Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2009
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.
Hush, Hush was a farely good read. The cover was what caught my attention in the first place. It is gripping and eye catching. Being the first fallen angels type of book I have read, I did not know what to expect. The actual plot and story idea was enticing and definitely kept me interested. It wasn't one of those stay-up-late, fervently-reading-to-the-end type of books for me, but those are hard to come by. Fitzpatrick continuously keeps the reader interested through excellent writing and surprising events.
Nora's character was overall well developed. She wasn't my favorite character of all time but still fun to read. The decisions on Nora's part are not thought through and more often than not end up being very unwise decisions. However, if she didn't make these sort of decisions then the majority of the events would not take place and the story line would not exist-which is becoming a staple in YA literature.
My favorite points in the book where characters are concerned include the interactions between Patch and Nora. The relationship is difficult to explain because it is such a different relationship than I have read before. It wasn't a bad different nor was it a good different-just a surprising different. Some portions of the book were very unrealistic, but they are easy to overlook with the whimsically dark feeling of the storyline.
My rating: 4 lattes for being an exciting read with engaging characters.
As this is the first novel in the series, I look forward to making my way through the rest of the story with the second installment, Crescendo.