DiSemblance

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
2013 eLit Silver Medal Winner
Book 1 of the Holoquest Fantasy Series

For Boston life is divided into those that have and those that have not. Displaced in a new high school, she is determined to have the life she’s always wanted. But will her choices hijack her dreams and plunge her into the treacherous clutches of a serial killer? More

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Words: 70,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301354863
About Shanae Branham

I am a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer's Expo.

I love suspenseful, action-adventures and clean, young adult, romance stories. I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20's my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.

As I have spent over twenty-five years transforming my language disabilities into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that "...with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my dyslexia, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like math, syntax building block upon syntax building block.

I am grateful for this weakness because it has developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.

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Review by: readingmommy on Jan. 03, 2016 :
Jason Tanner’s dad has invented a hologram machine. (Think Star Trek—I always wanted one of those!) In order to protect the technology until it can be patented, the family has remained very isolated. Jason and his brother are homeschooled and don’t interact with anyone in the neighborhood. But both are intrigued by Boston, the girl that has moved in across the street.

Bruce is a detective, and is the expert on the Comfort Killer in the department. He is determined to catch the serial killer. His investigation brings him to the Tanner’s home. Now he must determine how Jason fits in with the Comfort Killer’s plans.

I liked the idea of the story. The author kept me guessing as to what was real and what wasn’t. I had a hard time getting into the book, though. It moved along ok, but I just found myself wanting to put it down and go do something else for a while. I never really connected with the characters. The story is told from three points of view: Jason’s, Boston’s and Bruce’s. It seemed like a surface telling, though. I didn’t feel what they were feeling or become invested in how things affected them. It did get a little better in the last couple chapters.

I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: montzalee on Nov. 26, 2015 :
DiSemblance is a teen sci-fi book about boy, his brother, his father (who is the inventor of a secret hologram machine), the girl across the street, a serial killer, a detective, and how all of their lives are intertwined. The concept of the story is great. The layout of the story is good. The characters feeling like real people fall a bit short. The cover of the book makes you think the book is about the girl of the story but the main character seems to be the boy. The story jumps from first person view of one character to other frequently which is interesting but doesn't seem to help the story. The story had some good points but at times it was difficult to go on. I received this book in exchange for a fair review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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