Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hush, Hush (Review)

(Hush, Hush, #1)

Release Date: October 13th, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance

My Review: (4/5 stars*)

Hush, Hush is a landmine of beguilement. You go into it thinking it's like every other YA out there, but then it transforms into an unpredictable story. Out of nowhere comes an explosion of events. A good chunk of this novel is spent building up to a point and once you hit it you'll be reading until the last page and reaching for the next novel. By now everyone's read at least one angel book because they are becoming increasingly popular, if not more so, than vampires. Angels are the new vamps of literature. For me, having read a great number of them I feel like I'm at the point of almost being underwhelmed. Hesitation lingers when I see an angel themed book. Here's the thing though, Hush, Hush didn't put me off, it seized my interest and kept it. It took some time to get things rolling but once it did it was like the moment I was waiting for all along. If you have the patience and want to read a great series about angels Hush, Hush is the book to start with.

Nora Grey is a perfectly average high school student—albeit a loner. She has only one best friend, Vee, who loves food, boys, and fun. Things quickly change for Nora when in her biology class she's paired with Patch Cipriano, and his reputation precedes him. He's devilishly handsome, shady, and has made Nora his number one target in the torment department. Nora finds Patch unnerving, a tad scary, and way too interesting for even her own liking. Try as she might she can't keep away from him even though he's given her many of reasons to. Life gets complicated for Nora when the lies start piling up, and she starts breaking rules she would never have before Patch. Then, Vee befriends two boys Elliot and Jules who seem nice enough until Nora discovers a terrifying secret involving them. The lies and secrets keep accumulating by the minute but someone is trying to hurt Nora, and all the accidents around town prove it. As she investigates further things get crazier and crazier, and all the clues lead back to Patch.

Patch runs hot and cold, one second he wants to kiss Nora's face, and the next it seems like he wants to rip it off. It's made crystal clear that he is not a good guy, he's done a lot of bad things. He's more an anti-hero than anything else and I have a weird thing for those kinds of characters. They're damaged, in need of someone to show them the light, and they're hot. Patch—what a name by the way—is the type of guy you'd kill for and he'd kill for you. Tell me that isn't just a little bit sexy? This is a teen's novel but it has some mature content. It contains some violence and inappropriate behavior. Precisely the reason I found it so enjoyable, that, and of course because it's darkly alluring, and it makes it hard to guess what's going on until the end.

Nora has a little of the Bella Swan personality going on but she escapes the criticism because she's strangely likeable. I guess that means that Patch is similar to Edward in his "I'm a total baddie and so you should stay away". Wrong. He thinks he should be in Nora's life, and even though she knows socializing with him is a clear recipe for disaster she does it anyway. They don't try to hide their attraction but Nora wishes she could understand it. I love that Patch doesn't continually save Nora, she mostly tries to deal with her own problems even though she's way out of her league. Though Grey can be somewhat naive, she can also be smart about situations too. There's an even amount of things I enjoyed and stuff I wish played out differently but overall I like where this series is heading and the fascinating characters who continue to gain depth.

Hush, Hush joins the list of angel books you should be reading. I've seen this novel around for years and my biggest mistake was not paying attention to it sooner. Though the story doesn't produce quick answers it gives you just enough to want more. Becca Fitzpatrick is an author who writes well and brings readers into her paranormal world with eagerness and ease. Hush, Hush is unbelievably entertaining, mysterious, and throws a few curveballs. I can't wait to read through the rest of the series!



Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.


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