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Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – July 31, 2012
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'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.
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.
A superb addition to the dystopian genre.
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 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?
Another small problem. Although the plot itself was not confusing, but constantly changing POVs AND settings without warning was very, very disorienting. One minute, I'm reading about Alessa talking to her best friend, Janie, and the next, it's Isaac and Joe talking about rebellion and stealing food. It takes me a minute to figure it out. If you're reading this, Samantha, I suggest you put some kind of date, place, and POV person at the beginning of each chapter in later editions so it's easier to orient onseself. Just an idea :-)
Yes, there may be a few small problems, but the unique plot is totally worth everything here. I am already earnestly looking forward to the sequel since it ended with a cliffhanger that's similar to the plot of Blood Red Road and Ashes - the guy and the girl have to make a long journey to help the dying community. OMG!
*A complimentary review copy was received from the author as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.*
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