Blog Tour + Review: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante

July 29, 2013 Book Review, Dystopian, genre mashup, NA, New Adult, Paranormal, Samantha Durante, Self-Pub, Shudder, Stitch, YA, Young Adult 28

Hey guys! Last year I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, Stitch, and found a great genre mashup! Of course I jumped right at the chance to join the Blog Tour for the sequel. So check out my review plus an awesome excerpt!

Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)
Author: Samantha Durante
Publisher: Self-Pub
Date: June 15th 2013
Source: Book provided by author

From Goodreads:

— Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy —

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.

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With a premise that did a complete 180 in the first book (my review of Stitch), I was anxious to dive back into this series and see where the author could take us this time around!

As the genre switched gears from a paranormal type novel with ghosts and time travel to more of a dystopian and sci-fi feel at the end of Stitch, we were left with a lot of questions and so much left to explore! Shudder really sets up the dystopian world we had only gotten a glimpse of before. Alessa and Isaac find themselves fighting for survival in a bleak outside world as they search for a new base for the Rebels. Their journey is filled with danger – from the fear of the virus, to mysterious monsters chasing them, fears and uncertainties arising and Aleesa’s new ability. The blend of so many elements really makes this series exciting, not knowing where it will go and what to expect next!

We are also given the POVs of a few other key players which helped fill in the background and answer a lot of question about the world. This worked out tremendously and I was able to keep up quite easily. It also served to set up future troubles that our characters will face in the final installment.

I must express my love for the relationship between our Alessa and Isaac. Their connection is palpable but everything is not perfect and the uncertainties that plague them feel real and warranted. They are wonderfully fleshed out characters I can’t help but root for.

With the author’s talent for throwing surprises at us, I must admit I was waiting for that moment once again in this sequel. And of course she pulled it off right at the very end with a scene that left me aching for more! Part of me thought it may have been coming, but the execution was brilliant and I look forward to how it will all wrap up in the conclusion, Stuck, out next year!

~Excerpt~

    Isaac turned toward Alessa.  His blue eyes shone in the light of the fire as he lay propped on his side, his long lean body mirroring hers, a soft piece of tawny hair that had dropped forward on his forehead casting flickering shadows on his face.  Alessa swept the strands from his eyes and trailed her fingers down the side of his jaw.  Bringing her mouth to his soft warm lips, she closed her eyes and let the day’s tensions melt away in the heat of his body.

    He kissed her back with intensity, sliding his hands down the small of her back and pulling her close, the electricity buzzing between them.  Alessa gasped at the feel of his body against hers, releasing a soft moan as he traced the line of her chin and then her neck with kisses.  Her body shivered with anticipation.

    Holding his face in her hands, she gazed deep into the sparkling oceans of his eyes, the ravages of the storm outside utterly forgotten.  “I missed you, Isaac Mason,” she murmured.

    Isaac rolled over suddenly, pinning her beneath him as she pulled her legs tight around his waist.  The reflection of the flames danced in his eyes as if he were lit from within.  He grinned wickedly.
    “Oh, Less,” he growled.  “I haven’t even begun to remind you what you’ve been missing.”

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About the Author:

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 www.samanthadurante.com.
For the rest of the Blog Tour, click here!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

28 Responses to “Blog Tour + Review: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante”

  1. Nick

    I’ve heard great things about this series, Sara! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed this one as well.
    I like the sound of the genre mash-up. It sounds quite intriguing and I think I will like this book. The characters and the romance also sounds wonderful!
    I’ll be adding this to my wish-list! :)
    Great review, Sara!

  2. Becca

    Love the excerpt and the review, this sounds like a science fiction I’d love with all the twists and the awesome romance. I’ll have to look into this series a little more. It’s on my radar now 😀

  3. Lauren Elizabeth

    Love the excerpt *fans self* :-)

    So glad to see your love for book two, your review of the first book made me want to start this series. It sounds like an epic ending too, I really need to catch up so I can read this book! Lovely review :-)

  4. Shooting Stars Mag

    I’ve actually never read Stitch, but it’s nice to hear mashes genres nicely. Good to hear you loved the sequel just as much!! Hopefully the third book will be great.

  5. Tanja - Tanychy

    I still haven’t read the fist book in this series even though I have it somewhere. I’m so glad you loved the sequel. I must read it now. Great review Sara :)

  6. Andreea G.

    Great review! I have read the first book too and enjoyed it very much, especially the surprises!

    Glad you liked this one too!

    Andreea

  7. Sam (Realm of Fiction)

    I like that excerpt! The romance seems very cute and likeable. I’m glad you were able to root for the characters, and that you generally found this sequel to be very satisfying. I hope the next book is just as good. Lovely review!

  8. Aman

    That’s a lot of mix genres, most of which I’m not a fan of (sci-fi, post-apo), but I love the mention of time travel. I read your review for Stitch and I’m very curious about the workings of the world. How does both of them see each other? That’s quite a mystery. I think I have the first one already, so I’m definitely going to read it soon. Great review, Sara!

  9. tonyalee @ lilybloombooks

    I am still kind of… eh about the first book. BUT. I want to read this because I am all too curious about Paragon. Especially since, by your review, we get a better look at the characters too. :)

    Great review

  10. Aylee

    So I’ve never heard of this series before now, but it does sound like a lot of fun! I am all about surprise twists, so I bet I would get a kick out of this one (and the first book). Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

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