Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review: Hush, Hush Saga

Book Review: Hush, Hush Saga
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)

Hardcover391 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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...until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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.
I love this book. For two words and two words only. Patch Cipriano. He is dangerous, mysterious, and a lot sexy. The plot of this book is okay. But hey -- you know what? It doesn't matter. I've still read it three times because I simply cannot get enough of Patch. 
Fallen angels are a weird concept for me. I don't know if it is the feathers or the odd battle between good and evil that throws me off. Actually, I do know. It is most certainly the feathers. There isn't much sexy about a guy with wings coming out of his back -- I'm sorry, there isn't. 
That is precisely why I love Patch. He isn't really warring a battle between heaven and hell. And he doesn't have visible wings, phew. He has his own motives that are selfish and not all that nice. But what would you expect from someone with black hair and black eyes? A neon pink soul? No. I love that. He is who he is and does everything for the things that he wants.  
Here's the deal. I have low standards when it comes to liking a book. All it takes is a romantic interest that makes me swoon. (And dialogue that doesn't make me gag.) That being said, this book lives up to more than my low standards. Even though the plot is slightly head scratching, it still has enough momentum and intrigue that you have to find out what comes next. This for me is a -- can't put it down until it is done book -- and then read it again because it is that good. And Patch is that hot. 
Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)

Hardcover427 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous 
guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. 

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something. Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Where I loved Patch in the first book, I loved him even more in the second. He gives us brief glimpses of vulnerability that only add to his allure. I actually liked this book more than the first, but I think that is because this time I knew what to expect. And this book helps the plot in book #1 make more sense. 
Nora is slightly more aggravating. If you read it, you will understand what I mean by that. Let me try to put it in a non-spoilery way. Her actions seem to make it so that Patch isn't in the book as much as I would like. And, I would like him there all of the time. 
The plot is stronger in this book and the tension is even greater. Both the danger tension and the romantic tension. Both make my heart race. And both lead to an exciting and entertaining read. 
Silence (Hush, Hush #3)

Hardcover438 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
I think this goodreads summary is a bit insufficient. Until I held the book in my hands, I really had no idea what Silence was going to be about. So this is a bit more information:
Nora wakes up in a cemetery with no memory of the past five months then she discovers that she has been missing for three of them. When she meets a dark and mysterious stranger, she is drawn to him in inexplicable ways. And somehow, she knows he holds answers to the missing pieces of her memory. 
Alright -- this summary has my heart pounding. 
I hate to say this. I really, really hate to say this. 

But...I was mildly disappointed with this book. 

There, I said it. But please note the mildly. Regardless, disappointment is a term that I didn't want to have to use. I could not wait for this book to come out. And then after reading I was like -- meh. My heart did not pound. However, I had been looking forward to this book under the assumption that it was the last in the saga. En contraire, Becca Fitzpatrick announced shortly before Silence came out that there was one more. Thank goodness. 
Even though I didn't love, love this book, I still can't wait to read more of Nora and Patch's story. Silence would have been a let down as the finale, but as a segue to the final installment, it was fine. It did its job. It gave necessary answers. And it maintained my love for Patch. 
And naturally, if you have read book #1 and #2, you have to read this one. Because obviously you love Patch as much as I do and have to, have to read more of him.

1 comment:

  1. I love this series! This series really got me into angels books and ever since then I can't stop! I'm into angels and I never thought it'd be my thing. Apparently it is! I felt similar though with the third book. I was slightly disappointed. I think partly it was because I was expecting everything to be wrapped up and I don't know... another part of me just didn't feel exactly the same as I did before.

    Great reviews!

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza


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