Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on October 13th 2009
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 she 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 Nora her life.
Hush, Hush enforced an idea I’ve had for quite some time. Gone are the days of the sparkly, blood-thirsty, 100 years old angst-y walking corpses that have enticed our emotions and begged us to give in to our deepest desires. For a time it seemed like every author was jumping on the chance to weave their own tale of difficult and forbidden romance between a human and vampire, many of which I did enjoy. However, vamps and their pesky blood-diets are so last season. Angels, as they say, are the “new pink”. These mysterious and mouthwatering hotties that have normally brought up the rear in the kickass YA fiction race, have recently made tremendous advances towards first place, coming neck and neck with vamps and their other major challenger–weres. Between avenging warrior angels and the dark sullen fallen angels there’s plenty of yummy pieces of man candy to go around.
With the rise in angel-centered books, also comes the inevitability of un-unique and downright boring stories that are not able to capture a new angel-esque reality. This is not the case with Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. Ms. Fitzpatrick proves that though the concept may not be entirely new, the plot, mythology, characters, and overall story can come out refreshing and unexpected, nonetheless. I enjoyed Hush, Hush immensely. Although it took me a while to figure out the plot and form an attachment to the overall story, the scrumptious “Patch” had me at HELLO. He fit the bill of a large, dark, and gorgeous mystery just waiting to be solved, and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Our protagonist, Nora felt uneasy the moment she was forced to become bio partners with the elusive Patch. Besides the fact he’s a new student, not much else is known about him due to his quiet, sullen, and uninterested composure–which as you can guess turns 360 the moment he and Nora meet. He’s extremely cheeky and likes to get rise out of Nora on a daily basis. Although she tries to convey to Patch that she’s indifferent–we know better. Along with Nora, Patch’s enigmatic personality and seductive language greatly appealed to me as well.
If I wasn’t reading a Patch scene, part of me was fervently hoping another would come soon. I just couldn’t get enough of him. Besides the fact that I was dying to figure out his secret, every dialogue between himself and Nora was a treat. At times my tummy did tiny flip-flops while other times, I struggled to contain my laughter. Another fabulous part of this book is the writing. Not only is it smooth and easy to read—it’s exceptionally well done. The dialogue exchanges between all the characters were downright enjoyable. They were extremely witty and entertaining. Nora’s best friend Vee is a great example. She’s your typical boy crazy BFF but with a little extra. For instance, she’s extremely protective of Nora. Between Patch’s furtive exterior and the creepy situations Nora keeps having, Vee becomes the master of sleuthing. She has some pretty wild ideas which include but definitely aren’t limited to: fake bomb threats, shark skin heels, and “tacky” blonde wigs. Although this story is a bit dark and gritty there’s still plenty of humor to lighten the plot courtesy of Vee and her goofy awesome ways.
Hush, Hush is chock full of goodies. It’s story is fast-paced and entertaining with loads of action, memorable characters, and amazing dialogue. I promise by the end (if not the beginning) you’ll be entirely enamored by Patch. Like me, you’ll be dying to get your hands on book two. Although Hush, Hush leaves off on a happy note it promises to deliver more mystery and danger in it’s predecessors. With 5 out of 5 stars I confidently place Hush, Hush on my list of all-time favorite books/series.