Tuesday, 20 August 2013


ISBN: 978-0985804626
Series: Stitch Trilogy
Publisher: Self/Indie
Pages/File Size: 359pages/509KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book

BLURB from 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...

I received a paperback copy of this book from the Author in exchange for my honest opinion.
I think the cover fits brilliantly well with the cover of Bk#1. I like books from the same series to "match" or "compliment" each other well, and this series is doing that perfectly so far.
Would I pick this book up in a store purely on the strengths of its cover? Yes!
The first descriptive line about the book "It's only been three days, and already everything s different" is good way of telling us that when you pick this book up you are straight back into the action. Sure things have changed as Alessa and Isaac have left the supposed "safety" of Paragan and are searching the quite literal wilderness for a new base for the rebels to use as headquarters. So they need a place which is big enough to house everyone yet be a place that can be defended well too. Aleesa has started having "feelings" that are not her own, she kind of makes her own conclusion on them when Isaac is very ill with a fever and is possibly dying. Alessa touches his head and gets a flash, a vision he is "dreaming of " which shows them happy and together. It is then that Alessa comes to the conclusion that she is picking up emotions from places where people have died or people that are close to death. It is confirmed and given the correct name later in the book. 
The other point of view that is telling us the story is a young girl whom the scientists/governors in Paragan have named Phoenix. The governors are telling Phoenix all about the way Paragan came to be formed, why the dramas were introduced as entertainment and also the drugs in the food to keep the population from becoming too restless. But are the governors etc telling Phoenix the truth? Even it is partially true why are they telling Phoenix? In fact who is Phoenix? Well "Phoenix" doesn't remember who she is so she doesn't truly know who or what to trust. The governors/leaders of Paragan are planning the destruction of the rebels and intend to use Phoenix to do it.
I can't say anything else or it would give away who Phoenix is etc.
Although Shudder has a complicated plot with many twists and turns, it is still simple enough to follow and a fantastic read/ It's quite fast paced in that there's either something actually happening or plans being laid and set in motion for the next thing to be played out.
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'd guess there would be something for every reader. Would I read another BK in this Series? Yes! I'd like to read it now!  Would I like to read other books by this Author? I would certainly check out any books by this Author.


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