- Publication Date: May 16, 2017
- Fantasy, slight horror, mystery, magic of friendship, more cute than scary monsters, middle school
- WARNINGS: Um…not really scary if that’s what you’re looking for but I think you could have gotten that from the cover…
“Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage.
Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?”
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…
I found Stitched #1 to be a very charming story with a main character who I would very much be interested in learning more about her origins (I mean, I bet she would too but that’s besides the point).
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Crimson is basically, in my opinion, what would happen if Frankenstein’s monster and the Raggedy Anne Doll had a cute adorable purple love child. Despite her initial first day when she woke up in a crypt Crimson seemed to take her new afterlife pretty well. For someone who appears to be made out of the parts of different girls (thankfully that’s the creepiest part that you have to wrap your head around), Crimson is energetic, friendly, and overall just really adorable. Though I’ll admit, the possible two love interests seems a bit overdone, especially for something geared towards middle schoolers, there’s just enough amount of details given about Crimson’s past life (er, lives?) to draw you in without giving away too much.
I really enjoyed the differences in the other characters as well. At first, we see them as either the shy girl or the bossy friend, this or that, but as the story goes on we get to see the layers that these characters have that help them to really shine next to Crimson. I think I’m easily as interested in finding out more about Crimson’s past as I am about learning more about her new werewolf friend Wisteria; Simon’s and Quinton’s connection with one or many of Crimson’s past lives and how they’ll react once they find out; or why Parameter Jones, the resident “magical technician”, doesn’t want to be referred to as a witch.
Also, I just really love the illustrations and colors in Stitched. For something that takes place in a cemetery the pages are very bright, vibrant, and fun which really match all the characters in the story.
Overall, Stitched #1 is very cute and despite not being in its target age range, I am definitely excited for the next installment. If you like stories about cute monsters with elements of mystery and friendship (similar to Camp Midnight) then you might want to add Stitched to your reading list!
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
What do you all think? Have you read Stitched #1 already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Weekend Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.