Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Hardcover, 400 pages
Date Published: October 13, 2009
Description (Taken from Goodreads)
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. Not until Patch came 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 who 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 way 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.
Hush, Hush begins with Nora meeting Patch and being forced to work on an assignment together. The new lab partners have a great deal of tension between them and it all soon escalates to Nora becoming unwillingly attracted to Patch. As strange things happen to and around Nora, she begins to question whether or not she can trust Patch. When new student Elliot starts school with Nora, he just adds another piece to the puzzle. Nora attempts to figure out who Patch is, who Elliot really is, and who is the cause of all the strange things that are happening to her. The story progresses with Nora discovering the truth about Patch (he’s a fallen angel) and he lost his wings a long, long time ago. There’s a mixture of death, destruction, crazy ex’s, possible stalkers, and some kisses here and there. The mystery of the story is wrapped up pretty well towards the end, but there are enough loose strings for the follow-up.
Hush, Hush has a lot of great things going for it. I felt like all of the characters were very strong in their own ways. From Nora, to Patch, to Vee, and even Elliot; they all were developed well enough to suit their roles within the story. Nora has a lot of depth to her and isn't presented as a completely lovestruck high school girl. Patch comes in as the bad-boy shrouded in mystery and Nora is inexplicably drawn to him. Nora’s best friend Vee can be viewed as rowdy and comedic or as someone the readers will hate. I found her funny and refreshing, but I could see other people being annoyed with her. The thing that I liked the most about the story is that Nora is a strong character that doesn’t come off as being whiny or a constant damsel in distress, though she is in distress often. So many stories have such complex bad-boys and love interests and the heroines of the novel become bland in their shadow, but that doesn’t happen to Nora at all. Nora remains smart and strong-willed throughout the novel and the focus of the story doesn’t only revolve around a love story. That being said, Patch is just as complex as Nora with some added mystery to him. His mysteriousness works well though because it leaves Nora (and the reader) confused about him for a while. The mystery and sexiness that emanates from Patch makes it easy to see why Nora is so drawn to him.
The story is definitely unique and interesting. It is set in high school and it there is the whole high school love thing going on, but Becca Fitzpatrick did a fantastic job making it sexy and fun. The historical backstory is awesome, but I wish there was more to it. The incorporation of actual Biblical (angel) aspects into the novel also gave it a little something extra. The book was very easy to get into and I read it through in a day. I think I would have picked up on a lot more if I read it slower, but it was hard to put down. It has something for everyone in it as well. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.
Crescendo, the follow-up to Hush, Hush is due out next fall.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it