Dissemble

Dissemble

Once you’re in, you’re in for life. Plunged into the heart of the country she fled, with one chance to unlock her past, Celeste must employ every skill she has to protect the unsuspecting family she’s grown to love.With her future, and that of the Haynes family, dependent on her success, a newly trained Celeste is sent undercover to the capital city of Kyraenea.Celeste’s n...

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Title:Dissemble
Author:Sarah Addison-Fox
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Dissemble Reviews

  • Shannon Hiner

    Ready to dive back in?

    You only think you are.

    Whereas Disowned was a sweet-talking mild-mannered introduction to the Allegiance series, Dissemble strides through the door of the tavern, half-doors swinging wide, spurs glistening, and a devilish tilt to its cowboy hat--ready to take on the world.

    Prepared? In your dreams.

    This novel knows what its talking about, and isn't afraid to tell you the story. Come what may.

    The pacing is a lot faster here, the characters developed and ready to spring off

    Ready to dive back in?

    You only think you are.

    Whereas Disowned was a sweet-talking mild-mannered introduction to the Allegiance series, Dissemble strides through the door of the tavern, half-doors swinging wide, spurs glistening, and a devilish tilt to its cowboy hat--ready to take on the world.

    Prepared? In your dreams.

    This novel knows what its talking about, and isn't afraid to tell you the story. Come what may.

    The pacing is a lot faster here, the characters developed and ready to spring off the page and--please excuse the cliche--the plot thickens.

    The things we love continue, Celeste with her damaged naivety, Mick with his brash, but well-meaning temperament, the beautiful, loving family back home...oh yes, *back* home.

    We aren't in Texas (Etra) anymore, kids. We are in the thick of things; Kyraenea.

    What I loved:

    World-building greatly expanded on.

    Torrance (need I say more)

    Spies! Undercover!

    INTRIGUE

    What I didn't love:

    .... Nothing to see here folks, please move right along.

    Notes:

    This is a fantasy novel written from the perspective of a Christian. That doesn't mean it shies away from what is real, what is out there. It means that the author sees these things, acknowledges there is darkness in the world, and then shows you the light. Guides you to what is good and true.

    It's Christian fiction done right.

    You can't hide in the light, not in this world. You need to go out, out into the darkness, and FIGHT IT.

    Sarah Addison-Fox is doing that. She's doing it well.

    Read this novel if you dare, but I'm warning you: You'll have to read the rest of the series too.

    P.S. I honestly have no idea where all the Cowboy/Western references came from. I probably had way too much caffeine today. I apologize for nothing.

  • Abigail McKenna

    First thing I have to say: This series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. Seriously.

    series playlist:

    This book. was so good. the reason I haven't written this review before now is because I didn't know how to word it. I'm not entirely sure that I know how to now.

    What is it about this book that catapulted it up on my favorites list?

    Maybe it's the characters. Maybe it's Celeste, who is trying to protect a family that has chosen her when she

    First thing I have to say: This series is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. Seriously.

    series playlist:

    This book. was so good. the reason I haven't written this review before now is because I didn't know how to word it. I'm not entirely sure that I know how to now.

    What is it about this book that catapulted it up on my favorites list?

    Maybe it's the characters. Maybe it's Celeste, who is trying to protect a family that has chosen her when she didn't believe she could be chosen, or Mick, who is haunted by horrors he didn't deserve, or Torrance, whose coarse words hide a melted heart, or Amaya, who carries a secret that is burden and joy in one.

    Or maybe it's the world. Or maybe it's the plot. Or maybe it's the message.

    It could be any of those things.

    All I know is that this series has come to mean something special to me. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about it, I didn't want this one to end, and I can't wait for the next one.

    Five shining stars from me.

  • Rebekah Rodda

    Loved that beach ending! No spoilers, but finally!!!

    This is the second book in the series (read the first book first!) and has amusing banter, spy-action, sweet romance, evil villains and some great plot-twists. And even an intact loving family where the wife listens to her husband and respects him (you don’t read that much these days).

    Torrance injected a bit of welcome humor into the plot. I liked the way I was uncertain about him at the start but then he grew on me. He did deserve to be punc

    Loved that beach ending! No spoilers, but finally!!!

    This is the second book in the series (read the first book first!) and has amusing banter, spy-action, sweet romance, evil villains and some great plot-twists. And even an intact loving family where the wife listens to her husband and respects him (you don’t read that much these days).

    Torrance injected a bit of welcome humor into the plot. I liked the way I was uncertain about him at the start but then he grew on me. He did deserve to be punched though! Mick was a very nice contrast to him. Amaya also added some fun edginess to the story.

    I also really liked the following quotes on anger:

    “There is a purpose for your anger”

    “Etra gave us emotions for a reason”

    “Don’t let your anger guide you. Try to think before you act”

    And also this on the slums Celeste sees:

    This wasn’t poverty; this was contempt for human life. The people living here were discarded as if they were no better than animals. Forced to fight for food like dogs, with no clean water, and surrounded by filth.

    This is a well-written, well-paced, clean, non-magical fantasy with a romantic core. In many ways it felt like this book had a real ending, so I am curious about where this series will head next.

  • Katelyn Buxton

    ~ I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

    takes the world that we were introduced to in

    and builds upon it in a realistic and familiar way. We’re reintroduced to Celeste and Mick, as well as the rest of the Haynes family, plus a whole new cast of characters that add brand-new intrigue to the storyline.

    Along the way Celeste is forced to confront her past, and her relationship with a certain *cough*

    blossoms. Honestly, this was a book that I found hard t

    ~ I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

    takes the world that we were introduced to in

    and builds upon it in a realistic and familiar way. We’re reintroduced to Celeste and Mick, as well as the rest of the Haynes family, plus a whole new cast of characters that add brand-new intrigue to the storyline.

    Along the way Celeste is forced to confront her past, and her relationship with a certain *cough*

    blossoms. Honestly, this was a book that I found hard to put down! There was always a new “loop” opening to keep me going. We also get in Mick’s head a little more with this one, (which I loved), and watch some serious character development happen. In the beginning he’ll do anything he can to keep the one he loves safe, but by the end he realizes that he can’t. He’s only human. The best he can do is face life by her side—together.

    Maggie doesn’t perform as large a role as she did in

    , but she’s still the same lovable mother figure. Ditto with Ethan as a father figure, but Sadie and Joe get a little more “screen time,” especially Sadie. She’s just learning to step out and stand up for herself, and her good-intentioned attempts to befriend a lonely new girl were heart-warming (even when the girl rebuffed her efforts and hurt our precious Sadie’s feelings)! We also get to learn more about Sir Lewis, which was awesome. He was introduced as an important character in

    , so I liked getting to know him a little better in this one.

    And the new characters! Amaya is a tail-kicking strong female character that still has feelings (#yasss), and Torrance is someone that went through several evolutions in my mind as his many layers were revealed. Plus, there’s a twist at the end concerning him that took me totally by surprise!

    The reason I docked a star from

    despite the fact that all the characters were life-like and unique, and the writing seemed even more streamlined and impactful than in

    , was because there was quite a bit of mature content involving sexual innuendo. Now, a most of it was pretty understandable from a plot standpoint, because Celeste came out of a really awful situation, and most of the book takes place in her homeland, but it was still a little rough to read. That, and a very light smattering of language and some drinking is the reason I gave it four stars.

    —that said, everything else about

    expanded and improved upon the world introduced in

    , and I’m looking forward to the third installment in the Allegiance series, and seeing how Etra works in the characters’ lives next.

  • Lila Kims

    4.5 stars

    What an awesome sequel! I got to delve even deeper into characters I'm already attached to, from

    . But then I also got to meet and become attached to some new characters - like Torrance Kyle, who annoyed me to no end at first but grew on me, and Amaya, who is SUPER COOL, let's face it. XD

    The story is fast-paced, which I appreciated! Every scene was a game-changer and kept me endlessly turning pages.

    A few of my favorite things:

    - Ethan and Maggie, the amazing parent figures <3

    4.5 stars

    What an awesome sequel! I got to delve even deeper into characters I'm already attached to, from

    . But then I also got to meet and become attached to some new characters - like Torrance Kyle, who annoyed me to no end at first but grew on me, and Amaya, who is SUPER COOL, let's face it. XD

    The story is fast-paced, which I appreciated! Every scene was a game-changer and kept me endlessly turning pages.

    A few of my favorite things:

    - Ethan and Maggie, the amazing parent figures <3 <3

    - Celeste is still wonderful and I'm still rooting for her with every fiber of my being.

    - Mick, you are so charming, but this is getting frustrating.

    XD

    - reeeaaallllly liked the allegorical aspect of it

    - such a complex antagonist. Just... yes!!

    - OH, RITA, YOU POOR THING. MY HEART.

    -

    I can't WAIT to read

    !

  • Shantelle

    I was excited to get reading

    after finishing the first book in this series! It's an exciting new fantasy world with some great characters, lots of action, romance, and a faith thread.

    was pretty fast-paced and definitely kept me reading once I got started. I was happy to see more of Mitch, Celeste, Ethan, and the rest. And also explore the lives and backstories of some newer characters. Overall, this book was a great adventure - though it got a little gritty.

    I look fo

    I was excited to get reading

    after finishing the first book in this series! It's an exciting new fantasy world with some great characters, lots of action, romance, and a faith thread.

    was pretty fast-paced and definitely kept me reading once I got started. I was happy to see more of Mitch, Celeste, Ethan, and the rest. And also explore the lives and backstories of some newer characters. Overall, this book was a great adventure - though it got a little gritty.

    I look forward to finishing the series! Wish Book Three was out already! *grins*

  • Nicki Chapelway

    Such a fun story filled with intrigue, romance, and several scenes that had me chuckling.

    I am extremely invested in all of these characters. Somehow I ship all of them. I don't know who is my favorite character anymore, though my least favorite is probably Maggie. I don't know, I just didn't like her saying that her daughter couldn't learn sword fighting while her son could.

    The story was filled with twists and turns, at some points I didn't fully understand what the characters were doing or why,

    Such a fun story filled with intrigue, romance, and several scenes that had me chuckling.

    I am extremely invested in all of these characters. Somehow I ship all of them. I don't know who is my favorite character anymore, though my least favorite is probably Maggie. I don't know, I just didn't like her saying that her daughter couldn't learn sword fighting while her son could.

    The story was filled with twists and turns, at some points I didn't fully understand what the characters were doing or why, but on a whole this story was extremely interesting and kept me on my toes. There was one point in this book where I actually said, "I did not see that one coming!" out loud. My sister laughed at me.

    I loved the way this book ended. *sigh* and frankly I'm terrified to see where this series will go...

    Many thanks to the author for the copy which she provided. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

  • Sarah Addison-Fox

    Content information:

    Recommended for 15+

    Mild language 1 use of B****y, 2 uses of D**n

    Mature themes

    Moderate romance

    Moderate violence

  • Sarah Grace

    Wow! So I just read 70% of this in only a few hours. *pats self on back*

    RTC after publication.

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