Book Reviews of Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, Bk 1)

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, Bk 1)
Hush Hush - Hush, Hush, Bk 1
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
ISBN-13: 9781847386960
ISBN-10: 1847386962
Publication Date: 5/27/2010
Pages: 391
Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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2.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Despite the amazing cover and contrary to so many other reviewers, I did not like this story. Now I must admit that the writing was good and I did finish it very quickly, but the story itself was deeply disturbing and creepy. The only reason I kept reading was in vain hope it would all work out and something good would come along through a cool plot twist or stellar character growth. Seriously, if the heroine is afraid of the "so-called" hero for most of the book, and the hero even WANTS to hurt the heroine for most of said book, romance isn't the word that comes to mind. Psycho works better.
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Helpful Score: 8
Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka Harlequin Twilight for TeensReadToo.com

Nora Grey isn't your typical high school student in the sense that she spends a lot of time on her own and yet concentrates on her studies and has her head on straight. She is that good girl that doesn't want any trouble and, slightly reminding me of Rory from my beloved Gilmore Girls in the "has her sights set on Yale and nothing will stand in her way" attitude (and yes, I know Rory was Harvard-bound, but you get where I'm going). But trouble seems to find her in the form of that mysteriously gorgeous bad boy, Patch.

And Patch...how can I describe Patch without turning into a puddle of mush? Well, he's trouble, plain and simple. But he's that good kind of trouble that just about anyone with the XX chromosome is attracted to. He's got the sarcasm down to an art and there's also the fact there's something about him that's not quite right.

Becca Fitzpatrick has done a beautiful job with not only the characters in HUSH, HUSH, but also the imagery is phenomenal. There are moments when she describes the scenery and it feels as if you are walking through places they frequented. And yet even in what should be the most innocent of events, there seemed to be this undertone that something dangerous was near.

And one thing that makes me over the moon is the fact that every character serves a purpose. There's not all these extra characters thrown in there along the way, with no explanation of why. I like that. The only thing about the entire story that got me was Vee, but just a little. I found Vee to be one of those friends that you have to take care of and keep an eye on like you do a child. A bit reckless and self-absorbed, but she still plays her role.

There were times when I found myself literally laughing out loud, like for this particular gem: "I scribbled Jerk on the first line. On the line beneath it I added, Smokes cigars, Will die of lung cancer. Hopefully soon. Excellent physical shape." The above was from Nora, shortly after her first couple of encounters with Patch.

Despite the many humorous gems I found throughout the entire book, this is also a dark novel, and in saying that, there are moments when I would gasp in shock or surprise. It seemed that over the course of 400 pages, I went through every emotion possible, and that's a good thing! Few authors can create a world and a cast of characters that sticks in your head like these do.

Of course, there are already a few different comparisons going on throughout the blogosphere. One being the comparison between HUSH, HUSH and TWILIGHT. Now, of course there are similarities, but they are far from the same novel, or even in the same ballpark for that matter, and the majority of similarities (bad boy/good girl, bad boy has some sort of "different" attribute, fall in love) are similar in books with just about any form of romance over the last couple hundred years. Then there are those (the Biology room as a beginning) that are clearly similar, but they don't make the stories the same.

Then there's the comparison of Edward from said TWILIGHT and Patch. And there's also this comparison of Spike and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and later Angel) and Patch. As someone who was never a fan of either of these shows, I can't comment on that side of the argument because I have no insight on either of those characters. But I can comment on the Edward comparison; and boy, let me tell you, Edward ain't got nothing on Patch! The only thing that Edward has over Patch is those sparkles, but Patch has scars, and scars beat sparkles hands down!

HUSH, HUSH seemed to captivate me in a way that no other book has since...I don't quite remember. I haven't stayed up until 2am reading anything in a long while, much less a 400 page book in one sitting! And if my review can't convince you to read this awesomeness, then just look at the cover! It's haunting, beautiful, memorable, and drop dead sexy...just like the story within.

This is the hardest review I've written and I mean that in a good way. HUSH, HUSH is a title that for the most part receives automatic squeals and excitement simply from its name alone, and there is a reason for all of this commotion. That reason, in short, is because it is fantastically amazing!
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Helpful Score: 4
Reviewed by Bibliophile's Bestiary Blog at bibliophile-bestiary.blogspot.com

This book got a lot of hype when it was first released. I purchased it soon after, because the cover art is AMAZING, but it has been sitting on my book shelf since then. I finally picked it up when I received an Advance Reading Copy of Crescendo (Hush, Hush), the sequel to hush, hush, which will be released October 19, 2010.

The book started off good, I liked how the characters were described, the story line and mystery of it was interesting and the writing was good. Then, it started to get lame. The main character is annoying, and stupid. At points she is pretty much verbally and physically attacked. She is freaked out and scared, then all of a sudden she thinks it is a good idea to get on the back of the motorcycle with someone she was terrified of. It had a repetitiveness to it of Nora liking Patch, being afraid of Patch. Liking Elliot, being afraid of Elliot. It was a tad annoying. The characters personalities changed drastically in the middle and then again at the end of the book, which is hard to follow when you liked them at the beginning. Vee, Nora's best friend, is just plain annoying. She is stupid and does stupid things. When the book finally started getting good again, right near the end, the author really rushed into explaining everything. The "truth" came out in a huge whoosh of words that was a tad overwhelming.

Overall, the book really wasn't that good. I am reading the second one now, so we will see how it goes. 2 out of 5 stars.
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I just finished Hush, Hush and I loved it. It reminded me quite a bit of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, with Patch being more like Bella in pursuing the relationship and Nora being more like Edward in resisting it. Instead of their being vampires and werewolves though there were angels, fallen angels, and Nephil. I never even considered the topic of fallen angels for a novel, so many supernatural novels are about vampires and werewolves that this was a nice novelty and it also seemed appropriate for young adult readers. Even though biology class was discussing sex and reproduction and the characters did feel desire for each other, it didnt go too far, it was tasteful but managed to keep its believability. The tension between Nora and Patch is very believable and palpable. Some characters were a bit too much of a stereotype like Marcie the cheerleader but all in all a book I can see becoming a best seller if it has the right marketing to get it seen and read.
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Helpful Score: 2
There may be a tad bit of spoilery below.

Meet Nora. She is currently sitting in 10th grade biology with her best friend, Vee. They are starting the section on Human Reproduction! (Boy, do I remember those lectures!) when the teacher decides to break up the lab partners and seat them with someone entirely new. He wants to break up the familiarity so they can do some sleuthing and learn investigative skills.

Enter Patch, a mysterious boy who no one really knows anything about since he hasn't uttered a word all year. The teacher instructs the new lab partners to interview one another. Nora introduces herself, and asks for his name. The minute he opened his mouth, I will admit it - I was in love!

"Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me."

Unfortunately, Nora finds this dude completely annoying and he rubs her the wrong way. He knows so much about her too, which makes her hyper-aware of his creepy status. By the end of class, she barely has 2 sentences written down about him, and he just walks out, ignoring her requests for more info. Later that night, she goes to find him for answers to their biology assignment, and he is just as elusive and frustratingly annoying! Nora continues on with life to find Patch right in front of her at every turn. Stalk much?

Nora starts having the weirdest, scariest incidents happen to her, and after they are over, she can find no one who believes her because the evidence is completely erased! She starts to think she's losing her marbles, and wonders what Patch's role is in all of this. She really doesn't want to trust him, but he ends up being her savior every time. More characters are introduced, and people start getting hurt. However, the twists and turns are so good that it really keeps you guessing as to who is out to get Nora!

Is Patch a trustworthy individual?
What is his story, anyway?
Who is Elliott, really?
Why is Jules so quiet?
Why the heck does Nora all of a sudden have a new school psychologist,
with no communication from her old one?
(Now that I think of it, what happened to him? eep!)

Characters

Nora is a well-behaved young lady who does her homework and her own laundry. She is a terrible liar, intelligent and a tad awkward. I found her pretty normal and not all that exciting. Patch is a snarky, sarcastic, uses major sexual innuendos in his conversations, has olive skin and dark curls. Be still my heart! However, he is also patronizing, aggressive, arrogant, and one hell of a manipulator, but he redeems himself, in a way only a fallen angel can. Kudos to Fitzpatrick's characterization! (Patch and Nora's relationship quickly reminded me of Jace and Clary from Mortal Instruments!)

Irks:
When is it ok for a 16 year old to stay at home alone most of the time? Nora's mom has a job that keeps her away a lot, and her dad is dead. I know that Dorothea, the housekeeper, comes by daily to cook, clean, etc, but she never stays over night, and this is absurd to me! Who lets their 16 year old have free reign like that? Can you imagine what kind of trouble and mayhem a teenager could get into? When I think back to my adolescence, this part of the story becomes a bit laughable and unrealistic.
In relation to the above, Nora may be a good young lady who behaves, but in my opinion, she has way to much freedom. Maybe I'm overreacting, but she pretty much tells her mom the things she wants to do. Granted, her mom gets angry with her on a few occasions and acts like a mom would, but it seems unrealistic. And yes - I know this book isn't based on reality, but Nora is supposed to be an average teenager growing up in America.
One more thing: Why didn't she ask for Patch's real name after that flashback with Rixon? Maybe I missed something, and Rixon was just kidding about that, but seriously? I would want to know!
Vee = LAME!

Conclusion: 4 out of 5 stars! You never know when you're going to fall in love, and it is likely to happen when you least expect it. This happens to both of our main characters, and it certainly derails the hell out of Patch's plans. While I devoured the entire book in 24 hours, I must take into account the few irksome bits mentioned above. Look forward to Crescendo!
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Helpful Score: 2
The last thing high school sophomore Nora Grey wanted was to be partnered with a total stranger in biology, especially when the segment is on human anatomy and sexuality. But Patch, her biology partner, is fascinatingly intriguing, very attractive...and has a way of unnerving Nora in all the ways she never wanted to be unnerved. Nora knows that Patch is dangerous, and that she should probably stay away from him--especially after she suspects him of being the masked stalker who seems to be trying to kill her--but their paths keep on crossing, and she can't deny the connection that she feels with him.

However, Nora doesn't know that she's about to become a pawn in a dangerous game that may end her life. For Patch is a fallen angel, one whose wings were ripped off for disobedience. He wants to become human, and that requires a particular female sacrifice. But that's not all. Others are also out for Nora's blood, and against her will Nora feels that Patch might be the only one who can save her, as dangerous as he himself is for her...

Look out, Edward--dark, dangerous, and sexy has a new name. Becca Fitzpatrick writes a forbidden romance that's so delicious, so intoxicating, it should be illegal.

HUSH, HUSH focuses mostly on developing Nora, Patch, and their dance of a relationship. Thus, what it sometimes lacks in vigorous pace, it more than makes up for in Patch and Nora's fantastic dynamics. Every time they meet, you can practically see the sparks flying out of the page.

Readers will either fall over themselves to get more of Patch, or be creeped out by him. He certainly exhibits a lot of the stalkerish tendencies that some readers dislike about Edward from Twilight. In addition, he is rude, condescending, cocky, sexually aggressive, and pretty darn selfish. However, I am firmly in the first camp: I adore Patch. He is the incarnation of every girl's secret bad boy daydream: your very own otherworldly, dangerous, drop-dead sexy, very masculine fantasy come true.

The story doesn't really pick up the pace until the last third or so of the novel, where we learn about Patch's past as well as the story of the fallen angels, Nora and Patch's building attraction finally comes to a head, and mortal danger awaits. Indeed, the final part of the book was so delicious and action-packed that I had to reread it again and again, never getting enough each time.

All in all, HUSH, HUSH is an edgier read that will appeal to more mature fans of Twilight and the Mortal Instruments series. Becca Fitzpatrick is an absolute star at creating fantastic main characters. This one's a keeper on my shelf for sure, so that I can reread it whenever I need a rush of danger and impossible desire. Can't wait to see what Becca has to show us next!
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Helpful Score: 2
I had read a few reviews on this book, about how disappointing it was, but I saw it for 5 bucks, so I got it. At first, it was really cool. I loved it until I was about halfway, then it all fell apart. It didn't end the way I feel it really should have. Maybe you really like twists at the end (I do, but I liked the way it was going), then go for it. It's a awesome concept for a story- a little reminescent of Twilight, a little creepy sometimes, angels- just poorly done.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was most definitely one of my favorites. The characters are really great and i loved Patch. The book is full of humor, mystery, and real relationships. I really loved this book, and i couldnt hardly make myself put it down. The book isnt a copy of anything. I thought it was really genuine and a refreshing plot for the fictional genre. 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka Harlequin Twilight for TeensReadToo.com

Nora Grey isn't your typical high school student in the sense that she spends a lot of time on her own and yet concentrates on her studies and has her head on straight. She is that good girl that doesn't want any trouble and, slightly reminding me of Rory from my beloved Gilmore Girls in the "has her sights set on Yale and nothing will stand in her way" attitude (and yes, I know Rory was Harvard-bound, but you get where I'm going). But trouble seems to find her in the form of that mysteriously gorgeous bad boy, Patch.

And Patch...how can I describe Patch without turning into a puddle of mush? Well, he's trouble, plain and simple. But he's that good kind of trouble that just about anyone with the XX chromosome is attracted to. He's got the sarcasm down to an art and there's also the fact there's something about him that's not quite right.

Becca Fitzpatrick has done a beautiful job with not only the characters in HUSH, HUSH, but also the imagery is phenomenal. There are moments when she describes the scenery and it feels as if you are walking through places they frequented. And yet even in what should be the most innocent of events, there seemed to be this undertone that something dangerous was near.

And one thing that makes me over the moon is the fact that every character serves a purpose. There's not all these extra characters thrown in there along the way, with no explanation of why. I like that. The only thing about the entire story that got me was Vee, but just a little. I found Vee to be one of those friends that you have to take care of and keep an eye on like you do a child. A bit reckless and self-absorbed, but she still plays her role.

There were times when I found myself literally laughing out loud, like for this particular gem: "I scribbled Jerk on the first line. On the line beneath it I added, Smokes cigars, Will die of lung cancer. Hopefully soon. Excellent physical shape." The above was from Nora, shortly after her first couple of encounters with Patch.

Despite the many humorous gems I found throughout the entire book, this is also a dark novel, and in saying that, there are moments when I would gasp in shock or surprise. It seemed that over the course of 400 pages, I went through every emotion possible, and that's a good thing! Few authors can create a world and a cast of characters that sticks in your head like these do.

Of course, there are already a few different comparisons going on throughout the blogosphere. One being the comparison between HUSH, HUSH and TWILIGHT. Now, of course there are similarities, but they are far from the same novel, or even in the same ballpark for that matter, and the majority of similarities (bad boy/good girl, bad boy has some sort of "different" attribute, fall in love) are similar in books with just about any form of romance over the last couple hundred years. Then there are those (the Biology room as a beginning) that are clearly similar, but they don't make the stories the same.

Then there's the comparison of Edward from said TWILIGHT and Patch. And there's also this comparison of Spike and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and later Angel) and Patch. As someone who was never a fan of either of these shows, I can't comment on that side of the argument because I have no insight on either of those characters. But I can comment on the Edward comparison; and boy, let me tell you, Edward ain't got nothing on Patch! The only thing that Edward has over Patch is those sparkles, but Patch has scars, and scars beat sparkles hands down!

HUSH, HUSH seemed to captivate me in a way that no other book has since...I don't quite remember. I haven't stayed up until 2am reading anything in a long while, much less a 400 page book in one sitting! And if my review can't convince you to read this awesomeness, then just look at the cover! It's haunting, beautiful, memorable, and drop dead sexy...just like the story within.

This is the hardest review I've written and I mean that in a good way. HUSH, HUSH is a title that for the most part receives automatic squeals and excitement simply from its name alone, and there is a reason for all of this commotion. That reason, in short, is because it is fantastically amazing!
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Loved this book! I enjoyed it so much! The story line was so unique and awesome! I definitely recommend reading the rest of this series and following Patch and Nora's story all the way to the end!
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Enjoyed this teen book about fallen angels. If you enjoyed Twilight, you are sure to enjoy this one as well.

Nora's life changes when she is seated next to Patch in her biology class. He gets under her skin and ultimately falls for her. What she doesnt know is that hes a fallen angel determined to get his wings back... at any cost.

I honestly dont understand the authors' choice of title for this book or how it relates to the story. It WAS however un-put-down-able, and Im looking forward to the next installment.
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For a teen paranormal romance, its a decent book. Characters are two dimensional but more interested than most. Plot is the same formula of most teen paranormal romance: girl meets bad boy, something is different about boy, learn boy is paranormal creature, boy with no heart learns to have emotion and saves girl. Its unique in that it chooses an otherworldly being that I have not yet seen used. And Patch is an enjoyable character. I found the book to be about 100 pages too long and very slow with a lot of plot holes. But I have read far worse teen paranormal romance.
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I have heard so many good things about this series so I was really excited to start reading this book. I was really tired when I started reading it and was thinking that it wasn't as good as I hoped. Well, that quickly turned around when I had more rest. I loved this book! It is now one of my favorites.

The storyline is unique and interesting. I don't think that I have read a story like this so I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters. They were each unique which brought something more to the story. I liked the main character Nora. She was pretty level headed and mostly not irritating. I loved Patch, of course. I always wondered what the hype was and now I completely understand. He is wonderful, the perfect mix of bad boy and every girl's romantic dream. He made this book a million times better.

I have to admit that I was able to figure out who the bad guys were well before it was revealed, but it was nice being in suspense not knowing if I was right. The only complaint that I have is that I would have liked a bit more detail. Other than that, I loved loved loved this book and I cannot wait to start Crescendo!
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Beautiful cover. Otherwise, so, so formulaic. Sad how YA books all follow the same patterns. The protagonist here, Nora, is somewhat of a loner (but this time the author portrays her as this drop dead gorgeous brunette with legs a mile long) who finds herself the one and only true love of some dangerous/sexy older boy who is not a vampire or werewolf but an archangel. Patch was obnoxiously snarky, rude and overly impressed with himself. Nora might've been a stronger character, but Patch "brainwashes" her for most of the book into becoming a simpering twit who blushes at his sexual innuendo, follows him to motels- basically he makes he do whatever he wants (don't worry, this book is PG with kissing at most) because he has the power to control her thoughts and visions. I *got* the twist at the end (and how it refers to the opening chapter) but it left no heavy impact. The book overall was boring and none of the characters were likeable. There's better YA series out there- heck, even Twilight was more fun than this.
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I thought it was a well written, good read. Liked the different types of angels, interesting, sweet story.
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Insecure, troubled young teen meets brooding, violent immortal in biology class. Is this starting to sound like Twilight? That's because this book was almost exactly like Twilight. Except instead of a girl living with her estranged father, we have a girl living with her estranged mother. Instead of a vampire, we have a fallen angel.

Considering that 1 in 4 women are in a marriage/relationship that has domestic violence ... I am extremely disappointed with how a lot of these YA books portray teen relationships.

There is A LOT of manhandling in this book. It's abuse, plain and simple. There is nothing sexy about it. Yet, just like in Twilight, in Hush, Hush, the author makes controlling, abusive, violent men seem "sexy." Meanwhile, the girl in this book is insecure, troubled, and clearly under-parented.

I don't really understand this trend in YA literature. I don't understand why authors can't present healthy relationship. I don't see why there has to be such manhandling in these books, or why it's considered "sexy" for a man to pin a girl down against her will.

I hope that teens who read these books understand that these relationships aren't healthy, and are not OK. Though, with the rise in domestic violence as well as general abuse in relationships ... they probably don't.

I gave this one star. Would not recommend it for any young, impressionable teens. On the other hand, if your teen has a rational head on their shoulders and understands that this book is, essentially, teen angst and smut ... then, I suppose, it's a semi-entertaining way to pass an hour or two.
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Hush, Hush was a fun, quick read. The characters were memorable, and sometimes annoying. It was fast paced and a little unbelievable at times.
Most of the time I kept thinking about how this book was Twilight and The Mortal Instruments rolled up into one.
I will eventually read the rest of the books, but I'm not dying to get my hands on them like other series.
Overall a good read.
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Unoriginal and forgettable. Nothing fresh and disappointing after all the hype.
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Just finished Hush,Hush and I ended up being more confused than anything. The transition of time was abrupt to me at some points. One minute she's with her best friend then in the next sentence she's at home with her mom. She's also scared to death of one of the characters and demands answers every time they are together, but she never really asks anything and leaves frustrated. Unfortunately I'm not continuing this series.
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Awesome book. I am now reading the second part Crescendo. I look forward to seeing how it all unfolds. Great book by a great author!!
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This book was a nice light read. I enjoyed it.
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Beautifully written and the mystery of who, what, and how is rather good. I really do like the characters and the character development. As a first book and first in a series I look forward to the rest.
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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Details

Pub. Date: September 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Paperback , 391pp
Sales Rank: 9,329
Age Range: Young Adult
Lexile: HL640Lwhat's this?

ISBN-13: 9781416989424
ISBN: 1416989420

Summary:
Nora Grey is a typical overachieving high school sophomore. She acts extremely mature, knows all of the answers in her biology class, works on her high school eZine, and hangs out with her best friend Vee. She has no interest in boys because she has a plan for success. It also helps that she is very judgmental and independent, so she has no need for silly romance. Everything was going along with her plan until coach decides to move their seats in Biology class. Now she is partnered up with Patch, the annoying bad boy new kid that doesn't seem to want to just get the assignment done. She is supposed to get to know him for her assignment, but he seems to evade her questions and knows way too much about her. As she starts to dig into Patch, she realizes she is intrigued by him but she does not trust him. Then dangerous things start happening. Someone is attacking her. People that end up borrowing her clothes end up in the hospital or dead. She doesn't know where to turn. Is Patch her savior or someone who wants to kill her? Is the newest boy at school a friend or foe? The deeper she goes into investigating Patch, the more odd things become. Could he be a fallen angel? Does he want her dead so that he can be human, or is something else going on?
My review:
I have to cut my summary off there because I loved this book and I just want to tell you about all of it. I was trying so hard to make sure that I don't give away anything that isn't given away on the back cover, or easily figured out through the plot. I was completely drawn into this story. It was a great blend of trying to discover the supernatural aspects with also trying to figure out what is happening with Nora. I must admit that I did figure out the ending about half way through the book, but I was still excited all the way through the end.
Nora is a great character. She is reminiscent of a character in a Dessen novel. This is a compliment from me because Dessen's characters I always find so well-developed. I think that Fitzpatrick did a great job of bringing out the positive and negative aspects of Nora. She also seemed to weigh options well. I felt like I understood her choices instead of just being told about them. I like being able to feel like I'm with the character instead of the author telling me about them. Fitzpatrick was able to put me there with her words. I was definitely lost within the descriptions and felt as if I knew Nora. Patch was also very intriguing. I'd almost like to hear his side of the story. She brings up some explanations of what it's like to be a fallen angel and I want to know more.
I'm already jumping into Crescendo because I just can't get enough. Bravo Becca Fitzpatrick, I can't wait to see what comes next!
5 out of 5 stars
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To say I really enjoyed this book would be an understatement. And I hate to sound like other reviews out there by drawing similarities to Twilight, but to me it seems a little apparent that this author used similar plot devices. But for me, it was like a much better version of Twilightâ¦something I simply did not want to put down because it was almost like I was worried it would get away from me.

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Becca Fitzpatrick has a great imagination and I love how she takes a well-known archetype and gives it a fresh new face for younger readers. Her writing however, still leaves something to be desired. You can tell it's one of her first books published. While it's not my favorite book ever, I am definately going to keep an eye on this author. If Hush Hush is any indication, she will have a great career ahead of her.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your time..., November 1, 2009


I heard the buzz earlier this year -- the new hot sub topic in the paranormal genre: fallen angels. I was interested -- I'm a high school librarian and I'm always wanting to have the latest books for students. The cover of this one looked intriguing and I ordered it. The most positive thing I can say is that it's a quick read -- other than that -- well, I'm not recommending this one.

I think the author was trying to create an Edward Cullen of Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) fame with this book - and I even assume it's the first of a possible series given the nature of YA literature to follow that route. Patch is no Edward Cullen and the main character in this story, Nora, is no Bella.

From the beginning (the characters meet in Biology class for heaven's sake -- note similarity), the premise and the story defy all logic and there is nothing remotely believable about the characters or the plot. Nora and best friend Vee are drawn into a ridiculous story about a fallen angel and various other angels and Nephilim (half angel half mortal). At least once on every page I had to suppress a gasp of disbelief and just shook my head at the antics of the characters in the book. Most of what happens in these pages makes the reader suspend disbelief to such a level as to be laughable. From Vee calling in a bomb threat to the climax in the school library -- the things that occur seem far-fetched and unrealistic even given the fantasy nature of the story. There is no point to this whole book!

I'm not recommending this one, nor will I read a sequel. Fallen angels may be the new hot topic but hopefully other authors will make it less of of an attempt at Twilight copycat and more original.
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I read it in 4 hours from cover to cover...I couldn't put it down. Very well written and just an amazing book !!
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I'd heard so much about Hush, Hush, by the time I actually read it, I had no idea what to expect. For every shining recommendation I heard from fellow paranormal YA lit fans, I'd find another reader who panned the book mercilessly.

The book is built on one of the new, hot concepts in paranormal fiction: angels. (Because vampires and weres are so 2007, after all.) Of course, the focus of this novel aren't serene, harp-toting cherubs. Author Becca Fitzpatrick introduces half-human, half-angel Nephilim, fallen angels, andgels of death, avenging angels and other powerful, etherial beings. The fresh premise engaged my attention, and it was a treat to be exposed to a new set of mythology in addition to a thrilling storyline.

Sweet, studious Nora is a true good-girl. Her sheltered life is marred by the death of her father one year ago. Otherwise, her biggest annoyance is her new biology partner, Patch, a dangerously handsome transfer student whose bad attitude and flirtatious distraction threaten Nora's precious GPA -- and chance to get into an Ivy League college.

Nora has a typical good-girl reaction to an attractive bad boy -- she's simultanously drawn to him, and repelled by him. Their charged chemistry and his attention makes her uneasy, but it thrills her, too. Still, she can't shake the feeling that Patch is more than just a brooding guy in black -- he's hiding something. And he might actually be out to hurt her. Because Nora is being watched. And Patch seems to show up everywhere she does.

A lot of the reviews I read criticized Hush, Hush for romanticizing bad boys and encouraging young girls to make bad romantic decisions. Me, personally? I really enjoyed Hush, Hush. Author Becca Fitzpatrick is brave enough to write a male love interest that's actually a dynamic, conflicted character -- not a stereotypical hero or tortured good guy. It's interesting, and unexpected.

I felt Hush, Hush did have some weaknesses, however. The adult-child relationship in the book was not believable and was underdeveloped. Some of the characters are undeniably unlikeable, in fact. But the main relationship has a lot of good tension and potential, and I look forward to reading more about Nora and Patch and their challenges in Crescendo.

Oh yes, and that brings me to a side note about the book's title. I can't seem to find the connection between the title and the storyline or theme. But isn't the cover art amazing?
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As aforementioned, the protagonist of this novel is Nora Gray, a sophomore (more about that later) at Coldwater High School (CHS) in Coldwater, Maine.

In case you were wondering, Coldwater is not a real town. I had to double check because the voice in the back of my head kept nagging about it. Man, what is it about paranormal books being set in nonexistence, shitty, little towns in frigid, northern states? Its as if supernatural creatures couldnt live somewhere real, warm, and sunny.

Enough about the state of setting in most paranormal novels and back to Nora. Shes a tightly-wound overachiever who focuses on her schoolwork more often than anything else. She works for the high schools online magazine (I shuddered every time they said EZine), visits the school psychologist every week, and has some eclectic interests we only learn about through Patch (more on him later as well) but never see her actually participating in. Noras father is deadmurdered in a dark alley or somethingand her mother is a real estate agent who travels for work one week out of each month, leaving Nora home alone often. Her mother employs a German woman named Dorothea seemingly to make meals for Nora when she isnt home. Together they live in an old farmhouse, which happens to be far away on the outskirts of town, where their neighbors are a mile away.

Read more: http://theparanormalreview.blogspot.com/2014/12/hush-hush-by-becca-fitzpatrick.html
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Interesting twists of plot in this book. Much better than I expected. It grew on me over time. The main character Nora was annoying for most of the book, but supporting characters carried the book and kept you interested. Looking forward to the sequal later this year.
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This book was amazing.. I can not wait to the next one in the series! It had action, romance & angels. It had me guessing and questioning everything. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Angels, love stories, or just a great action series. A+++++++++
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Since I first saw the cover of this book I have been wanting to read it. I finally purchased it and I absolutely loved it. It was a nice change from vampire books. It definitely a book that kept you interested. This was the second book I have read reguarding angels. When I finished this book I couldn't wait to get the second book in this series. I hope that there are many more books in this series.
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Fallen Angels are steadily making their mark in paranormal fiction lately. This is the best fallen angel story I've read so far. It's a bit darker than most and that is probably why I enjoyed it so much.
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I really liked the story. It kept me quessing through the whole thing. It keeps you turning the pages.
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I loved this story it was refreshing and out of the ordinary.
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This is one of the worst books I have ever read and considered not even finishing it, but it was such an easy read I kept hoping it would somehow get better but it did not, nothing orginal, so many wanting to jump on the Twilight bandwagon it's gotten completely ridiculous.
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Nora is stuck with a new biology partner, Patch, at school and frankly he gives her the creeps. He always seems to know exactly what to say and do to both repulse and intrigue her. He also always ends up where she does. Almost like he's stalking her. She knows he's bad news, but can't help finding herself drawn to him. When weird things start happening to Nora, she can't help but wonder if Patch has something to do with it. It seems someone wants Nora dead. Now she has to figure out who could be out to get her.

I thought this book was ok. It wasn't as good as I had been hoping, although i'll probably still read the other books in the series. I felt like the story kind of dragged on. Then in the last five chapters or so the pace picked up. Not bad, but i've read better in the YA genre.
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This book got a lot of hype when it was first released. I purchased it soon after, because the cover art is AMAZING, but it has been sitting on my book shelf since then. I finally picked it up when I received an Advance Reading Copy of Crescendo (Hush, Hush), the sequel to hush, hush, which will be released October 19, 2010.

The book started off good, I liked how the characters were described, the story line and mystery of it was interesting and the writing was good. Then, it started to get lame. The main character is annoying, and stupid. At points she is pretty much verbally and physically attacked. She is freaked out and scared, then all of a sudden she thinks it is a good idea to get on the back of the motorcycle with someone she was terrified of. It had a repetitiveness to it of Nora liking Patch, being afraid of Patch. Liking Elliot, being afraid of Elliot. It was a tad annoying. The characters personalities changed drastically in the middle and then again at the end of the book, which is hard to follow when you liked them at the beginning. Vee, Nora's best friend, is just plain annoying. She is stupid and does stupid things. When the book finally started getting good again, right near the end, the author really rushed into explaining everything. The "truth" came out in a huge whoosh of words that was a tad overwhelming.

Overall, the book really wasn't that good. I am reading the second one now, so we will see how it goes. 2 out of 5 stars.