Thursday, November 05, 2009

REVIEW: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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. 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 judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who 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 way 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.

(Summary from Amazon)

Oh, I really wanted to love this book more than I did. It's the cover, so beautiful. But I didn't love this book. It was very readable, but I had a lot of problems. I do love the idea of it. Fallen angels and whatnot. It's an interesting angle. It's no secret to the reader who the fallen angel is though, but the main character, does not found out until well into the book, which makes the storyline drag. Nora, herself, was kind of a boring character though I did enjoy some of her inner dialogues. Responsible, studious. I wish there were more strong female characters who have other interests and hobbies. A more rounded and believable person. Also, I found her best friend, Vee, to be a little tedious with all her chatter about boys. I don't know. Vee didn't work for me because I don't know anyone like her. Maybe you do.

However, I did like all of the action, especially the scenes at the fairground. More books should involve roller coasters. Also, Patch? Entirely creepy. I get that he's rocking the whole 'bad boy' image, but to be honest? I was never one to fall for the bad boy. I can see how some people might go for him, he does seem to circle around trouble and he is apparently good-looking. Nora finds herself doing things she wouldn't normally do around Patch, she finds herself wondering if Patch is behind these mysterious attacks on her during the book, possibly Patch is following/stalking her, etc. The possibility of him being a stalker/out to kill Nora causes me to not see the sex appeal of Patch. Which leads me to the unbelievable sacrifices that occur in this intense relationship which seems to be grounded on nothing. So yes, I did have my problems with this book, but like I said, I was able to read it very quickly, and none of the problems that I've mentioned compelled me enough to put this book down and walk away.

Maybe I'm just disappointed because of all the hype gave me very high expectations. I've heard such good things about this book, but for me, it didn't live up to it all. Which is a shame, because I truly adore a YA with a good paranormal romance. Having said that, I'll probably still read the sequel.

Other Reviews:

Karin's Book Nook
Persnickey Snark
The Compulsive Reader
Frenetic Reader
The Novel Bookworm
The Book Smugglers
A Novel Menagerie
Harmony Book Reviews


  1. I keep hearing that this book is disappointing and it's depressing! I have it to review but I still haven't brought myself to start it yet.

  2. I just bought this yesterday in hard back. I thought with all the hype it would be fab. A bit disappointed now.

  3. I do not plan to read this book, but the cover is eye-catching.

  4. I felt the same way you did and know a few who did as well. It has such a great premise, and I agree that the cover is just gorgeous. I also felt that Vee was annoying. I don't necessarily like the bad boy thing either, but Patch is certainly intriguing. Like you, I'll probably read the sequel.

  5. I've read mixed reviews on this one myself but am still planning on reading it at some point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Oh, I'm with you on this one. I reviewed it a month or two ago. I SO wanted to like it. But I just didn't. Vee? HATED her. She was annoying. I kinda like the bad boys. Always have. Must be a character flaw! So, I didn't have as much trouble with Patch as some. But he did have that creepy, stalkerish thing going.

    I read a whole heap of positive reviews on this. I really had high expectations. That's probably not fair to the author, but it couldn't be helped. Just didnt' do it for me!

  7. Haven't heard of this one but I LOVE the title and cover. I'm tempted to read it anyway, just because of them, but will not have high least that way I will not be disappointed :)


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