Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Stitch (Stitch #1) by Samantha Durante

Published date: August 1, 2012
Publisher: Samantha Durante
From: Samantha Durante for Blog Tour
Pages: 314 (paperback)
Purchase here: Amazon, Smashwords, + B&N
Summary: (Goodreads)
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.


Stitch has to be the most interesting, well written, and deeply thoughtful book that has ever had the pleasure of existing. It reached into the deeper recesses of my mind and brought out feelings that I'd never felt before while reading a book. The way things were described was so realistic and rich that I can picture Alessa’s world as easily as my own. This novel blurred the edges of my reality with its own fantastic world of lies, intrigue, and deceit. Stitch is truly an amazing novel, a kick-off to an amazing new teen series. 

The theme for this novel is a very genius one indeed. A perfect blend of paranormal and dystopian. Durante takes the reader to these places and makes us believe that both worlds exist next to each other, the realm of ghosts and futuristic oppressive governments. Durante’s twist on the now common-place dystopian idea has blown most all of them out of the water, making me think that there is hope for the genre yet.

For me, this novel’s setting was perfect and I was quickly immersed into the college life style very quickly. I just love that the college campus played a huge part in Alessa’s world in the beginning. Alessa just seems like a normal girl living out a normal life, but the question is: is she really? There doesn't seem to be one thing I hated about this book. 

Alessa is easily one of the most fearful heroines I know, but for some reason I cannot help but to love this character because of how she find courage among it all. She is indeed strong, loving, yet after her parents died she seems to be stuck in a depression of sorts. But a mindboggling confession has her world soon spinning out of control.  

Stitch’s writing is so proper and beautiful that all I could do is gape at the amazing gift Durante has at writing prose. Words drifted beautifully into the next like a painting that had been recently finished. The characters were flawless and were so lifelike I can picture them standing before me or when I’m in line at the grocery store. The story awoke a part of me I didn’t know existed and taught me to never only look on the surface for there is always soot in the cracks of the perfect lies we’ve been told.

Gifted beyond any comprehension, Samantha Durante’s debut novel, Stitch, will have wondering if this life isn’t as perfect and coincidental as it seems. 

About the Author:

Samantha Durante lives in New York City with her fiancĂ©, 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 www.samanthadurante.com.

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1 comment:

  1. I am part of this tour as well!
    I just started the book!
    Great post and I can't wait to finish it!