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Review: Stitch by Samantha Durante

Review: Stitch

I won an eBook copy of Stitch by Samantha Durante in a giveaway over at Passionate Book Divas. I am also thrilled to have been included in the Stitch Blog Tour, thank you Samantha!

Alessa has seen a ghost. What she can’t understand is why her instinct is not to turn and run, but rather to go toward it, she is powerless. Alessa is a college freshman who among dealing with the normal college issues of exams and sorority life is combating nightmares where she is trapped in some sort of cage in the future. However, when she decides to get to the bottom of this apparition the truth she discovers is much worse, and dangerous. The truth is Alessa is not a student, this is not really a college campus and that handsome ghost-like man she keeps seeing is quite real indeed. Will Alessa be able to put all the pieces together? Can she escape the danger she until recently didn’t even know existed?

Before I jump into my review of Stitch I need to qualify what I’ll be saying. I completely forgot about the premise of the book before I read it. Normally that would be a bad thing but in this case it helped make the story fresh and when the characters were surprised you can bet I was too.

I thoroughly enjoyed Stitch. The writing was excellent and the twists that were thrown in completely caught me off guard. I’ve been a sci-fi fan for years and also a hopeless romantic so Stitch appealed to just about every part of the reader in me. The characters were very well done. Alessa’s loss at the beginning of the book and her corresponding apathy toward doing anything productive is something I’ve seen and been a part of in real life so I was easily able to identify with her. If there was anything I could say about the character development that bothered me, though I understand why it was done this way, is that it took so long to get the ghost’s point of view. I would have liked to have more depth with that character and his connection to Alessa rather than the singular point of view that was presented for so long. Oh, and I love Alessa’s best friend Janie, her character was done exquisitely but I can’t go into too much detail without giving it all away. As River Song always says, spoilers!

The plot was very fluid and moved at a good pace, at least for me, though I tend to like a bit more detail than most so it may be just a bit slow for those who prefer a quick breeze-through type of read. Though the college life tends to be mundane, when you combine the appearance of a ghost and the twist that Alessa is actually drawn TO him it certainly was not a dull start to the book. Then when she discovers who the ghost is and that her life as she knows it is a lie the book takes off and flies by until the end. I am happy to say that though this is the first in the series, and there are plenty of questions to be answered it is not a cliffhanger ending. Some cliffhangers can be done well but overall I prefer to have each book in the series be capable of being a stand alone and Stitch definitely is.

I wouldn’t call myself paranoid necessarily, but I often think things might not be as they seem so when Alessa starts to notice that the college campus is really anything but I could envision how she would notice different oddities in her environment. I could easily picture the campus in my mind as I was reading as the imagery was done very well. Oh and the scenes near the end, wonderful! I wish I could say more but again, spoilers.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I would definitely recommend this for anyone, but especially those who love a sci-fi/romance feel but with a more modern/realistic setting. Thank you as always for reading and I hope you enjoy Stitch as much as I did! If you would like to leave a comment I would appreciate it, I love reading them. ^.^

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Sunday Post #4

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer – Review (4/5)

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman – Review (4/5)

Random Post about Reminiscing and Books – Check this one out if you haven’t already! Please?

Waiting On Wednesday #3 – The Racketeer by John Grisham

Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn – Review (4/5)

Feature and Follow #2 – Stepping out of the “usual” genre(s)

Halloween/October Events – Bonus post about what I’ll be doing in the next two weeks!

Stacking The Shelves #6 – This week’s haul!

This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)

Monday – Review of Stitch by Samantha Durante & Initial post about Read-a-thon

Tuesday – Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater & 1st update post about Read-a-thon

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #4, 2nd update post about Read-a-thon & Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Thursday – Review of Owlet: Society of Feathers #1 by Emma Michaels, 3rd update post about Read-a-thon & Bats in Your Book Pages

Friday – Feature and Follow #3, 4th update post about Read-a-thon & Skeletons on My Bookshelf

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #7, 5th update post about Read-a-thon & Back From the Grave

As usual it has been a pretty fun week here! I finally got to read Dark Light of Day which I had been looking forward to for months and really enjoyed it. I also read both of the books I had received in exchange for reviews and hopefully Derek and Harlan were happy with them! 🙂 The usual memes were a blast this week and I received plenty of great books both in the mail and in eBook format so I’ll be diving into more of those soon too!

This week will have the usual combination of memes and reviews including my review of The Raven Boys which I received an eBook copy of last week and tore into like a madman…or hobbit. I wonder what a madhobbit would look like…maybe like Gollum? Anyway, I digress. So I made a bonus post (link above) on Friday about the two Halloween/October events I will be partaking in. As you can see from the schedule above, and as I am slowly starting to fully grasp, I’m going to be really busy…and updating a lot. I hope that is a good thing for you. o.o Seriously though, I think the next couple weeks will be really fun and I can’t wait to experience all the bookish awesomeness that I know will await me. I really encourage you to go check out that post and if either event seems interesting to you please do join up and have fun with us! You don’t have to be like me (in other words a total nut job) and do every single thing, just reading one book during the read-a-thon or posting on one of the Halloween events would be fantastic! Anyway, there should be something fun for you to read every day so make sure to stop by! ^.^

Thank you for reading! I would love it if you leave a comment either with your own Sunday Post or what you think about what I posted last week or what I will be doing this week! Oh, and how many of you have participated in a read-a-thon? If you have what is your favorite part and if you haven’t what has held you back? Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

Feature & Follow #2

Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow is hosted by the amazing people over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is basically a way for blogs to gain new followers and to find some cool new ones to follow as well. If you do get followed please be courteous and follow them back via their preferred method.

If you would be so kind as to follow me, and I of course will follow back, you can do so via email, Linky or Networked Blogs, I do not have a preference and thank any of you who do follow. Also let me know how you follow me too! 🙂

This week’s question is: “When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?”

This one doesn’t really apply to me because I read all sorts of books. I read anything from Grisham to King, Tolkien to Malcolm Gladwell and everything in between. I’ll read any genre if the book is written well, though I obviously run into things that aren’t. To give you some idea here are the last five books I have read and their genre:

Stitch by Samantha Durante – Dystopian Sci-fi with Paranormal Romance

Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a lot of violence/gore

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman – Horror with lots of zombies

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer – Fantasy with angels, demons and magic

The Broker by John Grisham – Thriller/Mystery (this was a re-read)

What about you? What genres are outside your normal comfort zone and do you have any favorites? Make sure to follow and comment too, I read them all and would love to hear what you have to say! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^