Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review of Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick

From the site: 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 feel I must preface my review by saying I quite literally read this book twice last weekend.  I started it on Saturday morning, finished Saturday afternoon, started it again Saturday evening, and finished it Sunday evening.  Even while reading it the first time, I knew I was going to read it again.  Becca Fitzpatrick very successfully created a world I just didn't want to leave.  

Patch Cipriano is like the ultimate bad boy.  As in "oh-he's-so-dreamy-I-know-I-can-change-him-as-long-as-I-love-him-enough bad boy of every girl's teenage fantasy.  In fact, he's so bad, there are times when you wonder if he's the antagonist.  But then you quickly stop caring because he does something so dreamy that antagonist, or not, you just want to see more of him.  And it's this roller coaster ride of emotions that the reader experiences right along with the MC.

Nora's friend, Vee, was annoying as heck.  There were times I wanted to smack that girl just to make her shut up.  But that's okay, because Nora felt the exact same way.  I don't mind annoying characters as long as the MC and I are on the same page.  Not every character on the protag's side needs to be immediately lovable, as long as they redeem themselves at some point--and she does.

Nora was definitely an interesting MC to follow along.  She was this goody-two-shoes-always-does-what-other-people-want girl that kind of got swept away into a world she didn't belong in.  

One thing that I really liked about this book is that the MC and the love interest didn't fall madly in love with each other with a look.  They just kind of fell in love the way most teenagers in high school do.  I.E. they fell into lust with each other.  There were no promises of leaving behind family and friends to be with the other or gooey proclamations of "I just can't live without you."  But it worked because what did happen seemed more natural.

This is one book I definitely recommend you read.  You will not want to put it down.  But you're in luck!  Because today is the release day of CRESCENDO, the sequel to HUSH, HUSH.  


~Emily White


  1. I like the new digs! I've got this book on my wishlist. I think the cover alone is worth the price :)

  2. Thanks, Jemi! :D I'm definitely a pink girl, but I tried to keep it subtle.

    The cover *is* beautiful and that's one of the things about my kindle that makes me sad--there are no covers. :(

  3. I started reading this book but then had to return it to the library and didn't get it finished. I had a little trouble getting into it so I didn't sign up to check it out again. Maybe I should have given it more time.

  4. I finished this book a couple days ago and I am in love! I can't wait to read it again!!! Great review!

  5. The last bit of this review where you talk about how they fall in lust with each other, not love, made me sigh with relief. All these teenage stories that talk about true love forever drive me crazy. I mean, they're teenagers! They've got all their hormones raging and lust makes much more sense.

    Good review, Emily.


  6. Oh, I loved HUSH, HUSH and can't wait to get CRESCENDO--today!

  7. Melissa--I'm sure there are some people who may not fall in love with this book, but I highly suggest you give it another try! There were parts that made me squeal like a little girl, they were so exciting.

    Bethany--I just *discovered* this book a couple days ago! Somehow, I'd completely missed all the hullabaloo around it. I'm glad I did, though, because I *hate* waiting for sequels and now I don't have to!

    Jai--Yeah, that kind of stuff gets tiresome. I really liked how Becca handled that angle.

    Elana--I know!! I'm so excited! Squee!


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