First, from Behind a Million and One Pages, excerpt, bookmarks, and a fab review: Most main characters start to get on your nerves, and you even start to dislike some of them. Not in this though, we love Alessa and Issac even more that we do in Stitch. Our connection with them grows and we delve deep into the book and cling onto every word they say and everything that they face together. These characters continue to surprise us with how strong they are emotionally and physica
“When I read Samantha Durante’s debut novel, Stitch, I was blown away. Samantha had so skillfully woven a punch to the gut into her story that I didn’t even see it coming. “Punch to the gut?” you ask. “Did the book physically attack you?”
I nod, not really sure how to explain it without giving away spoilers. “Kind of. It was more of an assault to the mind that felt like a punch to the gut.”
Like I said, Stitch was like a punch to the gut. The sequel, Shudder, was the reader r
Why Not? Because I Said So – “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.” (Also a new excerpt available in this post!) Wintry Words – “Shudder has so ferociously shown me how quickly good things can turn bad. When things should’ve been heart-lifting, but ended up heartbreaking. There wasn’t a moment where I was privy to the whole plot. Samantha keeps you
I have literally no words. I mean, I did not expect it to go like this, to happen like this. I actually had to stop reading half-way through because it was so freaking intense, I thought I would start crying or something if I carried on.
This book was much more than the first one. It was faster paced, it had higher stakes, more things happened…it was just so much bigger.
This is one of those series where I am so glad that it’s only a trilogy because if I had to get tortured s
First, check out the 4.5-star Stitch review at Escape Into A Book. Then swing by Tressa’s Wishful Endings to hear what Tressa had to say about both Stitch & Shudder – here’s a sneak peek: I really liked Alessa’s character. I thought she was a great MC and I connected with her and her struggles under the circumstances she was dealing with…. The society and plot were plausible (for a scifi/paranormal) to me as well. The drugs used on the people and separation of the classes; t
Frodo’s Blog of Randomness:
The plot! People, the twists and turns in this book?! Seriously, it’s amazing how Durante keeps you on your toes throughout. I kept thinking I had everything figured out and then BAM, another wrench thrown into what I thought I knew. There are conflicts of interest between characters, on opposite sides and even on their own. Dangers lurk around every corner. New abilities are just waiting to be discovered! How do you get better than that? Awesome.
I’m having trouble wrapping my head around all the revelations, and questions Shudder contained. Yet another noodle warp. … Stitch really did set it up, but like Neo found out in the Matrix, that rabbit hole is one freaky mother. … It’s a solid sequel to the first book, and will garner gasps at moments. Button down the hatches, and take the plunge with this series! <continue reading> Next up, another 4-star review at Ramblings of a Diva Booknerd (and another chance to enter
Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. We learn so much more about the characters and the situation they are in. We see their strengths as well as their weaknesses. I don’t think the right word is weaknesses. We see how their whole situation is taking a toll on them. I loved certain scenes with Isaac and Alessa when they were just alone. They were my favorite.
Bottom line: Surprised how much I liked this one. Suspenseful and…OMG…I need book #3 NOW!!!! <continue readi
The ending to this book just about killed me, I suspected it but I didn’t want it to be true so when my fears were confirmed it broke my heart. I am now dying to know what this means and if they can fix it. Overall I really enjoyed Shudder, I’m really excited for the third book to see how exactly this trilogy wraps up. <continue reading> Swing by Babbling of a Bookaholic for the rest! And don’t miss another chance to enter the big CBL Giveaway at Simply Sensational Book Fana
Here’s a snippet of what Kim had to say about the book: Last year I enjoyed Stitch the first book in the Stitch Trilogy and was anxious to discover what was happening in this strange dystopian world. Samantha Durante’s second book Shudder shows us the world beyond the walls of Paragon, and the engineers that designed Paragon. She does this all while revealing things that kept me turning the pages. Three word review: fascinating, suspenseful and enlightening.
The tale moved at
Three great stops today on the Shudder Blog Tour! First, at Mom With A Kindle an excellent 5-star review – take a peek: 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. … Just like in Stitch,
First, swing by Books & Such for the guest post, “What’s In a Name? How I Titled Shudder” along with an awesome review. Here’s a sneak peek of both: From the guest post:
You’d think that writing a book is the most difficult part of the process, but for me, that’s generally not the case – coming up with a decent title once I’ve written the thing is *infinitely* harder. After all, a good title is as important as a good cover – it’s just reality that readers are going to make
I loved Stitch, the first book. It was blow-your-mind amazing and Shudder was exactly the same way. … The complexity of the plot and the dynamics have you wondering what exactly Samantha has in her mind to be able to imagine this complex world. … While reading the book, you will do nothing but search your mind, wondering what in the world could happen next, and you would be wrong every time. … This is one series that you do not want to miss! I am already dying for the next bo
So, yesterday was a busy day. I worked from about 6:30 am to 3 pm straight gearing up for the release and getting all the promotional work in place, updating links all over the internet to Shudder’s Amazon pages, sending out review copies to bloggers with upcoming dates, etc. By the time the afternoon rolled around I was wiped, but my husband (Deep) had suggested earlier in the week that we go out for dinner to celebrate the release and I’d been craving hibachi for a while
Here’s where you can grab your copy: Amazon: Kindle ($2.99) or print ($9.49) formats Smashwords: all other e-book formats ($2.99) Coming soon to B&N Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc. in e-book format, expected by early July (And for anyone you know who hasn’t read Stitch yet, it’s available in all the same places for just $0.99!) To celebrate Shudder’s arrival, today we’re also kicking off an EPIC 12-week Blog Tour running from now until September 1st with 150+ stops at amazing blogs
As promised, to thank you properly (or at least a few of you!), I’ve drawn the winners of the Stitch free days giveaway – see screenshot at right. If you’re one of these people, you should have received an email from me this morning with details about how to claim your prize. Congrats!! I also have a few other announcements that I’m very excited about. As of this very moment, Stitch is now only $0.99 on Kindle! So if you know anyone who missed the free days, please let th
Also remember to enter the giveaway so I can thank you for all your help in sharing the news! Enter the Giveaway HERE!!! And in case you or someone you know does happen to miss the free days, I’ve got some good news: I’ll be dropping the price of Stitch to $0.99 this week (so *almost* free!). AND since my exclusivity agreement with Amazon is over, Stitch will also become available again on Nook, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and likely any other e-book retailer you can think of
Here it is, hot off the presses for your reading pleasure – TA DA! The Shudder Sample Chapters. :-D Inside you’ll find 31 pages of BRAND NEW, never-before-seen Shudder content. (Well, okay, if you read the sneak peek Epilogue in Stitch, then you’ve seen the Preface, but the rest is new!) Can’t wait to hear what you guys think! Be sure to let me know in the comments. So what are you waiting for?? Head over to the Shudder Sample Chapters page now to download a copy and get
Thank you to Jean Book Nerd for hosting me for an interview! What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Just go with your gut and write how comes naturally to you, even if it’s not fancy or even grammatically correct. The other day I met with a book club and the teacher leading it mentioned that she liked that I wasn’t afraid to end a sentence with a preposition, and my reaction was, “Hmm, it didn’t even occur to me that