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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and the ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published August 1st 2012)
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Shanae Branham
Aug 28, 2012 Shanae Branham rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I decided to review my young adult techno-thriller novel, DiSemblance, because I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed reading this book when I wrote it.

The saying, "No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader" is true, and I am pleased to announce that I have had plenty of delightful surprises in the course of writing DiSemblance.

In college, during a creative writing class, I also heard another saying that puzzled me: "Writing is like riding a wild horse, because you never know whe
(This review was originally published on

An author told me once that when you say you liked a book more than you expected, it's not a compliment. I used to say it a lot, but after that I tried to avoid it. I always intended it as a compliment. As a reader you have a certain expectation for a book. If I think I'm going to like a book, I give it a try and read it. And sometimes a book takes you by surprise and you love it.
So when I say I liked DiSemblance much mor
Review originally posted at A Date with a Book

Definition of dissemblance: The state of being disguised or concealed behind a false apperance.

This book was amazing! This book is another example of why I love indie authors. After receiving the request, I read through it thoroughly as I always do. Sometimes if I don’t have time, I will come back to the request at a later date. I read the synopsis and thought, no this book is not my type at all. For the most part I don’t read fantasy and I definitel
B.K. Walker
A single father. Two teen boys. Mom dies from cancer.

It's hard enough being a single parent, let alone trying to deal with grief too. The good thing...Because Lloyd's (Dad) a genius, they all don't really have to grieve. You see, he's built this Hologram machine where they all can see the mom, even touch her and hug her, whenever they want.

The problem...

Someone wants the machine for themselves and is willing to kill people to get it, even frame the only one that can give up the secrets for the
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
DiSemblance explores the concept between illusion and reality. How far will someone go to attain a level of immortality? Who will he kill or destroy in the process?

Jason is caught in the investigation concerning a serial killer named the Comfort Killer. He kills those who are terminally ill. Providing a coffin and cash for the grieving family. Somehow Jason's father is set up and accused of being the killer.

Jason knows that this is not true. He knows that someone is after his father's research a
April Lewis
This review is re-post from

"There are three worlds that we live in, fantasy, reality, and actuality, murder crosses between all three…”

Teaser: Jason and Isaac Tanner are brothers, they don’t always get along, but there is one thing they can agree on. Their father is not the murderer known as the “Comfort Killer”. The child of technological mastermind, Jason spends most of his young life living in the holographic world his father created. When their father is murdered,
Jun 28, 2013 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 13+ years old
I should start this with: This is not a genre I typically read.

When this was offered as a read and review, I read the synopsis and was intrigued. Although I'm not a huge fan of science fiction, I've read several science fiction stories that I loved. Overall, I enjoyed this story.

What I liked: The plot was very original. The mechanics of the book were excellent, no typos or grammatical errors of any kind. Lots of action and a good bit of suspense.

I like an emotional read. I love it when a book ma
I was super excited when the author asked me to review the book! I saw a lot of great reviews on Goodreads and I really liked this book!

This book started out a bit slow for me, it was kinda boring, but near the middle and the end, that's where the good parts were. It was also confusing for me. I didn't really understand the process of the digital copies and everything. It was just too complicated for me! And when they were in and out of the machine, with the different text font, I still didn't r
Jason's mother died of cancer when he was 11 and he and his brother, Isaac, have been raised by his father, Lloyd, who has a passion for hologram technology. Their father has homeschooled them and taught them about computers. His father has invented a hologram machine, which consists of a programming room and a holodeck room. Once inside the machine, the digital copy (DC) of the subject looks and feels real to everyone else in the machine or anyone monitoring it from outside.

Detective Bruce Dur
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ARR #110 in the We YA Books! group, in exchange for an honest review.)

I'm having a hard time writing this review, because I'd like to rate the book a little higher, but am not sure I should. In all fairness, I'd give the idea and story a solid 4 stars, but I wasn't too thrilled about the writing itself.

"DiSemblance" is a story that you need to pay attention to. Don't read it in a packed train, or juggling several things at once. It contains a lot of little d
Nicki Markus
I was approached by the author to review this book and, since it sounded fun, I agreed to give it a go.

I'm glad I did as I found this a well-written and engaging tale that kept me turning the pages so fast that I read the book in a single session. The story is interesting and catchy and the characters, particularly Jason and Bruce, come across well.

The plot is fast-paced with plenty of action and the prose is easy to read. A few odd typos here and there, but overall a well-edited self-published
Fast-paced. A very quick read. It kept me interested. The idea of the hologram is intriguing. What is really happening in real time and what is happening within the hologram keeps you guessing. Loved the wordplay with the name of the girl next door (or here, the girl across the street)and her name of Boston Komen. That was fun. I would have liked a bit more character development, and some of the chapters were disconcertingly short. The romance between the protagonist, Jason, and Boston felt a we ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
DiSemlance is good if you like solving crimes and mysteries.
There was a lot of things in this book that was F*cking with my brain a lot.
The story starts of going from a few characters in one chapter, then it will switch to other characters in the next chapter.
It did that until the characters met.
This contains mystery, problem-solving, mind-messing, a little romance and some futuristic stuff.

Full review:
Cindi Field
I really enjoyed this book. It made you think! It took off right from the beginning, it was a very fast read with great twists and turns. It was very sci-fi and felt futuristic, but also felt like that future was here today in our time. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the author, hearing her thoughts and insights as she wrote the story and developed the characters.
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review and more, visit my blog at Such A Novel Idea.

This book had such an interesting premise. It seemed to have a lot going on, and in fact the book does have a lot going on. It's a complicated tangle of plot and characters that will drive you mad until you learn the truth of it all.

I LOVE books that make you a little crazy. And DiSemblance definitely fits into that category. We've got a teenage genius who ultimatel has to go on the run who doesn't know what is real or not real. We've
The book had a slow start, but it picked up and when it did it got really interesting. We're given a glimpse into Jason's childhood at first which gives us a slow start. A detective named Bruce is dealing with a case involving Jason's father as the criminal. Jason is very determined to prove them wrong that his father didn't commit such a gruesome crime. You can't blame Jason for his actions. Who would believe their own father committed a crime like that? The story was one of the best detective ...more
Samantha Preston
(Originally posted on Reading-AndCoffee )

Thanks to the author, Shanae Branham, for sending me a copy to read and review.

I'm always looking for new books that don't fall within my usual comfort zone. DiSemblance is a thriller/mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It had it's flaws, but I did enjoy the book.

The plot kept me guessing throughout. I seriously could not figure out what would happen next. However, it did feel rushed at parts. Something would happen then, all of a sudden, so
Katie Watkins
Wow!! I hate to begin a review that way, but I was really blown away. Jason and his brother, Isaac, have been sheltered from the world by their eccentric genius of a father, especially since their mother passed away years earlier. They have a holodeck, where they can escape to, and they do often. A DC (digital copy) of their mother resides in there and Isaac seems to live more in that fake world than in the real one. When things start to go wrong, Jason is on the run to find out what's really re ...more
My copy of DiSemblance was given to me by the Author through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was not obligated to write a positive review. This is my full and honest opinion.

Cover Blurb: Yes or No? My opinion of the cover art is somewhere in between. I like the whole descending mirrors and I don't even mind the character impersonator reflections. But there's almost something about the whole thing that kind of makes it feel bland. It just catches my interest, but only just.

Characters: I didn't
Ruty  B
Do you know when you realize that you are reading a good book? When you can’t put it down, when you even dream about it! Well, this is one of those books.

DiSemblance is an original techno-thriller novel. It grabs you from the start and you can’t stay away from it for too long.

In DiSemblance we meet Jason a 17-year-old boy who has lived his all life almost confined to his house. After saying goodbye to his father, who goes away for the weekend, his life changes from one second to the next. He see
First I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review, for a blog tour.

When I started the book, I thought, cool, this sounds like Star Trek, and you can imagine my glee when the character describes it the same way. But that’s about it when it comes to Star Trek. From there we are thrown into mystery, murder, suspense and a true thriller novel. There is a total uniqueness to this story that really impresses me, especially with the direction that Y
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Wow. This is a book that gets your brain a working. It's who done it cat and mouse story that takes you from reality into an alternate world. The author did a great job with this story. It is unique and keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end. The story is well written and quite a page turner.

Reading this story you wonder what is real for the characters and what is not. It isn't confusing at all with that. Written like a mystery you follow detective Bruce Durante and Jason Tanner on th
Courtney Reads A Lot
DiSemblance had such a compelling, unique premise. Jason's father's invention allowed people to enter a holographic reality, either physically or mentally. If they entered mentally, the person had the ability to manipulate the programming, changing it from a beach to maybe a gladiator like stadium, with just their mind. If someone physically entered the program through a door, they could be physically harmed from anything that happened during the program's running time, which definitely raised t ...more
Ornella (Nyx)
This book was one hell of a ride. If someone told me to describe it using one word it would clusterf-. It was that insane.

This was a very fast read. I just flew through pages trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Towards the end was when I finally realized what was happening but it was still a bit confusing at times because of the nature of the book. This was like a Bourne Identity mixed with James Bond mixed with some else.

For once the main MC was actually smart and STAYED smart duri

Ok, to be honest it took me a while to get into this book. I put it down several times and almost didn't pick it back up. I can't put my finger on what it was that kept me from investing myself in the book. The premise is totally unique and intriguing and the characters are interesting enough, but for some reason it just didn't grab me right away. With that said, I'm glad I didn't give up. At about the half way point this happened:

And it was like the story just took off. Talk about going from

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

In DiSemblance Shanae Braham seamlessly manages to combine Sci-fi with mystery. Her YA story focuses on homeschooled, teenage-genius Jason and murder investigator Bruce.

Jason and his brother Isaac are left in charge of their father's sci-fi heaven 'holodeck' machine. The holodeck is a super computer which uploads your consciousness into a virtual/alternative reality; well actually into an endless amount of extremely lifelike computer generated r

Jason Tanner is the kind of protagonist who is kind, is obedient, and is always looking to do the right thing. Unfortunately for him, in DiSemblance, most is not what it seems, and Jason Tanner finds himself involved in something bigger than he ever would have imagined. His dad has a coveted Hologram machine that needs to be protected and when things start to go awry and Jason's dad is presumed to be dead, the question of whether or not the machine has already fallen into the wrong hands comes t
Sher A. Hart
Disemblance runs, not walks, a fine line between science fiction and contemporary murder mystery. While I used to read mysteries as a teenager, I find science fiction far more interesting. The SF invention, similar to a Star Trek holo-deck, made the book unusual enough to keep me turning pages.

The author also did a good job with the character of Jason because I enjoyed his interactions with his mentally ill little brother Isaac, and the developing relationship with Boston. I was happy to meet a
Jason Tanner’s life is anything but normal. Growing up with a paranoid computer genius for a father, he and his brother Isaac live isolated from the rest of the world, to protect others just as much as they are protecting themselves. Their father’s life work is a cutting-edge holographic system—something that some people would do just about anything to get their hands on… including kill.

The opening chapters of DiSemblance cut right to the chase, disclosing all of the pertinent information about
Not being well versed in computer or technology lingo, I was a little worried when I won this book from a giveaway. Once I began reading, I felt relieved. There is a lot of discussion around the computer programs, viruses and other areas of technology. Yet, the author does a great job of blending the information with the story so that it flows as one. I was able to enjoy the book while learning new things without feeling overwhelmed.

Each of the characters had their own voice throug
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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 suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down
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