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Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – July 31, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
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"A fantastic start to a brilliant series! A huge 5/5." -Head Stuck in a Book
 
"Amazingly well written. I was floored to learn this is the author's debut novel." -A Thousand Lives
 
"So intense that I literally read it in 1 day and could not put it down." -Cynthia Shepp Reviews & Editing
 
"HOLY EPIC-PLOT-TWISTING-GREATNESS BATMAN!" -Sliced Open Reviews
 
"Rest assured, the sequel will be going straight to the top of my wish list!" -Up in the Bibliosphere
 
"Undoubtedly one of the most exciting, engaging books I've read in ages." -Hey Tara!

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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. Learn more about Samantha at samanthadurante.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Samantha Durante (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985804602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985804602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.5 Stars

'Stitch' is the first book in a new young adult series that crosses multiple genres. It follows the heroine of the series, Alessa, as she deals with her parent's deaths, figuring out she can see ghosts, fighting hellish nightmares and to top it all off - she's going to college. Will Alessa be able to unravel the secrets haunting her school and figure out who - or what - the strange apparition she is drawn to really is before it's too late?

Being the first book in an exciting and intriguing trilogy, 'Stitch' is a highly addictive novel that leaves the reader wanting more. The plot is very well written and fast paced, which makes it almost impossible to put down. The characters - especially Alessa - are all likable and believable, which makes it easy to identify with them. The plot itself is wonderful - it blends so many different genres that it defies a label. Mixing aspects of dystopian, science fiction, paranormal romance, action, and mystery - this book is one that will leave you thinking about it long after the last page. The narrative itself is full of twists and adventure and it kept me guessing. I loved the way the concepts blended together to create something completely unique and memorable. This is a fantastic start to what will surely be an exciting and addictive trilogy, and I highly recommend it to fans of all genres, as it defies being labeled as just one. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I requested a copy of this book from the author to review and she graciously complied. I had some trouble rating this book-- it's between a 3.5 and 4, but closer to a four, which is what I ended up rating it.

Stitch by Samantha Durante is an amalgam of genres-- but I won't say more so the reader can discover its secrets without me ruining it. In brief, Alessa is a college student who has lost her family and is still dealing with the aftermath. In her sorority house, she sees a handsome ghost who she must learn more about. With her best friend Janie, Alessa goes further than she could imagine to connect with this ghost from the past.

There's a lot to like about this book. I love all of the twists and turns and the characters are very likeable. I was impressed with how I didn't see one of the big twists coming, and I thought it was nicely done. I like Alessa, the main character, and Janie, her best friend, was probably my favorite character.

That said, I had a couple of issues with this book. First, there is a lot of telling of backstory, rather than showing. The prose is the strongest when we are in the action. Because there is a lot of introspection, I wonder if this would have been better written in first person instead. Also, I wasn't thrilled about the change in perspective randomly in the middle. I think either it should have been upfront with alternating chapters between characters or just one character's viewpoint the whole time.

Overall, I think it was a solid first novel that with some tweaks could have been great.
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Overview
A superb addition to the dystopian genre.

The Plot
Wow! Wow! There are so many twisty turnies in this book, my mind is still in a whirl. Eep!! Now most of you have read The Hunger Games. Divergent. Matched. Uglies. Delirium. Etc etc. But I bet you've never read anything like this. There's an evil government, there's a ghost, there's contemporary (college life, death of parents) and there's romance. In one book. I'm not kidding. And you might guess that so much going on might make the book too confusing and complicated, but that's not the case here. Still feeling depressed after the death of her parents, Alessa starts seeing a ghost at her college dorm - and she feels like she knows him, like she's connected to him somehow! Then, she starts getting frightening dreams of another time and place - often hiding from an army or stirring up some form of resistance. She has no idea if she's going crazy, and the only person she can confide in is her best friend Janie... who has some secrets of her own. Intriguing and engrossing - you must read this!

The Characters
The characters weren't necessarily the best element of the novel. I mean, sure, I like them while I'm reading. However, I don't feel like I'd like to stay with them and get to know them better. I admit - I have a terrible memory. But I think I should be able to remember the main character's name five days after reading it. I had to actually look it up to remember. I think that says something, don't you?

Narration/Tone
Another small problem. Although the plot itself was not confusing, but constantly changing POVs AND settings without warning was very, very disorienting.
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Mind. Is. Blown. I mean, really, what more could I have asked for with Stitch? Nothing, there is absolutely nothing more I could've wanted from a book. Stitch starts out seemingly as a ghost story with time travel. Then you find out that the main character, Alessa's life isn't at all what you or she thought it was. She isn't a college student whose parents died in an accident - she's really a prisoner whose memory has been tampered with or "stitched." The "ghost" that she's been seeing isn't a ghost at all - he's a real person she knows and loves. I was completely taken by surprise (I didn't read the synopsis anywhere close to the time I began reading) and could not believe how the this plot went from great to freaking awesome!

You know just by the name of my blog how much I love the movie Donnie Darko. Stitch reminds me of that movie when they talked about time travel, wormholes, time folding over time, alternate realities, and just when I thought there would never be something so original as the plot of Donnie Darko, Stitch comes along and proves me wrong. Never have I been so happy to be wrong!

But it wasn't just the talk of alternate realities and time travel - the layers of Stitch's characters, the complexity of the plot, and the richness in detail all gave me the reading experience I crave - to open up new ideas and expand my thinking about the nature of reality, our existence as human beings, and the ultimate question, why are we here (I don't think there's just one neat, pat answer). Which is exactly what seeing Donnie Darko did for me, too.

I love books like this that make me think about both the good and evil humanity is capable of.
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