BOOK REVIEW | hush, hush by BECCA FITZPATRICK (SPOILER FREE)

November 25, 2017


Disclaimer: This is my first book review in like 3 months so bear with me. I'm trying to get back into the groove of things.

Synopsis
"A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 she 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 Nora her life" - Goodreads.

Plot
Overall, I found the plot to hush, hush to be very intriguing and engaging. I say this because I never found myself bored or struggling to read throughout the novel. Instead, I found myself glued onto every page, wanting to know all the answers to the mysteries. For being a fantasy/paranormal novel, I found it to be very much realistic. For instance, I did not perceive anything to be too far-fetched, such as Nora's discovery and reactions to Patch, him being a fallen angel, and the supernatural elements beyond that.

This is the first book I have read about fallen angels, and I loved it. I think it did a good job describing that type of supernatural world without overwhelming the reader, or making them feel like their out of the loop.

The pacing was perfect for me, because a lot was going on and the author never dragged a scene. Fitzpatrick did a good job with giving the readers as little information as possible, but enough to keep us enthralled in the story until the very end. hush, hush to me was very suspenseful because as the reader, I knew just as much as Nora, which was literally nothing lol. Although some things were predictable, there was still that element of shock for me, especially towards the end. It is the little things that are placed throughout the story that you don't expect to play such a huge role.

I was satisfied with the ending, but a lot of questions were still unanswered, and I know that there is still so much more to be uncovered about the characters.

Characters (The main ones without giving too much away)
Nora. Surprisingly, I found Nora's character to be very much likeable. I can see why some people would not be too fond of her. Her thoughts and actions are kind of all over the place, and are never in sync. I think Nora has a lot to learn as a character, and she has a lot of room to grow into a stronger bad-ass woman. With that being said, there are a few things that I admire from her character that I want to make note of. For starters, she is an amazing friend and daughter, and I could tell how much she cares for other people. There were multiple instances where she put her safety at risk for the well-being of others, and although this can be seen as stupid, I admired her selfless attitude regardless. Another thing I loved about Nora was how she dealt with Patch. I'm not gonna lie, from the second Patch was introduced I was already falling for him. What can I say, I'm a sucker for bad and mysterious boys! Anyways, Nora's approach to Patch was pretty realistic, meaning that she was suspicious of him, but still interested. She never threw herself at him or fell for him too quickly.

Patch. I love him. I just love him. I don't know what it is about him, his charming looks or smart ass mouth, but this guy draws me in. I was a little skeptical of him because I read a few reviews, and they weren't so fond of him, but the second he was introduced, all hanging perceptions of him vanished. One thing I liked a lot about his character was his humor and how he never came on too strong to Nora. Even though the attraction and tension between the two was SO strong and SO prevalent, I do think it was Patch's approach to the whole situation that did not make it awkward or uncomfortable to read. Just like Nora, I knew he was dangerous and I hated myself for how much I was attracted to him.

Vee. I felt that Vee's character was exactly what was needed in the story. Whereas Nora is pretty simple and conservative, Vee is spontaneous and giddy. She added a light-heartened feel to the overall story because of her attitude. I know in the story, Nora and Vee are referred to as best friends, but it wasn't until the end when I felt that to be true. With all the positives to Vee's character, midway in the plot, I found her to be quite naive and a little bit annoying. I still love her character, don't get me wrong, but at times her spontaneous actions caused more trouble than intended.

Writing
I found the writing to be very descriptive, which was great for me because I could picture everything happening in my head. There wasn't any part of the book where I felt confused because of the wording or style. However, there is one thing I want to talk about, which I found to be very cool honestly. There were so many surprises that happened, and the way some of them were handled, writing style wise, kind of threw me off. For instance, a sentence would start with someone doing something casual, and then at the very end of that sentence something crazy happens, and I'm just like WAIT WHAT. I loved it though because it added a wow factor, and it stood as an element of surprise because I did not see it coming.

Does that make sense?

Final Thoughts
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I was putting  it off because I kept hearing mixed reviews about it, but I saw it in my school library one day and decided to pick it up. I loved how everything kept me intrigued, and how all the small pieces came together in the end, for the most part at least. I can't wait to read the next book!!!!

Rating
4 OUT OF 5 STARS


Until next time,

k.m.


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