29 October 2011

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 391
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
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.
You know, when I hear the words, "Hush, hush", I think of peace, tranquility, soft whispers, all that good stuff. This title is MISLEADING. Hush, Hush was everything BUT those things! (Well, maybe except for those soft, sensual whispers from Patch...)

The basic formula for this book is a sexy bad boy, a semi-ditzy heroine, beautiful prose and well written plot, fantastic lore, steamy romantic moments, and of course in most YA paranormal romances, forbidden love (which I adore.)

Let's discuss this, shall we?

Sexy bad boy.

That's right, I'm talking about Patch. He is the embodiment of bad boys worldwide. He's cocky, arrogant, and a horny bastard. A sexy horny bastard. (Did I mention he's sexy?) It took me a while to get used to the name "Patch" though. Seriously, how can you not think of a pirate going "ARRGH SHIVER ME TIMBERS!"? He grew on me though. ♥

A semi-ditzy heroine.

She's smart, she's got them As, but where is the common sense?! "Oh GOOD LORD" is what I kept screaming in my head every time Nora made a decision against her better judgment. Surprisingly, she isn't that annoying, so she's not on my poop list.

Beautiful prose and well written plot, as well as fantastic lore.

The writing was awesome. It was fluid-like, non-monotonous, and addictive; all characteristics of a grand master story teller. The plot was insanely amazing! Just when you predict something's going to happen, something entirely different does. Brownie points for you, Becca! 

I really liked the mythology in this book. Even though I already knew what the paranormal aspect of this book would be (come on, it's written ALL OVER the cover), Becca turns something cliche into something different (a good different).

Steamy romantic moments.

The sexual tension between Patch and Nora is HOT. Hot like "Parents, keep yo' kids away from this fire!" hot. Becca definitely knows how to write some sensual, heart thumping moments. 

Example [To read, highlight! Read at your own risk.] [Taken from Parental Book Reviews]
“I shouldn’t have been looking at lingerie. It made me think about sexy things. Like kissing, like Patch. The touch of Patch’s hand on my thigh, his lips tasting my neck.”

Um, yeah, if you read it, I think you understand what I mean *blushing furiously*.

In all, this book was incredible. I already read Crescendo, and I can't wait to get started on my copy of Silence.
I no longer use number ratings anymore. Feel free to read why here.

8 lovelies:

Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea said...

Great review and I really like the new rating system. I've been contemplating switching over myself.

By the way, I *love* your blog :).

Gianna said...

Thank you so much for the blog compliment! It means a lot :)

You should try this new rating system. Personally, I think this idea is just fabulous, but it's all how you feel!

Jaskirat@SeeitORreadit said...

YAY Hush Hush!!!! This is my all time FAVOURITE series!!! Awesome review :) I just met Becca Fitzpatrick on Thursday and got my books signed.

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Anonymous said...

It's been a while since I've read this one, but oh god do I miss Patch. I still think he is one of THE sexiest characters I have ever read. And I did think Nora was a total ditz, but it didn't bother me either. I need to get about reading Crescendo! Great review :)

Mimi Valentine said...

Oh my gosh, I'm SO glad you liked this one! I loved it too, and I have to agree with you completely when you say that Patch was amazing and Nora was slightly ditzy, but they were still absolutely adorable together! :)

Awesome review, Gianna! I can't wait to read your review on Crescendo, and I'm excited to get my hands on a copy of Silence too!

Natalia Belikov @ DazzlingReads said...

excellent review! I agree with your opinion about the sexual tension... yummy yummy!! =9 I need more Patch hell yeah!!

happy reading ^.^


Sarah said...

She's smart, she's got them As, but where is the common sense?! "Oh GOOD LORD" is what I kept screaming in my head every time Nora made a decision against her better judgment. Surprisingly, she isn't that annoying, so she's not on my poop list.

However, she REALLY annoyed me in Silence.

I really did love this book, though. It's SO creepy and scary in parts! I was reading this home alone one night, with most of the lights in the house off, and all the windows open. This was right at the point where Nora finds her room trashed. I FREAKED. I ran around turning the lights on, pulling blinds and locking windows.

I *SO* can't wait for Silence!

Sarah said...

Sorry, I meant she really annoyed me in *Crescendo*, and I can't wait for Silence.

Ugh. Friday afternoon. Brain has gone home for the day :)

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