Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Fissure Free by Shari J. Ryan

Fissure Free

By Shari J. Ryan

Blurb: Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel. After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris. Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship. Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.

Genres: YA/NA, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publication Date: March 15, 2014

Pages: 268

Series: Schasm (book 2)

My Rating: 2 stars

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

Fissure Free was not as good as Schasm. I loved Schasm, mostly due to its non-conformity to the genre it was in. But in Fissure Free, I began to see some YA tropes.

The romance was what got to me. I didn't like how Alex and Chloe's relationship was going in this book. It just seemed so bland for most of the book. In Schasm, it was sweet and exciting and forbidden, but in this one, I don't know. It just didn't have what it had in Schasm.

Secondly, the more thrilling aspects of the story that were in Schasm weren't here. Something that really made me love Schasm was how Chloe's relationship with her mom was portrayed. But that doesn't really come into play here in Fissure Free. The whole Franco plotline just did not intrigue me as much as Schasm's plot.

Third, (Spoiler, highlight to see) their son. I wasn't sure if it would be important for the next book or something, but I thought it wasn't all that necessary to the story and only added confusion. (end of spoiler)

I liked Kiera a lot. She had a likeable personality, and was basically my favorite part of the book, if I'm being honest.

I think that I will stop this series here, because I didn't like Fissure Free that much. It saddens me, because Schasm was a great book. I am not saying that this book will be a disappointment to everyone--I think that a lot of people will like it--but I didn't think that many of the things I loved in Schasm were in here, so it was a bit of a letdown for me personally.

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