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2012.22 REVIEW – DiSemblance by Shanae Branham



by Shanae Branham

Copyright: 2012
Pages: 369
Read: Sept. 4-8, 2012
Challenge: The Eclectic Reader 2012, Mystery & Suspense 2012
Yearly count: 22
Format: Print
Source: Review copy provided by author

Blurb: As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father’s secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

Review: I was contacted directly by the author to review this book.

My faithful readers know that I don’t read a lot of young adult books. But when I was pitched this book, something about it really caught my attention.

I finished this book this morning. And I’ve been sitting on it trying to figure out how to best review it. Let me start with this: nothing is as it seems in this book. There were times where I couldn’t even tell what was real life and what was happening in the machine.

There is truly so much that could be said about this book, but I want to be careful and not give too much away, because I think that it would be very easy to say too much about this particular book.

Generally, I  have a pretty low tolerance to unbelievable things. This pretty well explains why I usually dislike anything paranormal or science fiction. But for some reason this book didn’t bother me. And it should have; seriously, a hologram machine? Whatever the reason, it worked for me.

The characters were well developed. I especially liked how Bruce and Angela were at odds throughout the entire book. I personally felt as if that made things feel so much more believable. Jason and Isaac seemed to be your typical teenage brothers. And while the story really belonged to Jason, I felt as if Bruce was a truly great supporting character. His part in the story was integral to the whole book. I felt like he was really the hero in this book. Definitely an A+ for this book in terms of character development.  (I guess I should mention that character development is HUGE for me).

My one complaint is that there were a few minor typos. I’m just such a stickler for perfect grammar. But I’ve determined that just about every single book on the market has typos. It makes me have flashbacks to senior year in high school when I was feature editor of our school newspaper and I had to edit so many mistakes out of every article that crossed my desk! But in reality, I only noticed two typos, not bad in a 300+ page book.

So what does all this rambling have to do with my thoughts on this book? I liked it. A lot, actually. I found it fast paced and engrossing. I would start reading and realize that I had flown through 50 pages before I realized it. I’m definitely glad that Ms. Branham stumbled across my blog and sent me her pitch, I would never have found this book otherwise. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read. It’s not just for the young adult crowd or the science fiction crowd. It’s definitely a book that will appeal to a wide variety of readers and I highly recommend it.


First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #2


Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts this meme.

This week I am sharing the intro from a review book I’m reading. DiSemblance by Shanae Branham


Orange, gold, and red hues of sunrise shone through the trees as Jason Tanner jogged along the abandoned trail through Knobs Park. He loved moving unseen like a specter through these woods.

I have to be completely honest here, this intro lacks a little in my opinion. However, I cannot stress enough how exciting the book gets if you continue on. I’m about 100 pages in and thoroughly enjoying it!!

Baby Book Addict, Miscellaneous Ramblings

Random bookish ramblings

Happy Labor Day to those in the US. Hopefully everyone has been enjoying their long weekend …. At least those of you who get a long weekend. It’s been a quiet weekend at home for us and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

I’ve been taking advantage of having time to go through some stuff here at the house. I am such a hoarder! Not really, but I do have a lot of crap.

After a lot of consideration, I decided to purge a lot of my books. And by a lot I actually mean 93 books. That’s right, 93 books from my Mt. TBR that I know I will never read are going to either my local library or the Goodwill tomorrow. I’m long past due regarding this decision. My shelves are just a little ridiculous to be completely honest. I might as well let others enjoy them. Besides, I still have a grand total of 405 unread books that are staying here 🙂

Hi, my name is Tara, and I am a bookaholic!

Also, while cleaning out of my shelves I found quite a few good ARC’s that I have with nothing to do with them. So I’m considering a giveaway. But I’m still considering if I should just do one big box giveaway (I think I have a good 7 or 8 of the ARC’s) or if I should break them up somehow. I’m still thinking about it …. What is your opinion? One big box where the books would be a complete surprise when they arrived in the winner’s or break them up and offer them two or three per winner?

A quick Garrett update – he turned 3 months old on Aug. 30th. I can’t believe how much he has grown and changed. It’s unreal. Last night he slept through the night without the aid of his reflux medicine. We were up in the air as to what to do last night at bedtime. He ate at 7:30. I asked Nathan if he wanted to treat it as his final meal and give him his medicine, Nathan said no, that he would stay up and feed him again at 10:30-11:30. Well 10:45 rolled around and he was still sound asleep. So instead of waking him up we just let him sleep. Well, he slept until 6:15! And he’s gone all day today without his medicine. I was going to give it to him with his first bottle this morning, but Nathan wanted to see how he responded without it. So that’s what we are doing. So far no problems, but I’m sure it will be a few days before it leaves his system completely. I was just glad to know that he slept through the night without the medicine, I was afraid that that was what was making him sleep through, but maybe now he’s used to it enough. I hope 🙂

Oh and I am sad to report that I am putting Gone Girl aside for now. It’s just not working for me right now. I’ve had it out from the library for over a week and am barely 100 pages in. It will be due back this coming Saturday and I know that there is no way I will finish it before then. So I have decided to put it aside and maybe come back to it sometime in the future. I should have known better than to jump on the bandwagon, it almost always disappoints me when I do that. Oh well, maybe sometime in the future.

Hope everyone has a good upcoming week.

Thrill Week

Thrill Week: Questionnaire

Marce over at Tea Time With Marce is hosting Thrill Week again this year. I missed it last year (I don’t know how I managed to do that – thrillers are my favorite!)

To kick things off she’s posted a questionnaire. Here’s my answers:

1)  Introduce yourself

My name is Tara. I’m 27 and from southern Illinois but currently making my home in western Kentucky. I’ve been married to Nathan for 5 years and on May 30 of this year we welcomed our first son, Garrett, into this world. I started blogging in January of 2008 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I mainly read mystery/thrillers, but I have been known to read the occasional romantic suspense, historical fiction some non-fiction. I stay away from most paranormal/fantasy books.

2) What has been your top 3 reads this year? Link your reviews

I am ashamed to admit how few books I have read this year. However I do have a very good reason …. My son 🙂

But to answer the question, in no particular order:

  1. Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
  2. The Pawn by Steven James
  3. The Wrong Man by David Ellis

3) What are you currently reading during Thrill Week?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn!

4) Do you have an all time favourite cover in the genres above?

I hate to admit this, but I don’t pay a lot of attention to covers. Sometimes they will catch my eye, but I’m not cover obsessed.

5) What debut author(s) or new to you author(s) have you read within the last 12 months that have impressed you?

In no particular order, these are new-to-me:

  • David Ellis
  • Scott Turow
  • Steven James

6) Favourite trilogy or series you recommend to others to read in the genres above?

I’m a huge series reader! So I’ve got lots of recommendations, but these are my favorites:

  • Alex Cross by James Patterson
  • Taylor Jackson by J.T. Ellis
  • Maggie O’Dell by Alex Kava
  • Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
  • Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver

7) What popular author(s) have you NOT read but is on your Wishlist?

I honestly don’t know. I can’t think of anyone right now.

8) Other than blogs, share with us what other tools you use or subscribe to in order to keep up with the latest news on authors, new releases, book tours, etc? 

Goodreads, LibraryThing and Fict Fact are the three main ones I use other than blogs.

9) What current book is hyped among the blogosphere that you want to read or are not interested in? Why or why not or link your review if you have read it.

50 Shades  …. I will not be reading it. I have no interest in erotica. But I am currently reading Gone Girl and loving it!

10) What is most important in these genres to you? Plot, characters, location, dialogue, red herrings, narrator or what mix of them?

Plot and characters are most important to me. I like exciting, fast paced plots. And I need well developed characters – which is probably why I am such a big fan of book series.


11) Recommend a book made into movie you thought both were good? 

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. The book was still better,but I think they did a very good job with the movie too, it stayed pretty true to the book.


12) Recommend a book you would like to discuss with others and possibly the author? Note – I will do a poll with participant’s choices at the end of Thrill Week and then we can agree on a date for Q&A. I will try and arrange the chosen author to participate.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – just because I’m currently reading it 🙂