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DescriptionFor Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust--she can't decide whether she should fall into Patch's arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen--and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.
- Published: 21 September 2010
- Format: Paperback 391 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781416989424 ISBN 10: 1416989420
- Sales rank: 7,452
Reviews for Hush, Hush
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Review By Maji Bookshelf
Hush, Hush is the first book I read that's about Fallen Angels. At first, I though it would be ridiculous to read about fallen angels, but it proved me wrong. It was a fantastic read that was filled with mystery, thrillers, and love.
The story revolves around Nora Grey. Patch, the new student, ends up being Norah's biology lab partner. She finds out that Patch is a very mysterious and cocky guy, but she's sure that there is more to him than she thinks.
Nora might be described as stupid, but I find her clever. To actually think of the possibility of fallen angels is crazy. She was clever enough to know that something doesn't add up when it comes to Patch and the definition of normal. Norah's sensing of danger is spot on, she even felt something wrong when she met the two new guys at a café shop with Vee, one of them being a new transfer student. I thought she would be naïve at first, but she didn't. Her best friend Vee is the one who is careless and naïve. Vee just wants to have fun all the time and gets herself into situations that can actually cause danger to her. However I enjoyed Vee's company, she is supportive of Norah and always looks out for her.
Patch is a guy who seems very dangerous; at least he looks the part. He always wears black, and no one knows anything about his background or history. Patch is described as a hot guy, and his cocky comments to Norah never appease to amuse me. I adored Patch and loved his mysterious aura throughout the book.
I really enjoyed Becca's writing style. Especially when it comes to internal character conversations. It was full of entertainment, swoon worthy moments, and action scenes all packed into one book. I recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet, and anyone who loves reading a book about fallen angels.
http://majibookshelf.blogspot.com/ by Juhina & Farah
Darcus @ Starcrossed
I absolutely freaking love this book and recommend it to everyone! I love, love, loved it!
I loved the character of Nora. As the heroin of the novel, she had a lot of fight in her and I really enjoyed that. She didn't take people's crap and she fought back and did her best to protect herself. I loved her.
And Patch. Oh jeesh, Patch. If I had to describe him using only one word, that word would be 'Yum'. He was dark, mysterious, dangerous, wild, and sexy. He was everything I'd want my fallen angel to be.
The book was filled with a lot of mystery, romance, and action. This may possibly be my new favorite series. by Rainy Days and Pajamas
SPOILER ALLERT!! Scroll to last paragraph to avoid!
Nora is forced to seat with the creepy and obnoxious transfer Patch who incidentally knows how to get under her skin and somehow he knows things about her. Unfortunately, she's eerily attracted to him. As the routine continues, he antagonizes her and makes her flip off her normal self.
While driving back home a guy with superhuman strength, wearing a ski mask attacks her after running and getting hit by the car causing severe damage to the car but when the damage disappears and the memory stars diminishing she starts to question her sanity.
Nora then seeks to use Eliot a new student who always hangs out with his friend Jules outside of school to distract her of her attraction to Patch at no avail. Patch keeps affecting her and she couldn't control it. Then another occurrence sends her rechecking her sanity again.
Soon she stumbles upon a shocking and unsettling news on Eliots past and discovers that the same guy that attacked her the other night had attacked her bestfriend Vee confirming the sanctity of the incident. They decide to investigate their two suspects; Patch and Eliot. Nora is almost certain that Eliot is the guy when other occurrences point towards him but Vee is not so sure. Although Nora doesn't believe Patch was the attacker she was convinced that he has something to do with all that's happened since she met him but he never gave anything but vague answers.
Then another incident brings the police to her house but before she could process that, she is thrown over by the possibility that Patch may be a Fallen Angel. After facing an assault from Elliot, she is determined to spy on him at his old school. To her horror she finds herself at a crime scene with the traces of the incident disappearing and the presence of the ski masked guy creeping up her spine. Patch arrived shortly after her panicked call and they were forced to put up at a motel when the weather turned harsh. The night quickly turned to be the night Nora unintentionally discovers Patch secrets and his relationship with her new school psychologist Green and according to Green whose real name is Dabria, he's to kill her and she is his means to regrow his wings and gain passage back home to become a Guardian Angel, a rank he's not contempt with; he wants to become a human.
When he gets angered that she unwittingly found out about his secret she is certain that he's going to kill her but her attempts to escape him fails. After another somewhat vague conversation, Patch set off alone to "take care" of Dabria while Nora is almost killed by Dabria after she drops her an info about Patchs intention on sacrificing her, a Nephil descendant.. Torn between logical reasoning and her undeniable feelings and trust for him she tries to escape him but he catches up on her trail. She received a blackmail call from Eliot threatening to kill Vee only to discover that the attacker had been Jules and he seeks revenge on Patch using his love for Nora; he had been using Eliot as a spy. She barely escapes Jules to find Vee but he finds her, trapping her alone in the darkened school. She gets to witness the depth of Patchs love for her when he sacrifices his human vessel to save her and she decides to sacrifice herself to give him his wish of becoming human, that will kill Jules in the process but Patch saves her instead refusing. Saving Nora turnes him into her Guardian Angel.
Patchs dark and deep personality is compelling but I found myself struggling to warm around Nora; felt like she had two different personalities. That said, I appreciated her being untrusting of Patch despite her feelings for him. There are quite a number of holes in the plotline; many unanswered questions after certain scenes. What was impressive was the way the author describes the sceneries. I felt the author could touch more on the emotional side of both and could have revealed more on Patchs point of view to let the readers in on the progress of his desire to kill her turning to love. The lack of the above made it a tad lacking in the romance department. It could have been made more intense rather it felt more of a mystery thriller. Other than that, more on Eliot and Jules could have deepened that plotline and I found the relationship between Nora and her best friends Vee without depth. In whole I felt the plot could have been better executed. by Shayla
Hush, Hush - so, so
Her best friend Vee thinks she should loosen up a bit. Easier said than done. Nora Grey has no interest in boys, that is, until their teacher comes up with a new seating arrangement. Patch Cipriano is the new student she has never really noticed before, but now finds herself eerily drawn to. Her gut feeling tells Nora to stay the hell away from him one second, just to do a complete one-eighty the next.
When someone starts stalking her, there's no doubt in her mind it's Patch's doing. He always shows up when least expected and pins her with dark and smoldering looks. Most certainly not a good idea to fall for him! One by one Nora comes closer to discovering the truth - the truth about Patch, and about her role in a war between supernatural beings. Will putting her trust in Patch be Nora's downfall?
I've heard so much about the Hush, Hush series and finally succumbed to my itch to buy the first book. Reading various reviews I got the feeling I'd either love or hate it. Well, let's just say I landed smack dab in the middle on the "or".
As I've said countless times in the past I'm a fan of prologues. Hush, Hush happens to have a very interesting one. Unfortunately, in the end it felt like there wasn't much connecting it to the plot. It was probably designed to start off the world building with a bang. Didn't cut it for me, though. I prefer books that work as a stand alone even though they're part of a series.
What I loved was the absence of vampires. Don't get me wrong, I'm addicted to paranormal romance with a vampire as the main character. It's just that I'm particularly interested in angel-themed reads these days. The idea of a war between immortals and the fallen is good, but the execution turned out to be only so-so.
Despite his general demeanor being a bit off-putting at times I liked Patch well enough. What's wrong with a dude who's a little twisted?! Me likey! I was waiting for Nora to take his pushy self down a notch. Sadly, it never came to that. While Patch intrigued me I couldn't make myself care for Nora. She sent out mixed signals all page long. I want him! He's dangerous! I'm falling for him! He wants to kill me! Intended, no doubt, was for it to come across as an inner battle she needed to fight. The outcome for me were two or three deliberate eyerolls aimed at her flakiness. Then again, I understood how frustrating it was for her to crush on someone with such a dark side to him. It bugged her to no end. The confusion about what was real and what just her imagination playing tricks on her gave the story an interesting edge - even scary at times. Nora slowly grew on me.
In the beginning I suspected Patch didn't really know what he wanted. His mood swings made me dizzy. Turned out I wasn't too far off with my assumption. A conflicted hero with a touch of tortured. Yay! On top of this I'd kill to have his ability for just one day. Which one you want to know? Uhuhu, sorry, I'm not saying. On the bright side I definitely felt the chemistry, however weird, between the two protagonists and secretly kept my fingers crossed in hope that Patch didn't reveal himself to be the bad guy. One specific moment (Nora on the counter - Patch standing between her legs) had me fluttering my lashes wildly.
The villain (it might or might not have been Patch) creeped me out big time. Well done, Fitzpatrick!
On to another character: Vee Sky, Nora's best friend, had a very complex personality. I'm sure you'll like this brash girl. She's full of energy and a much needed ray of sunshine in Nora's life. Yes, she talked a lot of smack, but also acted first and asked questions later when it counted. Believe me, the **** hit the fan!
There was a lot of constant tension because of the unknown evil surrounding Nora. Always a plus, too, the story wasn't lacking suspense. True, it did start out slow, but eventually gained speed. Whether you'll like this book or not has a lot to do with the expectations you have going in. It's a quick, light read. I enjoyed it, but have read better. Neither can I criticize much, nor give a lot of praise. I will read Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2), for I was entertained enough to want to know what's going to happen to Patch and Nora. It would've been a good idea to buy both and read them in one go. 3 stars for Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Beware of Spoilers!
A few of my favorite quotes for those of you who are interested:
° "His smile wasn't friendly. It was a smile that spelled trouble with a promise."
° "I think I left my car running. But it was great talking to you!"
° "...Patch wasn't the kind of guy mothers smiled on. He was the kind of guy they changed their house locks for."
° "I think Pastor Calvin is hot. In a fortysomething way. That pretty much sums up my religious conviction." by Saskia
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
The first few pages of Hush, Hush pulled me in. I was hooked to the story before the first chapter even started. I had a little trouble getting through this book, but that's not because of the book, I just didn't have much time to read and I didn't like only being able to read a few pages at a time.
Nora was a good character, but she wasn't a favorite. I liked reading about her and Patch, even though Patch was kind of creepy at first. (Sorry to those of you who are in love with Patch!) I mean, I do love Patch, but not very much in the beginning. He's still a bit creepy to me, but towards the end of the book I started liking him.
Nora and Patch's relationship is weird. I can't really explain that, it's just so different, if that makes sense. Which different is good. Unique. And gosh, do I looove me some YA angels!
Patch is cocky and doesn't care about anything it seems, and Nora stands up for herself (Which I really liked, it's unlike a lot of the main girl characters in YA.)
I loved Nora and Vee's friendship, they really show the meaning of best friends. Though Vee, alone, really got on my nerves at times. You'll just have to read it and see what I mean.
Overall, this book is really unique, I'm not going to go into too many details because I don't want to give any spoilers away. But Fitzpatrick's writing is really good, can't wait to read the next installment. I'll definitely be trying to get my hands on that soon. =) by Amanda
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!
*Gold Star Award Winner! by TeensReadToo