I went into this third instalment of the Hush, Hush "saga" not expecting to love it because I had been disappointed in Crescendo but hoping to get answers to my many questions. Do the Nephilim finally become free? Do the fallen angels finally get what's coming to them? Do I get to see an archangel please, pretty please? Does Vee actually get a boyfriend that doesn't want to kill her best friend? And does Vee ever find out about the angel community in any level of detail? Sadly only one of these questions got a yes.
The prologue begins in the past, three months before the time of chapter one but four days after the cliff-hanger of Crescendo. The reader isn't given too much detail right away on what happened right after Hank Miller stormed in with his militia on Nora and Patch but we know that Nora has been kidnapped, and Hank is using her as leverage to ensure that Patch keeps his end of the deal up. What does Patch need to do, he needs to get Hank information on the fallen angels but Patch doesn't really want to play. After a cringe worthy few lines of "lets literally rip Hank apart piece by piece until he caves" Patch makes another deal (because surprisingly Hank didn't cave), one that will ensure Nora's release whether he gets Hank the information or not: he'll give Hank his wings, and that ladies and gentlemen, plus the fact that Nora is released with no memory of the events of Hush, Hush and Crescendo is the set up to Silence.
I hated the premise of this book, memory loss? Now don't get me wrong, I don't see a huge problem with Nora not remembering her time of the kidnapping because well as a friend pointed out - had she not had her memory erased then she wouldn't have been set free. But to erase everything she went through in Hush, Hush and Crescendo so she knows absolutely nothing about Patch and everything angels so she has to relearn them? Such a waste of time, in fact the first half of the book is Nora being fed half-truths and lies about the past five months of her life, getting all lusty over the colour black and taking one stupid risk after the other. If the reader didn't know everything Nora had forgotten then I would have been interested because I'd want to unravel the mystery with her but here the only thing I was interested in was what the hell Hank was up to.
Besides the whole Nora doesn't know anything plot line there were clues and titbits of news about an impending war between Nephilim and fallen angels, almost every chapter there was a mention of Chesvhan approaching and after all that build-up we don't get a war we get a cliff-hanger, a "to-be-continued" because over 200 pages was wasted on Nora regaining her memory and figuring out her past instead of a tension filled build-up to a war that pits immortal army against immortal army. This book should have been epic but I was obviously expecting a completely different read and have been sadly left disappointed.show more
by Rosie Wilkinson