by Samantha Durante
Series: Stitch Trilogy #1
Published by Samantha Durante Release date : August 1st 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.
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I had recently “purchased” this book before adding it to the Freebie Pick Poll. I can’t say for sure if I would have read it without the voting– but the premise did draw me in and I was excited when it won. However. I had a lot of difficulty with this one. For this reason; I am breaking down my review in two parts. First 50% and last 50%.
For the first 50% of the book-– I was utterly bored. Yawning, droopy eyed, couldn’t really care what happened- bored. It was the same thing, every chapter, over and over again. Alessa battles her sadness and grief over her parents death. Alessa sees a handsome “man ghost” and is drawn to his presence. Nightmares. Going to class, eating a little here and there, studying. I mean, hello boring. Even knowing that there was more to this story couldn’t drown out the fact that is was so mundane and repetitive. Then, enter twist one- Mr. Ghost err… Issac, can see her too. I started to get interested at this point, because talk of time travel and wormholes was going around. That my friends, is awesome. After their first “dual encounter” the POV of Issac was added. It’s in third person so it isn’t like we are completely in their heads, but their voices were the same. They felt like the same person. Both had these feelings of utter despair and longing when they saw each other. Basically, it was like reading about Alessa with a penis. Some other stuff happens here that I don’t care to elaborate on. THEN, twist two. This is where things got interesting.
For the second 50% of the book- Things pick up and we were thrown by this incredibly fascinating twist. I was floored. I won’t go into details for fear of spoilers, but the concept of what this world did and focused on was pure genius. It’s different, devastating and just.. well, genius.
Everything that happened in the first 50% happened for a reason. There are… hints to reasons behind all that boring shenanigans. I know this. BUT. I can’t shake the idea that this is two separates books thrown into one. I see what she tried to do– since it was elaborated on a little- it just didn’t work for me. To be frank; the transition from the first 50% to the second 50%- where the twist was– was poorly executed.
As for our characters I felt like we got to know all the characters– only to have to learn about them AGAIN after twist two. I didn’t like this. Initially, they seamed like the same people but they weren’t. Yes, the had the same feelings (you could say) but where Alessa was brooding and sad at first, to fearless and rebellious, didn’t work for me. I just.. didn’t buy it. It was probably her intention to cause mass confusion but..
On a good note; I enjoyed the dreams. They make a LOT more sense when things started to unfold and come about. It kind of cleared up some of the WTFery I had going on. Again, the concept of the book was so cool and fascinating. I give kudos for originality.
Overall- Pretty different read. I’m sure if I had been invested more in the beginning, this book would have WOWed me, but sadly it didn’t. I closed (well, ended since it was an e-book) this book with SO MANY damn questions and the lack of explanation left me irritated. I’m curious enough to read book two to get answers, but not curious enough to run out and get it.
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