Friday, September 6, 2013

DiSemblance by Shanae Branham Blog Tour

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DiSemblanceDiSemblance by Shanae Branham
Publication Date: August 20, 2012

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 their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you. 

 Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.

 Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.


“…Does having a copy of your dead mother around bother you?”

No one had ever asked him that before. It felt good to talk about it. “It’s confusing.” Jason looked into Boston’s eyes. The warmth and concern he saw there was mesmerizing. “I don’t think Isaac believes mom’s dead. I don’t use that program because it doesn’t feel right.”

“It would bother me, too,” she paused. “What do you do all day?”

“Excuse me?” Jason was not offended by the question. In fact, it felt good to have someone take an interest in him.

“You don’t go to public school.”

“I already got my GED.”

“Is that it?”

“What do you mean?”

“Is that all you want from your life?”

Jason had never thought about it like that. “Why? Everything I could ever want is inside the hologram machine.”

“I’m not.”

Her words were like an arrow to his heart. She stepped closer, and he blushed as a black convertible loaded with teenage girls drove up and parked on the side of the street.

“Hey, Boston,” the driver called out.

“I’m coming,” Boston waved at her friends. Then she turned back to Jason. “By the way, I broke up with Ricky today.”

Jason felt like he had stepped in front of a moving truck. By the time he recovered his wits enough to speak, she had already jumped into the convertible, and they had peeled out, disappearing down the road.

Meredith's Review:

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:

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And it was like the story just took off. Talk about going from zero to 100 in only a few seconds:

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And from that point on the story went something like this:

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Once things get going, it's a race to the finish. I couldn't put the book down anymore and I had to know how things would end. The premise is really cool and makes for a great sci-fi. Put the time in and the payoff is there. 

Overall this is an action-packed, full of twists, thriller. The technology is very cool (seriously, a hologram machine??) and the author manages to pull off something that seems unrealistic and make it tangible. There were a few side stories that brought out emotions (ex. why Jason keeps people at arms length) and defined each character.  Not all of my questions were answered, but it's an entertaining read nonetheless. I definitely think Shanae Branham is an author to watch. 

Shanae Author 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 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 or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet. In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver metal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.

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  1. Did I tell you that you pick the best gifs for your reviews? They are awesome! Anyway, this sounds like something I would enjoy!

    1. LOL, I've been having too much fun with them lately. They say it better than I do sometimes ;)