Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stitch (The Stitch Trilogy #1)

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)
Author: Samatha Durante
YA Book
4 out of 5 Stars


Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa's body screams at her to run... but yet she's powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees - and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell - Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she's not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university's idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface...

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Read the first chapter here!

My Review

I am fairly new to the Dystopian genre, having only read The Hunger Games as a starting point. Where as The Hunger Games is more action/adventure, Stitch, has a more suspense/dramatic aspect. What I enjoyed most about this book was realizing half way through that everything that I thought was wrong and I've been deceived as a reader. That was awesome.

Alessa held her hand up. “Just save it, Janie. My mind is made up, and
nothing you say is going to change it. I’m going to warn Isaac,
and I don’t care about the consequences. 
I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try.”
Janie looked like she was about to argue, but she let it go.
  “Okay, fine. I have to go to the library now, but we can talk later. 
Just… don’t do anything rash,” she pleaded.
Alessa just gave Janie a stony glare. 
She could see the hurt on Janie’s face and felt a pang of remorse,
but she just couldn’t seem to let the anger go.
Janie turned and left, closing the door cautiously behind her,
and Alessa dropped into her desk chair. 
She was shaking with rage from head to toe.

The characters in this story are easily likable and become quick to bond with. The story flow of this book is outstanding, even though it seemed slow for me to start, the action scene at the end made it well worth the wait. The love between Alessa and Issac is romantic and has that "awh" aspect. This is the hardest review I have ever written because anything I say about the book might give the "big reveal" at the end away and I don't want to spoil it for you. Give this book a chance, you will not be disappointed.

About the Author:

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel.  

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