Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Click HERE for my Interview with Samantha Durante @ Passionate Book Divas!

My, oh, my. First of all, I would like to thank Samantha for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. The initial blurb drew me in, although by the time I read it I had completely forgotten everything except that there was a ghost angle going on. Where it ends up took me by complete surprise and makes me want to beg Samantha for book 2.

I will admit, the beginning of the book drags some. I was sucked in, and kept trudging along but my enthusiasm was waning at one point. There were pages about mundane tasks, primping and preening... I was starting to get apprehensive at that point. But then there is just this 'click' where everything feel into place and the wool was removed from my eyes. It all seemed to makes sense; I understood the 'why' of the dragging parts and how they add depth to the story. There is method to the madness, and by the end of the book I was nearly beating myself up, "Why didn't I see that before? Now I totally get it!"

As you begin it seems an almost basic paranormal premise. Alessa has lost her family the year before, goes to college, joins a sorority ... yadda, yadda, yadda... sees a ghost, gets sucked into the mystery of 'who is the ghost'? Been there, done that, have the blog post. *BAM* That's me all of the sudden getting hit over the head and putting on the special 'They Live' glasses. From ho-hum paranormal it suddenly gets launched into this dytopian conspiracy. My brain needed a cigarette after that reach around!

It's like this book got rolled around in a pile of different genres... it's a little bit YA (or rather 'New Adult'), a little paranormal, a hefty spoonful of vanilla romance, add a dash of conspiracy theory suspense/thriller, and then douse it in dystopian. It surprised me how much I enjoyed this book; had anyone told me, "You're going to be head over heels by the end and be begging for book 2!" I would have totally rolled my eyes... "Yeah, right. We'll see, sounding a bit optimistic." But they would have been right. Apparently, I need to be reading more dystopian because it seems almost every one I pick up I've enjoyed.

Give it a chance and power past the slower sections, the ride is totally worth it.

Other Stitch Info

Genre/Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Ghost, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, New Adult
Length: 75,000 words (314 pages)
Release date: August 1st, 2012
Blog tour dates: August 15th – October 31st, 2012

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

Stitch Purchase Links

Amazon (print $9.99 & Kindle $2.99 ***FREE 6/7/13-6/9/13***)

Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99)

Barnes and Noble (Nook $2.99)
Also available in the iTunes store ($2.99 e-book)

Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming blog tour for book #2, Shudder!


  1. Great review Alana! This sounds really good, I'm going to have to check it out for sure.

  2. She's definitely an author to try out! The endings lean toward cliffy, but it's not an angry, "How could you?"

    And with book 2 out, at least there is no waiting for the second dose.