Title: Hush Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
ReadingLevel: Young Adult
Genre: Supernatural, Angels
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
PublicationDate: 29 Oct 2009
Hardback: 391 pages
Summary (book cover):
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends. She cant decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself neat a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and sooner or later, she’s going to have to pick a side…
Okay, so there has been a lot of buzz about this book. I tried not to have high expectations but I did, I couldn’t help it. It was impossible not to get excited about reading a book that most bloggers rated 5/5. Unfortunately, for me the first few chapters of the book were quite ordinary. I couldn’t really see what all the hype was about. I wasn’t gripped and I didn’t really take to Nora. Patch didn’t come across as the dark and dangerous guy I read about in so many other reviews. To me he was more cocky and even slightly irritating. I could feel the disappointment rising. And then everything changed.
I can’t really put my finger on what changed for me. Was it the fact that Nora nearly dies but is then saved that grabbed my attention, or that the Archangel, a fair-ride in town, told the story of the fallen angels in a series of paintings on the side that piqued my interest, or that Elliot, a guy that Nora’s best friend keeps pushing on her to date, has a more sinister side that he doesn’t really want anyone to know about? And who is Jules…?
I was now intrigued and the story had me captivated. The characters suddenly came to life: Patch was now what I wanted him to be, dark, dangerous, mysterious, and his cockiness became as sexy as hell. I was loving his bad boy attitude and all black ensemble. I also knew that deep down he wasn’t a bad person at all. I even began to like Nora. She wasn’t particularly outgoing or interesting at the beginning of the book, but her determination and courage she showed when searching for the truth about Elliot and wanting to find out who Patch really was shined through. I also liked her when she became all hot and bothered, and couldn’t focus on a single thing, when Patch was around – all that angst, self doubt, sexual tension…
The other characters are all well written, and Nora’s best friend, Vee, with her upbeat, outspoken attitude, is a breath of fresh air in what is at times an intense atmosphere due to the relationship between Nora and Patch. The pace picks up considerably half way through and the plot has lots of twists and turns which keeps the momentum of the book crashing forward until the very last page. To be honest I just couldn’t stop reading. In fact I read the rest of the book in one sitting. I wanted to find out everything! I loved how it ended and now I want more!
Did this book live up to the hype? I think it’s fair to say that after the build up it’s had I don’t think it had a chance. But for a debut novel I thought it was fantastic! I really, really enjoyed it. This book was so nearly a ten, but as it didn’t start as well as I’d hoped, and for the fact it took me a while to get into the story, it will have to settle for a nine.
I would whole heartedly recommend this book, even for the gorgeous cover alone and the beautiful feather designs covering the pages. Simon and Schuster designed this book brilliantly, it really is stunning.
I can’t wait for Crescendo, the next installment in this heavenly new series.
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