Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hush, Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick


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.

After reading all the reviews of this novel, I had pretty high expectations for this novel. While it was far from a horrible read, it wasn't as good as I've heard. It was plenty entertaining, taking me only two days to read it. The dialogue was well written, and the scenes were pretty clear and detailed.

A couple things I had problem with was her punctuation in parts. Most of the ellipsis only got in the way of reading, stopping the flow of the story. And some of her em-dashes just seemed out of place.

Some of the ideas from the story have definitely been written before. The way the plot was delivered seemed pretty reminiscent of a lot of YA books out there I've read. I think this novel would've been better at a college setting. Almost all of the characters seemed older than sixteen, aside from the while Marcie Miller thing, and I think that was just thrown in to give the book more of a high school feel.

There were a couple characters I didn't really think needed to be in the story, like her mother. Her mom just seemed to be someone to add to climatic moments. Sort of a, "Man this horrible thing is happening, but it's going to be even worse if I don't get home before my mother does." Their relationship wasn't as developed as it could've been, so it left me just wanting the mother out of the story completely. Hopefully that is something Fitzpatrick works on in later books in the series.

I also think the change in Elliot's character was just odd. It seemed weird to portray him one way and then completely flip it over. I know what she was going for, but I don't think it was presented in the best way possible. It seemed like two different characters.

I liked that she waited to reveal what Patch was to Nora until later in the story, instead of throwing it out in the first fifty pages. The delay really made me want to keep reading more until I got to the point when Nora finds out. The pacing was pretty good. I do think there may have been too much happening, I kind of wanted more scenes to be built on, instead of continuous action happening throughout the novel. It was like one thing happened, and then something else happened, and then something else happened. It seemed a bit forced and rushed. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is the writing was paced well and such, but the action scenes were rushed and forced.

The relationship between Patch and Nora was pretty cliche. But I loved the end. I thought it was definitely sweet as hell. And Patch was a pretty original character. I liked the way he was written. Definitely something I enjoyed about the story. I also really liked Vee. She added to the story.

What really drew me to the novel was the aspect of fallen angels and all that. I think she delivered it pretty good. It kind of seemed like there was going to be this epic fight between the fallen and the regular angels, but that didn't happen. So I wouldn't say that Nora is caught between an "ancient battle". I don't know. The inside jacket just made it seem like I was going to be reading a different story than the one I read.

So, I haven't decided if the characters and the storyline about the angels is enough to make me read the novels next in the series. I might, I might not. There's plus sides and negative sides to the story. But I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking to kill a few hours, it's an entertaining enough story.

Overall rating: 7/10

Cover: I love the cover. It's gorgeous.

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