Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Book Review: Stitch


By:  Samantha Durante

Published By:  Samantha Durante

Publish Date:  August 1, 2012

Format:  Print 304pgs, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Genre:  YA Science Fiction/Dystopia

Series:  1st in Stitch trilogy

Recommendation:  A young adult read with a little different take on the mind and ghosts with a surprising dystopian world.

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 ghastly 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.

First Sentence:
She woke to the sound of heavy boot steps marching down the hall and the familiar pang in her hip bones wrought from too many nights on a rigid metal cot.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
Alessa is trying to study but her mind keeps wandering back to the young male ghost in her sorority house.  She hasn't been able to pull up any useful information on his history yet.  Between that fixation and the reoccurring nightmares, her sleep and social life along with school work are suffering.  She thinks her reaction to the ghost is curious, the severe feelings she feels and some connection between them.  Alessa starts researching her sorority house to learn who he was, with the leads her sorority sister Janie finds.  The visions and feelings from the ghost become stronger with each visit, until finally they both see each other.  When Alessa's world, as she knows it, becomes more and more suspicious, she might learn her nightmares could be more real than she realizes.  The nightmares involving her ghost and a few others.  Deep down Alessa's subconsciousness knows the truth and her feelings spark from it.  But what she learns about her school will shock her.

Alessa seems like a strong girl that's had some bad things happen to her.  Her parents died when she was in high school, she finished, barely, and found a college that would except her marred grades.  She's strong and carries on.  But then you learn more about Alessa than I ever thought possible, and see how she has learned to stand on her own two legs and gets through for others.  What has spared her to carry on and be stronger. And deep feelings she holds for a few very special people.  We then meet Isaac, and he sounds like a wonderful curious boy of one hundred years past.  Then everything changes.

The story starts with a preface, which made me rather curious.  I have questions that are stirred up by this, and wonder what has happened.  Then in the first chapter there's a hint that maybe Alessa's nightmares are of the preface happening, and others after this.  For me the book had a slow beginning.  We learn of Alessa and her college, her history, and her infatuation with the blue eyed ghost she sees.  I would say about the first ninety pages where slow reading for me, an introduction more than anything.  I felt like there were repeats in one section of telling me the emotional drain, exhaustion, and all emotions flooding Alessa when she sees the ghost.  When Alessa was out posting flyers, it felt to drag some.  But all this is to get the feeling of a setting a stage.

Suddenly!  The story took off flying for me.   We got into more of Alessa and Isaac's story and getting the ghost and person together.  I was hooked.  The dreams of a place not so found, and dreams of the two together -- even though one hundred years apart in time.  We see more to this world as it opens up to us with the characters and what is really going on.  Yes, I was hooked and had to read through the story to see what happened and where we ended up.

This book had a feel that reminded me of the movie The Lake House, not from letters going back and forth but from seeing the story of present and past between Alessa and Isaac, and that there is a connection, maybe even a love there.

This is a young adult read, and I think a very good one.  There is a touch of love, not only from a boyfriend/girlfriend aspect (which is later in the book), but of the family and how that connection can always carry through strong.  There's no swearing or sexual content, which is refreshing to read.

We get the glimpse of a dystopian world that I hope we see more of in the coming books.  I will say in the end I am hooked.  I'm very curious to see what Samantha Durante will take the trilogy next in book two, Shudder.  Strong ending, and lead in to the next book.

*I received this book from the author for an honest review of my thoughts.


Gina said...

Yep...gonna have to put this on the future read list. Sounds good and I love that it shows more than one aspect of "love"...should also broaden the appeal audience wise. Thanks for sharing!

Alexia561 said...

Ohhhh, sounds like a good one! I like your comparison to The Lake House, and need to put this one on my wishlist. Great review!

Unknown said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

Blodeuedd said...

Everywhere I see this wee, dystopia. And it makes me wanna read one so badly

Melliane said...

Oh a nice ghost story! I need to read more books like that, I confess I still haven't read a lot of dystopian books, I'm so late!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

No swearing? Ah shoot. ;)

This does sound like a fun ghostie story. I'm glad that when the book took off that it really took off! I also enjoyed the Lake House, so you know you got me with that reference too. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Wonderful to hear GMR! :D lol. I really liked that there is a love relationship in this one other than boyfriend/girlfriend. Very interesting how that bond is there with this one. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh Alexia, yes, there is that future/past feel to this one that reminded me of the Lake House. lol. Glad you enjoyed the review. :D Thank you!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Sure thing Cari! Thank you for stopping. :) Really appreciate it!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Yes Blodeuedd, I see the same with dystopia. It's become a very hot topic. ;) Thank you for stopping.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Melliane, Oh thank you! If you get to try this one I do hope you enjoy it. :) Thank you.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

lol Oh Melissa (B&T) you don't even realize there's no swearing! Really. LOL! And so glad you like the sounds of this one as well. I got the future/past feel from The Lake House with this one and really liked it. It all works out kinda neat in the end. :D Thank you!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I am part of this tour but didn't read the book for a review. The summary didn't catch me. But now it sounds good the way you talked about it.

Cherry said...

"Strong ending"... is it a cliffhanger?

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman, it was an interesting twist in the second half of the book. I kinda felt the first half was slow. But now I'm curious to see what comes of the series. Ended well. :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Cherry, this ended this story, but there is definitely more to come with the ending here. Not as much a cliffhanger as there is more to come to the world.

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