Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Firstly, what does the writer have to say about this book?
Blurb: Falling for the fallen...
For Nora Gray, romance was never part of the plan. 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 judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounter, Nora isn't sure if she can trust him. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and to know more about her than her closet friends. And when she tries to seek answers, she discovers she is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and the fallen... and it's time to take sides.
I picked up this book from the young adult section following a recommendation by Sammie, so to be able to review this book fairly firstly we would need to accept the audience in which this book was written for. As the book was aimed for young adults, certain topics that would be explained within an adult book in mature manner with great detail, is only brushed upon within this story. For example relationships are explained in a simple way where different aspects can be taken depending upon the age of the reader. Through-out the story the majority of the time the reader is left in suspense. The writer creates atmosphere very easily to build fear for the characters very early on, leaving the reader constantly guessing, and with a great twist at the end, which admittedly is quite predictable, but still very interesting and enjoyable.
Now is this the best written book? No.
Did I expect it to be? No.
To be honest I was not let down by this book, as my initial expectations were rather low. I wasn't expecting a strong story line, as it was aimed at a younger audience, but what I received did not disappoint. The story was very east to get into, the characters were very easy to relate to, and the mystery surrounding the storyline was very captivating.
Would I read this book again? Probably not. But really that is a very unfair comment as I rarely re-read a book.
The only problem I found with the story line was that it seemed to have gained influence from other story lines.
Let me explain.
I'm sure you have all heard of Twilight, well who hasn't? Now I'm not saying that this is about vampires or that the writer has ripped off the plot from this novel, but certain aspects have definitely made an appearance. For example the two main characters, Nora and Patch, meet for the first time at high school in Biology class. Fair enough, where else would a high school student meet a mysterious student? But was it entirely necessary for the chosen class to be Biology? Well it kind of was. There were issues raised within the book that that could only be raised within a biology lesson, so I guess we'll let the writer off with this one.
The other plot that this book reminded me of is not a book. In fact it is the British T.V series, Hex. I'm not sure how popular this series was, as I'm pretty sure that it was cancelled after the second series. No surprise really as the main, much loved character was killed off within the first few episodes of the second series, then replaced by a much feistier, female demon killer. If you've not heard of this series it too is about a fallen angel that needs to seduce a human to spawn a child, which will bring on the earths destruction. In fact the nearer to the end of Hush, hush, the more I was reminded of Hex. This could be completely coincidental as the writer may have never seen this series, so for this we will also let her off.
(I still recommend this series by the way, but only if you can handle the series ending without all the answers being explained.)
Now to the most important part of this book review, would I recommend this book?
Actually, I would. Though I have mentioned some bad points, overall I enjoyed the plot. I loved the characters, and I found it very easy to read. There were even some parts in this book where I was truely terrified. Now don't get me wrong this is coming from the girl who has watched far too many Zombie movies, and fears the Zombie Apocalypse on a daily basis, so I may not be the best source to judge fear, but I still enjoyed the slight adrenaline rush. I would say to anyone who was to embark on reading this book, go into it with an open mind, understand the audience to which this book was aimed at, and finally enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed my review as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now I'm going to lounge on the sofa and enjoy the next book in my 'books I wish to read' line up, Rachel's Holiday, by Marian Keyes. I love her books, my favourite being 'The Charming Man,' which was so excellently executed, so I am looking forward to how this story unfolds. Lets picture me, sat on the sofa, cuddle up nice and snug in my quilt, with a nice cup of tea, a bun, and a good book.
Hope you all have a good day,