SCHISM (Illirin book 1)
written by Laura Maisano
published by MuseItUp Publishing, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I loved this book! Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so I did expect to enjoy this book and I sure wasn’t dissappointed! I really loved the mystery surrounding the Gabe, the main character, and the quirky, yet lovable, Lea was just awesome!
The plot and setting were wonderful . . . I want to live in a world with fourth-dimensional beings! I also really enjoyed that despite the fact that the main players in the book’s “romance” were teenagers, it wasn’t overly piney or angsty. Sometimes this genre can make romance be a little too “gag me with a pitch fork,” but Maisano did a great job avoiding this! I also enjoyed how the main characters handled situations with realistic and mature emotions as they were discovering the adults that they were becoming.
The only negative that I have is that I am REALLY not a big fan of cliffhangers . . . I NEED TO KNOW . . . can’t . . . wait . . . til . . .
Would I recommend it: I sure would! If you are into Urban Fantasy, this is a fun, exciting book that is hard to put down! Just be prepared to be slightly disappointed at the cliffhanger . . .
About the book: The art therapy crap 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.
On campus, another student unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the fourth dimension. Lea Huckley must prove this world exists. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Finding evidence is the only way to free them.
She and Gabe strike a deal to help each other out, 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 re-discovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history, just in time to become the unwilling linchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand, the final riddle. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind for good.
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, and she’s finishing up 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.