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DescriptionNora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. . Patch has made countless mistakes and has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora. . After getting paired together in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from Patch, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her, as well as the dark path he is about to lead her down. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?.
- Published: 13 October 2009
- Format: Hardback 391 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781416989417 ISBN 10: 1416989412
- Sales rank: 54,738
Reviews for Hush, Hush
- Top review
Will leave you wanting MORE!
Hush, Hush is the first book in the series. The story focuses on Nora Grey who's life is pretty ordinary until a student transfers to her school, Coldwater High.
Nora doesn't know what to think of the new boy "Patch" but definitely isn't happy when he becomes her new biology partner, separating her from her BFF Vee.
Vee is a confident, chatty, daring, fun and caring friend. She is Nora's other half, they do everything together, and Vee makes sure there is plenty of mischief to keep us entertained throughout the story.
Patch is Dark with mystery and handsome, he's annoyingly full of himself but leaves you wanting more, and that's just from meeting him the first time!
Yep! Patch is trouble and Vee knows it, warning Nora to stay away, but will she?
Hush, hush is just what I needed and more, after reading some poor reviews I thought "okay let's not set the bar too high". Well let me tell you, this book broke through the bar and ate it for dinner!
It's funny, exciting, emotional, suspenseful so much so you won't want to put it down. Even now I've reached the end I just want to grab book two and devour it right now at 4am! If you haven't read it, why not give it a try, trust me you won't be disappointed, and to those who said they couldn't get into it, pick it back up right now, I know you will soon change your mind about giving that poor review:)
I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:) by Sarah Martin
Not what I expected in a Good Way...
Concoction of a Review:
The day was gloomy at home. I looked at my shelves wanting to read something. *sigh* Nothing on one of my many shelves did not jump at me. I had the bulter ready the carriage to make a run to the libaray. Riding cloak in hand I was off. The library has the odd smell to it that only a book lover would enjoy. I took a deep breath and started to sally through the isles of inky wonders. I grabbed Hush Hush off the shelf not thinking it would amount to much but I wanted it.
*Gasps!* Becca Fitzpatrick, I was not expecting what was between those covers! This was much more than I expected... in a good way. I even managed to get my own hardcover copy of Hush Hush for my favorite books of all times shelf. *sigh* It is the most beautiful sight! Now I have a lovely hardcover copy of Cresendo right along side of it. Which I hope to get to soon.
Nora Grey, a sophomore seemed to be living a pretty wonderful life. Which included a truly grand friend, Vee. Those types of friends are hard to come by. They even endured Biology together. I know many groan at the though to of science but this was just a plus for me *grin*. Now us readers get a bit lucky and well, our duo have a stroke of discomfort when the dear biology professor decided to do the unspeakable. He made everyone change their lab partners, breaking up the girls. However, now Nora is now partnered with the mysterious silend badboy, Patch Cipria. From that moment, that little change her normal life was soon to be less then that. Everything starts to change....
Patch is one of those dark and brooding types that knows exactly what to say or not say to drive Nora to the brink of... lets just say he gets her all flustered and mad. Albeit her frustration with him she can't seem to stay away from Patch. It's a scary weird attraction she does not understand yet she is compelled by him. Nora is afraid to lust after him and she is just simply afraid due to a few mysterious occurances. There has to be something blasphemous about the possiblitiy of that relationship. The Mad Scientist really wanted to love him but he comes out as being creepy in the beginning, creepier then I would care to admit. But must admit I love the innuendos that come out of his mouth. I can just picture Noras knickers getting all twisted with her face all up in a huff of anger and embarrassment. It truly made me laugh out loud... more than once. Thanks to my dearest Becca for a darker male to swoon over, I needed that!
Picture cloaks, magnification glasses, and proper pick locks because Nora and Vee do some investigation of their own which leads nowhere. Soon, her fear switches to Vee who gets herself into a scary situation without knowing it. Vee is alone with Elliot and Jules who are not exactly what they seem.
Hush Hush was Becca Fitzpatrick's debut book, that made the Mad Scientist an instant fan! She has easily wiggled her way onto my favorites list and I can hardly wait for Crescendo to come out! Hush Hush was a fast paced page flipper. I personally could barely put it down! The story was I tense with well thought out plot twists. What I mean is, the Mad Scientist was guessing throughout the book instead of being told what I already figured out. Tis true, it is hard to out whit this brain.
Overall, the Mad Scientist is more then pleasantly pleased. It was a wonderful read and a great debut novel! by Mad Scientist
When I bought the book, I assumed that I would read something like Fallen by Lauren Kate. I was wrong and I have not regretted it at all.
Mainly character of the book is the 16-year-old Nora. A quiet girl, not in an annoying way, which for me was easy enough to understand her and her feelings.
Beside her is her best friend, her mother and later the other major character of the story, Patch, who is coming along with other mysterious characters. Apart from Nora, Vee and her mother all other characters are a real mystery and diverse enough to change their characters and the story.
While the beginning of the book is Twilight alike, and we are in a biology laboratory with an obnoxious partner, then it's changing very much and I would put it far away from Twilgiht and the writing style of Stephanie Meyer. Personally, it is much much better.
It's a pretty dark book, full of action, mystery and tension. On the one hand you had the peculiar relationship of Patch and Nora, from the other mystery of assassination attempts to Nora. Along with the Patch appear and others with fairly dark past and form. The best thing is that the book is not predictable. It is very difficult nowadays to find something really authentic and i believe that hush, hush accomplishes that part. Every 50 pages approximately when you think you have a conclusion to what is happening, something will happen and will change your mind again, but not in a way to be confused or tired with it. The characters are fairly comprehensive, and persons who remind you of people from your environment. Bad girls, cute guys and of course the bad guys who you really want to avoid or afraid. Of course there is an intense love story but is written beautifully next of all the facts and the history of characters without be too much. I believe it can be read easily enough from boys as well. Something might be worth to point out is that at some points (rather dark) were both well written and descriptive that scared me with the result of the scene to stayed on my mind for good. I think should begin to watch out the evening in the street. Also, something that really surprised me, is the fact that all the characters are used in the story with none of the mentioned people to staying out. Every single person which was mentioned has a role to play. Something that i can't remember if i have seen it in another books.
If the books loses somewhere, then it is that missing information on angels. Apart from a posting a page that is supposed Nora would find, we did not learn much about them, although some conclusions are easy to get out.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and I am especially glad that I chose it. The preview chapter of the next book which was included at the end, has made me want it even more since it appears that Patch has even more mysteries around him than you can imagine. by splashofourworlds.blogspot.com
Angels r the new thang...
Right from the start, you were thrown into a mystery, which kept on building up then all of a sudden BOOM! everything is crystal clear right in front of you. Basically its a paranormal romance between angel and human. I dont want to get into details by explaining why exactly it`s a "forbidden romance", because if i do then i`ll ruin more than half the book. Just to let you know, there is a lot more than what meets the eye in this book. This book is VERY entertaining, partly for its humor. It got me LOL for most of the book(something that i never do in romance, since i m mostly in aww). Patch`s character is soo hysterical, i found myself LMAO sometimes. For most of the part, i couldn`t keep myself from smiling throughout the ENTIRE book; It has this effect on you. I constantly thought, `"Mahn Becca F. sounds like such a cool person for coming up with such humor".
Its a real page-turner(and i mean it!), again because of all the mystery. As you are reading, you think you got the mystery finally figured out, then OH! another twist in the plot. Gosh i LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
Like in twilight, Stephenie didn`t keep the vampire secret hidden for very long because the story continues as a human girl in love with a vampire. Bella knowing exactly what she is getting herself into. This however is not the case in this novel. True it does have similarities to other paranormal romances these days. BUT, Becca does something different in this story: Nora falls for Patch without getting in on his secret. She actually falls for PATCH as a person, but because he is an angel *SPOLIER ALERT* (since she doesn`t find out until the end).
This novel is Mystery, Action, Romance and Fantasy all tied together in a beautiful package. If you are one of those crazyyy for paranormal romance type-of girls, then you will absolutely LOVE this novel. I think one of the best things i liked about this story is that it was very believable. Each and every character was relate-able. In my opinion, the best believable element was the Angel part, because angels are real(most religions believe in them, including myself). U read a vampire novel n fall in love with the story, knowing they don`t exist and the story happening to you does NOT stand a chance.
After reading this story, i got really interested in things we CANT see, but know that it exists. Made me look at the world from a different perspective. After i finished it in just one-sitting, i was like `"NOOOO!!, i can`t be done this fast" i wanted MORE nora and patch. The ending was good, very satisfying and couldn`t have been any better. Although, it was sooo asking for a sequel.
Angels are in, Vampires are OUTTTT!!!
(and Its about time!) by JiYa
This book was great. A romantic thriller with an angelic twist. Not that Patch is angelic, quite the opposite in fact. I loved the snarky dialogue between Nora and Patch. It was entertaining and felt right with the pace of the storyline. The writing was clear, well paced and succinct. A romance that was not overly superfluous! I loved it. I enjoyed the 'thriller' style of the book and didn't feel it was too scary, it just made me more curious to try and figure out what was going on. I was not able to guess one of the big twists until right around when it occurred which was great. Filled with banter, action, and surprises Hush, Hush is a book you don't want to put down. Look for the sequel Crescendo on October 19, 2010! by Scootunder review
"Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me."
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!)
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!)
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! by Smash Attack
Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be too reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. Patch has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora.
After getting paired with Patch in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from him, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?
I had read about Hush, Hush and was very excited to receive a review copy. I recently heard that the final version of the book has a different ending from the one that I reviewed.
Hush, Hush reminded me of Twilight in part because the main characters and interaction are set in the local high school. Nora Grey's friends are edgier, more dangerous than the Twilight set. Nora Grey reminds me of Bella though: she shares the same observant tone but is similarly prone to get into dangerous situations. When reading Nora Grey's thoughts, I have the same desire to yell - "Watch out!" and to shake her into action that I had when I read the Twilight books. What I enjoyed most in Hush, Hush was the relationship between Nora Grey and Patch. Patch's protectiveness and his kindness towards Nora make the book worth reading and rereading. If you enjoy stories of young love battling crazy odds with a strong dose of fantasy, you will probably enjoy Hush, Hush. by Gaby @ Starting Fresh