Monday 26 October 2009

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

From Amazon: 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.

I have read so many conflicting reviews for Hush Hush I had no idea what I’d think of it. I love the cover, the trailer makes it look amazing and I’ve been looking forward to reading it for months. So...I don't know if I'm part of the majority or minority but I absolutely loved it. I started reading it the same day I bought it and didn’t stop or do anything else until I’d finish it (except for the occasional grunt whenever I was asked a question!)

I loved Nora –she seemed kind, intelligent, independent, but she also seemed vulnerable and didn't always make the best decisions. In other words she was easy to relate to. I liked the fact that she wasn’t sure if she were going crazy or if the things happening were real. It gave the story more believability in my eyes and I think this was the basis for some of her ‘bad’ choices. I found her best friend Vee funny – she provided the light relief and was the girl who leads Nora astray. I felt that if Nora was friends with ‘bad girl’ Vee it wasn’t a surprise she would be attracted to ‘bad boy’ Patch. There were times when I didn’t like Vee’s actions though – there is one particular time when she dismisses and trivialises a nasty incident –(I’m trying not to get spoilery here) – but overall I liked her.

As for the character Patch – I really loved him. He was a real bad boy and completely mysterious. I felt he did genuinely have feelings for Nora that grew over the space of the novel, but at same time I didn’t know if I trusted him. I could understand her attraction to him though– l looked forward to him being scenes – but also slightly uneasy whenever he was. Good or bad - I felt there was definitely an intensity to their relationship.

I really liked the mythology too – it felt really new and different and it is a good basis for a series. As for the ending - I Loved it! I don’t want to give anything away but after reading the book I felt it was believable. It also sets the scene for more books to follow which is good as I was left with a few questions and a need for more, so I can say with 100 percent certainty that I will be reading CRESCENDO as soon as it hits the shelves next year!


Anonymous said...

I liked Nora too. There have been a lot of conflicting views on her as a character. And Patch...everyone loves a mysterious bad boy. ;) Great review!

Lauren said...

First of all, great review - you've described so well the way that Patch can make a reader feel uneasy and yet still appreciate the chemistry! Secondly, a big 'yay' at finding someone else who actually found Vee funny - she seemed to irritate a lot of people, but I thought she added something. I'll definitely be reading Crescendo too.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I've read really mixed reviews of this one, too. Great to hear how much you enjoyed it, and great review!

Unknown said...

Okay. I really need to get my copy of this book NOW! Great review. Please Amazon, please! Send me my Hush Hush!

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

You have an award @ my blog! :]

prophecygirl said...

YAY for Hush, Hush! I completely agree with your review - I loved it!


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