Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)

Samantha Durante
304 pages
Released: August 1, 2012
Publisher: the author
Source: the author

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I'd been seeing Stitch around the YA blogosphere for a while when Samantha contacted me to review her book.  Naturally I jumped right on that and I'm so, so glad I did. 

After the untimely death of her parents, Alessa decides she needs to find the strength to face life head-on by attending college and being around her peers.  Unfortunately, Alessa gets more than she bargained for when she starts seeing a ghost apparition in her sorority house's halls and having reoccurring dreams about being locked up.  Soon she finds herself trying to save the life of her ghostly friend while grappling with how messing with the past will affect the future.

I enjoyed Stitch from the get-go.  Alessa was an endearing character and while I couldn't understand her decision to live in a sorority house her freshman year of college, I have to give her huge props for putting herself out there after a time of tragedy.  She's a very strong character you can't help but want to see succeed.  Meanwhile, her ghostly boyfriend was fun to read about (I found the bathtub scene particularly schmexy) and I was excited when Alessa got involved with wormholes... maybe she and her mystery man could somehow meet!  Talk about a YA dream come true!

So, I was happily reading along about Alessa and her run in with her mysterious ghost-boyfriend and her goings-on with her sorority when about halfway through her roommate and best friend Janie dropped a bombshell on Alessa... and me!  Things were definitely not what they seemed.  Alessa wasn't the student she thought she was and her ghost-boyfriend wasn't actually a ghost at all.  Things quickly went from paranormal to science fiction and I loved every second of it.  I literally started turning the pages fast so I could absorb it all.

Samantha Durante does something spectacular in Stitch, welding together different genres seamlessly.  YA, new adult, paranormal, science fiction, a hint of romance and a dash of post-apocalytpic.  They all meshed together wonderfully and created a world I still want to read about.  I really recommend this one, folks.

Four stars!  This is one self-published novelist who deserves a publishing contract.  Stitch was a great first book and I will definitely be looking into the following novels when the time comes.  If you haven't gotten a copy of Stitch yet, please do, you won't regret it.  Um, hello, the ebook is only $2.99! 

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