Monday, October 25, 2010

REVIEW: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster
391 pages


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.

My immediate reaction: I liked it, it was enjoyable, but I am not going to make it a permanent addition to my personal library.  I started reading it around 7:00p.m. one evening and I finished around 11:00p.m.  It wasn't an "Oh, I gotta see what happens," feeling; the book simply held my interest, and I had no need to stop.  I like a literary bad boy (hey, who doesn't), but Patch didn't just reek of danger; he seemed to be the kind of 'don't-go-there-girl' sort of guy who takes relish in causing havoc.  Actually, between his rude arrogance and his down right manipulative and threatening mind games, the word 'sociopath' frequently flashed in my head.  He truly seemed to get a high kick out of giving Nora the extreme heebie-jeebies, and in the process, gave them to me, as well (kudos, Becca).  In one instance, he does something towards Nora that, were I her or were she my daughter, cops would have been called.  Of course, I would have done that a few different times in this book with more than one guy, but no spoilers here!  A HUGE annoyance were Nora's frequent comments about how Patch's physical proximately made her feel and her struggles with those feelings.  At those times, I just thought, "Shut up, Bella Swan."

Overall, it was a fun book, and I likely will read its recently released sequel, Crescendo.  If  Hush, Hush had come out in the early 2000s, my personal opinion is that it might have been the book to kick the nation's love for the paranormal back into action (Patch would have needed to be a wee tad more personal).  As this is the author's first book, I look forward to seeing where her writing goes from here.  In conclusion, Hush, Hush didn't give me the squealy delights, but if you are looking for a good escape one evening, this might fit the bill. 

Grade: C+

My overall issue with YA paranormal romance:  This book brought to the surface an issue I've been thinking about lately.  It is not just with this book per se, but with many others that are like this right now.  It is too formulaic: slightly introverted, but intelligent girl meets mysterious guy who is either highly aloof or downright rude. They develop the tingles for each other.  Guy is a supe of some sort, is dangerous to the girl, but gosh darn it!  He just can't help himself!  His mere presence is a threat to her, but he is falling in love and won't leave her alone/feels compelled to protect her.  This formula is wearing thin, and I doubt that I am the only reader getting bored with it.  The next author who writes to this plot needs to be on fire with writing skills; otherwise, it is just another YA paranormal romance with a very obvious ending.


  1. This book is almost to the top of my TBR pile. Thanks for the review. I'm a new follower. Check out my blog, if you want:

  2. Thanks, Annette! I certainly will! Hush, Hush was fun read, I just really want to see some more variety with this particular plotline in general, or more character development when an author uses it.

  3. I may just pick this one up now. I knew I wouldn't find it a phenomenal read but it may be something to pass the time on my drive to Texas in a few weeks. I am having a similar issue with YA paranormal. Its primarily what I review. I did find Angelfire and Unearthly to be a few steps away from the formula. Angelfire in particular is completely different and there isn't a love triangle there. I am hoping when these get released it will breathe some fresh air into the genre.

  4. I enjoyed this one though I agree with you it is formulaic in terms of the two main characters. Crescendo is the one I had a few issues with, I didn't like Nora at all in that one so I'll be interested to see what you think of her! I think it has a great mystery element to it though. Thanks for your honest review:)

  5. @Archimedes - YES!! That would be splendid - I will have to watch for those! Thanks for the tip!

    @Jenny I have that one requested from the library - I will let you know, but thanks for the heads up!