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Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
--- Book Synopsis ---
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for--and their love--forever.
--- Review ---
Silence is the third book in the best selling young adult Hush, hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.
I have to admit that although there are some plot holes, bad writing, and weak characters the Hush, Hush series has still been a favourite of mine. But instead of rushing off to read Silence when it first was published I found that I was a little reluctant, I expected it to perhaps be a filler book. Therefore, Silence has been sitting around on my bookshelves since it was first released in hardback back in September 2011 and it wasn't until nearly a year later that I finally came to my senses and picked up Silence to read, and I'm sure glad I did.
I will be the first to hold my hand up and say that until now I have been a little on the fence about recommending the Hush, hush series. Hush, hush and Crescendo were in my opinion all a bit meh, a bit bland with only the endings really grabbing my attention, but I did enjoy them. They are the type of easy reading that works brilliantly when all you want to do is tune out. In fact when I first started reading Silence I struggled to remember what had even happened in Crescendo, which if I'm honest was more than just a bit forgettable - never a good sign.
However, I will not be forgetting Silence any time soon!
In my opinion Silence really is a game changer for the Hush, hush series.
The synopsis above doesn't do the book enough justice. It's kind of a very vague synopsis and for once I'm not entirely certain why the publisher went with it. At the beginning of Silence Nora wakes up after being kidnapped for 3 months and what's worse is that she has no recollection of the previous five months. Her memory has been taken from her and she has to piece her life back together, but of course that isn't going to be simple. Far from it and so the book begins...
In the previous books I didn't like Patch as the male lead, nor did I like Patch and Nora's relationship that at times was a little on the stalkerish side. However, in Silence Nora really shines as a main character and is someone that I could relate to although she lives in a Nephilim and fallen angel world. It was nice to see her become more than a weak watered down cliché that so many female characters fall into in the YA market.
Even Patch or Jev as he now goes by was the character he really should have been in book one and his relationship with Nora actually seemed healthy. I've not entirely been a Patch/Jev fan but in this book he started to change my mind. But, if I'm honest Patch/Jev is a bit of a stereotypical character and still probably one of my least favourite supernatural male leads.
With Silence on a whole, my only character complaint was that Vee (Nora's best friend and one of the best characters from the previous books) was missing for quite a lot of the book. She was there but only on the outskirts and she didn't play near as big a role as she has done in the past. She is a great character, one of my favourite side kick characters and even one of the most memorable side kick characters that I have come across and I would have liked to have seen more of her in Silence.
The Hush, Hush series has a reputation for having killer endings and Silence was no different. The ending was good, the story was tied up and one big cliff hanger left me eagerly anticipating the next book. In fact I have the next book already and waiting to be started and unlike my reluctance to pick up Silence I won't be making that mistake twice!
Overall, I really enjoyed Silence and so far for me it has been the best in the series.
I'm still not sure that I would fully recommend the series but it is an entertaining light hearted read that might appeal to Twilight fans.
In my opinion Silence definitely deserves Four out of Five stars.
Genre - YA, angels
Published by Simon Pulse (June 2012)
Paperback - 438 pages (£6.99)
Source - I received a copy of Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick from the publishers in exchange for an honest review AND I also purchased a hardback copy for my own shelves.