I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stitch by Samantha Durante
Series: Stitch #1
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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 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.
Stitch is initially about a girl named Alessa who goes off to college after her parents are tragically killed. While in college, she is assigned to a sorority house that used to be a really old farm house. During the semester she keeps seeing a ghost of a young man, and she works to unravel the mystery of that. Then half way through the novel there is a twist, and it turns into a bonafide dystopia.
So when I first started reading, it was quite interesting. We are introduced to Alessa and her life on campus, and eventually this mysterious ghost. Things get even more interesting when she is able to communicate with the ghost, and the book even switches to show things from the ghost’s perspective. But the problem with all of this is that it is just too drawn out. I really found myself incredibly bored reading about Alessa’s latest classes, her exams, her sorority life and parties, etc. I really just wanted to sleep through this part of the book. There was also the beginnings of a romance which ultimately went nowhere when campus police escorted the boyfriend-to-be away for good.
Then about half way through the book everything changes. We finally leave the incredibly boring college behind and get into a dystopia. Here, the pacing was great and the story line was very engaging. And there was a lot of good world building here, great characters, and more.
So this book is a bit uneven and really feels like two books shoved together. The first half was a bit slow, but the second half was great. I applaud the author for trying something different and turning things on their head. I think it could have been a bit better if the first half was tightened up. But overall I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel because it should be completely engulfed in the great dystopia storyline and I can’t wait to read it.
I’d recommend everyone give this book a go because the last half is really great.