mind instalove.
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
(review of free book)
on Aug. 7, 2016 :
(review of free book)
on Dec. 7, 2011 :
I've just finished the entire series and enjoyed every moment, I wish they were longer because I read fast but I'll take it any way I can get it. I'm excited to share these books with my teen nieces. It is nice to see an author who can write dark paranormal without it having to go over the sex line. There are hints but it is all very subtle and adds to the story, less is more and it is more. I'd love to see this series expanded upon. I see a lot of potential for long series, I used to live in Redmond just down the road from the area and I could see the movie in my head, mark my words, Keary Taylor will be a household name if she continues writing like this.
Wish I'd taken a screenwriting course.
(review of free book)
on April 22, 2011 :
Great ideas in this book, really different and interesting, and I loved the ending, but the writing needs editing and proofreading. Too many glaring writing mistakes that pull you out of the story and make it hard to read. I don't think books should be published in this state. It's a real shame because if it weren't for that, the book would be deserving of 5 stars. I hope the author hires an editor and publishes a revision. The story deserves going that extra bit further.
The author should definitely be encouraged though, if she spent more time - and perhaps some money - refining her work, her books would be awesome.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Dec. 1, 2010 :
I shall start by saying, why has no publisher picked this book up yet???!!!! I was looking around Smashwords trying to find myself some reads and I came across 'Branded' , so glad I did:D
What a refreshingly original story. I would have read it in one sitting if I hadn't been sitting at my computer on my not so comfy chair. Started last night, finished short while ago.
There are in my personal opinion a few little things that need to be tweaked in this book, but once tweaked..wow!! What a great little story. A few spelling errors , and I think a couple areas a bit too easy to read between the lines, just my personal opinion.
Hey!! That's what publishers are there for .
Jessica is a strong independent, female character who admittedly has become a bit of a recluse . Her family couldn't deal with what was happening to her, so she had to deal with it before she got committed by her own mother. Out on her own, accepting her nightmares and the trials she is put through by the Angels for those that have just died .
Sometimes Angels aren't what they are cracked up to be.
The physical pain she must deal with and the nightmares would be enough to send any sane person over the edge. This is all Jessica has known since she was 5!!! If she can hold off sleeping, she can hold off the trials she is put before in her nightmares and the branding she will receive. Sleep will eventually consume her, but on her terms.
Sal, the nextdoor neighbour is an interesting character. She has her own problems . Sal , is Jessica's only friend until her path eventually crosses with others. I was drawn to Sal as I think there is a much bigger story there.
Having to fend for herself , circumstances bring Alex and Cole her way and she must hide her nightmares .
Who can Jessica trust to release some of the pressure of holding it all together by herself ?
I loved that this was such an original storyline. I am looking forward to reading 'Forsaken' and thinking rather loudly that a publisher needs to swoop in and pick up Ms. Taylor!!!!
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)