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.

  • Gray Cox

    When I read the first book to this series, I liked it but wasn't

    The first book of this series pales as just an introduction to the characters and to the world when put beside this book. Dissemble is an action-packed, suspenseful adventure, and I enjoyed every minute of the ride.

    I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • Grace Morris

    The first book was more on the peaceful side as it built up the plot for this book. And this book, wow. Everything is brought up a few more notches. There's spies, and action, and this bad guy that was interesting, to say the least. Everything was like really tense.

    And Torrance! I just loved him! So, I was unsure about h

    The first book was more on the peaceful side as it built up the plot for this book. And this book, wow. Everything is brought up a few more notches. There's spies, and action, and this bad guy that was interesting, to say the least. Everything was like really tense.

    And Torrance! I just loved him! So, I was unsure about him for like three seconds or something, but then I was like, okay, there has to be something more going on here. Somehow he was able to make me laugh at times, and then be totally serious the next minute. When it comes to people's lives, he doesn't play games, and I admire him for that.

    Mick.... You need to plan things a little more before you go off running into a situation you know nothing about. It made sense why he did what he did, and frankly it made the outcome turn out better, I just thought a little more planning could've been beneficial. But, honestly? Mick doing this really showed his personality and his love for Celeste, and it just made me love him so much more. And what Mick did at the battle lines.... I just want to give him a hug. It was hurtful for him, but he made a decision that was still terrible to hear but better than the alternative. Mick, you're literary a hero!

    Celeste! What you were about to do was, umm, a little shocking.... Especially because of your past. Seriously though, that scene of what she was going to do with that disgusting man was a little too much for me, I did not like it one bit. Though I was happy how much she wanted to keep the Haynes family safe and together. And the skills she learned.... Man, she does make a pretty good spy if you asked me, she learns fast.

    Sandi, why Maggie didn't want you to learn the skills of swords is beyond me. Sandi was a natural! I love this little girl's kind heart, how she would go to someone else to make them feel welcome, and even to be kind to someone who previously hurt her. That takes guts. She just has this heart that makes everyone feel at ease. I wasn't sure about her crush with Jude, I mean she is so young, like only ten.

    Amaya.... Umm, I liked Torrance a little more than her. But learning more about her, I see why she is the way she is.

    Smyth.... How did he even get in office? He makes a wonderful bad guy. That's all I will say.

    And where did Asher go!!! I missed him so much in this story, I wished he had more of a role, he would have been great!!!

    Now the main reason why I removed a 0.5 star from my rating is because of the content. I loved how we get to see the culture of Kyraenean. Like the hot food was great. The slaves were just sad. But the stuff that I really had a hard time reading was the prostitutes. It never really explained anything with sexual scenes, thank goodness. Actually, there wasn't any scenes like that anywhere in this book. Mostly it just implied what has been going on in Kyraenean. There were also a few scenes of Celeste and Torrance kissing that I didn't like, and what Celeste was supposed to do with a man.

    1. Houses for prostitutes.

    2. Prostitutes. Implied content but nonsexual.

    3. Violence. (Killing a man with a gun, mentions of blood, implied violence of threats to kill people. With guns. With knives. War related. Hand-to-hand combat.)

    4. Slaves. And young kids being disowned by their parents and sold into slavery.

    5. Mentions of worshiping other gods.

    6. Mentions of a war.

    7. Tattoos and a mark to brand a slave on their arm.

    8. Smoking.

    9. Alcohol.

    10. Abuse. (hitting a child, and other implied abuse.)

    11. Some mentions of injuries, including gunshot injuries and knife stabs.

    Those who love dystopians. Those who like strong stories about families. Those who like books about spies.

    Of course!!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! Actually I have already read and LOVED

    and I should have a review up for it within the next ten minutes.

  • 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.

  • Angela R. Watts

    3.5 stars!

    -- Writing: The writing was easy-reading and flowed smoothly, a steadiness from book one into book two. Fantastic!

    -- Setting: The description was often clear (especially with the slums. It felt a Doctor Who episode!) and the locations were cool.

    -- Story/Plot: OK. Here's where I had some issues, and some slight spoilers, so I'll tread lightly. In short, a big motivation is one I just am tired of seeing in fiction.

    3.5 stars!

    -- Writing: The writing was easy-reading and flowed smoothly, a steadiness from book one into book two. Fantastic!

    -- Setting: The description was often clear (especially with the slums. It felt a Doctor Who episode!) and the locations were cool.

    -- Story/Plot: OK. Here's where I had some issues, and some slight spoilers, so I'll tread lightly. In short, a big motivation is one I just am tired of seeing in fiction.

    Yeah, I know, it fits. It can be good. I'm not condemning it. But from personal experience, it is a concept that's showed so much, and it gets frustrating. It was frustrating in this book because Celeste isn't (usually) arrogant of the love from the Haynes family... yet, she goes through so much trouble to go off and try to find 'him'... Just something I find kind of dull. Besides that, the plot was good (I saw most twists coming) and fast paced! Very cool.

    -- Characters: The characters continued to be vivid in this book! The Haynes family is great. Mick is epic though I wished we had more Asher. ;) And the new good characters were well done, as well. Here's my flaw -- Celeste. She got very frustrating in this book. Actually, a lot of the characters did. It was a ton of drama and I felt like plenty of it could have been avoided if someone had used some logic. Aye, yeah, people make mistakes. But I was constantly annoyed by things, and by Celeste's moodiness. Which I totally get, plenty of times, but I didn't understand her lack of trust towards Mick so much, even given her past/circumstances/etc. Again, it felt out of place.

    -- Overall: Like the first book, I read it in one sitting. ;) I look forward to the third book.

  • 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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