Monday, December 17, 2018

Book Review: Stuck (Stitch Trilogy #3) by Samantha Durante


Media Type: Ebook
Title: Stuck
* Series: Stitch Trilogy #3
Author: Samantha Durante
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Kindle; 306
Release Date: December 15, 2018
Source: Author / Prism Book Tours
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who have kept up with this series and are eager for more!

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3, 2, 1... BOOM.

Things are finally looking up for the Resistance. Sure, Alessa is still processing the revelation that the best friend she'd presumed dead is miraculously alive, though far from well... And her boyfriend is being manipulated under threat of blackmail. But her quest for justice against those behind the systematic extermination of the world population is so close to victory she can taste it.

And then in a matter of seconds, everything Alessa believes in is shaken to the core. Months of preparation are obliterated. The people she cares for most are lost.

But Alessa is still standing. And Paragon must pay.

The odds are grim, but unexpected allies surface in the most unlikely of places: A new pair of citizens still under the colony's rule who notice something amiss in the latest drama. An old adversary who realizes the error of her ways. And a veritable army of inhuman power and terrible strength, with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. The trustworthiness of each of these factions is yet to be proven, but without many other options, Alessa may have to take what she can get. Especially since the Engineers, never to be outdone, also have a few more tricks up their sleeves...

The long-awaited final installment in the riveting Stitch Trilogy, Stuck will have readers gripping their seats as Alessa and a handful of intrepid survivors usher their harrowing journey to a close, risking everything as they endeavor - once and for all - to set things right.

It's been a privilege to follow along with Samantha Durante since this trilogy first started! I felt a little woeful as I started to read Stuck, only because I knew that this was the end of my time with these characters. After completely falling in love with the last book, I knew that this finale was going to be a rough read for me either way. It's the end of an era, really. It's been fun!

First off, I have to say that I love how far each one of these characters has grown since the book first started. Alessa and Issac specifically, remain one of my favorite little romances of all time. The first few chapters in this story made me heart swell, but that's all you'll get from me because I don't believe in spoilers. That being said, I was still just as frustrated with Lizzie and Regina as I remember being before. The arguments that they had against one another felt circular, because it's like they both want the same thing but don't realize it. Still, I suppose that's realistic to life. So I shrugged, and moved on.

What struck me most about this particular book was getting to see the world through the eyes of the developers and the architects. Before this, they were still kind of behind the scenes. The puppeters that we knew existed but never actually saw. In this book, I was in awe of how brutal and exacting they were. Interestingly enough, it also gave the reader the ability to see how right they really believed they were. Nothing is more terrifying than a villain who thinks that what they're doing is honorable.

In fact, this book is filled with so many twists and turns that, admittedly, it's a little rough to keep up with. I felt like Durante tried so valiantly to fit all of the things that were left undone into this book and, alas, it caused it to be a bit overwhelming. I wanted more time with my characters. I wanted more time to settle back in to the story that I've been away from for a while, and really get my footing before things took off. Although there's no lack of excitement and tension in this installment, it's missing the character development that I loved so much in the second book.

I'll be sad to say to this world, and these people. The ending wasn't quite what I wanted it to be, but honestly I'm not sure I was ready to let go anyway. For a solid read, I rate Stuck at full three stars! If you haven't started this trilogy yet, you're in for such a treat. I envy you. I really do.

Tour Giveaway


- 1 First Place Winner will receive: Signed Print Copies of All 3 Books in the Trilogy, a Limited-Edition Stitch Scarf, Bookmarks, and a $15 Amazon Gift Card
- 3 Second Place Winners will receive: eBook Copies of All 3 Books in the Trilogy for You *and* a Friend, plus a $5 Amazon Gift Card
- Open internationally
- Ends December 27th

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Journaling Bug


I've been MIA a bit because I managed to suddenly get a cold on Saturday night. I swear, every time that I get a real, full blown cold, it comes out of nowhere. *sigh* I miss summer already.

Anyway, I've gotten the journaling bug again! I used to journal every single day, all the way up through high school, and then it slowly trickled off as I got into college and then into the work force. Still, I've kept slowly writing ever since then and now I've discovered the concept of bullet journaling and I'm HOOKED. 2019 shall be the year of the bullet journal.

That being said, I'm looking for help from all of you lovely people! Have any tips, tricks, or websites I can visit to get some ideas? Have any favorite markers or pens? Let me know!

Now I'm taking my sick self off to finish a book before bed.

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