Hush, Hush

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover
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. icon smile Hush, Hush

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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  41 comments for “Hush, Hush

  1. September 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Very nice review :) I loved Hush Hush and am currently reading Crescendo! WOOT! I’m hoping to meet Becca when she comes to the UK if I can find out when and where she will be!

  2. September 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Lynsey! Glad you like my review. I finished Crescendo earlier this week. We must talk more about it when you’ve finished it too! I hope that Becca is coming to Canada…must investigate. :)

  3. September 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of people buzzing about this novel and, being really into angels right now myself, I have to say I’m intrigued. I’m glad to hear you acknowledge some of the controversy, but say that you still enjoyed the book even if it wasn’t perfect. Very few books are. The most important thing is that they’re enjoyable, and it sounds like this one is! If you’re looking for more angel reads I recommend Fallen by Lauren Kate and Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer =)

  4. September 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure there is a lot of buzz surrounding, Hush, Hush right now, especially considering the sequel is coming out in a little over a month, Casey. As I was reading the book, some bloggers mentioned the controversy and it made me want to look into it further. While I didn’t agree with everything people were saying, there thoughts really got me thinking, so I couldn’t help but comment on it. You’re right…I can’t think of a perfect novel, but this one was really enjoyable to me. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it when you have a chance to read it. :) Thanks for the other angel read recommendations. I’d never heard of Shadow of the Sun, so I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

  5. Alicia
    September 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I actually had this requested at my library earlier in the year but never picked it up… I think I had like 4 other books I was reading and I was about to give birth so I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to read it. But since my TBR list has shrunk and after reading your review, I re-requested it from my library!! :)

    PS – I also finished 13 to Life the other day. It was okay… didn’t understand one story line but I’m sure it will come to light in the next book in the series. It wasn’t too bad.. not my favourite, but I received the book for free so who am I to complain!! LOL

  6. September 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Alicia! Cool – glad that my review made you decide to try and pick Hush, Hush up again (for the first time). :) Hope you like the book!

    Thanks for your comments about 13 To Life. I might not rush out to read it then if you didn’t like it. I think that we have similar tastes. :)

  7. Amy
    September 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I read this book back ever ago and don’t remember the exact details, but your review seems to nail it. Though I have to say – everyone says that they love the cover… I hated it though! It turned me off the book for a bit but eventually I got it on the Kindle, but ugh, hate the cover!

  8. September 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Amy! Curious, now that you mention it, what was the cover that turned you off of the book so much? *Curious*

  9. September 13, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I enjoyed Hush, Hush, but I didn’t find it captivating like I did Twilight. There are parts of Twilight that I like to read over again, but I didn’t find that to be the case with Hush, Hush. One read is enough. The romance was not compelling to me. It read much more like a mystery and suspense novel than a romance. Nora spent most of the novel trying to figure out who was trying to kill her and Patch was not very nice or loving towards her at all.

    I will read Crescendo as I’m committed to the series and will read the third book, Tempest. I’m curious to see if the romantic element is going to go any deeper.

  10. Amy
    September 13, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I don’t know what it is about the cover, I just hate it! I still do. The feathers and mid-air thing made me think of… I don’t even remember what my first thought was. Something about that it was likely aimed at male readers and would have battles or something. lol.

  11. September 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for your comment, June! As I mentioned in my review, I can’t really compare this book to Twilight as I haven’t read it. I agree with you that likely one reading would be sufficient for these books – though I might re-read both books before Tempest comes out, just so I have the storyline fresh in my mind. For me, it wasn’t important that there was a huge emphasis on the romance, but I can see how it might not be what some readers of Twilight might have been expecting. :)

  12. September 13, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for stopping by again and answering my question, Amy. :) I can see what you mean – most books with only a guy on the cover are aimed at male readers. LOL.

  13. September 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I love stories that I can’t put down! I’m really hoping I get around to reading Hush, Hush, and I hope I enjoy it as much as you did!

  14. September 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I hope you like it as much as I did too, Krystal!

  15. September 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    ooooh! Sounds like a MUST read — on my wish list definitely

  16. September 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Glad that my review could peek your interest in this series, Lauren! Hope you enjoy it, too. :)

  17. September 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    It is a must read in my opinion, Betty. Definitely a fun read. :)

  18. Lauren
    September 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed the book; hopefully I will, too! (I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, but never got around to it. Your review is renewing my interest!)

  19. September 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    The cover of this book keeps pulling me to it. Makes me want to buy it every time I’m in the store, but I’ve not picked it up yet.

  20. September 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I know what you mean, Stella. It’s really compelling. I watched a video on the Simon & Schuster website that said the photographer used a trampoline in his studio to capture the free-falling look, which I think is pretty cool. :)

  21. Briana
    September 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I liked Hush, Hush and I’m excited to read Crescendo especially because everyone keeps saying it’s even better. Great review! :)

    Briana

  22. September 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks – glad you liked the review, Briana!

  23. September 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Awesome review! And very honest! Thanks for pointing out the good and the bad. I have heard so much about it, I can’t wait to read it and make my opinion of Nora and Patch!

  24. September 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Glad you like the review, Carrie! I hope that you let me know either here or on Twitter what you think about them once you’ve read it yourself. Enjoy!

  25. andrea
    September 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    great review! I read the book last year so some of the details are a bit sketchy on my mind but I remember feeling identified with Nora and really intrigued with Patch (even though I don’t really feel interested in books about angels or anything)…

  26. September 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Glad you like my review, Andrea! I think that it’s great that you identified with Nora and were intrigued by Patch even if you aren’t particularly interested in angel books. I think it might suggest to others that this book is more than just a paranormal read, and can have larger appeal.

  27. Wanda
    September 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book and now your review has made me even more interested in reading it.

  28. September 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yay! Glad that my review has made you even more interested in reading Hush, Hush!

  29. Michelle
    September 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Wow. A teen book that’s not JUST a teen book. Finally :)

    There needs to be more of these.

  30. September 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    This really was a great page-turner! I could not put it down! Becca Fitzpatrick did a great job writing Hush, Hush, in my opinion.

  31. September 18, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Definitely is a page turner… :)

  32. Brittany
    September 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I read Hush, Hush not long ago & loved it. Your review is really really great :)

  33. September 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Glad you appreciate the review, Brittany! :)

  34. September 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Great review! I loved this book so much! Patch! *swoon* loved him and their chemistry!

  35. September 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks, Kailia, glad you like my review. I had a lot of fun writing it. Patch is definitely swoon worthy! :)

  36. Meadow
    September 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I’ve been looking at this book for a long while and have heard a lot of good things about it. It’s about time I read it! I really appreciate your review though. It’s really nice to hear the negative and positive aspects of a story. :)

  37. September 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for your comment, Meadow. I think it’s important to show both sides and have balanced reviews. Glad you appreciate it as well. :)

  38. September 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    That ‘magnetic pull’ that keeps you reading is a factor in many of my favorite books– and it was definitely present here. And while Patch was awesome, I also loved Nora’s character as well. Great review!

  39. September 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks, glad you liked the review. I agree, I liked Nora a lot in Hush, Hush as well. :)

  40. Enna Isilee
    September 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Great review!

  41. September 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks – glad you like the review!

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