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Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  782 ratings  ·  297 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Samantha Durante (first published July 30th 2012)
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Sep 04, 2012 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Author Blog Tour
What a great debut novel by Samantha Durante! Stitch was nothing what I expected. I purposely stayed away from the reviews and blurbs because I wanted to experience this novel from a fresh perspective. So color me impressed when I thought I was jumping into a paranormal ghost story, then later to discover there was a dystopic twist to the world building, and ultimately deciding it was probably more scifi because of certain unique elements Durante weaved into her story-telling. So ultimately, I'l...more

Well, that was strange.

The summary made this book sound so interesting, but as you can see by my rating... I'm incredibly disappointed.

I read the first 11 chapters of this book, and I felt like nothing really happened. There was a lot of "telling" going on in the chapters that I read, and also a serious lack of dialogue. The main character goes on and on about stuff that happened before, but whatever she tells us, it's not interesting at all.

The first few chapters of a book are supposed to suc...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
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...more
David Estes
I was REALLY surprised by this book, in a really good way. I was so confused early on, because I had a certain idea of what genre the book was meant to be in, and what it would be about, and it was completely different to what I expected. Always a good thing. And then the plot was flipped upside down, once, twice, three times, until it morphed into the genre I expected. The twists were pretty brilliant, well thought out, and well executed. I was constantly poking holes in the plot, and they were...more
Brooke Banks

I wanted to be apart of this tour because I love dystopians. Honestly, one of my favorite preferred genres. I haven’t read ghost love stories before because they don’t appeal to me - not my cup of tea. However, I figured since the blurb guarantees that it’s not what it seems, the best way to find out about ghost loves stories is if it’s actually wrapped up in my favorite genre.

As far as Stitch is concerned, I was wrong. The first majority deals with the whole straightforward ghost love story,...more
Stitch has to be the most interesting, well written, and deeply thoughtful book that has ever had the pleasure of existing. It reached into the deeper recesses of my mind and brought out feelings that I'd never felt before while reading a book. The way things were described was so realistic and rich that I can picture Alessa’s world as easily as my own. This novel blurred the edges of my reality with its own fantastic world of lies, intrigue, and deceit. Stitch is true an amazing novel, a kick-o...more
Neyra ♦
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With a whole new outtake on Dystopia, Stitch by Samantha Durante delivers a refreshing new world where all is not what it seems.

In the beginning, we are introduced to Alessa Khole a freshman at Eastern State University. After the death of her parents, Alessa struggles to keep herself focused and moving forward; and the last thing Al...more
Jill Marie Swanson
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I LOVED this book! It has one of the best dystopian settings I have read. Samantha Durante is an extremely talented writer who has written an impressive debut novel. Stitch keeps you on your toes. The premise is original and thoroughly immerses you in it's structure. I would have loved this book even if it had remained strictly a paranormal love story. Of course the transition into a...more
Lottie Eve
I was really surprised with Stitch. At first, I really couldn’t get into it. I found it to be slow. But at some point something clicked. Reading Stitch started to get more enjoyable. The book started to get more exciting. There was suspense. I was getting pulled in and after a while I was glued to my seat. I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

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The story flowed through different genres. It went from being a paranormal story to a science fiction story to a dystopian story. So, I guess, y...more
Sandra "Jeanz"

I was sent both a kindle copy and paperback copy of Stitch to review by Samantha Durante. I loved this as, although I like reading on my kindle, I still love holding and reading a physical book too!
I like the cover of this book, the eyes draw you into the book and make you want to know more. I would certainly pick this one up in a store. Then the blurb would make me want to know even more.
It's a difficult one to describe without giving away any spoilers, so forgive me if I don't describ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I requested a copy of this book from the author to review and she graciously complied. I had some trouble rating this book-- it's between a 3.5 and 4, but closer to a four, which is what I ended up rating it.

Stitch by Samantha Durante is an amalgam of genres-- but I won't say more so the reader can discover its secrets without me ruining it. In brief, Alessa is a college student who has lost her family and is still dealing with the aftermath. In her sorority house, she sees a handsome ghost who...more
WOW was the first thing I thought when I finished Stitch. There's a whole bunch of genre's going on here - it starts out contemporary, moves to paranormal and then BAM!, right into dystopia.

I thought Alessa was a fantastic main character - she was easy to relate to, likable, down-to-earth and a pretty tough little cookie. Her friendship with Janie, her attraction to Isaac and her interactions with other characters all felt very real. She is definitely a character I want to know more.

The connecti...more
I’ve wanted to read “Stitch” since the first time I saw the beautiful and original book cover. The book summary skyrocketed my curiosity, and with all the positive reviews and hype this book has been receiving, I was seriously looking forward to reading it. Sadly, the cover and the blurb ended up being the best part of the book for me.

I had lots of difficulties settling into the story and liking or connecting with the characters. Alessa, in my opinion, is too miserable and rather dull. Reading...more
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Alessa is a college freshman whose parents died in a car crash when she was 18. She pushes past her depression, or tries to, by attending college and living in a sorority house, even though she does not fit in. Alessa has one friend that she can count on in the house, Janie, who is also a freshman. Alessa starts seeing flashed of something out of the corner of her eye, and it evolves into seeing a ghost, a boy that looks to be her age, maybe a little younger. Alessa is drawn to the ghost with a...more
Whoa! Stitch was nothing like I was expecting. It surprised me so much. I went into it thinking it would be intriguing. Then I picked up the book a while later and forgot what the summary said. So I start the story and I figure its a simple little ghost tale, and I expected to enjoy it. But I got so much more from Stitch, and it is not a simple story. Not at all! It is continuously morphing, which meant that it was always grabbing my interest. Once I really got into the story, I could not put it...more
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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 ghos...more
Zessi [The Book Rogue]
I'll sum that up with two short words: rollercoaster ride. I'm perfectly serious, this book was emotional and factual a mess pretty much unparalleled -- and it was awesome! I'm sure I wasn't the only one led by the nose through the first half of this book.

I really thought this would be about time travel. Although ususally not a fan of the subject, I was perfectly fine with the idea that female lead Alessa was seeing a ghost named Isaac, and was supposed to travel back in time to safe him, since...more
4.5 stars

Stitch began as a paranormal romance that was familiar and refreshing at the same time. It was familiar in that it was about a girl who was trying to figure out what she wanted out of life while being haunted by the presence of a ghost only she could see. The refreshing aspects of it were that the girl was a college student (yay for new adult!) and that she was having recurring nightmares of a prison. Now, having strange dreams may seem typical of the paranormal genre, but in actuality,...more
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Stitch' is the first book in a new young adult series that crosses multiple genres. It follows the heroine of the series, Alessa, as she deals with her parent's deaths, figuring out she can see ghosts, fighting hellish nightmares and to top it all off - she's going to college. Will Alessa be able to unravel the secrets haunting her school and figure out who - or what - the strange apparition she is drawn to really is before it's too late?

Being the first book in an exciting and intrigui...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
This review was originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on October 31, 2012.

Alessa has recently started at a new and unfamiliar college. Depressed and withdrawn after the accidental death of her parents, she starts seeing a ghost of a young man in her house. Drawn to the ghost by a strange attraction, she tries to discover who he might have been. Her world is turned upside down once more when she discovers what is really going on at her college, and that nothing in her world is as it seems.

Review coming October 14th as part of the tour!

Wow this book was full of unexpected moments. The whole plot was very unique and I loved every second of it. Just when I thought I figured everything out something else would happen to make me question just what exactly was going on. I loved that the plot completely surprised me and was so unique from anything else I have read. It is hard to say much about the plot without giving everything away and I would hate to ruin it for anyone. I do have to s...more
Komal Kant
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Sandra  Valente
Debut author? Most impressed! Fabulous.

Review will be posted on CBL book tour date.

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As I've given 'Stitch' 5 stars, it obviously means that I loved it. Not only that, I was most impressed with this debut by Samantha Durante. This book was nothing near to what I expected, and combines a variety of genres. Just when I thought this would involve a ghost throughout, which is how we think of Isaac for the most part, it did such an about turn tha...more
Aug 22, 2012 Anagha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian and sci-fi fans!
A superb addition to the dystopian genre.

The Plot
Wow! Wow! There are so many twisty turnies in this book, my mind is still in a whirl. Eep!! Now most of you have read The Hunger Games. Divergent. Matched. Uglies. Delirium. Etc etc. But I bet you've never read anything like this. There's an evil government, there's a ghost, there's contemporary (college life, death of parents) and there's romance. In one book. I'm not kidding. And you might guess that so much going on might make the book...more
A copy of Stitch was kindly sent to me by Samantha Durante in exchange for an honest review.

I am so beyond pleasantly surprised by just how good this book is. Fast paced, intriguing and relentless with its crazy plot twists Stitch is a truly brilliant debut and a fine addition to the dystopian fiction world. Alessa is actually a fantastic female protagonist, I am amazed by how much I liked her – she’s flawed, she’s tough and a little bit nuts, and I genuinely think she’s great. I’m more than a...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I've read plenty of books where things aren't always what they seem. I do manage to pick up little hints here or there that make me think. Stitch took me completely by surprise. Once settle in the book I thought, "Oh cool, a ghost story." Psssh, NOT. AT. ALL. This little surprise in the book picked up my imagination like never before.

As you have probably guessed, I adored the plot. For me, in the beginning, it felt slow and familiar. I had no problem falling into the character shoes, shadowing h...more
Hayley G
I have NEVER read anything like Stitch.
Durante has taken the popular genres of today's YA, (i.e. Dystopian, Romance and Sci-fi) and put her own unique spin on them, with a bone-chilling plot that combines the harsh society of Divergent with the cruel "Reality" T.V. experience of The Hunger Games and Truman Show.
I found myself sympathizing with Alessa throughout my reading of Stitch, not just for her loss, but her loneliness. She's attempting to reinvent herself, after suffering through a year of...more
Wow! Alessa is a college student who keeps seeing a ghost. Who is he? Why does he keep appearing? Alessa slowly loses focus on her studies, can't sleep and becomes obsessed with discovering who her ghost is and what he wants with her. Oh, and her parents died right before she started classes at the university. Is she losing her mind? Maybe having a nervous breakdown? Is the ghost a figment of her imagination?

What an emotional roller coaster! There is so much depth to this story. The vivid deta...more
Summer {is puntastic}
This is probably one of the best sci-fi/ paranormal books I have read in a while. I can't get over how awesome it was.

I don't know how the author managed to do it. She mixed science fiction with paranormal and somehow, someway, bottled it up into an intricately written YA book. The author definitely has got plenty of talent.

One of the qualities of this book that really made it shine was the super complex plot. It was just so brilliant and unlike any other sci-fi/paranormal/YA book I have read....more
If you think the book is one way, well it isn’t, then when you think it is going a different way…umm, it isn’t going that way either. You really won’t know where it is going until about 76%. Then you are that WHAT and you cannot stop reading. What a ride.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Even though you do not know what is going on, you do become connected to the characters since Alessa does give background on what she “thinks” is the background on the her friends.

Pace of the story: This i...more
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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 comp...more
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