Title: Branded (Fall of Angels #1)
Author: Keary Taylor
Genre: YA & Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 3/5
Book One Synopsis: Jessica had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged by 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 that will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.
My Thoughts: So to be honest I was a little disappointed with this book. I thought the premise of the book was awesome but terrifying. The idea of whenever you go to sleep you experience the judgement of those who have recently passed away. Not only that but the judgements themselves, the brandings, actually stay with you when you are awake. I just can’t imagine having to experience that.
I was hoping this book would focus a bit more on the story of the judgments, however the book felt more like a romance, and a very predictable one at that. The guys themselves are very typical and I wish things had been shaken up a bit more. Maybe it started too far into Jessica’s life? She’s already got a set routine and how she deals with everything.
I guess, I felt this book had little development, it started to show promise in parts, I loved that Jessica had quirks but I also felt those quirks fell away a little too fast once she found romance and friends.
The book itself wasn’t bad and I’m half tempted to pick the next book up just to see where it goes with how things ended but I’m honestly just not curious enough to do so. Maybe in the future.
Has anyone read the rest of the books? Is it worth picking back up? I’m going to leave this on my list of series I’ve started for a rainy day.