Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 1 2009
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Gold star! (4.5/5)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: After reading the first two chapters on the Simon & Schuster website, I knew I would love this book. And sure enough, I did. It’s not like this topic hasn’t been done before, forbidden romance. However Becca has written a novel with the same idea but the writing is exceptional. Reading Hush Hush was like riding a roller coaster, the story moves in a fast pace and before you know it, it’s over. I long to go back into Patch’s and Nora’s world and experience everything again.
Nora is an excellent protagonist. Like Patch describes her, she’s attractive, intelligent and vulnerable. Her emotions are perfectly captured and portrayed. Patch is a very intriguing guy and more so when he is reluctant to talk about his past. Though he can be provocative –and flirtatious at times, he is very attractive and has this ‘good’ side of him. Despite Nora feeling uncomfortable with Patch, she is drawn to him. Her best friend, Vee, is affable but don’t insult her because she can be rather sharp-tongued!
There is one part towards the end when everything seemed so surreal (hint: that part reminded me of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones), I wanted Nora to run and hug Patch. I wanted to cry during that part, honestly. I can feel Nora’s pain and when she questions her sanity, I got quite a bit emotional at that point.
I hereby declare Patch from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick my favourite YA guy. Trust me, by the time you are done with Hush Hush, you’ll be like Edward who?
My only problem with Hush Hush is the whole similarity with that vampire book. I completely agree with Steph from Reviewer X. Once or twice I had the déjà vu feeling, personally I feel the book would have been better if the scenes were altered in way that makes it unique ( read Steph’s review here).
Part romance and part mystery, Hush Hush will appeal to both young adults as well as adults. Be sure to buy Hush Hush when it’s out in stores October 2009 or preorder it from Amazon/Barnes and Noble/Book Depository. You bet I am getting Crescendo, but that might take a while since Becca just turned in Crescendo to her editor not too long ago. But not to worry, Hush Hush is a
great (great is an understatement) spectacular, extraordinary book by itself, everything wraps up nicely at the end. If you want me to describe Hush Hush I would say it is a stunning riveting phenomenal novel which would keep readers hanging onto every page.