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Branded (Fall of Angels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Keary Taylor

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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.

Featured in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL as a "Self-Published Big Seller." The entire series is now available!
BRANDED - Book One
FORSAKEN - Book Two
VINDICATED - Book Three
AFTERLIFE - Novelette Companion to Vindicated

About the Author

Keary Taylor lives on Orcas Island in Washington State with her husband and their two children.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3497 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: K&T Publishing; 2 edition (Feb. 22 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039UUB16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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180 of 191 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, poorly executed. June 26 2011
By JCJAG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Good:
Branded has a very interesting premise: angels are not the glorified beings they're hyped as. Instead, they are the cause for the main character's torment. Neat.
The story line is decent as well. It kept me guessing until the end. It's not all that predictable (except for the romance bit) and the author keeps some semblance of suspense up until the very end.

The Bad:
For one thing, the ending seems very rushed. Taylor manages to cram the entire resolution of the story into pretty much a paragraph. Wow. That's amazingly bad.
The other thing is that Keary Taylor is in dire need of an editor. The writing is unsophisticated at best, with awkwardly stilted sentences and cheesy dialogue. There are some typos as well, such as "tough" instead of "though" and so on. Speaking of which, the mindless repetition of certain words (sometimes, though, etc) made the writing style even clumsier.
The kindle edition is also formatted badly. I don't know how much of this reflects on Taylor as I've never published anything for the kindle. However, it's rather distracting to have random line breaks and indentations in the middle of sentences.

There were a few indescrepencies as well. Not huge ones, but noticeable: after one nightmare, Jessica notes that her skin is almost as flawless as an angel's. Then Alex walks in and says that she looks awful, and she agrees. What? I thought her skin was flawless! Her father also sends her a letter in the mail asking where she was, as he apparently has no clue where she is. If he has no idea what part of the country she's in, how did he send the letter?

The romance was not fleshed out well at all. Paramour "Alex Wright" is blatantly Keary Taylor's unrealistic dream Mr. Right. He's gentle and understanding to a fault, gorgeous, has a good sense of humor, filthy rich but doesn't have to work, tolerant of Jessica spending time with other gorgeous men, adaptable, an excellent kisser, enamored with her, single, and an excellent cook. And is so infatuated that he's willing to lay down his life for Jessica after only knowing her for a few months. Wait, haven't I read this romance before? Oh, it's Bella and Edward without the stalking.
Speaking of which, there's no reason given for why Cole and Alex (both beautifully unrealistic fantasy men) are so infatuated with Jessica. Her awful appearance brought on by a lack of sleep is mentioned multiple times per chapter, she's unbelievably socially awkward, and is essentially a hermit. Oh, and she acts very distant with both of them. Hm. Jessica Bailey, thy name is Mary Sue.

Overall, a good idea, poorly executed.
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read March 27 2011
By Amber Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Keary Taylor brings something new to the popular angel trend with her novel, Branded. The idea of a girl standing trial, night after night for things she never commited is definitely a unique and very appealing idea. I liked Jessica. She was easy to slip into yet I felt horrible for her. She lived a very hard life, never being able to sleep, never really being able to connect with anyone because of this burden that had been placed upon her as a young child.

The descriptions in the story were very well written. I could see the council, feel as if I were there knowing all the terror she was put through. This led to a nice mystery of why this was always happening to her. And while I liked the suspense, sometimes I felt like the fillers of daily life seemed to drag the book down some. It was easy for me to skim over some parts because I didn't really feel them relevant to the story.

Alex and Jessica's relationship was a bit rushed, but played a very important role to the story and Jessica's need to survive all the things that were happening to her. Hints are dropped here and there of why Jessica was standing in for others, and why her nightmares were suddenly beginning to change. When handsome yet very suspicious Cole came around the story, the plot picked up, and kept me more in glued than the beginning did.

While I guessed a good part of Branded, the ending completely took me by surprise! It was well played, and I'm really curious of where the author will take Jessica's life in the second book, Forsaken.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great premise but ultimately disappointing. Sept. 9 2012
By Nicole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book frustrated me. So much.

The principle was FANTASTIC. I loved the trial of angels; I loved that she was sucked into the dreams; all of that, I loved.

But once you look outside of that - even to the rest of the plot - it just didn't seem as well thought out as it could have been. Her family is brought up multiple times, but they don't really have any connection with the plot. Alex is your typical sexy, understanding, practically-no-flaws-besides-being-human main character. Jessica was a flat character who never really developed. You heard her htoughts, and she stated what she felt, but it never hit home with me.

To be honest, Sal was the only intriguing character.

And the writing leaves much to be desired. There's so much description. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE description. But I don't need to know how Alex sets the table, or hear him described fifty times, or read how Cole is nearly perfect six different ways. I get it. (Again, I feel like Stephenie Meyer is influencing the way people write, and she needs to stop. Even some phrases were similar, and let's face it - Meyer isn't exactly known for subtle description.)

I'm sad, because there's so much potential. But it's not there yet.
43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BookWhisperer Review: Branded May 9 2010
By BookWhisperer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First and foremost, this is one impressive book. Was enthralled by the book description alone. The storyline of this book is unlike anything else that I have read. Keary Taylor creates an unique and terrifying image of Angels that will intrigue all readers. The emotional rollercoaster that plays throughout this novel is one of a kind. Talent is evident in the ability to portray intense emotion without making the story seem cheesy or unrealistic. I am impressed by the ability of this young author, and can not wait to see what she has in store for the future. I enjoyed the ending leaving the plot base open, so that it is possible for a sequel or maybe even a series. With characters so intense readers will immediately appreciate to open ending in hopes for more. This is definitely a must read for PNR lovers. Lastly, I like to wrap up with a note about the cover. Very attractive! Not really a mystery because you want to find out what the scars mean from the start, but this is definitely a eye catcher.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spun wildly out of control Nov. 11 2012
By RSC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Before I go too far, I'm just going to say that as far as writing talent goes, Keary Taylor definitely has it, and the book was extremely well-edited for a self-published author. At 60% of the way through, I'd only found one grammar mistake.

Here is kind of the play by play as I read and updated on Goodreads:

I'm not quite done with this yet, but this book just got really stupid.

It has already been established that the main character is a smart, self-sufficient 20 year old woman. Although she didn't go, she was accepted to Stanford, so we know she's no slouch. So you can imagine my frustration when such a smart individual makes choices that my five year old niece wouldn't make or can't make analytical connections that are overwhelmingly obvious.

This is the author's fault because when it all comes down to it, she doesn't respect the main character. That's the only explanation I can come up with.

How could any 20 year old woman not find the intestinal fortitude not to tell the new creepy neighbor that she's not interested in dating him, when she is essentially living with, and blissfully happy with, her new love interest? Seriously, she calls him with some lame excuse about how she doesn't feel well? This does not ring true for an adult AT ALL. It reminds me of something a twelve year old would do.

And, if you're feeling sick, and your boyfriend is not around to help, would you go outside in the freezing cold to said creepy neighbor's house and ask for help?

No. You wouldn't. Because that's irrational and completely stupid.

Jessica is not a dumbass. Stop making her one.

***UPDATE AT 80%***

BAHAHAHAHAHA ALEX JUST SAID I LOVE YOU AND IT FELT SO RIGHT!

These two have had about seven total days of interaction. Perfect. But yet they still didn't do the deed. Even though she's 20 and he's 23. And they live in the same house. And they love each other. WTF.

Also--something else I just noticed--at 62%, Jessica's looks completely changed and now her nose and lips are perfect, her skin is flawless and her eyes are bright. According to the mirror, she looks completely different, however, it's NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN.

***UPDATE AT COMPLETE***

Ugh, this was friggen ridiculous.

First of all--this book begins on February 11th and ends on March 7th? And in that time Jessica is able to get not one, but two men to fall helplessly in love with her, one of which traded his life for hers after buying an engagement ring?

Really?

REALLY?

The story started out well. It really did. But at 60% it just got out of control.

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