23 March 2013

{Book Review} Stitch by Samantha Durante

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 March 2013 at 7:00 AM | | | | | | | | |

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Stitch
Stitch Trilogy #1
Author: Samantha Durante
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
Publisher: Self Published
Published: August 1, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

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.

Talk about an incredibly wild journey.  If you like things like Dystopian society’s, late teen/early 20s drama, a bit of love, and perhaps even Doctor Who…you’ll love this book.  In essence, the book does start like something that’s completely normal.  You’d never guess at first that it was about anything more than ghosts and going to college after losing parents.  Where it takes a twist though?  That all of that, is a lie.

Alessa always seems to be sort of this crazy character who is just seeing things, and keeps researching to find out why she’s seeing this ghost – Isaac.  She lost her parents tragically just before going to college, so maybe seeing a ghost is normal right?  When she delves further and further in, she realizes things aren’t exactly what they appear to be.  I love that she was just so willing to throw herself into the situation and take full force.

Then there’s her housemate Janie.  She is quite the character.  Easily lovable and full of vast knowledge, you’d never know what’s in store for her just by the first few chapters.  She truly is that “best friend” that you want to keep around though.  I think just for the reason alone of her snark I’d always have her near.

Then there’s Isaac who is “devastatingly handsome” and rugged.  What leading male isn’t these days.  The tricky part is, he really has no clue what’s going on either…nor does he have a clue as to why he’s been seeing his own ghost, or apparently saying the name Alessa while he sleeps.  It’s absolutely brilliant the way he’s so clueless through much of the book, but you know he has a gut instinct about it all!

I think Samantha did a really great job of piecing this story together in all, and through most of it, I was completely enraptured.  There were small parts here and there that I kind of thought “why is this necessary”, but I find that some of the time, it ends up helping the story later on because it’s one of those moments that makes you reflect on it later.

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