Friday 15 January 2010
Review: Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
"I knew the names of all my classmates...except one. The transfer...He sat slouched one desk back, cool black eyes holding a steady gaze forward...
His eyes sliced into me and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and, in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me. It vanished in an instant, but I was still staring at him. His smile wasn't friendly. It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise."
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 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 seeks 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...
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I brought this book on the strength of the cover alone & I even brought it in hardback which is practically unheard of for me! I think the cover is beatiful & I was really looking forward to reading the book but I have mixed feelings about it now I've read it.
Nora wasn't the best heroine I've ever read about. In some ways she drove me crazy with the way she went on & on about how Patch was dangerous & she couldn't trust him but would then go off on her own (to places she felt weren't safe) just to meet up with him. I know she was attracted to him but considering all the crazy things that start happening to her in the book you'd think she would have a little more sense when she believes he is behind them! I also had a real problem with Vee. At first I thought she was harmless but her attitude when Nora was attacked by a guy really annoyed me. If you have a best friend like her you certianly don't need enemies!
I didn't get the feeling that either Patch or Nora was in anything other than lust with each other. There just didn't seem to be any kind of emotional connection between them & nothing even hinted that there was real love between them. There were also a lot of contradictions in the story, just look at the reason why Patch was a fallen angel & then consider the end of the book. I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read the book but the ending just doesn't make sense in some ways! This is the first fallen angel story I've read & although I enjoyed finding out about the mythology behind the story there were parts of it that didn't make much sense. The whole way for a fallen angel to become human just didn't add up for me.
Having said that in some ways I really enjoyed book. There were a lot of twists and turns & you never knew quite what would happen next. Although Patch was a jerk there was something about him that makes you want to like him. Perhaps it's just the whole bad boy thing but you find yourself wanting him to redeem himself.
Overall, although there were some parts that I didn't like by the end of the book I felt more of a connection with the characters. I have high hopes that the relationship between Patch & Nora was finally starting to develop & am looking forward to seeing this continued in the sequel. I will definitely read Crescendo but will wait until it comes out in paperback before I buy it.
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