Schasm

Schasm✹ [BOOKS] ✭ Schasm By Shari J. Ryan ❃ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteenyearold young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated b When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteenyearold young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated by an abusive mother and an imagined alternate world that exists only in her mind’s eye Can she keep track of which is real—and whether or not she is real, too? Schasm is the mindbending young adult romance by Shari J Ryan that mines the heart of darkness, where one young woman seeks light in her own shimmering daydreams A psychological condition has captured the body, mind, and soul of Chloe, and thrust her into the hands of probing doctors at the continued mercy of her tyrannical mother As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seemsSchasm. I'm a little biased, but I sorta love my book. <3 Okay so I have read a lot of NA books but I have never ever read one like this. I mean right from the beginning I was thinking this is a mind cluster and holy hell where is this going and why are these people acting like that? The more I read the more I was like holy hell what is going on and then BAM it hit me our main character has two worlds.

See Chloe lives with her mother and her mother does not let her out of the house except to go to the asylum. Chloe has nothing but her imagination and boy oh boy does she use her imagination to conjure up a gorgeous guy Alex. But is Alex real or is she just imagining him? Can Chloe really be insane or is it her mother full of secrets and lies? Chloe knows she can't count on her father because he is sickly.

One thing Chloe does know is that every time she dreams about Alex she is happy. She wants to stay that way but she is not sure what tomorrow will bring so she learns to cling to the moment and enjoy Alex as best she can. Alex is her lifeline and her only friend. They share so much but when something happens Chloe will have to take a close look at her reality and when she does what will she find? Will Alex be real or will he be fake?

this is such a mind blowing read that I was breathless after reading it. It took me a while to write this review because I kept writing things and deleting them because I did not want to give to much away because this is one book you have to read to really appreciate it and the how the story unfolds. I need book two like ASAP! This was possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read, but also incredibly thought provoking and compelling. I sat for a long time after I finished reading and just contemplated the possibilities of what I had read. This book left me with more questions than answers. I can’t say with any certainty which parts were reality and which were fantasy–the line between the two was a blur. Mental illness is a scary topic to explore. The human mind is a fragile thing and the author did a fabulous job of demonstrating this fragility through Chloe. The question of whether committing a normal person to a mental institution could actually cause psychosis or insanity is a plausible argument. Since the story was told from Chloe’s perspective, I didn’t really believe her “condition” was an illness. The people she should have been able to trust most–her mother and doctor–were manipulating and controlling her through mind altering drugs and sedatives. Couldn’t that happen to anyone? If a doctor says you’re mentally ill and you say you’re not–who is everyone going to believe? What a terrifying thought! After finishing the book though, I had to remind myself that the story was told from Chloe’s perspective. If it had been told from someone else’s perspective, I would probably have agreed that she was crazy. After all, she does “drift” in and out of alternate realities. I will probably still be thinking about this book for weeks to come. I loved it–highly recommended!!

Originally posted at the Author Alliance Holy
what just happened?! I've been totally and completely mind f%#ked. I need a second book. Is there a second book. Damn. How will I recover from that? 3.5 Drifting Stars!!

OH, WHAT. THE. FUCK?!?!?!?!

What the hell was that ending? OMG! I have no idea!!! No idea what I am feeling right now. Talk about a MIND FUCK!! I have no idea how to pull together a review. I HAVE NO IDEA!!!

I liked it
but OMG my head hurts from all the questions I have!! <---So, those were my initial thoughts when I came on here right after finishing and word vomited all over the place!!

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I have collected my thoughts now… somewhat!! :) This is one of those really tough reviews to write because there are things about this book that I really liked, almost loved, however, there were also things that I didn’t like could have been better.

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What’s it about anyway?

Basically, Chloe is a nineteen year old girl who “drifts.” Drifting is like dreaming…but better. Unlike regular dreams, while drifting, she has all of her senses like smell, taste, and touch. They are also more vivid than regular dreams and, because her regular life is so terrible, her drift time is where her best life occurs. Chloe’s parents are horrible, neglectful people who just think she is crazy and an embarrassment to the family and, as a result, have her pretty much locked away. The only time that she ever gets to go anywhere, is when her mom hauls her over to see her shrink.

While Chloe is drifting, she meets Alex…who seems strangely familiar to her. Alex drifts too. While drifting together, Alex and Chloe get to explore different places together like San Diego and Paris. Chloe becomes so fascinated with drifting, spending time with Alex, and with the wonderful things that they get to experience together that she gets obsessed with it.

”No one has ever looked at me as anything more than a mental case, and no one has ever found me to be attractive.”

But one day, Chloe injures herself during a drift and her parents freak out and have her committed to the mental intuition. Her doctors give her meds to block her ability to drift. She also learns that Alex is very much real, but a fellow patient at the mental institution as well.

OK people, this is where it starts getting FUCKED UP!! I will not say much. Just know that, Chloe becomes desperate and does things that are questionable in order to maintain her ability to drift. Soon, her “best life” becomes her worst nightmare.

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Starting with the good –

The concept for this book is FUCKING BRILLIANT!!! How someone could think this plot up just amazes me! I have always pondered the idea of our dreams and what they mean and loved being able to explore this idea with this book. I cannot compare this book to anything else that I have ever read. But, it did remind me of the films Inception and Vanilla Sky, both of which, I loved.

The writing is also very good, especially for a debut. This book really made me think and kept me guessing the ENTIRE time, like a good psychological thriller should do.

The not so good-

- First of all, I needed more romance. This may have just been something that bothered me and may not bother all readers. There is a definite undertone of romance. A lot of the things being done by these characters is in the name of love but, me personally, I just would’ve liked more.

- Character Development – This is definitely a plot driven book, as opposed to being character driven. Even so, I just needed to know more about these characters. For example, besides the fact that the main character Chloe drifts, we know very little about her. Did she ever go to school or was she homeschooled? What are her hobbies? As a result, I had trouble connecting with her.

- There were aspects of the ending that, for me, just got to the point of confusing. (view spoiler)[The whole characters multiplying thing. (hide spoiler)] I've been thoroughly mind f@&ked. A great book - just when you think you got it all figured out, you're slapped with another level of what the hell just happened.
I need book 2 yesterday.
*bows* to Shari. You wrote a great story! SCREAMS
FINALLY!!!!!! A GOOD BOOK!!!!!!
Y'all, I reviewed like three or four terrible books in a row and I was starting to lose even more faith in humanity. But this book. This. Book. Fucking SAVED. MY. SOUL.
Oh my God, okay, so this book is like nothing I've ever read before. Sure, I've read plenty of mental illness/asylum stories. I don't think it really qualifies as a sort of genre, but either way, for some reason, I love the dark aspects behind most mental illness stories. But this one in particular is like nothing I've /ever/ read before.
Schasm is about a 19-year-old girl, Chloe, who is basically a prisoner in her own home thanks to her disorder. Many of us daydream and wish we were in different places (or heck, even eras), but Chloe takes daydreaming one step further. She can actually transport herself to the place and/or era she's thinking about, if she concentrates hard enough. She calls it drifting. However, instead of seeing her drifting as a gift, her mother forces her to believe that drifting is a curse. As a result, Chloe does not have any friends and isn't even allowed to leave her house without strict supervision.
I won't go into much more detail besides that, because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who might be interested, but my God. Not only is Schasm one of the best mental illness books I've ever read, it's also one of the best books I've read dealing in parallel/alternate universes—which is a breath of fresh air compared to the parallel universe book I reviewed just a week or so ago that was a fucking train wreck. Hell, I even got some Stephen King vibes during the climax. And, if you know me, you know that Stephen King is basically my favorite author of all time.
There were a few editing errors in this book—spelling, mainly—but they were few and far between, as far as I could tell. Overall, the techniques used—especially the imagery—absolutely took my breath away. This is one of those books where the characters felt as real as you or me.
And guess what?
NO FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLES!
*bows at Shari J. Ryan's feet*
Overall, compared to all the trash not-so-great books I've read within the past few days, this book was a breath of fresh air. The buildup was a tad slow at first, but if you want something different, and slightly horrifying, then I definitely recommended, Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.

Schasm is book one in the Schasm Series and is a Young Adult Romance written by Shari J. Ryan. I received this eARC from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Absorbing, Pensive Stars!
Dark, Dramatic and Downright Daunting! A Sharp, Riveting Read That Will Keep You Guessing From Beginning To End!

Quote Spotlight

“I think I’ve just entered an entirely new dimension of misperception.”
The Review:

In her debut novel, Shari J. Ryan writes an exquisite story filled with emotion, tension and an enduring romance. Its genre is Young Adult, but this book will engage and compel all ages.

I want to express how amazing this read is. It immediately captured my attention and kept me submerged with its intense, dramatic and dark story. It was never really confusing but it surely kept me wondering as every time I thought I figured out what was going on, I was thrown a new startling twist, then another strange series of events would slap me silly and take me on one heck of a mind trip. And I loved every phantasmagorical moment!

I don't want to be too revealing in this review because I feel that giving too much of the content away will spoil the experience for you so I'm going to just give you the basics along with my thoughts.

The Rundown

Nineteen year old Chloe Valcourt calls her ability drifting but her doctors call it temporary fugue-state dissociation which they compare to a mild case of schizophrenia and have told her there is no cure. When she closes her eyes, she can drift from her secluded, drab reality where she’s basically held captive by her overbearing and scornful mother to fantastical places where she’s free and alive and allowed to really experience all that life has to offer. She’s been this way for as long as she can remember and since the age of seven, when she told her mother about her new “friends” from her drifts, Chloe’s mother insisted on seeking her medical help. So each week her mother, thinking her “disability” abnormal, takes her to a psychiatric clinic for tests and treatment as she persuasively flirts with the doctors, curving Chloe’s treatment to her desires.

Chloe just wants to be left alone to drift in and out of her world, the places she creates for herself, the fantasies she can play out in her own head and live the life she’s been denied for the last twelve years. She might be alone and unable to interact with the people in her drifts but at least she can experience something other than the four walls of her imprisonment.

Then in one of her drifts, she meets a handsome stranger with a familiar air about him who tells her he’s like her and he’ll teach her to control her ability. This one event changes everything for Chloe and sends her on a spectacular adventure filled with danger, romance and intrigue.

Thoughts

This story plays out like the events in Chloe’s mind are legitimate, the people are real and the situations and danger is factual. And what I absolutely loved about this read was you question everything!
You never know what is real and what's made up. Are the experiences Chloe is having really real? Is Chloe really as mentally unstable as the doctors would have you believe she is? Her mother is a sinister presence in her life, warping her treatment and her environment to keep Chloe under thumb, but is there more to it than a mentally unstable girl who likes to live in her dreams? Or
are we, the readers, trapped in her mind throughout the entire book with her, living through the events as they unfold around her. Is Chloe’s mind playing out scenarios to help her deal? Is her disability trying to convince her to stay in the drifts or could she really have a unique ability unlike most. You. Just. Never. Know! Which is brilliant.

Every event, every illusion
it all seemed relevant with a hidden message but at the same time, farcical in the extreme. I literally couldn’t suss out what was real and what was a hallucination and I'm still not convinced any of it was truth, which must have been what it was like for Chloe.

What if you couldn't trust your own mind and you didn’t know reality from dream. Which reality would you choose to stay in and how far would you go to get what you wanted. These are the questions that are so expertly raised in this fantastically written novel that’s disturbing, emotional, thrilling and adventurous all wrapped around a romance that left me enthralled. There were moments when her dire circumstances ripped through my emotion and I felt pulled down into the bottomless chasm Chloe was drifting through. Thats excellent writing, right there!

The Wrap Up:
The mind and what it can create is a truly wondrous thing. One’s imagination can take them to soaring heights, thrill them in the darkest of situations and conjure up fantastical images when things seem desperate and lonely. This read will have you questioning every event, everyones actions, everyones reactions and make you think long and hard about what's real and what's illusion. And that ending! It was abrupt and shocking but left me needing to know what happens next. I can’t wait for book two, Fissured Free! I'm definitely a fan
Thank you to the author and to the We Love YA Books group for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I must admit that at some point I was confused by the back and forth between Chloe's two worlds but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The story centers on Chloe and her wonderful imagination that lands her in the asylum. Her mother doesn't understand her gift and is obsessed with making her life a living hell; the doctors at the asylum are determined to diagnose her with a psychological disorder.

To escape her suffering, she conjures up a whole new life with a gorgeous boy named Alex in her dreams (insert swoon here). Alex becomes her whole world and slowly the excitement and mystery starts to unfold.

Ugh!!! I just can't say anymore except that this book is full of emotion, mystery, and entertainment. It's an adventure that you shouldn't miss. A recommended read!

I've read a lot of books. If you can capture my interest in the first few pages, I will continue. Schasm captured my interest from page one until page 244. Very well written and captivating. I look forward to her following books and any other series Shari writes. Shari has a very real talent for writing and understanding human interest

Schasm PDF/EPUB ¼ Paperback
    Schasm PDF/EPUB ¼ Paperback of her tyrannical mother As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seemsSchasm. I'm a little biased, but I sorta love my book. <3 Okay so I have read a lot of NA books but I have never ever read one like this. I mean right from the beginning I was thinking this is a mind cluster and holy hell where is this going and why are these people acting like that? The more I read the more I was like holy hell what is going on and then BAM it hit me our main character has two worlds.

    See Chloe lives with her mother and her mother does not let her out of the house except to go to the asylum. Chloe has nothing but her imagination and boy oh boy does she use her imagination to conjure up a gorgeous guy Alex. But is Alex real or is she just imagining him? Can Chloe really be insane or is it her mother full of secrets and lies? Chloe knows she can't count on her father because he is sickly.

    One thing Chloe does know is that every time she dreams about Alex she is happy. She wants to stay that way but she is not sure what tomorrow will bring so she learns to cling to the moment and enjoy Alex as best she can. Alex is her lifeline and her only friend. They share so much but when something happens Chloe will have to take a close look at her reality and when she does what will she find? Will Alex be real or will he be fake?

    this is such a mind blowing read that I was breathless after reading it. It took me a while to write this review because I kept writing things and deleting them because I did not want to give to much away because this is one book you have to read to really appreciate it and the how the story unfolds. I need book two like ASAP! This was possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read, but also incredibly thought provoking and compelling. I sat for a long time after I finished reading and just contemplated the possibilities of what I had read. This book left me with more questions than answers. I can’t say with any certainty which parts were reality and which were fantasy–the line between the two was a blur. Mental illness is a scary topic to explore. The human mind is a fragile thing and the author did a fabulous job of demonstrating this fragility through Chloe. The question of whether committing a normal person to a mental institution could actually cause psychosis or insanity is a plausible argument. Since the story was told from Chloe’s perspective, I didn’t really believe her “condition” was an illness. The people she should have been able to trust most–her mother and doctor–were manipulating and controlling her through mind altering drugs and sedatives. Couldn’t that happen to anyone? If a doctor says you’re mentally ill and you say you’re not–who is everyone going to believe? What a terrifying thought! After finishing the book though, I had to remind myself that the story was told from Chloe’s perspective. If it had been told from someone else’s perspective, I would probably have agreed that she was crazy. After all, she does “drift” in and out of alternate realities. I will probably still be thinking about this book for weeks to come. I loved it–highly recommended!!

    Originally posted at the Author Alliance Holy
    what just happened?! I've been totally and completely mind f%#ked. I need a second book. Is there a second book. Damn. How will I recover from that? 3.5 Drifting Stars!!

    OH, WHAT. THE. FUCK?!?!?!?!

    What the hell was that ending? OMG! I have no idea!!! No idea what I am feeling right now. Talk about a MIND FUCK!! I have no idea how to pull together a review. I HAVE NO IDEA!!!

    I liked it
    but OMG my head hurts from all the questions I have!! <---So, those were my initial thoughts when I came on here right after finishing and word vomited all over the place!!

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    I have collected my thoughts now… somewhat!! :) This is one of those really tough reviews to write because there are things about this book that I really liked, almost loved, however, there were also things that I didn’t like could have been better.

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    What’s it about anyway?

    Basically, Chloe is a nineteen year old girl who “drifts.” Drifting is like dreaming…but better. Unlike regular dreams, while drifting, she has all of her senses like smell, taste, and touch. They are also more vivid than regular dreams and, because her regular life is so terrible, her drift time is where her best life occurs. Chloe’s parents are horrible, neglectful people who just think she is crazy and an embarrassment to the family and, as a result, have her pretty much locked away. The only time that she ever gets to go anywhere, is when her mom hauls her over to see her shrink.

    While Chloe is drifting, she meets Alex…who seems strangely familiar to her. Alex drifts too. While drifting together, Alex and Chloe get to explore different places together like San Diego and Paris. Chloe becomes so fascinated with drifting, spending time with Alex, and with the wonderful things that they get to experience together that she gets obsessed with it.

    ”No one has ever looked at me as anything more than a mental case, and no one has ever found me to be attractive.”

    But one day, Chloe injures herself during a drift and her parents freak out and have her committed to the mental intuition. Her doctors give her meds to block her ability to drift. She also learns that Alex is very much real, but a fellow patient at the mental institution as well.

    OK people, this is where it starts getting FUCKED UP!! I will not say much. Just know that, Chloe becomes desperate and does things that are questionable in order to maintain her ability to drift. Soon, her “best life” becomes her worst nightmare.

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    Starting with the good –

    The concept for this book is FUCKING BRILLIANT!!! How someone could think this plot up just amazes me! I have always pondered the idea of our dreams and what they mean and loved being able to explore this idea with this book. I cannot compare this book to anything else that I have ever read. But, it did remind me of the films Inception and Vanilla Sky, both of which, I loved.

    The writing is also very good, especially for a debut. This book really made me think and kept me guessing the ENTIRE time, like a good psychological thriller should do.

    The not so good-

    - First of all, I needed more romance. This may have just been something that bothered me and may not bother all readers. There is a definite undertone of romance. A lot of the things being done by these characters is in the name of love but, me personally, I just would’ve liked more.

    - Character Development – This is definitely a plot driven book, as opposed to being character driven. Even so, I just needed to know more about these characters. For example, besides the fact that the main character Chloe drifts, we know very little about her. Did she ever go to school or was she homeschooled? What are her hobbies? As a result, I had trouble connecting with her.

    - There were aspects of the ending that, for me, just got to the point of confusing. (view spoiler)[The whole characters multiplying thing. (hide spoiler)] I've been thoroughly mind f@&ked. A great book - just when you think you got it all figured out, you're slapped with another level of what the hell just happened.
    I need book 2 yesterday.
    *bows* to Shari. You wrote a great story! SCREAMS
    FINALLY!!!!!! A GOOD BOOK!!!!!!
    Y'all, I reviewed like three or four terrible books in a row and I was starting to lose even more faith in humanity. But this book. This. Book. Fucking SAVED. MY. SOUL.
    Oh my God, okay, so this book is like nothing I've ever read before. Sure, I've read plenty of mental illness/asylum stories. I don't think it really qualifies as a sort of genre, but either way, for some reason, I love the dark aspects behind most mental illness stories. But this one in particular is like nothing I've /ever/ read before.
    Schasm is about a 19-year-old girl, Chloe, who is basically a prisoner in her own home thanks to her disorder. Many of us daydream and wish we were in different places (or heck, even eras), but Chloe takes daydreaming one step further. She can actually transport herself to the place and/or era she's thinking about, if she concentrates hard enough. She calls it drifting. However, instead of seeing her drifting as a gift, her mother forces her to believe that drifting is a curse. As a result, Chloe does not have any friends and isn't even allowed to leave her house without strict supervision.
    I won't go into much more detail besides that, because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who might be interested, but my God. Not only is Schasm one of the best mental illness books I've ever read, it's also one of the best books I've read dealing in parallel/alternate universes—which is a breath of fresh air compared to the parallel universe book I reviewed just a week or so ago that was a fucking train wreck. Hell, I even got some Stephen King vibes during the climax. And, if you know me, you know that Stephen King is basically my favorite author of all time.
    There were a few editing errors in this book—spelling, mainly—but they were few and far between, as far as I could tell. Overall, the techniques used—especially the imagery—absolutely took my breath away. This is one of those books where the characters felt as real as you or me.
    And guess what?
    NO FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLES!
    *bows at Shari J. Ryan's feet*
    Overall, compared to all the trash not-so-great books I've read within the past few days, this book was a breath of fresh air. The buildup was a tad slow at first, but if you want something different, and slightly horrifying, then I definitely recommended, Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.

    Schasm is book one in the Schasm Series and is a Young Adult Romance written by Shari J. Ryan. I received this eARC from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

    4.5 Absorbing, Pensive Stars!
    Dark, Dramatic and Downright Daunting! A Sharp, Riveting Read That Will Keep You Guessing From Beginning To End!

    Quote Spotlight

    “I think I’ve just entered an entirely new dimension of misperception.”
    The Review:

    In her debut novel, Shari J. Ryan writes an exquisite story filled with emotion, tension and an enduring romance. Its genre is Young Adult, but this book will engage and compel all ages.

    I want to express how amazing this read is. It immediately captured my attention and kept me submerged with its intense, dramatic and dark story. It was never really confusing but it surely kept me wondering as every time I thought I figured out what was going on, I was thrown a new startling twist, then another strange series of events would slap me silly and take me on one heck of a mind trip. And I loved every phantasmagorical moment!

    I don't want to be too revealing in this review because I feel that giving too much of the content away will spoil the experience for you so I'm going to just give you the basics along with my thoughts.

    The Rundown

    Nineteen year old Chloe Valcourt calls her ability drifting but her doctors call it temporary fugue-state dissociation which they compare to a mild case of schizophrenia and have told her there is no cure. When she closes her eyes, she can drift from her secluded, drab reality where she’s basically held captive by her overbearing and scornful mother to fantastical places where she’s free and alive and allowed to really experience all that life has to offer. She’s been this way for as long as she can remember and since the age of seven, when she told her mother about her new “friends” from her drifts, Chloe’s mother insisted on seeking her medical help. So each week her mother, thinking her “disability” abnormal, takes her to a psychiatric clinic for tests and treatment as she persuasively flirts with the doctors, curving Chloe’s treatment to her desires.

    Chloe just wants to be left alone to drift in and out of her world, the places she creates for herself, the fantasies she can play out in her own head and live the life she’s been denied for the last twelve years. She might be alone and unable to interact with the people in her drifts but at least she can experience something other than the four walls of her imprisonment.

    Then in one of her drifts, she meets a handsome stranger with a familiar air about him who tells her he’s like her and he’ll teach her to control her ability. This one event changes everything for Chloe and sends her on a spectacular adventure filled with danger, romance and intrigue.

    Thoughts

    This story plays out like the events in Chloe’s mind are legitimate, the people are real and the situations and danger is factual. And what I absolutely loved about this read was you question everything!
    You never know what is real and what's made up. Are the experiences Chloe is having really real? Is Chloe really as mentally unstable as the doctors would have you believe she is? Her mother is a sinister presence in her life, warping her treatment and her environment to keep Chloe under thumb, but is there more to it than a mentally unstable girl who likes to live in her dreams? Or
    are we, the readers, trapped in her mind throughout the entire book with her, living through the events as they unfold around her. Is Chloe’s mind playing out scenarios to help her deal? Is her disability trying to convince her to stay in the drifts or could she really have a unique ability unlike most. You. Just. Never. Know! Which is brilliant.

    Every event, every illusion
    it all seemed relevant with a hidden message but at the same time, farcical in the extreme. I literally couldn’t suss out what was real and what was a hallucination and I'm still not convinced any of it was truth, which must have been what it was like for Chloe.

    What if you couldn't trust your own mind and you didn’t know reality from dream. Which reality would you choose to stay in and how far would you go to get what you wanted. These are the questions that are so expertly raised in this fantastically written novel that’s disturbing, emotional, thrilling and adventurous all wrapped around a romance that left me enthralled. There were moments when her dire circumstances ripped through my emotion and I felt pulled down into the bottomless chasm Chloe was drifting through. Thats excellent writing, right there!

    The Wrap Up:
    The mind and what it can create is a truly wondrous thing. One’s imagination can take them to soaring heights, thrill them in the darkest of situations and conjure up fantastical images when things seem desperate and lonely. This read will have you questioning every event, everyones actions, everyones reactions and make you think long and hard about what's real and what's illusion. And that ending! It was abrupt and shocking but left me needing to know what happens next. I can’t wait for book two, Fissured Free! I'm definitely a fan
    Thank you to the author and to the We Love YA Books group for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I must admit that at some point I was confused by the back and forth between Chloe's two worlds but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The story centers on Chloe and her wonderful imagination that lands her in the asylum. Her mother doesn't understand her gift and is obsessed with making her life a living hell; the doctors at the asylum are determined to diagnose her with a psychological disorder.

    To escape her suffering, she conjures up a whole new life with a gorgeous boy named Alex in her dreams (insert swoon here). Alex becomes her whole world and slowly the excitement and mystery starts to unfold.

    Ugh!!! I just can't say anymore except that this book is full of emotion, mystery, and entertainment. It's an adventure that you shouldn't miss. A recommended read!

    I've read a lot of books. If you can capture my interest in the first few pages, I will continue. Schasm captured my interest from page one until page 244. Very well written and captivating. I look forward to her following books and any other series Shari writes. Shari has a very real talent for writing and understanding human interest "/>
  • Paperback
  • 372 pages
  • Schasm
  • Shari J. Ryan
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 9780615822013