Sunday, December 4, 2011

Book Review: Hushed by Kelley York

Title: Hushed
Author: Kelley York
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
e-ARC, 231 pages
Date Published: December 6, 2011
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
Hushed is this insane, in the mind of a killer, thriller that both YA readers and adult readers will devour. It has the perfect combination of, suspense, what!? moments, and a sizzling romance that burns right off the pages.

Archer, the main character and maybe not so great guy, has this innate darkness about him that is just a little terrifying. He comes off as a sociopath, but then we see the side of him that cares. That really, truly, cares; about Vivian, about his mother and Vivian’s mother, and about the new guy Evan. It’s this contrast in his character that makes Archer so intriguing. He becomes this enigma that is tantalizing to riddle out.

As creepy as Archer can be, there’s also something about him that is loveable – that will make readers root for him and for his happiness, despite the terrible things he’s done. It’s very easy to see him as the bad guy, but even easier to see him as a victim. I credit Kelley York’s astounding writing and character development because as bad as Archer may be, York makes sure we know there is much worse out there.

And that much worse just might be Vivian. She is someone to loathe and I found myself angry at Archer for caring so much; but I got it. His love for her stems from a deep, childhood friendship that he cannot fathom breaking. Mirroring Vivian’s wild and unpredictable personality, is Evan; who is good and kind and solid. I was as captivated by him as Archer is.  Archer’s interactions with Vivian and Evan are so opposing that it makes for this fire and ice feeling throughout the novel. York is a master at creating these complicated and convoluted relationships that are unhealthy on some levels and destructive on others.

Hushed is as much a psychological thriller as it is a love story and that is a testament to the talent that Kelley York possesses. For every disturbing scene or thought, there is one that is steamy and rife with sexual tension. The plot unfolds in unimaginable ways, while maintaining this realistically messed up driving force. I loved every minute of it.

Opening line: “I feel that suicide notes lose their zing when they drag on too long.” ~ pg. 2

Favorite lines/passages: He was taking a life. The least he could do was suffer through witnessing it. ~ pg. 3
And less creepy, more melancholy
Maybe that’s what the trembling is. Take away Vivian, take away Evan…the leftovers weren’t strong enough to hold him up and keep him going. ~ pg. 147

*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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The Slowest Bookworm said...

OOoo sounds great!

BookLuvr Mindy said...

I've seen this book around a lot lately and I'm seeing nothing but good things about it. Nice review!

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Candace said...

I've seen only rave reviews for this book. It sounds crazy and twisted but amazing! So glad you loved it too!

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