- File Size: 935 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing; 1 edition (February 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079WF9S3T
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dissemble (Allegiance Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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-- 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. (view spoiler) 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.
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.
Content in Book:
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.
10. Abuse. (hitting a child, and other implied abuse.)
11. Some mentions of injuries, including gunshot injuries and knife stabs.
Who Would I Recommend This Book To:
Those who love dystopians. Those who like strong stories about families. Those who like books about spies.
Will I Read The Next Book:
Of course!!!! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! Actually I have already read and LOVED Dissociate!
Like I said in my review of the first book in this series, these are books for young adults and contain more mature content, so if that type of thing makes you uncomfortable, no worries! This just isn't the best book for you right now. :)
Can't wait to continue with series!!!
We get to see Celeste break from her guarded shell in this installment and watch her develop from a mediocre secret agent into a kick-butt heroine! We also get to see some ships start sailing, if you know what I mean *wiggles eyebrows*! The introduction of Torrance and Amaya lead to increased action and much more fangirling, as you’ll go from repulsed by them to adoring them in just a few short chapters. The author’s well-placed and sneaky plot twists will leave you biting your nails to the quick with each page turn.
On Goodreads, the author has posted an advisory message that Dissemble is rated 15+ due to the use of mild language and violence. I agree with her rating, as there are also some suggestive scenes as well, though it is implied as apart of Celeste’s mission and not something the main characters wish to indulge in. I also appreciate the author’s choice of the main characters remaining pure and actively abstaining from tempting situations. We need more of this in modern literature!