Friday, July 12, 2013

Shudder Blog Tour: Review, Teaser & GIVEAWAY

Today, I'm happy to be one the stop hosts for the Shudder Blog Tour to celebrate the release of the second instalment of the Stitch Trilogy!

Shudder (Stitch #2)
by: Samantha Durante
Now Available!!!
Source: Review copy from Author.
Order your copy of Shudder here.
Shudder on Goodreads here.
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts:
Warning!!! This review may contain (probably does) spoilers for Book 1, Stitch. You have been warned!
Great follow-up to Durante's debut hit, Stitch!

People, you have to read this series, it's so addictive. Shudder continues Alessa and Issac's journey in escaping the dramatic claws of Paragon, and trying to find their way together in the "real world". It was great to see these together from the get go, and I absolutely LOVED that their relationship had already developed in Stitch, however, they still have a lot of bumps left in the road... 

Alessa can't shake the feeling that someone, or something is following her and as a result she's suspicious of everyone and everything through the entire plot of Shudder. We see a lot of depth and growth with Alessa in this second instalment. She's faced with grief at the loss of a close friend and the threat of loss to a loved one and things are happening to her that she can't quite seem to make sense of, memories and feelings that aren't her own. Could she be developing some crazy superpowers? Well you'll have to read to find out! ;)

It was great to have, once again, a few chapters dedicated to Issac's narrative. I love this man almost as much as Alessa does. And the great thing about being multiple narrative in this series is that it allows for so much more story and action, because we're given much more plot and scenes that Alessa isn't even a part of and I enjoy the opportunity to get into his head and confirm his feelings for Alessa (cause I'm just corny like that :)). Issac does have his battles to deal with in this instalment though, and he did give me quite a scare (but I'm not telling what that scare was ;)).

Tons of action and adventure to be had in this sequel, much more than its predecessor. I thought the major plot twist of Stitch was bad, but the ending of Shudder was killer! Seriously Samantha?! Come on, what are you trying to do to us with that cliffhanger? haha
After that ending, I think we're gonna have a real love triangle on our hands for book 3, Stuck. Luckily Durante includes a teaser excerpt of Stuck at the end of Shudder, but I still need more!

Can Less and Issac ever truly escape their "dramatic" past and the deadly virus that seems to be plaguing the "outside" world? Well you'll have to read to find out!

If you enjoy great and unique combination of Romance, Dystopian and Sci-fi in your YA, you've got to give Durante's Stitch trilogy a try. BUT PLEASE READ STITCH FIRST, because, trust me, you'll be lost while reading Shudder without it :)

Happy Reading!!!

Here's a teaser from Shudder, just for you!
The Draftsman met her eyes earnestly.  “Listen, Phoenix.  I know Paragon is not the best place ever created.  But if you were the person you remind me of – if you were my granddaughter – I’d tell you to look at it from this perspective: we’re alive, right?  We’re fed, we’re clothed, and we’re not at war any longer.  Our planet is slowly recovering, and someday we’ll even be able to leave this compound again.  We’ll be able to really start over.”
He stroked his beard for a moment before leaning in toward her, his voice barely above a whisper.  “I’ll admit I had more than a few reservations when the Developer first approached me, Phoenix.  But the plans were already in motion, whether I got on board or not.  Perhaps I’m a coward,” he admitted, shame coloring his features, “but I quickly realized that I was better off with them than against them.”
He raised one eyebrow and held her gaze with a meaningful look.  “You think on that now.”
Phoenix caught the subtle note of warning in his tone, but before she could ask him what he meant, a familiar mechanical whoosh broke the silence and the Developer poked his long, greasy face in the doorway.  His eyes slid over Phoenix and landed on the Draftsman.
The Developer’s voice sounded its familiar whiny twang as he beckoned at Pascal to follow.  “We have an issue in the holding cells,” he wheezed.  He turned abruptly and left.
Pascal stood and shuffled after him, but looked back at the doorway with one final message, imploring.  “Remember what I said, Phoenix.  Please.  Pick the right team.  Trust me, you don’t want to get this one wrong.”

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.

Connect with Samantha:
Author Website | Goodreads | Twitter

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Haven’t read the first book in the series? Check out my review here.  Just $0.99 at Amazon!

Special thanks to Samantha for allowing me to participate in this tour!!!

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