Monday, June 24, 2013

Shudder (Stitch #2) Blog Tour

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Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
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Book #1, Stitch:

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

the first book in the series!

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around all the revelations, and questions Shudder contained.  Yet another noodle warp.  However, I will note that due to this story, I knew the world building would begin anew as if Stitch did not provide set up.  Stitch really did set it up, but like Neo found out in the Matrix, that rabbit hole is one freaky mother.
I do wish the romance aspect of the story would have been played up a little more.  I understand the reason behind it and there were moments... I think I've just been spoiled on romance with grand gestures.   While the world building in Stitch (#1 in series) all added into the tasty morsel of a book, somehow the recipe wasn't quite the same for Shudder.  I guess I was too eager to get to the 'meat' of the story and wanted to speed past some parts.  I was surprised, confused, hopeful, frustrated, elated, and flabbergasted at times while reading Shudder.  That is a sign right there.  Any book that can give you some sort of emotional roller coaster (but not a traumatizing one,) is definite re-read material.

It MUST be mentioned, however, the end (once again) cliffhanger city, but it didn't leave me angry.  On the contrary, I'm clamoring for more but willing to be patient for the story to have the time it needs to floor me!  It's a solid sequel to the first book, and will garner gasps at moments.  Button down the hatches, and take the plunge with this series!
I received a free eBook from Samantha Durante via CBL Book Tours in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Bio:
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, 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. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at

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