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Title: Hush Hush (you can Buy on Amazon here)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: 27th May 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Genre: Romance, Supernatural
Rating: **** (4/5 Stars)
About: A sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love…
This darkly romantic story features our heroine, Nora Grey, a seemingly normal teenage girl with her own shadowy connection to the Nephilim, and super-alluring bad boy, Patch, now her deskmate in biology class. Together they find themselves at the centre of a centuries-old feud between a fallen angel and a Nephilim…
Forced to sit next to Patch in science class, Nora attempts to resist his flirting, though gradually falls for him against her better judgment. Meanwhile creepy things are going on with a mysterious stalker following her car, breaking into her house and attacking her best friend, Vi. Nora suspects Patch, but there are other suspects too – not least a new boy who has transferred from a different college after being wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend. And he seems to have taken a shine to Nora…
Love certainly is dangerous… and someone is going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice for it.
Review: Whilst this is incredibly similar to other texts of this genre – a young teenage girl gets placed next to a moody (but beautiful) boy in class, and they end up madly in love (sorry for the major spoil but you all knew it was coming).
Saying that though, although there is nothing that is hugely shocking, or different. I still really loved this book. It was still fresh and genuinely exciting at times (so I guess, it does make the story its own).
The characters are very well described and well thought out. They are believable.
Patch, despite his terrible name (sorry), is seductive, scary and weirdly charming.
Nora is smart, ambitious and a perfect blend to keep everyone happy. She isn’t pathetic (in the sense that she can’t take care of herself). Considering that she has to deal with psychotic supernatural beings shows that she’s actually quite strong. Like, if this book was my life, then it would probably only be a couple of chapters long (and not even that).
I felt like it was very fast pace, but it didn’t run away with you. You knew exactly what was happening and why it was happening.
There is something slightly more dark than other books of this genre, but not like incredibly scary (there’s nothing that horrific in it).
You have to read with this book with an open mind because it feeds you information which you just have to accept and not question it. This was something which I was a bit worried about at the start, because when reading reviews about this text, many people complained that they were given too much information (or sometimes not enough) to really take in what was happening.
I don’t see it as too much of a problem. It doesn’t make it a hard read – in fact I would say that its fairly easy to understand what is going on. At the same time, the book becomes more enjoyable when you just accept what is going on (I mean this is a book that involved supernatural beings, so like you have to be open-minded).
I would strongly suggest you read this book if you like supernatural YA novels. This is one of my favourites and I have read it repeatedly since it was published.
And, as an add on bonus this is a series of books. Which are incredibly easy to read over one weekend. So if you just want to indulge yourself in a book this weekend (or series) and want to get away from the real world then this is the book for you.