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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hush Hush (Giveaway Points Post)


Hush Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick
pub: Oct 2009
400 pages

Giveaway ALERT!
If you've already entered the contest, a comment on this post (within 5 days of post date) gets you 2 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to learn about the giveaway and enter! Good luck!

Synopsis: 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. Not until Patch came 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 who 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 way 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.


A book that lives up to all the pre-released hype. I loved it!

Actually, the moment I finished the last sentence of the book I immediately went back to the beginning and started rereading. I couldn't get enough. Let me rephrase - I can't get enough of this book. Patch is wonderful! He's sexy, confident, sexy, cunning, sexy, sly, sexy, cocky, sexy, arrogant, sexy, dark, sexy, dangerous, sexy, deliciously masculine...and did I mention he's sexy? He's the kind of character that makes girls go weak at the knees.

And Nora -- our heroine!-- isn't a complete and total airhead! Soooo happy with that one. I've read reviews that say she's a little boring. I disagree, Nora just isn't an emotional mess. Instead Nora's smart, independent and rational which I think makes her perfect for dealing with Patch. She's attracted to Patch (who wouldn't be?) and at the same time repulsed by him (his controversial personality is part of the charm). Sure Nora has her slip ups, but if she didn't, she wouldn't be human and therefore she wouldn't be believable.

Hush, Hush is clean but definitely much, much sexier than Twilight ever was - and I loved Twilight - but, again, it was clean so it's ok for younger YA readers. On the Twilight note, I see some similarities between the two books. Forbidden romance is a common element. Also, like Edward, Patch has conflicting emotions for Nora, who, like Bella, is willing to sacrifice herself for the ones she loves.

Every now and then the plot slows, but it more than makes up for it with character in my opinion. Also, the prologue that had me questioning it's relevance for most of the book, at the end it ties in wonderously!! Hush, Hush is one of those books that pays off in a big way if you stick with it.

The majority of the mysteries are solved by the end, and I'm okay being left with a few questions -- they just set me up for the sequel.One problem I had with the book is that the tagline for Hush, Hush is "A secret oath. A fallen angel. A forbidden love." It seems fairly obvious who the fallen angel is in this forbidden romance, but Nora doesn't figure it out until the last third of the book. It's not because Nora is missing obvious clues, it's just the way the story runs. Irritating? Just a bit.

I've read some reviews that thought Patch was abusive toward Nora (emotional not physical). So I went back through the book and without giving away any spoilers, there's a shift within Patch and afterward his behavior toward Nora changes. Subtle but it is there. Again, another similarity to Twilight and Edward's initial cold behavior toward Bella.

What I haven't seen mentioned, which is a major problem I have with the book, is the behavior of Nora's best friend, Vee, near the end of the story. Nora is physically attacked and Vee completely blows off the incident and actually defends Nora's attacker! While Vee came off as rather ditzy I would never have expected her to do anything, but support her best friend and want to see the jerk in jail! This was a big "Whoa!" moment for me because throughout the book Vee is warning Nora to stay away from Patch because he's dangerous, and then suddenly it's ok for someone else to attack Nora? Um, no. Didn't track at all, at all.

Another issue (not huge) is that Fitzpatrick creates a wonderful relationship between Nora and her mom. It's warm and open, and they are very close. But when things go wrong I was taken out of the moment by the fact that Nora was not more inclined to go to her mother for help. The author does explain this somewhat, but when things became seriously dangerous, I thought Nora would, and should have confided in her mom. Not about the whole fallen angel thing, but just the basic human evil coming at her.

I've read other negative reviews that thought Hush, Hush was going to be more concentrated on the "ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen." I was expecting a paranormal romance not a battle royale so I wasn't disappointed.

I think readers looking for a hot paranormal romance will be thrilled with Fitzpatrick's creation.

I'm dying because the sequel, Crescendo, isn't coming out until fall of 2010. When I read that on her site I glared at the release date for a minute hoping it would laugh and say "Ha just kidding!" and rearrange into Coming Spring of 2010 (or Next Week!). That would have lifted the anvil of dismayal off my chest a smidgen.

The Cover: Absolutely gorgeous! A work of art!! The image is dramatic, but having it in black and white with just a few red feathers adds a great amount of depth and captures the essence of the book. I love this cover so much I'm putting in to win a poster of the cover here. FallenArchangel.com is hosting Hush, Hush Cover Week providing us with interviews with everyone responsible for bringing Patch to life! Plus the poster contest.

We have a copy of Hush Hush in the MegaBook Giveaway that will have 23 winners so far. Go to the contest post if you'd like to enter!

80 comments:

ninefly said...

very glad I read your review because I was afraid that the girl would be just another airhead who swoons after the "bad boy"
still, the fallen angel thing is incredibly tempting, and I've read many other positive reviews on the book, AND the cover is indeed gorgeous
hopefully I'll have a chance to read it soon~

- ninefly(at)gmail.com

Krista said...

really wanna read this one!!! :)

elnice said...

Great review! This one is sitting on my shelf, staring at me. I will get to it eventually (sigh)

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Elie (Ellz Readz)

Llehn said...

It's nice to hear that a book lives up to its hype!

Susieqtpie said...

What a great review. I haven't been a huge fan of paranormal until recently. I keep running across book reviews like this one that makes me want to read more of them. THanks for the review. I too love the cover!

Shealynn Benner said...

I LOVED this book too!! Fantastic! Thanks for the review!

asides said...

cannot wait to get a copy of this one.

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

Great review Alyssa. Very in-depth. I have been waiting forever to pick this book up (it's way to far down on my Books to Buy list) and after reading this review am even more impatient to finally read it.

Thanks!

Jessica W. - Book Bound

Crystal said...

I'm currently reading Hush, Hush and I love it so far. I didn't realize there is a sequel!! Yay, you just made my day!!!

Great Review!!

justaiv said...

I read this book in two days. I also really liked Nora because like you said she wasn't a total airhead. Vee was the only character that I didn't really like, but the story kept me interested till the end even though I had pretty much figured out the attacker from the begin. I can't wait for Crescendo to come out!

Tynga said...

I got the book on my shelf but haven't read it yet I have to many review books the read =(
I am really excited about it though!

Chase92 said...

I really wanna own this book! I especially love the cover art!

Milka said...

This is also one of those books that I've read so much about but haven't yet read it. Hunger game was one and now when I have read it I'm not disappointed. I hope a copy of this book will come to the bookstores here so I can buy it. :)

booklover said...

What a wonderful review, Alyssa!

It seems like a great book with a beatiful cover and amazing characters.

Lea said...

I completely agree with your review. I loved Hush, Hush! I do also think you're right about Vee. I mean, seriously? If a friend of mine reacted that way, I would be done with them right then and there.

I wish the sequel was coming out sooner!

Jasmyn said...

I've actually heard mixed reviews about this one, but what you wrote may change my mind about getting it.

Sheere said...

great review! I think that I agree with almost everything you have said.
Vee was a little annoying.. I mean Nora has a "car accident" and instead of asking is she is alright
she worries about her car safety! She is your best friend!
And Patch.... no words to sum it up!
The cover is so amazing, I hope Crescendo cover's is as beautiful as Hush, Hush' is!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I have this one on my pile (signed, even) but haven't found the time for it. I agree that the cover is beautiful, but I was slightly turned off by the angel's armpit hair. Random, yes.

TJ said...

This one is getting such mixed reviews. I fear it may be too like Shiver for me to enjoy.

YA Vampire Books said...

Love your review!! This book has been on my wish list for soo long - I HAVE to read it soon!!

Melissa said...

I just read this one last week, and overall, I thought it was good. I wasn't buying Nora and Patch's relationship, but I'm hoping in the sequel, I'll feel the relationship more.

The cover is amazing!

Maria said...

Sounds good, I really want to read this book.
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Orchid said...

Since I love books featuring fallen angels I'll definitely have to look into reading Hush, Hush. Awesome review. :)

BrittLit said...

I saw similarities between this and Twilight too but this one is so much more amazing. And I love the cover.

Alexa said...

I loved this book! The cover was what drew me in, but Patch and Nora definitely lived up to my expectations!

pepsivanilla said...

I am SO happy to hear that Nora is a strong character!! I love the cover too :)

Alessandra said...

Wow, 23 winners! This book looks totally awesome. I have it on my TBR pile :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

I'm glad you liked the book! :)

elaing8 said...

I loved this book and loved the cover :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm so glad you loved this! I'm so excited for Crescendo and I really want to know what the cover's going to be like!

Jenny N. said...

Great review. I bought a copy and read it and fell in love with it.

Dani. said...

I want to read this so bad. Fallen angels are awesome:)

Bunny B said...

Great review! :) Makes me wanna read it more!!!

Cherie J said...

Great review! I have been curious about this one.

Rebecca said...

I've read mixed reviews about Hush Hush so now I really want to know what I'll think of it.

alinesantosdacosta said...

it was already on my to read list but its on the top.loved the review .

Justine said...

I have yet to read this one. It sounds so awesomely awesome :P

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad you liked it. I have heard good things but then a bunch of negative reviews that made me wonder

Nikki said...

I'm really glad to hear that Hush, Hush lived up to all the hype! I can't wait to read it. :)

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

I read Hush, Hush a while ago and I also enjoyed it. One thing that I loved was Nora. It was so refreshing to have a strong female character that wasn't riddled with teenage angst. She never came off whiny or immature and I loved that.

Your whole issue with Vee may actually be explained if you reread some bits again.
***********SPOILER************
Jules/Chauncey is actually controlling Vee and planting all the bad thoughts into her head, so I believe that this is why she reacts the way she does towards Nora's attack.

Aside from some little things, I really enjoyed the book and I can't wait for Crescendo.

:D Nikki

Amanda-Lee said...

Hi, GREAT review!!!

i have read so many on Hush Hush, and yours is the first that mentioned Crescendo!! i wouldnt have know there was another book had it not been for you.

I am also glad that Nora isnt wishy washy like so many humans in Paranormal novels are - bella swan and sookie stackhouse any one - but anyway, i will definitely be getting this book, but now i know there is a sequel i might hold off for a bit, because im really bad at waiting.

The Book Vixen said...

This was a great read. I'll definitely be re-reading this one.

Faith Adeline said...

Hush Hush looks like an awesome novel that I cannot wait to read. I haven't bought it yet, and the library doesn't have it yet. It's depressing. lol.

Mandy said...

Ah, I've been craving this book for a very long time, and your review just got me even more hyped up.

Jess said...

Hush, Hush looks like such a good book. I'm on the waiting list to get it from the local library, buuuut the wait list is so long :( So I'm just hoping that some money will fall into my lap, and I can buy it. Heh.

So, let me guess did you think Patch was SEXY? LOL! I've heard that Hush, Hush has similar elements to Twilight, but I'm glad that they're not like carbon copies.

Anyway, awesome review. You just made me want to read it even more!

-Jess
(Find the Time to Read)

booklover said...

Crescendo is coming out fall of 2010? I know how you feel when you say you can't wait, Alyssa.

Alexa said...

I already commented on this post so don't count this, but I just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award over at my blog! http://hookedonyabooks.blogspot.com/2009/11/bunch-of-awards-d.html

Teddyree said...

Fantastic review, I enjoyed Hush, Hush but I'm hanging out for Crescendo big time LOL

cait045 said...

I can't wait to read Hush, Hush. It is at the top of my TBR list

1inseveralbillion said...

great that you loved it!

throuthehaze said...

Great review! I enjoyed this book as well

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

I'm glad you liked it, albeit much more than I did. There were things I liked and things I didn't, and in the end for me the things I didn't outweighed the ones I did.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I feel like I read this so long ago that I need to go back and reread it. I got it from Barnes and Noble for a First Look selection. And actually they changed the ending for the final copy from the one in the ARC! I read the new ending and it was the right choice to change it. It wasn't much of a change but just enough.

I also agree about Vee - I actually didn't like that character at all. She didn't seem like much of a "best" friend.

Thanks for the review!

~*Ruby*~ said...

i'd love to read this book! :) so many rave reviews about it.

Jessy said...

Sorry to say to say I did not enjoy this one that much. I was really looking forward to reading too.

donnas said...

Great review. I really cant not wait to read this one.

mariska said...

i just read another review for this book on another blog. well it's negative respond though. now i wonder how the story really is.

aprilnichole said...

I've heard nothing but good stuff about this book. I'm really ready to read it.

natalierenae said...

I just recently read this one, and I enjoyed it as well! I'm glad you felt similarly! Great review!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings

brizmus said...

Wow! Pach and Nora sound amazing. This book sounds amazing. I don't think I have read a single bad review of it. The more I read about Nora, the more awesome she sounds. And I love that Nora has a loving relationship with her mother. That's so great!

Brodie said...

I LOVED Hush, Hush!! I sooo cannot wait until Crescendo comes out - so long! Patch is just.. Wow. Dang. Whew. Swoon. *fans self* I couldn't agree with you more on him! LOL love the review - so glad you enjoyed it!

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I've been wanting to read Hush Hush but just haven't made myself go out & buy it yet!

Karla said...

i really*20 want to read this but i dont have a job since im 15 and we dont have money to spare so im waiting to for library to get it so i can get my hands on it. Pat sounds really really smexy. :). great review. makes me want to read it more.

booklover said...

The library is great too, Karla!

Sassy CC said...

I've read Hush Hush and liked it but the main characters confused me, a little. I enjoyed your review.

Seahn

The Ultimate Dumpees said...

I heart this book. I read the ARC a few weeks ago...and it was amazing. I read it in one day and I wanna read it again.

-Brittany (brttmclv@aol.com)

booklover said...

You're so lucky that you got the ARC, Brittany!

Ciel said...

I really want to read this book now! I've had my own copy since it first came out, but I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. ='( Too much homework xD

Addicted Book Reader said...

I want to read this so much, and the cover is so amazing!

babygirlG said...

I so wanna read it!

MarthaE said...

Thanks for all the well thought out comments in your review. Very different cover on this one!

A Life Bound By Books said...

Thanks again for such a great review. It was a fun read, even with the little things that I wrinkled my nose at... those just didn't seem to take away from the story or the characters for me.

A great review for a very good book.

-Lisa
alifeboundbybooks(at)hotmail(.)com

Zombie Girrrl said...

This book is AMAZING!!! I love H,H. And Patch. A lot. ^-^

blueviolet said...

I like the push pull of this relationship. Attraction-repel!

titania86 said...

It really annoys me when people say Edward is abusive. If he beat her, she would be dead. End of story.

Anyways, this book looks really good. I was kind of wary at first, but I've read a lot of good reviews for it.

iluvhersheys_andbooks said...

I also really loved the book. I really did notice some similaritiesbetween this book and Twilight, but there kind of generic so its not really liek copying or anything. And I also found Vee sooooo anoying throughout the book. Great review though!!!

Robyn said...

The cover is simply beautiful! I cannot wait to read this one!



Robyn

Wrighty said...

I loved this cover as soon as I saw it! The story was good and I look forward to the next one in the series!

Aik said...

I'm dying to read Hush, Hush!

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Jamie said...

I want to read this book soooo bad!!

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