Thursday, October 10, 2013

Schasm- Shari J Ryan Blog Tour

Title: Schasm
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Blog Tour Hosted by: Romance Addict Book Blog


When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams. Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteen-year-old 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 mind-bending 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 seems.

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Heather's Review:
3 smooches!
If only I could start my life over and hide the fact that I have the ability to dream in a way that others can't, maybe my mother would be different. Maybe my life would be different.

Chloe is a drifter. She and her mother's relationship is very strained. Chloe is kept locked up in the house, only getting out once a week to go to the psychiatrist. There, she is treated like a lab rat. Chloe is depressed and resents her mother for treating her like a mental patient.

When she daydreams or sleeps, Chloe drifts off to various places. She comes to prefer her drifts to her real life when she meets Alex. Alex is also a drifter and knows a lot more about Chloe than she does about him. She is very cautious but eventually falls for the boy, literally, OF her dreams.

A lot of secrets come out and new people enter the story. There is a lot of flashing between reality and drifts, which vary from landing her in places both in the past and in the future. It is all extremely confusing and eventually Chloe is not even sure what is real anymore.

"I don't know if you are real or not, but you aren't good for me. I don't want to see you anymore. I'm sorry if I'm hurting you, but the thought of you not being real hurts me too much…"

Schasm is a lot more work than I usually like in a book. I do like some mystery and suspense but I was beginning to feel a little schitzo while reading. If you like a lot of mystery and attention to detail in your books, then Schasm is definitely for you! It ends in a cliffie… I am still not quite sure I know what parts of this book are "real" or if it is all just her mind playing games with her. My ADD brain is on overload!

Shari J. Ryan

Shari J. Ryan has always dreamt of becoming an author and finally decided it was time to pursue her lifelong aspiration by writing her debut young adult novel, Schasm. She has long nurtured a passion for art, reading, and writing, and those hobbies have become a mental escape from her busy life. In the past year, she has put her heart and soul into the creation of her novel, which has taught her that it is never too late and nothing is too hard. The author graduated with a bachelors of science degree from Johnson & Wales University and has written hundreds of articles for various online publications. She is married with two sons.


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1 comment:

  1. I am interested in reading "Schasm". It is a story that will take me out of my comfort zone and challenge me.