Publication: October 13th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: Hush, Hush #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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 that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for such a long time now, and it has come! #beingapoet
Hush, Hush’s plot is not that complicated or massive. It’s kind of like Twilight, but with angels – mind you, that wasn’t in any way an insult or a comparison. The writing has this slightly gothic tenor to it, and you can really tell that the author did her research about mythology before writing this novel.
Nora Grey is a fairly interesting protagonist. She’s quite different among YA heroines. She’s very vulnerable because of her trust issues. She needs to take iron pills because she’s anaemic. And she’s actually a legitimate geek. I meant that as a compliment.
Patch Cipriano is nothing new to me. He’s the typical Guy With The Secrets, or GWTS, and the one guy every girl seems to drool all over and manages to come off as a modest. One thing that intrigued me about him is his unabashed desire. He seems more fit in a different environment; like in a New Adult novel or something. Nonetheless, I had no problems with Patch except for some of his dialogues. They come off as cheesy and cliched to me sometimes.
Something that I quite admire about Hush, Hush is the time the author took to develop the romantic aspect of the novel. To be honest, I was eagerly awaiting that first kiss. It didn’t happen until after 200+ pages or so. It was pretty nice.
The thing that irritates me the most is instalove, and I really think the author did a good job in shaping that relationship here. She gave much thought and time, so that we can follow and comprehend what’s happening. But there are some situations when I feel like Miss Fitzpatrick is pushing Patch’s tough guy facade for the sake of it.
Lastly, I really love how the plot was played out. There’s a great mystery in here, and the revelations are just gripping. It really felt like I was reading a thriller/mystery novel. The timing was perfect and the characters were at the appropriate scenarios.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read more than I had expected! Looking forward in continuing on with the series.