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

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, Bk 1)
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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!