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

Keary Taylor
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Book Description

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
AFTERLIFE - Novelette Companion to Vindicated

Editorial Reviews


"This is one impressive book.  The storyline of this book is unlike anything else that I have ever read.  Taylor creates a unique and terrifying image of angels that will intrigue all readers.  This is definitely a must read for paranormal romance lovers."
- Jackie (The Book Whisperer blog)

"Branded was a thrilling and unique novel. The refreshing quality in the storyline surpassed any angel stereotype I've read so far.  Keary is an indie author who has the ability to move her readers.  I truly cannot wait to see what Keary has in store for us next!"
- Elenie (La Femme Readers blog)

"Taylor has presented a fresh idea with a delightfully independent and strong female protagonist that will keep you cheering for her throughout the story.  Branded is, in a nutshell, a rich blend of biblical undertones, the weight of right and wrong, and the quest to save one's soul."
- Melissa (I Swim For Oceans book blog)

About the Author

Keary Taylor is the author of BRANDED, FORSAKEN, VINDICATED, AFTERLIFE (Fall of Angels series), and EDEN.  She lives on Orcas Island in Washington State with her husband and their two children.  To find out more about Keary and her writing process please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 3505 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450572375
  • Publisher: Keary Taylor Book, INC; 3 edition (February 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039UUB16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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189 of 200 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, poorly executed. June 26, 2011
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.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read March 27, 2011
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.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great premise but ultimately disappointing. September 9, 2012
By Nicole
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spun wildly out of control November 11, 2012
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%***

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Branded
I love this book!!!! It's full of emotion and mystery there's little romance but still got some little lovable moments!!! I highly recommend this book!!!
Published 1 day ago by tichnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not going to finish the series
While it was interesting it dragged until almost the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Lucyna Starzec
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I love it I love it I love it I couldn't put the book down I had to keep reading!!
Published 1 day ago by KThompson
3.0 out of 5 stars She got the characteristics of a depressed and lonely person ...
She got the characteristics of a depressed and lonely person right but the romance and lines were a little cheesy. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tia
1.0 out of 5 stars Please, save yourself...
It was basically like reading some girl's diary about how lonely she is, but then a perfect man shows up. To the reader's grand surprise, another even more perfect man shows up. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sebastian P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Im not usually a big fan of books that involve angels but I couldn't put it down and bought the other 3 also
Published 3 days ago by Jazzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
Great story but it doesnt have the flow most books do. The sentences jump from one to another. Worth it for the story? Yeah. Quick read. Great story.
Published 4 days ago by Ashlyn Benfield
4.0 out of 5 stars very well written, and brings a whole new perspective ...
very well written, and brings a whole new perspective to the way we look at angels. once I started reading, I did not want to put my book down. Read more
Published 6 days ago by douglas hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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More About the Author

Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit

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