Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
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.
For the first 3/4 of this book, I would have given Hush, Hush 2-3 stars. By the end, I was ready to give Hush, Hush 3-4 stars.
Whether you like Hush, Hush depends on what type of book you're looking to read. If you like suspenseful, psychological thrillers, you'll love this book.On the other hand, if you prefer fantasies that have just as much focus on the development of the supernatural world as the action, this may not be the book for you. I'm in the latter category. The supernatural twist to the book, the fallen angels, isn't discussed in depth until 3/4 through the book. It's a really interesting concept and I like the twist Fitzpatrick brought to it, but it was not developed enough for my taste.
I also have a lot of problems with several of the characters. Nora is just fine; it's impressive how skeptical she remains throughout the book - she's not a hopeless romantic - and she does an excellent job of defending herself. Vee seems like a stupid girl. The ditzy, boy-crazy types drive me crazy. Patch, the hero, is another character I dislike. He gains some redeeming qualities as the book goes on, but for much of the story, he's not just your typical "attractive, bad boy." He's lewd and disgusting in a way that's a total turn-off to me. I prefer my "dangerous boys" to have a softer edge.
All the criticisms aside, the ending of the book is fabulous. I was turning the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next. Not only was it suspenseful, but it was interesting and satisfying. The ending really saved the book.
Rating: 3.5 / 5