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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Reviewer: Melissa on September 11, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Nora Grey is an overachieving teen, who has always focused on school and her GPA over boys. However, when Patch becomes her biology partner, she is at once attracted to his dark hair, dark complexion and black eyes that seem to see right through her without ever leaving any hints of who he might be, and uncomfortable by his hold over her. After a few terrifying encounters, she begins to find him wherever she goes. Coincidence? Maybe not. Should she trust Patch or should she run screaming in the opposite direction? Nora can’t decide, and when she tries to seek some answers, she realizes that she’s in the midst of something more unsettling than anything she’s ever felt, an ancient battle between the Immortal and the Fallen. In Hush, Hush one wrong move could cost a lot more than Nora can afford.
Since I finished reading Hush,Hush, I’ve been scouring the Internet to see what other people thought about it as I heard through a Twitter friend that it was a really controversial novel. In some instances, the cover drew people in, but parts of the story was something that at times aggravated and in some instances bored some readers. On the other side, there were those who loved not only the concept of the novel – a romance between a fallen angel and a human – but also Becca Fitzpatrick‘s execution of it. Patch, of course, drew a lot of positive attention and fiery blushes. Personally, I really enjoyed reading this paranormal YA novel and find myself thinking that maybe there are more angel books that I ought to be checking out (such as the ones that I mentioned as being in my mailbox on Monday).
Some people have said that if you liked Twilight, then this book might suit you, but I can’t really say that because I haven’t read Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series. What I can say is that I identified with Nora’s attraction to someone that she wasn’t sure about, that she wasn’t sure if she could trust. Sometimes the guy that your parents would be least likely to welcome with open arms is the one that you run to first as a teen. Moreover, I don’t think that Nora would be the first girl to ignore her instincts when it comes to someone she’s attracted to, so whether everyone agrees or not, I have to admit that I believed it. Not only was I intrigued in the story and the mystery of it from the very beginning, but also I just couldn’t put it down. You could say that I was drawn to it just as strongly as Nora was to Patch.
Now, while I think there is a lot to love about this novel, and I can’t wait to read and review Crescendo, the next book in this series, there were a couple of sticky points. First, I was actually able to pull apart who the villain was approximately half way through, though I didn’t understand all of the circumstances until much later. Of course, it didn’t stop me from reading further – it just made me all the more interested. While I loved the book and how it ended up, I’ll also admit that I was a little uncomfortable by Nora’s choice toward the end. At the same time, I think it was the best thing that Nora could do, given the circumstances, which is why I think it was the best way that Fitzpatrick could have ended this book. For those of you who haven’t read Hush, Hush yet, I don’t want to spoil the ending, so sorry for the cryptic talk, but when you do pick it up, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean.
Even with these uncertain aspects, I appreciated the arc of Hush, Hush because it, ultimately, redeems some characters and has a magnetic pull that will drew me in and kept me reading. If you haven’t read Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut novel yet, then you have to check it out soon if you want to read it before the sequel’s October 19th release. Just sayin’.
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