A 5 Star Young Adult Fantasy – SCHISM by Laura Maisano – BOOK REVIEW

Title: SCHISM 

Series: Illirin Series: Book One


Type of Book: eBook

Length: 254 pages


Release Date: April 2015

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing 

ISBN: 978-1-77127-694-8

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Gabe has no memory of the accident that claimed the life of his fiancé, Heather. In fact, Gabe’s mind is like one of his unused canvasses – completely blank. 

Lea spends most of her time working alone on her E.D. Project. She would rather be alone than have to listen to the other University students snickering behind her back. 

Gabe and Lea meet and the two misfits bond instantly and Gabe agrees to help her with her project. In return, Lea will try to help him get his memories back. 

When Lea’s research leads them to another dimension, the ramifications for both of them are huge. 

Want to know more? Sorry, no spoilers here! You need to read this book to find out all the details and to join Lea and Gabe on the adventure of a lifetime.

I am not usually a fan of books that use amnesia as part of the plot, but SCHISM is an exception. 

Gabe wanting to recover his memories is an example of “Be careful what you wish for, since it might come true.”

This book is considered fantasy, but it could also be labelled as science fiction or as a thriller. It could even be considered a romance. 

One of the things I really liked about this book was that it was fast-paced. There is very little “filler” in SCHISM which is a refreshing change from many Young Adult novels. 

It is not an easy task to create an entirely new world, yet debut author LAURA MAISANO has done just that. Her world building skills are excellent. Not only does Illirin exist, but it has centuries of history. She has populated it with five races (called ‘Traits’) each of whom have their own distinct physical characteristics, beliefs and prejudices. 

There is violence in this book, and though there is a bit of romance in this book, there are no sex scenes or anything that would prevent this from being read by tweens and teens alike. 

I give this Young Adult novel a 5 out of 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

This novel is one in which you can immerse yourself in a fantasy world that just might actually exist. A great book to curl up on the couch with on a cold winter day! 

I have one question for the author: When can I get my hands on UNITY: the next book in the series? 

LAURA MAISANO has an MA in technical writing and is a senior editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and their two cats. 

You can find out more about her on her blog at www.lauramaisano.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @MaisanaLaura 

Book Signing on Jan 30th