“ Author: Becca Fitzpatrick / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 27 May 2010 / Genre: Children's General Fiction / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: Hush, Hush / ISBN 13: 9781847386960 / ISBN 10: 1847386960 / Alternative EAN: 9781847386946 „
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I first spotted the striking cover art to Hush Hush on a giant poster in the train station subway that I use on my journeys to and from work. The dark, moody colour scheme along with the dramatic image featuring a shirtless angel drew my eye every time I passed it. I was curious enough to look up the book and then found it was a young adult novel, so dismissed it as being a bit beneath me. However, I kept seeing positive reviews popping up and so when it came to choosing a birthday present for a close friend who happens to be a fan of several YA series, I decided to give it a test run and buy it for her to read. She then, unsurprisingly, was kind enough to offer to lend me the book after she had finished reading it herself. My friend gave a good recommendation and went on to download the rest of the books straight away onto her Kindle, so I was reassured that it might be an enjoyable read for someone who has gone past their "young" adult years. Hush Hush is available in both print and ebook formats. It is the debut novel of author Becca Fitzpatrick and is the first in a four part series, followed by Crescendo, Silence and Finale.
Back of the book blurb: "Falling for the fallen...
For Nora Grey, romance was never part of the plan. 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 isn't sure if she can trust him. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and to know more about her than her closest friends. And when she tries to seek answers, she discovers she is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and the fallen...and it's time to take sides."
So here we have it, a young adult supernatural romance novel, apparently all the rage these days. The story focuses on Nora Grey, an American high school student, who has caught the eye of two mysterious new guys that have recently transferred to her school. They both have secret pasts to be uncovered and a hidden dark side but the attraction continues as the allure of a bad boy is too much to resist. Nora is desperate to find out more even when things start getting dangerous, and events beyond her understanding start to spiral out of control.
The writing flows easily and is full of dialogue which gives a good idea of each character's attitude and personality. Some are blatant caricatures and are exaggerated completely to fit into stereotyped categories, which makes sense as the story is set in a high school and people do generally tend to fall into a specific social group or clique. Our leading lady Nora is quite interesting, as she is a nice, respectable girl who values her intelligence and has a charmingly innocent world view. Nora starts to develop a bit of a spontaneous, rebellious streak as she spends more time with our main man Patch, and there is a clear chemistry between the two even though the author has to keep it clean for the sake of the younger audience. In some places the writing style appears unsophisticated, and having a sceptical and enquiring mind myself, I was repeatedly tempted to pick holes in the plot when something unrealistic happened. I can happily suspend disbelief to appreciate any fantasy or horror elements of a novel, but I personally felt that the basic family dynamic and Nora's home life seemed the most difficult part to believe!
I was intrigued by the angel theme as I usually stick to the more obvious breeds of supernatural monsters, mainly the undead, and I figured that there could be some interesting darkness offered by the religious background. Frustratingly, the first two thirds of the book seemed to drag along in my opinion. Sure, the characters were being slowly introduced as is the norm in most stories, and there was actually a lot of action happening as the plot started to twist and turn, but it all felt a bit lifeless as there was a large sense of confusion and not a lot of actual information was given about any of the characters. It's not until the final third of the book that we even get to the whole angel thing; it's almost made out to be some sort of big secret, which I felt was a bit stupid seeing as the only reason anyone would want to read this book is because it's about a fallen angel-human love story, and the reader must be patient and wait a long time before getting any sort of insight into the book's key selling point.
Overall, I thought this was a fair start to the series and as the tension built towards the end of the book I found myself being caught up in the conflicting balance of fear and attraction between Patch and Nora. I thought that the book actually worked well as a stand-alone novel, as things tie up neatly and there is no obvious need for a sequel, but the paperback copy that I read included a sample chapter of the next instalment, Crescendo, and this takes the story in an entirely different angle by going back to explore another strain of the sub-plot which I expect will become more significant in the following book. Despite the disjointed beginning and slow build-up to the actual angel lore, I enjoyed Hush Hush just enough to want to see how things go next for Patch and Nora, and hope that a few more mysteries are revealed along the way.
'I told myself a lot of things could cause scars like Patch's. Gang fight, prison scars, skid marks - just like Vee said. Unfortunately, all the excuses felt like lies. Like the truth was staring me in the face, but I wasn't brave enough to look back.'
Sixteen year old Nora Grey has never been interested in Romance. But when Patch, the new and mysterious boy at School becomes her Biology partner, Nora starts to have feelings that she's never felt before. But there's something off about Patch; why is his School file empty, and why is he so secretive about his life? Not to mention the fact that Patch seems to know everything about her, and ever since he arrived, Nora keeps having terrifying encounters, only to find no evidence of it when she tells somebody about it. Is Nora just having bad luck, or is Patch involved in these events? Either way, her life will never be the same now that Patch is in it.
I did enjoy reading this book, but not as much as I thought I would. The book was named as 'the hottest book of 2010' by Sugar Magazine, but for me, it didn't live up to that claim. The problem for me really is that there are so many books that have the same type of story. While this one is different, since it doesn't involve Vampires or Werewolves, it still has the same basis for the story. There's a girl in High School, she's never had a boyfriend, and a strange new boy comes to the School. She tries to deny her feelings for him, but he's everywhere, and eventually she falls for him. The same kind of thing happens in so many books, that if the book doesn't have something really special about it, it doesn't stand out for me.
I enjoyed the concept of the book, it was interesting since it was about Angels when most books of this type are about Vampires. Unfortunately, when Nora finds out what Patch really is, it wasn't a surprise for me at all, since this is given away by the cover of the book, and the slogan under the title. So the mystery and suspense wasn't really there for me, since I already knew what he was.
However, Nora is followed by a strange man in a ski mask on several occasions. This man attacks Nora's best friend Vee, and Vee is convinced that it's Patch. When I found out the identity of this attacker, I was shocked. I had no idea who it was all, and it was the last person I expected. So that was an element of the story that I really did enjoy. It took me by surprise, when I thought that I'd pretty much figured out how the book was heading.
Overall, I can't give this book more than 3 stars. I enjoyed it, I found it easy to read and finished it within a few days, but it just didn't stand out for me enough, in a world of very similar books. At the end of this book is a preview chapter of the sequel, but I'm not sure if I'll be reading it. I'm quite interested to see what happens next, but I think I'll be looking for it in the Library, instead of buying it.
This book is the first in the 'Hush,Hush' series by Becca Fitzpatrick. The other books in this series are, 'Crescendo', 'Silence', and 'Finale.' She has also written a standalone novel, called 'Black Ice' which is due for release in 2014.
Initially, I was drawn to this novel by the cover and the good reviews it had, and I'm glad I picked it up - Hush, Hush had me gripped from the start. It was your general high-school scenario, but Becca Fitzpatrick style of writing was just brilliant - I really loved it. Granted, I imagine it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, and it's not exactly anything of great literary merit, but I found it to be rather punchy and enjoyable to read, and her description - though lacking in some areas - generally did a great job in building out the world in Hush, Hush, as well as some of her characters. I feel more inclined to say 'some', as Nora, Patch and Elliot were probably the only truly built-up characters - although I did love Vee quite a bit, as some of the things she said just made me laugh; she was quite realistic in the sense that she sounded like a sixteen-year old girl, which sometimes isn't as clear in other younger characters in novels.
The plot is also pretty interesting in Fitzpatrick's novel. There were some parts that were rather predictable, like the introduction of Elliot into the story and what his role would be, and there were other parts of the plot that became quite confusing and muddled at times, but overall I think Fitzpatrick did a good job of keeping the reader gripped and desperate to keep reading; to find out more about Nora, Patch and the events throughout the course of the novel that would affect their relationship. There were many parts in the novel where I thought I had it all sussed out and knew how the novel was going to end, but then something else would happen that would disprove my idea, and I would be set off thinking again!
Of course, the relationship between the protagonist and her love-interest is something that has to be mentioned when discussing a novel of this type, and the relationship between Nora and Patch is no exception. Obviously, this was one of the most enjoyable parts of the novel - but I found it more interesting than I usually do when reading YA paranormal romance. I loved the flirting that went on between them; both characters sarcastic and witty. And then there's Patch. I didn't think I could get to like a character with a name like Patch, but I have to say, he was most definitely one of the most 'attractive' love-interests I've read about in a YA novel so far. There was just something about Patch - arrogant, sarcastic and just a little bit sexy; he was such a great character to keep the reader compelled.
I do love the idea of angels used in paranormal romances right now, too, so it was nice to read another novel with such content - however I do feel that Fitzpatrick could have given a bit more detail on angels, mythology, etc - although I'm yet to read the sequel, so she may deal with it then!
Overall, Hush, Hush was definitely a great, compelling read and I would definitely recommend it to fans of quite mysterious plots; dark, sexy male characters (who isn't a fan!); and a punchy, fun writing style.
I am an avid reader and I'm always on the look out for books, wherever I am, I'm always searching.
I found this book in a charity shop and having heard about it and seen it advertised online, I couldn't resist! Especially for just £1...
Hush, hush is a book written by Becca Fitzpatrick and was published in late 2009 and is all about forbidden love and what could happen if you fall for the "bad boy".
The storyline is an intriguing one and I found myself half in love with the main male character right at the start, although at times it seemed he was not all he was made out to be, I carried on regardless of my doubt concerning his reasons for being around and was glad I did, once I was past the first chapter I couldn't put it down! And even when I did I was constantly thinking about what was going to happen next! The female lead is very easy to love and relate to, not giving off that annoying female lovestruck emotion that is seen so often in books out now, she was simply a badass. Other characters mentioned often in this book are portrayed brilliantly and at times I was fooled by their seemingly "good" actions.
A girl falling for a boy she just shouldn't want, it's happened to us all, right?
The cover is simple, beautiful and incredibly artistic, I found myself drawn to it because of it's immense dramatic front cover! The title 'hush, hush' is written in a gorgeous, blood red font, as is the authors name and other important information. My copy is half way between a hard back and a paper back, but you can feel the indent of the angels wings.
The price for me was extremely cheap, as I purchased it as 2nd hand, if I was to buy this new it would cost me around £6, a price that I would be dubious about paying but I probably still would.
I've heard there is a sequel too this story but honestly I want it to end where it does now! No doubt I'll be looking out for the next one though, I just can't resist!
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.
I really enjoyed Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick but I didn't love it and some of the hype surrounding this series has been a bit lost on me. Yes it was entertaining, but really it was just around about the last 100 or so pages that I found myself struggling to put the book down to finish making dinner.
Even thou I did enjoy the story I did have a few problems with Hush, hush. To begin with I really didn't like or get the character of Patch. Patch was described as being a complete bad boy but without any evidence of this, apparently wearing all black all the time immediately makes you a possible serial killer psychopath bad-to-the-core bad boy, instead of just someone with a limited wardrobe. As the story goes on we do learn some more things about Patch but nothing that really makes him live up to Nora's perceptions of him. I also think that Patch starts off as a completely different character than who he ends up being. In the beginning some of the things (I won't tell you - no spoilers!) that Patch does to Nora really is quite disgusting and I certainly wouldn't have been so forgiving. However, the character that Patch does morph into is much more the type of bad but not really bad boy that is expected of paranormal YA. Despite all of this Patch definitely makes a memorable impression.
On a really positive note I absolutely LOVED the ending of Hush, hush and I found myself heading out to order the sequel - Crescendo - almost immediately upon finishing the last few pages. I do sometimes have a bit of a rant about endings in a series or specifically the lack of anything resembling an ending. But Becca Fitzpatrick has done exactly what I want in a good story, she's wrapped up all the loose ends and still managed to leave me wanting more.
There is no doubting that Becca Fitzpatrick wrote a good story and wrote it well, but there was quite a lot of Tell rather than Show throughout the novel. I also found some of the description, especially the description of Patch a tad repetitive. At some points I found myself rolling my eyes over yet one more comment that Nora makes about Patch being very dark and mysterious.
To sum up Hush, hush I would have to say - very readable but quite typical of the paranormal romance YA genre. However, I would still suggest giving this a read, it certainly kept me entertained from beginning to end, which really in my opinion is the most important aspect of any book.
Genre - YA, angels, romance
Published by Simon and Schuster (Oct 2009)
Hardback 391 pages
My brother is one of the lucky book reviewers (Books 4 Teens) that gets fre novels sent to him by publishing companies. To critique of course! After he was having a clear out stopped him from sending this one to a school library, having read the blurb at a previous date and becoming interested. Although it is intentionally meant for young adults it isn't the first fantasy series which I have recently become a fan of.
Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Grey. Just your average every day student where nothing too exciting gets put in her way. That is until she finds herself having to sit next to Patch, a strange boy who almost oozes warning to stay away. Not that Nora can. After being set the task of finding things out about their partner Nora goes away realising that Patch seems to already know a lot about her. Whilst she is none the wiser about him, other than being very mysterious. As events which surely cannot be coincidental start to happen Nora gets more and more closer to Patch, albeit still highly wary. As she should be. An attack from someone wearing a ski mask, stalking and voices in her head make for a more than interesting term at school. One which Nora is unlikely to forget.
Let's get straight to the point. It's very like Twilight. The boy who nobody knows much about. Mysterious, attractive and she just happens to have to sit next to him. Right near the front of the class. Rather than vampires you have yourself another mystical creature and if you're looking for your vulnerable, inquisitve Bella? Well you only need to look at the main character Nora. Even if she is slightly less annoying. These are only minor observations and ones which I don't take as a negative. It would of been nice however if Fitzpatrick had of moved away from the similarities because the concept of fallen angels really does interest me. Having never read a story about them before.
When she does go in to explaining about what they are I find a little bit confusing. It just comes at you with a barage of facts and not all of them made very clear. I felt as though it could of been spread out so you started to get some kind of idea before it was all confirmed.
Nora is a likeable character however I found aspects of her personality to fit together. Yes, she's vulnerable at times, maybe even a bit timid of the male sex. Yet she's all set to search into the boys life and past. Not paying heed to any warnings or suggestions that she should be a bit more cautious.
I liked Patch from the start, even though he has a bad boy air about him I couldn't stop myself from being sucked into his personality. For want of a better terminology! You can tell from his dark clothed appearance and attitude that he isn't someone to mess around with. Even though he hasn't displayed any outward signs of violent intent. Yet.
There is an obvious desire theme as the story progresses between Nora and Patch. Even though it was pretty obvious that something would happen due to the two's chemistry. It was nice that to see Nora not acting like a love sick puppy though. She may not be the most confident of girls but at least she doesn't fall head over heels at the slightest bit of attention. In fact at times she even pushes Patch, however unsuccessfully!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and one which I didn't take me too long to finish. Not to be a bit stereotypical but it does fit into the teenage girl genre. Yes the similarities to Twilight cannot go un-noticed, something which major fans of the vampire series may object to but it is in no way a rip off of it. The story is a lot stronger and you don't feel as though you have to read the next book in the series to finish off the ending. A nice novel which I'd recommend, especially if you like a bit of fantasy frivolity!
I am an avid fan of most supernatural books and as one of those adults that loved the Harry Potter/Twighlight series I had no hesitation on buying Hush Hush.
Without giving too much away, the story line centres around the main female character Nora and her should I/shouldnt I attraction to Patch, the "bad boy" in class who has a slightly darker than normal interest in Nora. As a female lead Nora is the typical type set, kind of pretty, kind of studious and kind of sensible but also easily swayed by a hot bod clad in black with a sinister aura. Her story takes us through her initial meeting and dislike of Patch, through fear and lack of trust, concern that he is trying to kill her to the end result of finding out his true "angelic" identity and falling in love. Patch's interaction with Nora consists of his tormenting and torturing her with scary visions and near death experiences vs his obvious lustful attraction to her and realisation that he in fact cannot go through with his evil plan and kill off the leading lady. There are a smattering of background characters that add to the dimensions of the story line and help with the final flourish of excitement at the end of the book. You also receive a snippet of Nora and Patch follow up story at he back of the book should you wish to pursue them in their adventures.
Whilst the book is an easy and pacey read the way the characters interact, how the story evolves and the wrap up at the end are rather predictable. It isnt on par with the likes of HP/Twighlight or Sherrilyn Kennyon but an ideal no brainer if you have a few hours to kill.
Hush, Hush is a story about a girl called Nora who ends up more involved than she could have ever imagined in the life of Patch. Right from the start Nora is annoyed by the boy called Patch who ends up in her class, yet still she ends up going to find him outside of school. She tries to convince herself that it's for any other reason besides liking him. However, for some reason Nora is drawn to Patch.
While the story is interesting and the characters are well written I found this book kind of predictable. There were a few more twists at the end, but if you spent a little bit of time thinking about it the whole plot is actually rather obvious. Or perhaps I've just read too many supernatural stories.
There's always something happening in this story and your view on the characters can change from one page to the next. By the end everything makes sense though and you can understand why each character acted the way they did. You don't get to find out much about the characters history, but you find out enough to be able to understand their actions and everything that relates to the storyline is explained.
The whole story is told from the point of view of Nora, which works well. At times it might have been interesting to see what Patch was thinking, but keeping it to one view allowed you to understand her actions and thoughts and kept a certain mystery to the story and exactly who Patch is.
What i find slightly strange is that Nora considers that angels not only exist, but that Patch is one and she doesn't seem at all scared about it or what it could mean. She may get scared of the actual situation she is (e.g. being lost and alone), but acts like being an angel is normal even though there's nothing to suggest it is or that she believes in anything else supernatural.
This book has some great reviews and I can understand why. However, if you keep taking breaks from reading the book and think about what could happen you'll probably find you are right. If you just read it all in one go you'll probably enjoy it a lot more as you won't have time to consider what may happen next.
Still, I found myself reading on and did enjoy the book. The way it is written and the characters involved keeps the story interesting. There's not that many books that follow a storyline like this so if you are looking for something a bit different this is a good option, even if you're not normally into supernatural stories.
'Hush Hush' is the first book of two about Nora Grey. Nora Grey was your typical teenage girl; worried about romance, grades and popularity until one day in Biology 'the transfer' ends up sitting next to her and her world is changed for good. (at this point it does sound very much like the beginning of twilight). Patch, as the transfer soon becomes known as, mysteriously knows information about Nora that only she and those close to her would know.
In their discussion a lot of information about Nora's history is revealed; her father was murdered, she plays the cello, she listens to Baroque, she has a strange birth mark on her wrist (an important symbol that later becomes revealed) and so already, the plot has developed with many options of how the storyline may develop.
Although Nora finds Patch intriguing and has what is obvious at least some feelings towards his, after a series of traumatic encounters she isn't sure that she can trust him and the balance of whether he is really the good guy or very much the bad guy is looking very much like its tilting to the latter.
Meeting a few other 'friends' along the way such as; Elliot and Jules (introduced by Nora's best friend Vee who was trying to sort out their boyfriend problems-they didn't have any) leads Nora to grow even more interested in finding answers to who Patch really is and she ends up deeper then she can ever imagine, she becomes part of a centuries-old battle between the fallen angels and the immortal.
This book retails at £6.99 but can be brought cheaper at places such as Amazon for £3.89. I brought this book on a whim, expecting it to be a disappointment but I was pleasantly surprised. I think this book is well worth the read and so is its sequel 'crescendo'
Once again the cover caught my attention. I was put off buying it though because it was firmly planted in the children's section and I'm a little older than the target audience. But every time I passed it, the haunting cover would catch my eye. I eventually gave in and brought it online, admittedly to save myself the embarassment of buying it in person.
I am so glad I did!
Honestly not a lot really happens for a while, most the start is similar to Twilight in some respects. General teenage longing etc etc. The midway through it starts picking up pace.
Something really got me hooked with this. In fact I think I read it in about two days. The second day I think I read it for about six hours straight. Which is something I never do! Something about Nora and Patch's relationship really got to me and I literally could not put the book down.
I only really wish I hadn't read it when I did as it meant I had to wait about a year for the sequel!
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
I came across Hush, Hush while browsing book blogs. Several blogs had reviewed the book, some good reviews, some bad reviews, but I was intrigued and so picked up the book while in Waterstones one day.
Hush, Hush follows the story of Nora and Patch. Nora wasn't interested in romance, but then Patch came along and despite instinctively not liking him, there was something about him that seemed to get inside her. He's everywhere she is and after several terrifying incidents that can't be explained, Nora isn't sure she can trust him (not helped by her friend Vee). He seems to know everything about her, but she knows nothing about him and he's not answering her questions. Little does she know that she's in the middle of something much bigger than she could ever imagine and her life hangs in the balance.
When I first started reading Hush, Hush, it took me a while to get into it and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. However, the further I got into the book the more I enjoyed it. There are quite a few twists and turns in the story. Somebody is obviously out for Nora and the number of suspects seems to grow throughout the book. One moment you're thinking it's this person, the next you're thinking it's somebody else.
I found Nora to be a bit on the naive side, but then when mind games are involved it's difficult to tell if that's how she normally is or if she's being pushed to make stupid decisions. That and she's a teenager and human (e.g. not perfect!).
Patch is one of those characters you shouldn't like because he's a bad boy... but then you do find yourself liking him for some reason (maybe it is that bad boy image), though he is creepy in parts!
Nora's best friend Vee got on my nerves and I'd have dropped her if she was my friend. She constantly exaggerated things and was over the top, but then I guess we all have friends like that.
I'm not sure if the cover and the prologue give something away (but then without them you'd be a fair way through the book before you found out it was about angels, fallen angels to be exact). However, I still enjoyed the book in the end. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next book, Crescendo (Helped by the fact that there's a sample chapter of Crescendo at the end of Hush, Hush... This seems to be a common thing these days) and I'm looking forward to reading it.
I'm glad I read Hush, Hush myself and made up my own mind. Despite any faults, I'd certainly recommend giving it a go.
I actually don't know what to write in this review, because, will it's been reviewed about a million times and everything has probably already been said.. :D
How about..OMG I'M MEETING BECCA FITZPATRICK IN ONE MONTH MINUS ONE DAY << because I am :D
So, wow, the Fallen Angels have made a huge impact in the book world this year! Hush, Hush is said to be the one that started it all off..I was blown away when I first looked at he cover of this, because really, who isn't?! I am definitely one of those who judges a book by its cover and Hush, Hush has to be the one I predicted would be the best. And I'm sure you already know this, but, it was. The synopsis is captivating and it drew me right in before I'd even flicked to the first page of the book.
From the very beginning I was sucked into a whole other world of wow. There was clever twists and turns smothering all the corners. Hush, Hush was such an addictive book, I could not get enough and read it all in one sitting (this was actually the night before I had a Spanish test..in which I got the highest score possible). And the first chapter, made me giggle. Lots.
The characters were perfect. Patch was great, he had a mysterious, dangerous air to him. Everything that came out of his mouth was either something really intense and serious, or something that was totes witty. I loved it. And him :P Nora was a huge contrast to what I was expecting! I originally assumed she would be a bit Bella-like, looking for a thrill and this bad boy, but she was different. I really enjoyed her outspoken, responsible tone- it just made me like both her and Patch even more, for their differences! I especially liked Nora for that little bot of nerdiness she had :D Nora was also tad vulnerable which made me a bit weary when she made the wrong decisions, but she wasn't hugely crazy in her conclusions..unlike Vee! Vee made every situation much more light-hearted and I don't think I could cope if she was another bad-girl type like Patch!
Oh, there was this one part somewhere Patch explained something about how angels had fallen..I found that really interesting and a great touch to the background of all the Nephilim history.
I really fell for Hush, Hush (Fell..Falling..Fallen Angel..Getit?! I'm so sad), it was such a dark, thrilling, enticing read and it had a real edge to it, ya know what I mean? Fitzpatrick has written a really mind-blowing debut novel that will leave you speechless and craving more Patch-Nora goodness (that wasn't the word I first put down LOL)
Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me this for review! :)
I have spent the past few weeks raiding other people's bookshelves for good reads. During this raid I have managed to read one heck of a lot of vampire books - and frankly I'm a bit bored of this topic now. I was therefore a little apprehensive when this book was handed to me as I really didn't fancy another vampire-themed book. Luckily, Hush Hush turned out to have nothing to do with vampires. It is instead about Angels (and Fallen Angels). Oh, and there are quite a few biology lessons too!
The story centres around Nora Grey, a fairly typical American teenager living with her mother (when she's not away working) and who's main concern in life is the seating plan in Biology which has moved her best friend Vee away from her. Her new partner is Patch, a rather attractive & mysterious new(ish) boy, who from the start makes Nora feel uncomfortable. Just days after meeting Patch, a series of strange & frightening events begin, some even putting Nora's life in danger. And with Patch eerily showing up wherever she is, Nora begins to feel that he is stalking her (at best) and sets out to find out who he is exactly - and hopefully stop whatever is happening to her before things turn deadly.
I remember commenting on one of my recent Shopaholic reviews that finding a book written in first person was pretty rare (well for me at least). I now take that comment back. Hush Hush is one in a list of many books I have read recently that has been written in first person. I do still quite enjoy this form of writing as you get a really good idea about the main character and, in this case, her feelings & motivations. However, I did find with Hush Hush that getting to know Nora meant a lot of description was left out. It was good to be able to experience exactly what Nora was feeling, especially when she was questioning her sanity, but I found I couldn't picture what her surroundings & 'supporting cast' were like, meaning it was hard for me to completely get into the book.
The plotline was good - it was a refreshing change from human girls falling in love with vampires! Hush Hush takes a look at Fallen Angels & how they survive on the Earth, as well as Angels. I think it may be based upon real stories/theories about Angels, but I don't know too much about this so I can't be certain. I'd definitely like to learn more about them - or about the author's take on Angels anyway - hopefully this shall be covered in her next book! The actual plot took quite a bit of time to build up, but was ended in what felt like a rush. I feel the build-up was needed for the reader to get a really good impression of how scared & crazy Nora felt - it wouldn't have worked as well otherwise - but I do wish the ending had been a little longer.
I think the book was really well written and flowed nicely. Both the storyline and the writing kept me reading Hush Hush, meaning I was finished in just a few hours. This was more due to the fact that the book gripped me & compelled me to read on rather than the length (although, like with most good books, I would have liked it to have been a little longer!).
I don't think I'll be buying myself this book as I don't think it will work as well with a second reading. I will however be reading the sequel when it is released, as well as looking out for any other books by this author. Overall, I really enjoyed Hush Hush and would recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy books but would like a break from vampires!
As a 28 year old, I'm clearly not the target audience for this sort of Young Adult /Teen Fiction book. In fact, I almost didn't pick the book up at all, with the recommendation comments on the cover coming from 'Sugar' magazine, and from a website called BellaandEdward.com, I almost dismissed this out of hand as being 'too young' for me .
But something about the cover really appealed - the silhouette of an attractive young man in dark jeans, bent backwards,his torso exposed as he falls from heaven really was quite appealing. And, I haven't read many books in the whole 'angel' genre, so I decided to brave this and give this a chance, paying £3.97 in Asda for my copy ( Cover price £6.99).
The story centres on Nora Gray, an ordinary enough teenage girl - busy at school with her studies, and with no time or interest in any kind of romance . None of the guys at school catch her eye, until her teacher insist on moving the class seating plan about during lessons . Now, not only is she having to sit next to the darkly attractive Patch, but she has to work with him, getting to know him for an assignment . Patch seems to know an awful lot about her already - a scary amount in fact, but is reluctant to talk about himself, forcing Nora to spend more time trying to get to know him . She gets plenty of chances though, as he has an uncanny knack for showing up whereever she is. However, as she gets to know him, strange events begin to happen, and although she likes Patch, there is something wrong about him , some kind of dark secret - but what?
I really enjoyed this book, partly because the angels genre, and particularly the focus on fallen angels and nephilim in this book, is something that, unlike vampires, hasn't already been done to death . Sure, there are certain predictable elements to this - lots of flirting, some silliness, and lots of teen angst, but then this is a teen book so can't really be a complaint .
The characters are interesting , and one of the things I like is that each character actually has a part to play in the book. There are no 'filler' characters who only pop up for a minute or two and are gone again . However, I did find that the characters were not described in detail appearance wise, which made it hard for me to get an image of them in my mind. For me, a really good book is almost like a film - I find myself seeing the characters in my head and hearing their voices, but sadly that didn't happen with this book .
However, the perpetual sense of danger, of something being not quite right, some creepiness I couldn't put my finger on, kept me reading this book to the end, and I have to say I did really enjoy the ending . I had a few unanswered questions, but the book does include a preview chapter of the next book in the series which looks quite interesting, so I'll be reading that too to see if I can get answers to my questions .
Not the greatest book ever, but certainly enjoyable - 4 stars .
OK I will only mention Twilight once in this review and get it out of the way quickly. I bought this book because of Twilight withdrawal and was still looking for something in that vein. Apart from the fact this book opens in a biology class (sex education class no less) - there the comparisons will stop, because this is a very different type of book and good in its own way.
The main protagonist is Nora - who is you've guessed it - a normal girl who attracts trouble. This comes in the form of Patch - who you just know is going to be her love interest. Now at first the names of the characters didn't inspire me, but I soon got over this once I got into the book. Oh and you do find out how Patch got his nickname.
The book starts off in 1565 with a little scene involving an angel who we learn has 'fallen'.
Patch is trouble. He is trouble that can't be resisted. He is a newcomer to Nora's school and he is partnered with her for a Biology assignment. They don't get off to the best start, and Patch antagonises Nora with his carefree attitude and innuendo.
Nora has a best friend Vee, who is also full of smutty comments - but in a very amusing way. Early in the book, strange events start to take place and they centre around someone in dark clothes and a ski mask. Nora is suspicious of Patch and begins to wonder if she is safe around him.
It should be mentioned that Nora's father was murdered a year ago and she lives mostly with a housekeeper, as her mother has to work away alot, in order for them to keep their home going.
As much as Nora is suspicious of Patch, she begins to find herself attracted to him as well. There are also two other new guys thrown in called Elliott and Jules and all of a sudden Nora has three people to choose from, when it comes to deciding who is responsible for some of the bad things that begin to happen.
It does not take a genius to work out that there is something 'otherworldly' about Patch and we find out more about this as the book progresses.
Who should Nora trust? Who is responsible for the deaths that occur and what is the story with Patch?
I have to say that I didn't expect much at all from this book and know that I have probably lingered for too long in this genre, when I consider that I am no teenager. Still, there is a certain appeal to reading about young love and seeing a different take on how it approached.
Sometimes when I read a book I want a three course meal - other times I want chewing gum and in the most respectful way, that is what this book is. I read it in two evenings and kept turning the pages to see how the book panned out. So that in itself is a good sign - the author kept you reading.
This book took five years to come to fruition and it seems to have been time well spent. This is no literary work of art, but the author does know her characters and certainly keeps the pace of the story going. Compared to similar books, at least something happens in this one.
The absolute star of this book is the dialogue. It is full of innuendo and sarcasm, used to great effect. I always think sarcasm is under rated and used carefully it can certainly entertain. In particular the lines that come out of Vee's mouth are great. She is mouthy, sassy and certainly NOT full of teenage angst. Which makes a refreshing change to be honest.
The overall premise involving fallen angels, is a good one although there are a few unanswered questions which I am sure will be addressed in the sequel - Crescendo. One being more about the murder of Nora's father.
Nora as a character I think could be developed a little more, because it is not made clear as to why she is special as a person or why Patch would be attracted to her.
Patch is well, a great character, a boy who is Trouble with a capital 'T'. He certainly seems to live life on the edge. His dialogue too was great.
I particularly liked the scene where Patch and Nora had to do a pencil portrait of each other. Nora isn't getting very far, she writes " Jerk, smokes cigars. Will die of lung cancer. Hopefully soon. Excellent physical shape." She scrubs the last part out quickly when she realises she has written her thoughts down on paper.
The book is 391 pages long and is currently only available in hardback. It retails at £4.49 on Amazon which is a good price for a Hardback book, the cover is unusual too.
This book sets out what it intends to do - entertain. It is no work of art, but it is surprisingly fresh and unique for this genre. The author has been busy creating a whole mythology surrounding fallen angels and nephilim (who are half immortal and half angel) I think Becca Fitzpatrick deserves credit to have spent five years on perfecting this novel. Her blog is also worth a mention as it details her journey to publication which is really interesting. Her husband bought her online creative writing lessons five years ago and she started writing the book then. I should also mention that she is on Facebook and will add you as a friend and answer your questions, which is great for people wanting to find out more about the writing process. I suspect this won't be for long as her career takes off...