Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Stitch

Title - Stitch
Author - Samantha Durante
Series or Standalone - Book 1
Genre Young Adult
Published -
(Goodreads) & (Amazon)
Rating 5 out of 5


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.

Opening Teaser 

She woke to the sound of heavy boot steps marching down the hall and the familiar pang in her hip bones wrought from to many nights on a rigid metal cot. The back of her throat ached from the icy air that'd ravaged her lungs all night; she could almost see her breath as she let out a weary sigh, resigned to another day in this hell.


Alessa is attending her freshman year in college not her first pick of schools but one that would accept her after her senior year wasn't so amazing. It was during her senior year just after her eighteenth birthday that her parents died in a car wreak and she was given the choice to live the rest of the year on her own. She was really depressed her grades went down and even trying to dig her way out of the end of the year didn't help. She was offered a chance at ESU which she took, they even let her pick a sorority her first year so she didn't have to live in student housing.

Alessa isn't the social butterfly like her sorority girls, but she does have a best friend Janie the other freshman in the house. Everything it starting to look better for Alessa until she starts to see brief images of a man in her room, and around the house. At first she's a little scared at seeing a ghost but the more she see's him the more she is intreaged by who this stranger is. She sets out to find out who he is by checking out old records of the house at the school library. Alessa figures out who he is a 17 year old boy from the 1900's who had died in a fire, and sets out to tell to try to save him.

This book is wow. You instantly connect with Alessa she comes off as your typical college girl, she's dealing with the loss of her parents and typical college stress. She's a strong woman who knows what she wants and does what it takes. The characters are well written I had a good idea of each one, and felt like I was their with them. The story sucks you in to the point where you can't put it down you just have to know what's lurking behind the walls of the university. When I found out what was really going on it shocked me it never crossed my mind so I loved the twist the book too. I really enjoyed Stitch I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I want to know more about the real world that Alessa lives in.

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