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 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.
3 out of 5 (good)
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.
* Verified Purchase - January 2013 *
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Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over a dozen novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.