Friday, February 21, 2014

Branded Review & Giveaway


I am pleased to present Branded, a new Christian-themed thriller from Katie Hamstead, author of the Kiya Trilogy.

Branded gets straight to the action. We start at Ali's brother's wedding, when a group of terrorists invade, slaughtering many of the wedding guests, including Ali's parents. Ali flees with her brother, sister, and new sister-in-law. They soon learn that these terrorist invaders have taken over all of Australia, and plan to kill all Westerners who do not denounce Christianity. Anyone who chooses not to denounce their faith is branded with the sign of the Cross, and then killed.

The story starts with action and doesn't let up. There is never a dull moment, or lagging scene, and Katie puts her characters through all kinds of hell. One of my favorite things about the story was Ali. She is the perfect heroine--brave, committed to her beliefs and her family, and doesn't give up no matter how horrible things get. She is determined to survive and thrive.

I'm certainly no expert on world politics, but I found the premise a to be a little over-the-top and hard to believe, which is why I give it four stars instead of five.

All in all, strong writing, well crafted plot, and a strong and likable main character.

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