Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)
by Samantha Durante
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
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.
Ohhhhh my! I just finished reading Shudder, as in I just turned the last page on my Kindle and I was cussing :) Samantha under my breath. What the heck?!?!? Leaving me hanging like that. But WOW! I need to take a minute before I can dive into how awesome this book was......
Ok (taking a deep breath) three words; unbelievably, fast paced. Shudder begins immediately where Stitch left off. Alessa and Issac have escaped Paragon and are setting out to find a place for the rebels to prepare for war against Paragon. We get to know all the characters more in depth. And we find out more about the illness that took so many lives and also what the "stitch" does if it goes wrong. And how the Ruling Class of Paragon played a huge role in wiping out almost the entire human race. Shudder hit the ground running and never slowed down.
Samantha's writing is very complex. Just like in Stitch, one moment you're thinking one thing is going on and the next you are totally taken back by what actually is going on. When I read Samantha's books, it's as if I'm watching a reality TV show unfold before my eyes. She is a brilliant writer that can make you see the characters like they are right in front of you. And the characters are all so complex that your mind is racing this way and that trying to put it all together. And as I am right now, you continue to think about them long after you are done.
It's hard for me to write a review of a second book in a series because I really don't want to give anything away. If you haven't read Stitch GO GET IT NOW! :) Shudder will not leave you disappointed at all. If you haven't read Stitch go HERE for my review. Then pick it up and read it. And you will be looking for Shudder as soon as you turn the last page. And just like me now, I am having to wait on the last book in the trilogy STUCK! I can't wait!! Samantha!!!
**I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review**
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.