Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush Hush #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Pub. Date: October 2009
From Goodreads: 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…until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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.
My Reveries and Ramblings: I read Hush Hush after reading Fallen by Lauren Kate. Once I realized that there are paranormal/supernatural books about things other than vampires I eagerly grabbed my kindle and bought this book. I liked it. It wasn’t for me though. It was interesting, which is why I read Crescendo. Hush Hush revolves around Nora, a teenaged girl who lives with her widowed mother. Her father was murdered before the book begins. When Patch, a fallen angel posing as a high school student, gets paired up with Nora for class, she tries to make the best of the dim situation. He makes her uncomfortable and refuses to answer any of her questions. With Nora’s grade hanging in the air, she follows him and finds out that he is, indeed, one not to be messed with. Trying to have a normal high school experience, Nora wants nothing to do with Patch. But with Nora’s life in jeopardy, Patch becomes a necessary part of her survival. Even if it means giving up what he wants the most.
I started this book hoping it would blow my mind away. I was a bit disappointed. Hush Hush was creative and suspenseful. The only problem I really had with it was Patch. I just didn’t like him. He was the typical bad-boy-does-good character. Patch’s sketchiness was just too much for me. Sketchy creeps me out. I liked him a bit better at the end. Although all his secrets still made me question whether his intentions were all good. Patch’s decisions aren’t so much based on right and wrong but on what he wants and how to achieve that end no matter the cost.
Nora is your typical teenaged girl. Although I don’t know many teenagers that would go out at night to a part of town they’ve never been in just to get answers for a school assignment. Some of things she did, I would never do. It was fun to read, though. I really admired Nora’s determination and refusal to just sit and let things happen to her. The scenes that involved both Nora and Vee were fun to read.
Hush Hush was engaging. The end was very suspenseful and had me page flipping (or kindle swiping) until the very end. The end took me completely by surprise. The twist redeemed the book for me. Patch and Nora’s actions towards the end were touching and dramatic. Hush, Hush isn’t my favorite book in the world, but still an entertaining read. It had a bit of everything-love, suspense, mystery, action, and the supernatural. Becca Fitzpatrick wrote a story about love, sacrifice, and what it means to be human.