Review | Stitch by Samantha Durante

06 July 2013

Pages: 314

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.

Over the last few months I'd seen a few people I follow on Goodreads talking about Stitch, the first novel in a new trilogy by Samantha Durante. I wanted to love Stitch, I really did but I just didn't. In the end I couldn't even finish book. I made it to the twist and then couldn't go any further. 

Let me start with the early stages of the book, I'll be honest. I was bored, I couldn't connect to the characters, I found the idea a bit unsolveable and I just didn't click with this book. I was intrigued and hoped it would pick up and it did at the twist but the twist was just too much of a big difference for me. We suddenly switched from a paranormal book to dystopia sci-fi (which I knew was coming) but there was just no hint of this other world in it (unless I missed it which I guess may have happened since I sped read fair chunks of this book early on).

The jump the twist placed in this book was just too much, too quick and changed the game too fast. I'd much prefered Alessa to reach these conclusions herself, slowly rather than get pulled in a closet and told about it. It felt like cheating to me. After that happened I couldn't keep going with this book. I had to put it down.

I had hoped to have found a new book trilogy to love in Stitch but alas I didn't and for the first time in a long time I put down a book before completing it. That doesn't happen very often with me but I guess you can't love everything you read. Everyone will come across a book the majority love but they don't like. It seems like Stitch is that book for me.

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