Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Review: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Young Adult
Published: October 1, 2009
How I Got the Book: From my dad for Christmas :)

Synopsis (from b& 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.

My Thoughts: I became very frustrated with this book early on. From the cover of this book it's incredibly obvious that it's about angels...fallen angels at that. This is deduced by a quick glance at the cover. I love fantasy books with richly created fantasy beings, events, worlds and so on. I want to hear the history, struggle, and new twist on the likes of witches, vampires, werewolves, and now here is a YA book dedicated to angels. Yes! I thought to myself. Well, in actuality this book moves at a snail's pace. Yes, it's a HUGE secret through 90% of the book that angels are among us on earth. I wanted the secret to come out so I can learn more about their world and conflicts. Now I didn't expect them to come right out and say it- but the book is SO obvious in characters, I wanted to hear about the angels. By the end with the conflict coming to a head, I feel as though the book DID pick up. I found the author's take on angels WAS cool and interesting but it came so late in the book. A crappy ploy to sell us the 2nd book, I feel. I will pick up the second book because I do want to give the author another chance to get the world full of angels in gear. And for those people who read Twilight: just take out the word 'vampire' and add 'angel' and you have Hush Hush, but of course Twilight did it much better.

Characters: Nora, the protagonist, felt very flat to me. She was unrelatable, and Patch felt like Edward if Edward was an angel. The author did a very good job of describing the characters in a physical way. Any secondary character was forgettable.

Cover Art: Phenomenal!!! It's the reason I put this book on my Wishlist hehe. Beautiful black and white with a touch a red (which I realize is the trend but this one got it right).



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