Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publication: October 13th, 2009

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Description: 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...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn 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 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 far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora 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 her life.

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My Review:

Hush, Hush was a good book. Not an amazingly good book that makes you want to skip eating and sleeping to read it, but pretty good. The story line of fallen angels was original and exciting and the writing is good. The characters were well developed and there were a few that I absolutely loved. For example, Nora's bff Vee constantly makes me laugh outloud with her witty humor, and the way they describe Patch makes me drool! And while the simularities to Twilight are numerous, I personally think that the storyline is enough to make me like Hush, Hush anyway.

Anyone who has read Hush, Hush cannot deny it's simularities to Twilight. Average girl in highschool gets noticed by super hot but strange guy at school. She tries to figure out what is different about him. She finds out, he saves her a lot, they fall in love. While this is true, I found that the difference in storyline (fallen angel vs. vampire) was enough for the simularities not to bother me so much. Also, the story of Hush, Hush focused on figuring out who was following and trying to hurt Nora, making it more of a mystery than Twilight. The story keeps you guessing who the bad guy is right until the very end. This was a huge plus since, with these kind of books you can usually guess who it is from the very beginning. Another difference from Twilight was that, unlike the mannered Edward, Patch is a bad boy all the way. He was sexual and sometimes vulgar, but he could still be sweet and clearly cared about Nora. His bad boy attitude sometimes annoyed me, but for the most part I enjoyed it as it gave something fresh to another Twilight-simular novel.

The main reason that I didn't forgo eating/sleeping was because I didn't particularly like the main character, Nora. I like it when the main girl is strong, and she held absolutely ZERO power in the relationship between her and Patch. He ran everything from when they went out to when he talked to her. There wasn't even one situation in the whole book where he got jealous (no fun!). Also, Nora often takes it upon herself to be the next Nancy Drew. She is that person that when you invite over, the first place they go is to your medicine cabniet. Nora especially likes digging through Patch's "medicine cabniet", even after he's shown her that he cares about her and would never hurt her. Every time she did this I think I died a little. Needless to say, by the end of this book I needed serious medical attention. Not only that, but Nora was about as fierce as a wet towel. She would throw herself into bad situations head first while playing detective and then lay down and wait for someone to save her, each and every time. Can anyone say "Bella Swan"?

That being said, I still would recommend this book. Who knows, maybe you like weak girls who like other people's buisness (sorry, that was a little harsh). I can definately say that, despite Nora and the simularities to Twilight, you will enjoy this book because of the thrilling story of fallen angels and mystery that keeps you guessing right until the end.

Summed Up:

Hush, Hush was a pretty good book. It had an interesting storyline and fun mystery, plus a hot love interest. However, it was very Twilight-simular and the main character was really annoying.

Hush, Hush Series

Review for #2: Crescendo - to come
Review for #3: Silence - to come

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Unknown said...

I just borrowed this book from a friend and after reading your review, I may have to give it back. I love a heroine that has a back bone, and if Nora doesn't have one then this book may be a "no" for me.

Hmm, I guess I'll have to stew on it! lol
Thanks for the review!

Linny said...

Well, I think you should probably still give it a go. A lot of people really loved this one, so maybe you will too.

In my own personal opinion though, it was often embarassing to read with all the annoying things Nora did and, prehaps more accurately, didn't do.

If you do read it, I'll want to hear your thoughts on it! Thanks for reading my review. :)

Unknown said...

Okay, I read it. I have to admit that I really liked it. I can see where you felt like Nora didn't have a backbone, especially when it came to some of her decisions (and interactions with Patch.)

Jules freaked me out, as did Elliot. I didn't want to sleep with the light off over the weekend because I felt as though he would be in my room lol.

Patch was a little tiring at times with his constant witty comments about coming on to Nora. I felt that if the writer had taken away those moments that we'd be left with nothing between them.

Anyways, there are my thoughts. I'm currently on the second book but I'm just a couple chapters in since I'm overwhelmed with school!


Linny said...

I agree with everything you said. (Including the bit about being freaked out by Jules & Elliot and not wanting to turn the lights off! haha) And that's true about the relationship between Nora and Patch, there really wasn't a whole lot of depth there. There was quite a few things about this one that bothered me, but I still think it was pretty good. :)

Good luck on the 2nd book! Again, this could just be me, but Nora got even more on my nerves in that one.. After I reread Hush Hush and wrote this review, I went to reread Cresendo and I only got like 20 pages in and stopped haha. It's still sitting with the bookmark in it on my bookcase. I really should tackle it sometime though so I can read Silence!

Anyway, thanks for telling me your thoughts, can't wait to read your review! :)

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