23 October 2012

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Stitch by Samantha Durante

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante

Published: 1 August 2012

Pages: 314 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Dystopia

Source: Blog tour

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Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts

WOW was the first thing I thought when I finished Stitch.  There's a whole bunch of genre's going on here - it starts out contemporary, moves to paranormal and then BAM!, right into dystopia.

I thought Alessa was a fantastic main character - she was easy to relate to, likable, down-to-earth and a pretty tough little cookie.  Her friendship with Janie, her attraction to Isaac and her interactions with other characters all felt very real.  She is definitely a character I want to know more.

The connection between Alessa and Isaac was very realistic - I could see their passion and attraction for each other, despite the evil Paragon's attempts to thwart their relationship.

The plot is full of seamless twists and turns, and just when I thought I had things figured out, I was completely knocked for six when things took a turn that I couldn't even have imagined.  The world-building was great for the first half, and only improved when the book took its first big twist and secrets started to be revealed, both to me and to Alessa.  In fact, I even had to stop a few times to gather my thoughts and process exactly what had just happened.  The pacing is spot on - it builds gradually and then reaches an action-packed climax at just the right time.  Although there are a few small gaps in the history of how the Paragon came to be, I'm sure they will be expanded upon in the following books - I can't imagine that Samantha Durante won't flesh these out a little more as she has done such an excellent job of convincing me of the world thus far.

Despite the fact that Stitch is part of a trilogy, the ending is a perfect balance of cliffhanger and a resolution to book one - and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Samantha Durante has written a fantastic Young Adult Paranormal/Dystopia in Stitch - all the elements come together perfectly to create a thrilling, real story with incredibly likable characters that feel just like friends.

About the Author

Samantha Durante lives in New York City 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. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

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7 comments:

  1. Man, I totally hadn't heard of this, which is amazing given how much I stalk dystopias. Added to my list now. I love dystopias that mix in other genres successfully. They are made of joy!

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    1. I think you'd really like this one ;-)

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  2. Thanks so much, Christina! I hope you like it!

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  3. Great review! This book sounds really interesting. I dig the cover as well.

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  4. This one sounds really good. A great protagonist and the perfect crazy blend of plot elements. All of this plus the great cover means I want! Thanks for sharing Kat, I hadn't heard of this one before. And thanks for the giveaway! *crosses fingers*

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  5. Oh this sounds neat! I hadn't heard of this until reading your Guest Post with the author. I'm definitely gonna have to add to my TBR now. Thanks for putting this one on my radar.

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