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New York Times best seller Becca Fitzpatrick is based in Colorado, USA and gives her interests as buying shoes and eating ice cream. Her first novel Hush Hush won her, the acclaimed best seller title Finale is the fourth and final in the Hush Hush series, also comprising of the second book Crescendo and third Silence.
Following on quite quickly after Silence, Finale has a lot to live up to. Hush Hush was rightly highly acclaimed and Crescendo and Silence both moved and twisted in directions that the reader did not see coming. On this count Finale did not disappoint. The benefit of a four book series is the writer has the chance to develop the characters, and Fitzpatrick does so with careful, measured story building. Her writing talent is obvious and I look forward to her further offerings.
This book begins with Nephilim Scott and lays out his feelings and relationship for and to Nora. Untypical of most Young Adult fiction that start BHAM! To grab the attention, this offering might lack the long drawn out beginnings of many adult novels, but it starts in a less dramatic way than it might. I guess as the fourth in a series, there is less need to grab the attention, to encourage the browser to continue reading, those of us that have read the series thus far, will read this cover to cover whatever, to find out what happens to the characters of Nora, Patch, Scott and Vee. However, the start of the book sets the scene for the possibility of a reader that has not read any of the other books. Fitzpatrick continues to incorporate back story information with consummate ease, although some of these are written with the benefit of hindsight and are mentioned now differently to how I remembered them. However they are not so cumbersome or frequent as to grate, I did spot one glaring error on page 299 of my copy (ISBN 9780857072931). So see if you spot it too, or am I being an anorak? The cover is less appealing than the others in the series, but hey, teenagers will love it!
If you are reading this review before reading Silence, please miss out this paragraph, as I intend to give away the plot of that book to review this offering. Silence was cleverly written, we did not know the true identity of Jev, how Marcie was going to pan out and the plot kept us turning pages, eager to know what would happen next, steamy at times, action packed and relationship charged Silence was as good as a rollercoaster ride at Delphenic Park! At the end of Silence, reunited with some of her memory and Patch, Nora struck a deal with the Archangels and killed Hank Miller, but only after he tried to banish Patch to Hell, having first blackmailed Nora into a full blood transfusion to become Nephilim and lead the Nephilim army against fallen angels. Now we all know Patch is a fallen angel. And so the last book begins.....
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Set in present day contemporary America, the style of the series is clever, a supernatural love story, teenage angst, fast paced adventure, great attention to detail for example the cars used, the unusual location of Nora's home are included with ease and enhance the credibility of the tale. In this volume Fitzpatrick has chosen to include the foibles of addiction and the dependence of an external substance to give confidence. Having introduced this element it is a pity that the downside of addiction and abuse was not covered it bit more thoughtfully towards the end. Nora's addiction and cravings were just suddenly not there anymore. Yes, she took the antidote, but previously she would not have remained clean long enough for the necessary time lapse to use the antidote. That said there is no rule that says this story should have a moral lesson, I just think it is a shame that having so explicitly described the terrible side effects, more could have been done with it to help deter the teenage reader from that slippery slope. I don't want to ruin the plot for you, but I will add that there was an element of downfall from "Devilcraft". So good won over evil, anyway. One element that lacks credibility is how Nora manages to be away from home so much, that grates with me a bit. Less sexy than Silence, more love mixed lust, teenage girls and us slightly older gals will love it, personally, I don't think it is quite as slick as the others in the series, but nevertheless a good read, that I am happy to recommend.
Becca Fitzpatrick has written another book so far psychological thriller Black Ice set in the treacherous Wyoming Mountains. Fitzpatrick has also created a soundtrack to go with the books in the series.
You can learn more about Becca Fitzpatrick and her work at her website: http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/#!home/mainPage
In conclusion, this concluding book introduces new characters, explores some of the old, Finale's plot twists and turns, but you never get lost, it is a credit to Fitzgerald's talent that she jams in so many ideas with fluidity. This volume could stand alone, I would not recommend it and strongly recommend reading the series in the correct order. Please, do so before it is ruined by the films as with Twilight!
Who is it for: Teenagers and Young Adults, Yummy Mummies and anyone who enjoys this type of fast paced supernatural thriller with the undying love element adding romance.
Thank you for reading my review, I love reading and writing about books and expect my reviews to entice you without spoiling the plot. I will be one of the first to buy Black Ice and will offer a review once I have read it. I will also retrospectively review the first two in time for your Christmas shopping, in case you are thinking of buying the set?!
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick - The fourth and final book in the Hush, Hush series.
--- Book synopsis ---
Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
--- Review ---
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick is the fourth and final book in the Hush, Hush series. And really the whole series so far hasn't been anything spectacular, but it's certainly kept me entertained. I quite like to think of it as my dirty little YA reading secret, because really if I think too much about these books or the characters it wouldn't usually be something that I would enjoy.
The writing is not the best, the main characters are a bit whiney, the relationship between them is extremely unhealthy and really someone needs to give Nora a good shake and stop her from being quite as pathetic as she can be. She's the type of character that only thinks she's worth something if the boy she's dating holds her hand and tells her that she is pretty, brave, etc, constantly...it makes for frustrating reading after a while.
So by this point you might be asking why do I continue to read and enjoy Becca Fitzpatrick's work? And why have I given Finale three out of five stars?
Now where to start. It's just that I find the books entertaining and after a busy day when all you want to do is turn your brain off and do some veg out reading, the Hush, Hush series in general and Finale in particular requires no real effort to read. The story is mostly predictable, the characters are well formed clichés and generally Finale for me was what I like to describe as comfort reading.
What annoyed me most about the book, especially at the beginning was NORA! The main character was back to being her wishy washy self after growing a slight back bone in the last book (Silence). I really liked Silence the third book, whereas I only liked the first two books and I was disappointed that the stronger characterisation, the better world building and story development didn't quite follow through into Finale.
Recommended? Yes, somewhat, I suppose. Just read the series in order or it won't make any sense what's going on or who is who.
Overall, I really would have to say that although these books and Finale aren't a work of art by any means, they do provide some easy entertainment. I'm sure most fans of the ever popular twilight series will enjoy the Hush, hush series as it does have a lot in common in terms of writing, characters and the general love story although without the love triangle.
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for those who have not read the previous three books.
Finale is the last book in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. At the end of Silence (#3), Nora killed her evil Nephilim father, Hank, but not before swearing an oath to lead his Nephilim army. An oath that will kill her should she break it. The war between the Fallen Angels and the Nephilim is coming to a head as Cheshvam approaches but Nora also promised the Archangels that she would stop the two from going to war. Complicated to say the least. What's more, she's just become a Nephilim, but Patch, her uber hot boyfriend, is a Fallen Angel and she has to pick a side.
From reading other people's reviews, it appears that I was significantly less impressed with this book than other people. I have always said that this is one of my all time favourite series, but I think that my love for it had fizzled out a bit by the time I got round to reading Finale. It doesn't help that it's been a very long time since I read the previous three books and that the last book I read was The Fault in our Stars by John Green which completely blew me away. Don't get me wrong, this book wasnt bad or anything, it just wasnt as good as I was hoping it would be. I didn't feel that excited whilst I was reading it. Patch and Nora's relationship is just as sexy as it always has been, but after three books of their banter, I think I just needed something a little fresher. The plot of this book was interesting, but nothing too exciting. I'm not sure what I wanted to happen but I expected more from the finale of this series (pun intended).
There aren't really that many characters involved in this book, it's mostly about Nora with Patch, Dante, Scott, Vee and Marcie as secondary characters. This book, like the rest of the series, is written from Nora's point of view. I think one of the reason's I didn't find this book that exciting was because Nora isn't the most exciting character. Now if this series had been written from Patch's point of view, that would be another story (quite literally). Although she's now head of the Nephilim army and she has lots of responsibility she doesn't seem to think very interesting thoughts and it was the dialogue more than the narrative that kept me reading. Nora is a lot more independent in this novel and thinks for herself but for some reason I just didn't like her character all that much and I definitely prefer human Nora. I really liked Patch in this novel. He's most reader's favourite character in this series but I don't think any of them could deny that no matter how sexy he is, he can be incredibly frustrating. He didn't bother me all that much in this novel, probably because this time round Nora was the baddie (sort of).
Although this book disappointed my greatly, I couldn't stop smiling at the ending. The ending is predictable but how you get there is not. Quite a lot happens in the last fifty or so pages of the book and there are a few unexpected twists and turns. These twists were quite shocking but I felt that they were glanced over and rushed so I didn't have much time to process them and actually react. There is an epilogue at the end where there are some details about what's going on three years on, but in my opinion this epilogue was focused on the most irrelevant plot strand ever and I would've much preferred it if there was more about what happened to Nora and Patch.
I keep saying that this book wasn't 'exciting'enough, but it was by no means boring. It was certainly a very interesting book that kept reading at a pretty fast pace it just didn't set off any fireworks in my brain or get my heart pounding. That probably doesn't sound very inspiring but for people that have already started this series, I'd definitely recommend that you keep reading until the end and for people that haven't picked up a book in the Hush, Hush series, you really should. The character Patch is something pretty special and will no doubt capture your heart from the very first time you meet him in book one. I think the books get progressively less impressive as you move through the series, but that's only really because book one was so darn good.