Genre/Keywords: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, New Adult, Psychic Abilities, Empath, Clairvoyance, YA, NA
Length: ~80,000 words (348 pages)
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
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 instalment 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.
After enjoying the first book in this series (Stitch) I jumped at the chance of reading and reviewing Shudder and although this one isn't as good as the first book it was still a gripping book.
The cover is very in keeping with the first one which I like as then you know that it's part of the series plus I love it definitely one of my favourite covers.
Like the first one this had a very slow start and it was very confusing. I was surprised by how much I was confused as I thought it would be less confusing with it being book number two but this one I was even more lost. I think it had to do with some of the chapters was looking at a different character without giving them a name or their real name so I didn't feel like I knew what was going on. I love that there are so many twists and turns and I never know what is coming next which I love when a book can surprise me. There is even times when am gobsmacked at what has happened that I just never saw. I don't feel like the romance side of the story is delved into enough and at times it feels a bit glossed over I would say that this series is more about the world in which they live in.
I do kind of like the characters especially Issac he seems great and he would do anything for Alessa. As for Alessa am still not really sure about, well actually am not sure we know much about the characters as all of them have been through so many traumas and for most they are just getting used to being themselves again. I liked that one of the side characters from the first one has a bigger role in this book, its a great way of adding something new to the book.
Overall it is very much a roller coaster ride which I am glad I have gotten on I just wish it wouldn't be so confusing at the beginning.
Shudder Purchase Links
Amazon (Kindle $2.99, print $8.99)
Barnes & Noble (Nook $2.99)
Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99)
Also available ($2.99 e-book) in the iTunes store, Kobo, and wherever e-books are sold
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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.