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Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - Reviewed by Aye.Me? (28 Nov 2013)
This is another one of those books that I've heard gushing oh-my-gawd-how-HOT-is-Patch reviews about and I've heard of plenty of people who absolutely hated it. So where do I fall in this? Somewhere in the middle, I guess.
The concept for this story is great, but there were downfalls. It's hard to explain this without giving away spoilers, but I felt that the reasons for certain actions weren't believable. As Tom Clancy said: "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." But to me this novel didn't make sense. It felt like excuses were thrown in that just weren't believable at all.
As for the characters... I did really like Patch. He brought a lot of humor into the book. Nora, on the other hand, I found to be bland. She didn't seem to have a definite personality and was very hot and cold with the way she reacted around Patch. Her best, seemingly only, friend, Vee was annoying. She wouldn't listen to Nora when she should have, and did a lot of things I don't think are acceptable in the context of friendship.
Also, the policemen were very unbelievable. A sixteen year old girl calls in a break in, they go out to her house, she says it must have been a mistake and they just leave her alone with a "Get your mum to call us when she gets home.". Then, later, they accuse her of a crime and go on to question her, a minor, without a parent or guardian of any kind present.
Having said all that, I did actually enjoy reading Hush Hush. I really wanted to know how it ended up and how everything was resolved. It was an addicting read which I finished in one day. The end isn't a total cliffhanger but it does leave a lot of unanswered questions. For her debut, Becca Fitzpatrick has done a pretty good job, though I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series.
Overall, I rate Hush Hush at 3 stars out of 5. I recommend it to lovers of angel stories and YA fantasy.
Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - Reviewed by DLN (25 Apr 2012)
I had no idea that I would love Hush, Hush as much as I did! And I’ll admit that I was a little unsure about reading this series at first, but wow, what a story! The plot and characters are well-crafted, realistic, and I liked the protagonist, Nora. She had just the right amount of tentative awareness and caution around her, without being too questionable or sooky about certain situations. She was actually quite an interesting character, and together, her and Patch were one combined force of mystery. And yes, I guess that now brings me to Patch. Obviously, he’s the token flirtatious, seemingly arrogant, and dead-sexy guy.
From the cover, you probably already know that Hush, Hush is about fallen angels. And if you didn’t know that, then SURPRISE! ANGELS! The funny thing was; there’s no real mention of angels (other than the prologue) until well into the second half of the novel. I know that there are a lot of angel books out there at the moment—there’s a whole sub-genre built around them—but Hush, Hush feels so different to the others. The characters are built solidly; Patch and Nora balance each other out. The background surrounding their story is told well and revealed slowly, but, thankfully, is never entirely revealed. The mystery keeps you on edge; Becca Fitzpatrick is one heck of a storyteller!
One thing that cannot go unmentioned is how nice it was for Nora to think that Patch was some kind of psycho. And I know how strange that sounds, but in a lot of YA people seem to guess the supernatural first, and really, that’s complete rubbish. I honestly don’t think that would EVER happen, and it was wonderful for Nora to assume that the mysterious and kind of stalker-ish boy was a complete creeper.
Hush, Hush was darkly compelling and surprisingly steamy. I’m glad I already have copies of books two and three, Crescendo and Silence, in my reading pile—as I've been told they're even better!
Becca Fitzpatrick lives in Colorado. Hush, Hush was her first novel, and after completing the series, wrote romantic thrillers Black Ice and the upcoming Dangerous Lies. When she's not writing, Becca is most likely to be found prowling sales racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. You can visit her on www.beccafitzpatrick.com.
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