The concept for this story is great, but there were downfalls. It's hard to explain this without giving away spoilers, but I felt that the reasons for certain actions weren't believable. As Tom Clancy said: "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." But to me this novel didn't make sense. It felt like excuses were thrown in that just weren't believable at all.
As for the characters... I did really like Patch. He brought a lot of humor into the book. Nora, on the other hand, I found to be bland. She didn't seem to have a definite personality and was very hot and cold with the way she reacted around Patch. Her best, seemingly only, friend, Vee was slightly annoying. She wouldn't listen to Nora when she should have, and some of the things she did to/for her, I wouldn't consider very nice at all.
Also, the policemen were very unbelievable. A sixteen year old girl calls in a break in, they go out to her house, she says it must have been a mistake and they just leave her alone with a "Get your mum to call us when she gets home.". Then, later, they accuse her of a crime and go on to question her, a minor, without a parent or guardian of any kind present.
Having said all that, I did actually enjoy reading Hush Hush. I really wanted to know how it ended up and how everything was resolved. It was an addicting read which I finished in one day. The end isn't a cliffhanger but it does leave a lot of unanswered questions. For her debut, Becca Fitzpatrick has done a pretty good job. The sequel to Hush Hush, Crescendo, comes out in Autumn (Fall) 2010.
Overall, I rate Hush Hush at 3 and a 1/2 stars out of 5. I recommend it to lovers of angel stories and YA fantasy.show more
by Amy Mansell