Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SCHISM: Illirin Book One by Laura Maisano #Review #BlogTour

Schism (Illirin #1)
Release Date: 04/28/15
Muse It Up Publishing

My Rating:

Art therapy hasn’t done squat for Gabe Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just out of sight.

Another student on campus, Lea Huckley, unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the fourth dimension. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Proving this other world exists is the only way to free them. Lea and Gabe strike a deal to help each other, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe’s true origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn’t already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for Lea and his rediscovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history just in time to become the unwilling lynchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret to the final riddle the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind forever. -
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DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This will be as non-spoiler as I can make it.

Characters/Plot: Gabe is a delicate character at the start. Like the description states, his only memory of his life is a fiancée whom he keeps drawing in art therapy. Lea is outgoing and extraordinarily confident, to an extent. Lea is interested in other dimensional-paranormal worlds, and she seems to be very interested in helping Gabe with his memory problem. There is a fantastic climax! So many things go through your mind, but as a reader, you are so involved!

My Honest Opinions/Thoughts: I feel at a slight disadvantage, as the description of the book gives away a bit of major plot points, but the book was amazing from start to finish. I feel that the topics chosen for the book's theme were the perfect choice. It touched base and hit home. I felt that Gabe and Lea were a great mix. Their characters were not complex, but they were developed and well thought out. This book brought dimensional worlds to a new level, in my limited experience. I quite L♥VED the plot and would read it again ASAP!

Extra: I had so much going on as I tried to put time into reading this book, but I was determined to read and love it. And I did. Home is where the heart is. 

About the Author
Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM April 28, 2015, and during the wait, she’s working on the sequel UNITY.

Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at

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