Saturday, August 13, 2011

Book Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult (paranormal)
Why I read it/how I found it: It was at the library, and I realized I hadn't read anything on angels yet, so I went for it.

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.

There's an angel on the cover. The description says that Nora's in the middle of battle between immortals and fallen. The reader has got to pick up that Patch is a fallen angel before even reading it. But no, we're dragged through most of the book before Nora can figure it out (by a Google search. First website she clicked on, too. Anyone who's done a Google search has to know the first link rarely gets you all the info you need). If the publishers had kept it a secret that Patch is a fallen angel, then maybe it would have been more intriguing to figure out what he is. But it isn't a secret, so it's annoying having to be dragged through the poor plotline to get to that conclusion. Nora isn't a very interesting MC, not to mention incredibly stupid. Patch was a flat character, except for this bad-boyness, which is really just awful relationship-wise. Want to give your daughter, sister, cousin, an example of who not to go out with? Point out Patch to them. Just hope they have more common sense than Nora. It is actually ridiculous that this is pulled off as a romance--something for girls to aspire to. And on top of that, it isn't even a good romance. There is absolutely no reason for Patch to love Nora or vice versa, but we're just supposed to go along with it. Sometimes the best friend can make up for the awful MC and love interest, but Vee couldn't. She was even more stupid than Nora. At the end, Fitzpatrick tries to redeem Patch, make him into a good person, but he isn't. He's still selfish. His original motives were unforgivable, but Nora forgives him anyway.

Other info: There is a sequel, Crescendo and a third book, Silence which comes out in October. Becca Fitzpatrick's website is here.


  1. I've heard lots of similar things to what you said, and I think I'll continue my plan of staying away from fallen angle books in general.

  2. I have images of you finishing this book and then just shaking your fist at random people, lol!

  3. Eek. From what you described, this sounds like a Twilight rip-off, and I didn't even like the original. I definitely won't be reading this one. Thanks for the review!

  4. I haven't read this book, though I did pick up the sequel, Crescendo, at a recent Borders sale (90% off anyone?).
    What I really appreciate in your review is that it's negative. It's thoughtful and considered and actually not gushing. I can't tell you how many online YA book reviews I read where I'm thinking - the person is either determined to like everything or doesn't want to make anyone mad. That's fine for a blog on writing, but if you are going to review a book, do it properly and take a stance.
    So, THANK YOU, for a refreshingly honest review!