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 the debut novel of Samantha Durante, but you wouldn't know that by reading it. She writes like she's been doing it for years - it's that good. Not only that, in a time when young adult books are dystopian, romance, or paranormal, Durante brings us a rare treat. I won't go into too many because it will spoil for you, but I will tell you that it's a surprising twist that completely caught me unawares and changed the story entirely.
Alessa's parents died in a car crash during her senior year. Now she's starting her freshman year at college and the grief is still fresh. Add into the mix a ghost she sees and you have the beginnings of a romance between Alessa and a ghost, so you'd think. However, Isaac (the ghost), has been around for centuries according to Alessa's research. With the help of her best friend Janie, Alessa tries to reach out to Isaac but what happens is something indescribable. (I could tell you, but I'd ruin part of the book).
What I will say is that if you enjoy well-written fiction with surprise twists and well-developed characters, with an author wielding a thorough imagination that will leave you clamoring for the next installment, then you must read Stitch. Favorite book I've read this year so far!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.