Release Date: March 4, 2010
Rating: 2 stars
Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.
But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.
I had heard some great things about Branded since it was released, so I picked it up on ebook. I was sad to say that while I enjoyed the enticing plotline, overall, Branded was not a favorite for me.
I think it really came down to instant love in not only one but two situations. There are two boys who almost instantly fall in love with Jessica. There was no development before and afterwards I felt like the relationships between them didn’t develop at a pace that I would have liked. I wanted more milestones along their relationship instead of meeting one day and being in love the next. I couldn’t connect with their relationship and story on a deeper level.
I did love the element of mystery that is prevalent throughout the entirety of the book. It plays along nicely, though some pieces of the plot were quite obvious. I liked trying to figure out the rest of the pieces and figure out how things would turn out.
The idea behind Branded is completely original. I loved Keary Taylor‘s less than perfect angels and how chilling they were at times. I also really liked the character of Emily, though I wish she had been developed a bit more as I wanted to know more about her. I guess that is something for the sequel :)
Branded by Keary Taylor would be the perfect book for someone looking for an intense story that explores what one is willing to do for the sake of love. I just had a bit of an issue getting past the instant love and the lack of some plot development to completely love it.