Saturday, November 19, 2011

Book Review: Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Pages: 391
Read it in: 2 days
Source: The Library

Summary: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

LC's Take:

Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously?? I LOVED this book!! I almost feel guilty for how much I loved this book, because I honestly thought I would hate it. But here I am, could not put it down, read it in about 2 sittings, and am dying to get my hands on the next in the series. Now, this was unexpected!

I know, I know. This is one of those controversial books that everyone has drawn a line on, and then taken love or hate sides. And honestly, I went into this book *slightly* biased (Lauren Kate's Fallen series sort of turned my stomach against the fallen angel genre) but then lo and behold, it totally suckered me in and didn't let me go until the last pages-- I loved it.

What's more, I loved pretty much all of the characters, and was absolutely on Nora's side the entire way through the story. Some people have said that Nora Gray is worse than Bella Swan. I beg to differ-- I thought she had an intelligent voice, she had courage and vulnerability, and she had an interesting point of view to read the story through. I didn't even find her internal struggle about her feelings for Patch to be annoying, in fact, I completely sympathized with her. Finally, I loved the fact that she was just your regular, everyday girl but she wasn't flat or boring. I really liked Nora.

And obviously, I need to spend a few minutes talking about Patch Cipriano. Holy Moly. I cannot even describe how freaking hott Patch was. And trust me, I am not one to go all gaga-eyed fan girl on  lots of boy love interests, but I make an exception for Patch. Ah, Patch... He's so wrong, he's right. (Wow, that was cheesy lol). He's the quintessential mysterious bad boy who you just can't help but swoon over. And boy, did I ever. Loved Patch!

The story itself had me so that I literally could not put this book down until I finished-- I started it yesterday, got about three quarters through last night, and finished it first thing this morning. The whole thing took a few hours to read, and I loved every minute of it. There was steamy romance, mystery and suspense, action, drama and pretty much every other amazing thing you could cram into a YA novel. It wasn't Shakespeare by any means, but there was never a dull moment and like I said, I really loved the characters. Hush, Hush totally took me by surprise and was definitely one big guilty pleasure from start to finish!

~Cover Talk~

Seriously, how hott is this cover? Cannot even stop staring at it. Like you needed to give me yet another reason to be head over heels in love with Patch, right?! I think the black and white effect with the traces of blood red was a good choice too, since it just amps up the drama even more. Definitely cover love with this one!

LC's Rating:
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Absolute love. I was a total sucker for this book. I almost feel guilty for liking it so much, especially since I sort of understand other people's caveats with it. In the end though? I could not put it down and I want more-- now!


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18 comments:

  1. I love this book too but I am a fan of the fallen angel genre. http://deadtreesandsilverscreens.blogspot.com/

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  2. I like this book and I totally agree about Patch (L) I love the sometimes-yes-but-maybe-not-that-much bad boy type :) I didn't read Crescendo yet tho, I don't know, I wasn't into it that much, sadly...

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  3. Patch makes you wish he did exist lol I'm also starving for the next installments of the series!

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  4. You LIKED it? I've heard such bad things about this one that I didn't even pick it up! I guess I might give it a go then!


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  5. Ahhh I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)) I love this series, but I hope you enjoy Crescendo more than I did haha. I definitely love Patch, he's so freakin hot!!! I'm SO excited to read the 4th and final one :) It's going to be EPIC!!!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  6. I loved Hush Hush and pretty much hated Crescendo. It's a lot like the Twilight series where Edward falls out of the picture for awhile. But that is not going to keep me from reading the third installment. I'm really excited about it.

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  7. I think I agree totally with your review! I also read the book in a matter of hours, and was pretty much addicted. Sadly, I haven't had time to get to Crescendo yet. But like you, I'm a little in love with Patch. :)

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  8. I love that you take a moment to discuss the cover art. I'm an artist and am so drawn to a beautiful cover! It's nice to hear other's thoughts on a topic I love so much!!!

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  9. I just started following you, and I have to say that you have the best background and header. It is just beautiful! Looking foward to reading your reviews! :)

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  10. I definitely didn't love this one as much as you, but I didn't dislike it either. I have read all of the books, and the latest one is by far my favorite. I was just o.k. with Patch until this last one (Silence), and then OMG!

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  11. I'm one of those who loved this book, too. But the 2nd book is the one that drove me CRAZY! So I can't wait to see what you think of it. I still need to read Silence, and hopefully it'll bring back the love I had for Nora and Patch in Hush, Hush.

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  12. i love your review of this!! I too hate the Fallen Angel genre, but I loved how with this book you couldn't tell who was the good guy and who was the bad guy and what the FRICK was going on until the end! also...yeah, Patch. He IS pretty hot. I do dislike Nora though, and I downright hated her in book 2 so I still haven't gotten round to reading book 3. Do hope you enjoy the rest of the series though!

    The Cait Files

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  13. I cannot wait to read this! Adding it to my TBR list now.

    What a gorgeous blog! I'm a new follower :-)

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  15. I've heard mixed things about this, but since you loved it I'll make sure to check it out!

    I saw Becca Fitzpatrick at a signing and she was hysterical

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  16. Great review :) I have to say, Hush, Hush is what gave me to my angel obsession. And I totally agree with you; Patch is lickalicious! I am really excited to read Silence. I hope you like it better than Crescendo. Fingers crossed *

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  17. I got this book for my friend as a birthday gift and borrowed it from her and I. Loved. It.

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  18. Hearing things about this book I feel like I would not like it, but after reading your review I may have to give it a chance and see how I like it! Thanks for the great review!

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