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Friday, June 28, 2013

Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2) by Samantha Durante-Blog Tour



  Product Details:
Title: Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2)
Author:  Samantha Durante
Genre: YA/NA Dystopian/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 15th
Publisher: Samantha Durante (June 14, 2013)
Language English
ISBN#-10 0985804629






FTC FYI: I received a review e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Book Description:
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. 


Excerpt From Shudder: 

The crunch of broken glass outside the dumpster broke Isaac’s train of thought.  Alessa looked up at him with alarm and he just held her tighter in his arms, his ears straining to track the movement of the sound.
The noise moved back and forth, back and forth, as if someone were pacing only steps away from the dumpster.  Isaac held his breath, his pulse pounding in his ears, his skin crawling with every snap reverberating through the empty dumpster.
And then suddenly the noise came faster, like more sets of feet tramping across the pavement in a violent rush.  His ears pricked at the intrusion of their snarls and growls, eerily raspy and shrill at the same time.  He couldn’t place the sound at all – it was unlike anything he’d ever heard.
Squinting in the darkness, he tipped his head back and strained the muscles in his neck, hoping for a glimpse through the crack in the lid of the predators beyond.
There was a quick flash as a hulking mass darted past the front of dumpster; Isaac jumped, quelling the gasp at his lips.  Alessa convulsed under his arms, her face still buried in the front of his coat.
For a moment everything grew quiet.  Isaac fought the tingling in his limbs and willed himself a statue, not daring to move or breathe, his senses prickling at the slightest hint.  Had the hunters left?
BOOM, BOOM.
The force of whatever had just landed on the lid thundered through the dumpster, the walls and floor ringing with an earthshaking rattle.  Isaac and Alessa flinched as one, him bearing down instinctively over her curled, trembling body as the center of the ceiling crumpled inwards under the weight of their attackers.
From above their heads, a magnificent piercing howl penetrated their hiding place, resonating off the walls of the hollow enclosure and chilling Isaac to his core.  Any sense of security that Isaac had felt was shattered with that nightmarish wail; whatever it was that wanted them was directly above their heads.
BOOM.
BOOM.  BOOM.  BOOM.
A series of crashes shook the dumpster from the sides, Isaac and Alessa lurching away from one thunderous bang only to be bombarded from the other side with the next.
BOOM.
Another jolt from above and a savage grating snarl sent Isaac jerking to the floor, his eyes wide with terror as he gaped at the buckling ceiling.  This was no wolf, and no cougar – this was something far more dangerous.
He seized Alessa in his arms and said a silent prayer for mercy.  The only thing they could do now was wait to live or die.


My Review: 
I've really looked forward to reading Shudder, the second book in the Stitch Trilogy. Here is the link to my review of
Stitch book one, I did back in February. I really liked this first book from author Samantha Durante. It had many original ideas and twists in the story. This second book in the series picks up very soon after the first book ends. Alessa and Isaac are on the run having left Paragon. They are looking for somewhere to build the rebel camp. On their journey Alessa starts having weird dreams and premonitions. Strange creatures start following them. It's all pretty weird and spooky for them. I still like the relationship between Alessa and Isaac. It is realistic as far as they are just teenagers. But be forewarned, everything is not going to stay wonderful for the "happy" couple.
 
The story is told from several different POV's which I really liked and made the storyline richer. We not only followed the teen couple, but two people being held in prison, and an unknown woman who doesn't remember who she is back in Paragon.
 
There are still many surprising twists in this book, especially one at the end that makes you scream in frustration. This second book is again very well written with a world that is interesting and fun to explore. The characters are written with so much depth that you can't help but become totally immersed in their feelings and struggles. I'm now anxiously awaiting book three. You know that it will be just as good as the first two books in the Stitch Trilogy. 
























Meet Author Samantha Durante:

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.


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