Monday, October 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Review: Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante

Today, Edwin and Emily are happy to be a part of the Stitch Blog Tour
hosted by Samantha Durante.
Find the other tour stops here.

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
314 Pages

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.



I'm a serious sucker for dystopian novels. I will pretty much give any dystopian a try, I'm probably not alone in this. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels have become so popular lately, which can be a good thing, but it's a thin line. Lately, I've read a few stinkers and I was really hoping for one to pop up and renew my faith in the genre. When I was offered the opportunity to join the blog tour for Stitch, I immediately pounced on it. I was sure this novel would get me off of my reading funk, and luckily, it helped reinstate my love.

Stitch starts off with a prologue that you don't really understand until the book progresses. In the first chapter, we meet Alessa, a reluctant college student. Her parents have passed on and it has almost completely broken her spirit. She attends class, has one really good friend and spends her free time wondering about the ghost that seems to haunt her. He's so familiar, but she cannot place him. The more she sees him, the more her curiosity grows. She begins to focus her entire self on this ghost and wonders why only she has seen him and what the backstory behind this haunting really is. What starts as an innocent question turns into an adventure to discover the truth that could kill her and her loved ones.

I really enjoyed this novel. It wasn't the best book ever written, but it was a wonderful debut and an extremely interesting start to a dystopian series. The progression of the plot and characters are things that I'm really looking forward to reading. Ms. Durante has really piqued my interest with her story, so much so that I am almost dying to know what is going to happen next! There is so much she could do with the series that I'm pretty nervous to see what's to come. Hopefully, she won't hurt my heart too badly and my favorite characters will survive the horrors that they are sure to face.

Alessa's perspective was very easy to read from. I found myself quickly drawn into her life. I really sped through the novel without trying because I got so involved. Stitch is very well written and really keeps your attention without having to force it. I loved watching Alessa discover the truth - a truth that I honestly did not see coming! - and finding herself in the process. She develops into an interesting character. I liked Isaac as well, but I preferred reading about him through Alessa. The chapters focused on him were the ones I struggled with. The minor characters really helped move the story forward and I'm sure a few of them will play major parts in future novels. 

My only big things were that there were some points that dragged and the world-building wasn't very clear. There were a couple of points where I started to get bored with the story, but the author managed to hook me back in before I could put the book down. The world-building though… That really needed work. The book is told through two perspectives - mostly through Alessa's, but there are several chapters where we read all about Isaac. Reading from Alessa's perspective made me feel like I could live in her world because it is written so clearly. When we got to Isaac's though… I couldn't tell you anything about the area he lives in, the setting or really even the characters he's involved with everyday. That obviously gave me some trouble.

I think that dystopian lovers will really enjoy this. Especially if they are looking for a novel without a love triangle and one that isn't emotionally draining. This novel pulls at your heartstrings, but by no means will make you inconsolable because of grief. Stitch is a quick, pretty light read, one that will leave you wanting more.

I received a free copy of this novel from the author for a blog tour in exchange for my honest review.

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