Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante

Hello Readers,

Today I'm participating in the Coffee, Books & Lipgloss book tour promo for Samantha Durante's debut novel Stitch which was released in August of 2012.

Stitch is the compelling first novel to a new series that combines paranormal elements, sci-fi, and of course a little bit of romance.

Today I'll be posting my review of this novel and an excerpt, but first let's learn more about he author and the book. 

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.

You can connect with Samantha Durante through her website, her facebook page, her facebook author page, Goodreads, or Twitter.

And now let's get to the synopsis of this sweet book.

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.

And now for my review:

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an elecontric copy of this novel in exhcange for my review as part of the blog tour, but I'm not receiving any compensation for writing this review. 

Overview of the Novel: Alessa is just trying to keep it together. After her parents' death, she's ended up in a college that she didn't really want to go to. She loves her roommate, but she just can't get past the guy who keeps popping up in her dreams.

The only problem is that the figure in her dreams is a real person. She can't stop thinking about him. Everything she does makes her think of him and it's not healthy, but she can't move on past it.

But then Alessa is told a truth that turns her entire world upside down. Her life might just be nothing like she thought it was. And the guy she keeps seeing in her dreams might just not be a ghost.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I remember reading this synopsis and thinking "hmm sounds interesting. I should give this a go." I'm so glad I jumped on this tour. I actually really liked this novel.

It's marked as a blend of paranormal romance and scientific dystopian. An interesting combo that had me hooked and dying to read it.

Alessa was a character that I found really easy to connect with and I felt like Durante portrayed her and her love interest really well. The plot was really intriguing and the writing was solid.

I haven't read a novel quite like this one before and it made for a very entertaining read.

I do, however, feel like the pacing might have been a little paced. Everything seemed to happen so quickly. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I do feel like there were parts that could have been better developed.

However, having said that, I still really enjoyed the novel and am glad I read it.

I did have this moment of disconnect though. I just couldn't quite connect the first half to the second half. All of a sudden there was this huge shift and I didn't quite feel prepared for it.

So while the premise was intriguing and different, I wish the first half would have been more engaging and that the shift hadn't been so sudden.

However, I am curious to see what happens next, so I will be reading the sequel. 

So why 3 out of 5 stars? Although the pacing was a little off at times and I felt like it Samantha could have slowed down and explained things more, I did genuinely like this novel. It was intriguing and different from most books I've read recently.

In Summary: An enjoyable novel that is imaginative and original. Samantha's novel offers a new approach to the popular genres of paranormal romance and sci-fi dystopia that readers will adore. A must-read.

The Wrap-up: I'm definitely intrigued to see what happens in the sequel. Samantha has created a world that I can't wait to decode. Check this out if you're in the mood for a wonderful dystopian/paranormal tale.

And now here are the two links where you can go buy this lovely book.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my review and that you enjoyed learning more about this book.

Enter the giveaway HERE!\

What do you guys think of the novel? Have you read it? Do you want to read it?


Danica Page

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