Wednesday, 9 December 2009

[Review] Becca Fitzpatrick - Hush, Hush

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.

Facts //

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
Characters: 8/10
Worldbuilding: 7/10
Plot: 8/10

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!


  1. pattepoilue said...

    I have to admit that i've always avoided reading reviews for this book (until now) because i was getting annoyed at seing this book on every blog before it's release. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype. Well i still haven't read it but your review makes it look really interesting. It's one of those books that gets so much buzz that you don't know what to make of it.
    I'll have to read it, it's definitely on my TBR-list =)

  2. Adi Lin said...

    It was publisized A LOT when it was first being released, especially the whole 'Team Patch' thing got me worked up (couldn't resist snarping about it I'm afraid). The plot is a little patchy in areas but the characters more than make up for it! You need to read just so you can experience Patch. He's the perfect dark, flirty, devil-may-care character that you'd want for the stubborn heroine. In my mind, it's Patch that makes the book ;) Along with a few of the plot twists at the end which made me think XD

  3. pattepoilue said...

    This is what i want to hear about a book! That there's a character that is so attaching it can overcome the lacking in the story. A great character is so important *sigh* (please don't mind my English, i tend to forget all i've learned in College when i blog lol)
    Now i want to read about that Patch guy *g* I'll have to order it to know more :P

  4. Adi Lin said...

    Haha, it's ok :) Patch has some of the best quotes in the book. He's so snarky all the time :D

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