Hush, Hush

A book by Becca Fitzpatrick

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over it but love the fonts

  • Feb 15, 2011
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (2009)

I just couldn't get into this book, I wanted to but it just wasn't happening.

Mostly it's my fault: I'm burnt out on paranormal romances and I have my own problems with angel stories.

But it's also a little bit the books fault because I'm tired of books with smart, generally reasonable, heroines who seem to completely lose their minds and fall for not only a dangerous guy who spells trouble with a capital T (no, really, Nora says that in the book; his smile spells trouble), but a dangerous guy who spells trouble and starts off by acting like a complete jerk to her. The idea of a girl not being attracted to any of the local boys only to become attracted to an outsider jerk is troubling and problematic on many levels outside of the realm of this actual story. But getting back to Hush, Hush it was just kind of annoying.

Aside from that, and again this is something I should have known already, books about angels are necessarily religious because they borrow (duh) from biblical mythology and lore. Which is fine. But when you are not religious and don't have that foundation it tends to make for a problematic reading experience. I had similar problems with Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.

Problems aside, the writing here feels solid. There's suspense, action, romance (obviously and albeit problematically). Nora isn't completely annoying (except for the whole falling for a jerk thing), the book will have appeal--just not for me.

The book design (aptly done by Lucy Ruth Cummins is also worth mentioning. I don't love the cover art because it's a bit, well, scary. But the fonts on the cover and in the book are very attractive*. The book pages feature a reverse design with the title and author name at the bottom with the page numbers instead of the top which also made things interesting.

*I have no idea which is which but if anyone cares the fonts used in the book are Seria, Lunix and Aviano.

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May 03, 2011
I was turned on to this series reluctantly by a friend who swore i would like it. Im not generally into the fallen angel books, the book Fallen was a major letdown despite all its praise. This series however i enjoyed, not saying i loved it, or that it will go in the re-read pile but i enjoyed it. I do see your point about the rather twilight-ish love for the asshole guy thing though. It did really annoy me in both books of this series. Aside from that the kind of weak plot and predictiableness it was entertaining enough for me to finish it in a weekend. I do wonder where it will go in the next book, and i LOVE the fonts and the cover art.
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review by . January 16, 2010
[...]  I really was reluctant to read this book. The cover was so beautiful that I really thought that the actual book couldn't help but pale by comparison. Stupid reason not to read a book, I know. But when Hush, Hush won the Cover of the Year in the Urban Fantasy Cover Art Awards, I decided I couldn't wait any longer to read it. I bought and read it that same day determined to know if the beauty of this book was more than skin deep. The verdict? First off, you need to know three things: …
review by . December 29, 2009
I'll admit. I got this for the cover. Come on, it is pretty breath-takingly gorgeous.    I know, I'm a horrible person. However, the writing and the story were just as beautiful as the cover.    While there do seem to be a few similarities to Twilight, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story. Nora's your average teen girl, with one best friend named Vee. Her world comes tumbling down when bad boy Patch comes to town, and Nora's stuck being his lab partner.     …
review by . November 23, 2009
Nora is not the type of girl to do senseless things. She is responsible and caring. But when she gets a new partner in biology, Patch, all of Nora's straight facts and truths start to get a little muddied. There's something strange about Patch, and it's not just that he seems to know all of Nora's secrets can appears everywhere she is. It's not the utter gorgeousness or the fact that nobody knows anything about him. It's something much more sinister and unusual that Nora senses, that tells her nothing …
review by . October 29, 2009
HUSH, HUSH was one of the most anticipated book of the year. It was very hyped up and received loads of 5 star reviews. Of course, that made me wary, since it really couldn't be as amazing as everyone said. I was right. I really wanted to like it though since the storyline sounded interesting.      WARNING: SPOILERS  Pro's:    -Fitzpatrick succeeds in creating a dark atmosphere with her fluid writing  -the fallen angel lore which …
review by . October 29, 2009
Baaaa...I'm a sheep. I had to follow the herd, so I downloaded Hush Hush to my kindle. I had read a lot of mixed reviews regarding this particular book, but I just couldn't resist that cover. Talk about tragic! Maybe it is the repressed Catholic in me, but there is something about a fallen angel that just piques my interest. This is how I spent the ride home from Gulf Shores, Alabama getting to know Nora and Patch.    Nora is your atypical, slightly mental from the loss of a …
review by . October 24, 2009
Hush Hush is not the type of book I usually read (as my previous reviews no doubt show). However, this book had a few things going for it - among them - the cover. I am a "judge a book by its cover" type of girl and I enjoy good covers very much - this book had one! Secondly, people have been talking about this book all over the place and I just had to see what the big deal was. Lastly, I like novels that are set in weird, creepy like towns and this one was set in Maine - which was a definite attraction …
review by . October 14, 2009
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*possible small spoilers in this review*   Nora Grey is a good student, good friend, good daughter walking the straight line in hopes of a successful future. Patch is secretive, sometimes sexy (when not being creepy), in-your-face bad boy(?) with a dark past. These two opposites are thrown together when their biology teacher teams them up as partners. Nora tells herself she doesn’t care about Patch, he is not attractive, he is in fact annoying and a little scary. Patch invades Nora’s …
review by . October 13, 2009
Nora Grey's life is turned upside down the day arrogant Patch becomes her lab partner. Patch is a know it all who teases Nora mercilessly and acts as if he knows every detail of her life. He scares and infuriates her, but yet she can't deny the tiny tug of attraction, or the feeling that there is more to him than meets the eye. Then a strange series of break-ins and dangerous encounters with a figure in a ski mask put both Nora and her friend in danger, making her realize that she must get answers...before …
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Grade 9 Up—High school sophomore Nora Grey, a dedicated student striving for a college scholarship, lives with her widowed mother in a country farmhouse outside Portland, ME. When Patch, her new biology partner, is suddenly thrust into her life, Nora is both attracted to his charm and put off by his inexplicable awareness of her thoughts. Eventually, she learns that he is a fallen angel who wants to become human. She is susceptible to his control, but other forces are at work as well, and Nora finds herself caught in the middle of dangerous situations and unexplainable events. The premise ofHush, Hush—that fallen angels exist and interact with humans on Earth—is worthy of contemplation and appealing to teens. But stories with such supernatural themes require that the details of day-to-day life be realistic and believable. Unfortunately, most readers won't be convinced that a mother whose husband has recently been murdered would leave her daughter alone overnight in their home far from the nearest neighbor or that a school counselor would be replaced by someone whose credentials were not checked. While teens may enjoy the scenes of tension and terror, most will be disappointed by characters without dimension and the illogical sequence of events.—Sue Lloyd, Franklin High School, Livonia, MI
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ISBN-10: 1416989412
ISBN-13: 978-1416989417
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Teens
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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