So, as I read Fallen I'm reminded of another fallen angels story I read a few weeks ago, so I got it out, reread parts to refresh my memory, and put together a review of one of my favourite books this winter/autumn.
Hardback: 400 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: October 29, 2009
Genre: Supernatural Romance/YA
Age Rating: 12+
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 judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more aout 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 a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen--and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick a side...
My View //
Date Read: 12/11/09
Enjoyment level: 9/10
The first thing that attracts you to hush, hush is the cover - go on, don't deny it. hush, hush and Fallen share many similiarites and one is the breathtaking emotion and absolute beauty of their front covers. I own the shiny cover of hush, hush which, whilst being a pain because of fingerprints, also leaves it with a nice metallic finish.
Onto the book itself, the plot within hush, hush is action, action and action. Something is always happening to poor Nora, whether it's meeting the dashingly charming Elliot, being stalked by some masked stranger, or treading out of her comfort zone with Patch. It's this whirlwind of emotion and plot that drives the story but the shining focus within lies solely with the characters.
In particular one character, Patch, whose character feels so real he all but bounds off the page. He is the cocky, cheeky, all-round bad guy who teases Nora in a way that she finds uncomfortable, and yet at the same time, irresistable. Just like the readers will find him irresistable.
I don't fall for the whole Team Patch vs Team Edward/Jacob thing but I do have to admit that within their first debut novels Ms. Fitzpatrick wins with her characterization. Her characters have flaws, they are swayed by peers and often find themselves in situations where only the determination helps them to carry on.
There are some twists within the plot that you'll see coming and some that will take you completely by surprise, especially at the end!
In a word this book is fun. A thrill ride into the unknown and one that I fully intend to rejoin when the new book is finally released next fall! Hurry up with book two Ms. Fitzpatrick!