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by 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 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


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 puller her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.

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CreateSpace Publishing
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Fall of Angels Series , #1
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New Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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Branded 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Alexis_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I have read very few stories that I would call captivating. Keary Taylor's Branded is one that I have no hesitation of laying the term on. When I first stumbled across the book, the synopsis intrigued me. Angels - but not like every one pictures them. I decided to take a peak. From page one, I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading. I read almost three quarters of the book before my aching, bloodshot eyes demanded I stop. You won't find another plot like this one. Whether you've read every angel story out there or none at all, this one should enthrall you. As I read, I felt for Jessica (our main character). Her plight, her loneliness, the insane torture she goes through every time she sleeps. And then things got more complicated with the addition of a few new characters. While this book does have a few typos, I think Keary Taylor's powerful writing, knack of description and wonderful characters will allow you to look past those minor errors. I know I skipped right over them! Personally, I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
Branded: Fall of Angels was a thrilling and unique novel. The refreshing quality in the storyline surpassed any Angel stereotype I've read so far. Jessica, the main character, was an empowering, strong-willed figure who had high tolerance for difficult situations. Every night she dreamed about vengeful angels who decided her fate on wrongful crimes. The punishment for her "crimes" were either to brand and condemn her to hell or send her above. The whole visualization of the trial was creepy and scary. The initial fear that Jessica exuded was heart-wrenching and doleful. I definitely respected Jessica for having the strength to deal with the daily nightmares that followed her into reality. After being branded, she would wake up with the burning mark of an X on her neck and angel wing carvings on her back. It was truly fascinating to see how the nightmares lurked with her everywhere she went. Now, this book was definitely not all about pain and anguish. I did meet a charming, good-looking, swoon worthy guy who swept Jessica off her feet. Alex, was the perfect example of a sweet, bad boy that fit the description of my perfect guy. The way he treated Jessica was full of true, unconditional love. He was the one person in Jessica's life who kept her safe and grounded. Throughout the novel, Keary does a wonderful job of keeping the mystery behind Jessica's trials. I didn't fully understand the scenario until answers slowly unraveled. The twists were intriguing yet a little predictable at times. Overall, Keary is an indie author whose talent has the ability to move her readers. The characters and organized plot were well-executed. I am surprised that such creativity hasn't been scooped up by a big publisher yet. I truly cannot wait to see what Keary has in store for us next!
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I been looking for a book I really could not forget. After 50 shades I didn't think I would find it because in the last month I read 29 books and this one makes 30... It was totally worth the wait to finally find something better than all the other books. Thank you for this truly amazing story can't wait to read the rest AFTER I reread this one ;-) super excited.
jessicabree More than 1 year ago
At first I was intrigued by this book and uniqueness of both the premise and the voice of the main character. But as the book went along, I became less enthused. The book is rather depressing, making it no fun to read if you are looking for escape. Additionally, the relationship between the two main characters just makes no sense. You have no idea why these two are together. It feel very forced. No a favorite of mine. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks. The story is sooooooo slow. Characters are not well developed. I kept on waiting of the good part the others said, there was none. What a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. The twist with how people usually think angles are good but thent arent is reall cool. Im 11 and i wouldnt recomend it for anyone under the age of 11 because of some of the stuff. Like Sals ex-hubby and the fake suicide attemped. LOVE IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's so good. Started a little slow, for me, but the pace picked up quickly. Could not put it down. Read all four (including Afterlife, the companion to Vindicated) in less than two days. The only down side is that there are nit more books!
noodle18 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book some things were too obvious and its annoying how behind the main character is but overall i enjoyed it.
darkangel_1988 More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really wanted to give it a 2 stars but I didn't want to lie. The story had real potential for being a great book but really missed the mark. Glad I didn't waste any money on it.
Archaeolibrarian 12 months ago
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. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot I found it very entertaining and easy to immerse fully in the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You described my thoughts entirely this book had a wonderful beginning and the trials were what grabbed me...but I was hoping for more after that with the angels and romance . I didnt need to know minute details I wanted more story....but i cant say that I didnt like it and I will read more by this author.
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Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually a big fan of YA books and honestly didn't realize when I picked this book that it was indeed a Paranormal YA and therefore not something I would choose to read had I known at the time. With that being said, the plot, the writing and the overall execution of Branded was OK. I mean, there's romance, suspense, Angels everything a young adult/ Paranormal book lover would enjoy. Not a book I would read again but not a book that I couldn't stand to finish either
t_barber1 More than 1 year ago
Wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book, but the more I read the deeper I got into it.  I couldn’t put it down.  A really unique tale has been written in this book.  This story has it all…..love, deception, intrigue, action, etc etc.  I recommend this book for any TBR list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started out really loving this book...but somewhere along the way i got lost. Everything was just handed to you the perfect guy just shows up and blah blah all and all it was good but i havent thought about reading anymore in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing and suspenseful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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