Branded: Fall of Angels

Branded: Fall of Angels

by Keary Taylor

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781450572378
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2010
Series: Fall of Angels Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 522,088
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

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Branded: Fall of Angels 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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.
ssalach21 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
The summary alone got me very interested in this novel. The idea of having to undergo a trial for someone elses sins or mistakes, and to be found guilty or not guilty, over and over again EVERY time you fell asleep, is such a unique spin on the whole Angel genre. Jessica has nightmares every time she falls asleep and the process is always the same. Her hands are tied together and she is escorted down a hall to stand trial for people unknown to her. Ten angels vote against "her" crimes, 5 good and 5 bad. Being found guilty brings about a brand and wings, and falling into darkness with the bad angels, while being found guilty still isn't all that great, no brand but wings and she still falls into the darkness when other angels grab at her. Things start to get stirred up when Alex, the grandson of the couple who owns the house she watches, shows up unexpectedly. There are many great things about this book. First, the descriptions are very well written. The author allows us to actually see what it is that Jessica experiences, and that is something that doesn't come with ease. Another thing I really loved about this book, was that the romance wasn't rushed. It came together perfectly and after the twist ending that Keary left us with, I can't wait to see how it progresses throughout Forsaken, the next installment in the Fall of Angels series.I also don't want to exclude how much I enjoyed the other characters in this novel. Jessica's neighbor turned true friend, Sally, her hot new neighbor, and the acquaintance she gains from Yoga, all play pivotal roles in this story. Without any of them, the story would feel like its missing a big chunk out of it.Overall, this is a great novel and story that I look forward to continuing. The next book Forsaken comes out January 11, 2011!!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing 21 days ago
In Branded we meet Jessica. Jessica has spent most of her life suffering from nightmares starring some not so nice angels. Whenever Jessica sleeps she is forced to stand judgment for someone else¿s sins. She even has scars on her back and neck from the brand they place, and the wings that painfully emerge when judgement has been made . Her family thought she was crazy and wanted to have her committed. So she ran away, and is now living a life of isolation in Washington state. She works as a caretaker for a lake front home, and the only person she considers a friend is kind of crazy neighbor, Sal. Then Alex shows up. Jessica can¿t fight the draw she feel towards him, and finds herself wanting to confide all of her secrets to this beautiful boy. Then much to her surprise another man enters her life who also seems to be vying for her attention. As her nightmares begin to change from the predictability they¿ve always had, she realizes life is about to get seriously complicated.I was thoroughly impressed by Branded. The plot was gripping. The characters were likable. The bad guys were seriously bad. This book does angels like you¿ve never seen them done before. The themes are darker than what I¿ve experienced with other angel novels, but it worked.I love that the author kept me guessing until the end. The last few chapters were an emotional ride, and I¿d be lying if I said it didn¿t have me a little choked up. Keary Taylor has mad skills when it comes to making the reader channel what the characters are feeling. I actually set it down and walked away with just a few pages left. Not out of anger or frustration, but because I was way to into it. It scares my kids a little when I¿m gasping and begging the book to say it isn¿t so. (I hope I¿m not the only one who talks to my books) The ending was not at all what I expected, and honestly I¿m still not sure how I feel about how things went down (a bizarre mixture of relief and grief). I need the next book in this series like yesterday. I also have to say the editing was so much better than what I usually expect from a self-published work. Very impressive debut, and I can¿t wait to see what happens next!
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
My thoughts: Why did I choose it: I hate to admit it, but I tend to be a cover shopper. I know, I know... don't judge a book and all, but alas a good cover draws me to read the jacket and the jacket makes the sale!What did I like about it: I loved the characters! Alex is the man we all dream exists, but find only in stories. Jessica is a fantastic character. Sal is wonderful and Cole is something else all together. Emily was a surprise, but I liked her too.The story line is fantastic. The idea of someone standing trial for others in a council of angels is one I have never read before. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and how the story developed and unfolded for us. It moved enough to keep me up late turning pages!My least favorite part? Because I am forever looking for the ending that I decided HAD to happen when I start a book, I wasn't thrilled with the ending. It was a good way to end the story, but I had hoped.... anyway - no spoiler.It's worth a read - check it out!
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…, deception, intrigue, action, etc etc.  I recommend this book for any TBR list.
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Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me wondering through the whole book why on earth these things were happening to Jessica. Not your normal everyday angel story. It's got just enough of a dark twist to it. Can't wait to read the next book!
CColeman1 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me from a friend. I am happy to say tht I was not disappointed with it at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Intresting Idea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really different from anything else that I have read, and I read alot. The characters were well thought out and were very relatable. This book really touched me on alot of levels. I enjoy indie authors more than anything else right now and I'm def a fan of Keary Taylor now!
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MyraLyn More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down!! Awesome!!
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