Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

Summary: Romance was not a 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 insider her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgement.

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 decides 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 who have fallen--and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

My review: I read this 391-page book in about six hours. Had I not been required to eat dinner and occasionally interact with my family, I might have finished in five. All I can say is thank the heavens for a husband who understands my occasional need to disappear into a novel.

Hush, Hush is very much the girl-meets-boy-who-may-or-may-not-be-dangerous-and-supernatural kind of book. I am fairly certain that is the current formula for a winning YA chick-lit novel and Hush, Hush will not disappoint readers that are looking for just that type of book. Obviously, I enjoyed the read but could not help but wish for a little bit more depth of character and some more plot originality. On the flip side, there were times when I thought I’d scream for not knowing what was going to happen--a sure sign of investing in the story--and that lack of knowledge and, let’s face it, the romantic element of the story, was likely what compelled me to keep reading. I enjoyed the creepy, intense moments and the steamier aspects of the story enough to give this book a higher rating but think that you’ll probably only like this book if you like this kind of book (Twilight, Evernight, etc). Make sense?

My rating: 4 Stars (for a YA) For the sensitive reader, I don’t recall any swearing and it stays fairly YA appropriate (as in – no sex) depending on how Y your A is.

Sum it up: Hush, Hush is going to make some waves in the YA world – trust me.

Also reviewed by Kari.


Monica said...

I was so excited to find this blog - I'm a newly hooked reader (never did much reading when I was younger) and have enjoyed reading many of the reviews here. I was anxious to look up Hush, Hush since I just finished reading it. I know it's starting to get some hype but I didn't love it quite so. Here's my review of it:

I really wanted to like this book - but ultimately I was disappointed. Too many sexual innuendoes for one thing - it's high school for petesake. But I just didn't like the love story that much. I thought the idea of the fallen angel was fine and I liked that he was mysterious and dangerous - but I never felt like there was enough there between Patch and Nora. I'll probably read the 2nd book to see if it's any better, but I wouldn't highly recommend reading this one. It's not horrible - I just wasn't loving it. It's getting good reviews elsewhere - but I thought it was lacking.

MindySue said...

Monica, I pretty much agree. For me a YA 4 is the equivalent of a regular adult 3. It was okay, but I needed more for it to be a really good read. You don't know how hard I fought with myself over putting that 4 down. Maybe I should have just put 3.5 and left it at that.


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