Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick (Book 1)

(Buy it HERE)

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 who have fallen -- and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

This book in general doesn't seem to get much love. (It may account for the $4 price at Amazon.com at this moment.) But let me say that I LOVED it. Even from reading the back cover, I knew what was going to happen I found myself flipping pages to read more. Before I knew it I had finished the book in less than 12 hours. Chapter after chapter flew by without be keeping track of the time.

Nora is an everyday teen and in although admittedly in some parts she is a little to stick in the mud and irrational, but she's allowed to be as she's a teen. Her best friend Vee is more annoying and highly irritating in the book more than Nora. Patch is quite the mysterious guy, and frustratingly vague. While these characters are in the book, it's not what the book good. What really makes this a page turner is that you just have to know more. You know the basis of the story, but the way the mystery of the book is set up you keep reading finding out more and more in little increments. You really don't know who the bad guy is until he's revealed and at some points you feel for Nora as you wonder if she really is going crazy.

Again this story, of course, is in first person. BUT let me just say this author does it right. Most of the time it didn't even feel that way with me I was caught up in the story itself. There are some
discrepancies that really have no solution but your imagination, but nothing that would stand out like a giraffe in a leisure suit. ( One example is that a counselor isn't who she says she is. In the review for Amazon by the School Library journal they rip the author apart for insinuating that the school system would be so lax. In my opinion I personally thought "Ummm false documents" but that was my mind filling in the blank. It's not a big deal, just a minor one. It doesn't add to or take away from the underlying story itself.) There is some explanations where I was kind of confused at the function of the bad guy, but that could be me and it made sense in the story as a whole. While the explanations were quick, they did make sense as you know this is a first book in a series, not a book as a stand alone.

All in all for it's original story line, page turning ability, and the underlying climax at the end, I would highly recommend it. If you like a different take on Angels, the fallen, Nephalim, and fantasy/paranormal give it a read, you'll like it.


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