Despite how popular dystopian YA has become, Samantha Durante was able to bring something fresh to the genre. This series is in no way cookie cutter dystopian. … The author has a great writing style that delivers something for everyone, whether you are a romance, science fiction or paranormal fan. Samantha really works all these aspects together wonderfully. Shudder was just as good as the first in the series and I expect the final installment to be equally as epic. Fast pace
At JeanZBookReadNReview, an excerpt and e-book giveaway, plus an excellent review: “I really enjoyed Stitch and I was a little worried as sometimes in a Trilogy it’s BK#2 that tends to suffer and not be very good. But this is so not the case with Shudder. I found Shudder an even more exciting and intriguing read than Stitch. So did I enjoy the book? Yes! Would I recommend the book? Yes! as it’s a great series so far and it has such a great selection of genres within it I’
Have you ever committed to something (perhaps somewhat reluctantly, or without really thinking about it), and then one day you look up and you think, “Omg, what have I gotten myself into?”
It happens to the best of us. Maybe it was volunteering to organize that big event, or agreeing to watch a friend’s kids/pets while they were away. Maybe it was diving headlong into a project at a new job that you don’t have a lot of experience with, or committing to cooking dinner for mo
From Total Book Nerds:
There is so much going on in this book, I felt like it was a tv-show, where each chapter was like an episode, and it kept ending with tiny cliffhangers that kept me reading so I could find out what happened next. This book will definitely blow your mind away, this book is something I would recommend to everyone, no matter what genre you like, this is a book that is a must read. <continue reading>
From The Muse Unleashed:
Shudder picks up immediately fol
From the Alessa/Isaac interview:Naomi: Hi Alessa and Isaac! Welcome to my Paranormal Palace!!
Alessa: We’re very excited to be here!
Isaac: Thanks so much for having us, Naomi!
Naomi: The pleasure is mine, I assure you! Alright, let’s get straight into the nitty gritty. How are you both adjusting to life now that you are out of the spotlight, not that you realised that you were being filmed before…
A: (big sigh) It’s a relief! It was SO difficult during Stitch once I realize
Book Two, Shudder, picks right up where Alessa and Isaac left off—outside Paragon and on a critical mission to find a suitable place to relocate the rebels so they can reclaim their lives and fight against the Ruling Few who are doing unspeakable things in the name of Utopia… otherwise known to those of us in the know as Communism.
Yes, every time they try it, it fails. But that’s not stopping these self-indulgent, power hungry moguls from giving it another go. You see, it’
This book is packed with action and adventure. You are not sure what’s going to happen at every turn. I can honestly say it kept me on my toes not knowing what to expect next. My emotions ran the gamete from fear, to elation, to happiness and some sadness, as well. <continue reading> Swing by The Cover Contessa for the rest, and have a great weekend!! #excerpt #blogtour #giveaway #shudder #reviews
From the review:Shudder is an enjoyable follow-up to Stitch, continuing the story of Alyssa and Isaac and their friends trying to resist a repressive society. … There are some action scenes through the book though, and they are very tense – sometimes scary! I think this has to be one of the most well-written Indie series I’ve read in a long time. … Overall, Shudder builds towards what I am hoping will be a blockbuster ending to the trilogy. Bring it on! <continue reading>
Excerpt and giveaway at Books with Bite Guest post featuring another Sayings SMACKDOWN (this time w/ Lizzie and Janie) at Coffee Books & Me A great review (“another great novel that captured my attention with standout characters and worldbuilding”) and excerpt at An Avid Reader’s Musings Author interview, review, and giveaway at Red Reader Reviews Review, giveaway, and guest post (“Why I Love the First Line of Shudder”) at Bex ‘n’ Books Follow the links above for the full sto
At Books for Company, the guest post “Top 5 Must-Haves for Your Post-Apocalyptic Adventure” as recommended by characters who know what they’re talking about! (Also an e-book giveaway) At Sarcasm & Lemons, the guest post “Sayings Smackdown w/ Isaac & Alessa” where Alessa and Isaac debate the merits of some common idioms (and another e-book giveaway!) At Forever 17 Books, an awesome review (“wonderfully fleshed out characters I can’t help but root for”) plus an excerpt Thanks
Shudder is one of the best dystopians I’ve read so far! It’s so intense, so captivating. There’s a lot in it, and it’s so well written. The action, the suspense, the thrill… All of it will leave you begging for more. I know I am! Samantha, you’ve really set the bar with this one. I enjoyed every second of it. <continue reading> #excerpt #blogtour #giveaway #shudder #reviews
Lots of awesome new content for you from today and yesterday on the Shudder Blog Tour! First, check out the guest post “Why a Virus?” at Book an Appointment with Wisdom Books along with a related excerpt, giveaway, AND a 5-star review! From the guest post:Originally, nuclear war was supposed to destroy the world. That seemed to me the most plausible way for the apocalypse in the Stitch Trilogy to come about. It’s a simple formula: Overpopulation + Scarce Resources + Nuclear
Here’s a snippet of the guest post over at To Read or Not to Read: Sometimes… characters just won’t do what you want them to do. I guess this is the problem with a well-developed character – she is no longer an object under your control, she’s a living, breathing person with motivations and thoughts and feelings all her own. And sometimes, even when she’s supposed to be the big, tough heroine of your story, she just doesn’t want to be. And we – as the readers – just have to d
From the guest post:
Even though the Stitch Trilogy is not exactly about zombies, as you may already know, I count the Resident Evil videogame series (which I’ve been playing since the tender age of 11) as one of the major influences on my writing. And in Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2), there’s one aspect where I must give credit where credit is due: thank you, Resident Evil, for inspiring the idea for the creatures, and in particular, ‘The Dumpster Scene.’
Resident Evil ha
Excerpt: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 f
Role: Architect behind the entire Paragon scheme and de facto leader of the Engineers
Skills/Experience: Talented software programmer/hacker, world’s youngest billionaire after launching an online social media outlet that eventually grew to include almost every individual on the planet
Appearance: Your classic computer nerd – lanky, greasy hair, glasses, t-shirt, whiny voice
Defining Traits: Intelligent, arrogant, impatient, brusque
Classic Quote: “Zombie apocal
The action, suspense, compelling characters and deftly built world mesh together to create a stunning installment that has me waiting, somewhat impatiently, for the next one! <continue reading> Next up, swing by Mousehead & Tales for another awesome review, excerpt, and the Lizzie interview! Here’s a sneak peek of what Lizzie had to say: Q1. When you were initially separated from your mother Regina at the gates of Paragon where were you taken immediately afterward?
The crowd replied with a deafening roar of condemnation, snarling and howling like a rabid animal just itching for blood. As the mob whipped itself into a frenzy, she could feel his wry smile branding itself into her back. His job was done – now all he had to do was watch.
Finally the tears came, a single drop of heartache snaking its way down her cheek. So that was his plan – he would use her to draw out the allies of the resistance, and if they didn’t save her from the w
“We’ve all taken new names here.” He sat up a little taller, a newfound confidence cascading through him. Something lit up inside him. “Shedding the old world to embrace the new,” he explained with reverence, a faraway look in his eyes. He settled his gaze back on her broken face. “You understand.”
She didn’t understand. Why wouldn’t he just tell her what she wanted to know?
With a wry smile, he finally relented. “Phoenix. We’ll call you Phoenix.”
Phoenix? She knew he couldn’
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