Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Hush, Hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Published: October, 2009 by Simon & Schuster

Number of Pages: 400

Rating: 3/5

Quote:

“Who are you?”

The boy walked up and pushed the blade aside … “One of the Devil’s brood.”

Review:

I hate it when I’m unsure concerning how I feel about a book because my indecisiveness turns my reviews into confusing mush. My rating for this book has wavered between a 4/5 and a 3/5, although I think it’s finally settled.

Hush, Hush reminded me of Twilight in the beginning, besides the fact that the opening scene of this novel is incredibly superior to that of Twilight. However, as the story unfolded, it was the main character, Nora, that made Hush, Hush unique. I had many issues with the premise and romance, and due to this, I’m going to dissect the Goodreads synopsis as opposed to writing my own.

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. What is he, a Barbie doll? I mean, I like the name Patch. I simply wish I knew where it came from. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. Issue number one. Girls, don’t follow guys against your better judgment. It’s better for a reason, so just don’t.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Well, not him, obviously. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. Ahem. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. At this point, I’d recommend she call the police. 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. Now, there’s the strong-point of the novel. The mythic features of it all. Very fascinating and new to me, as a reader.

Do you see my point concerning Patch and the romantic factors of his relationship with Nora? It’s more disturbing than sweet. More lust than love. You can read more of my opinion on “bad boy love interests” here. Patch, though intriguing, has very few redeeming qualities. So often, he seemed possessive, angry, and immature. Yet, there were moments when Mr. Bad Boy turned Mr. Softy, and they stood awkwardly on the page. For example:

“Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn’t.”

And:

“If you can’t feel, why did you kiss me?”
Patch traced a finger along my collarbone, then headed south stopping at my heart. I felt it pounding through my skin. “Because I feel it here, in my heart,” he said quietly.

Those lines were so drastically out of character. If there had been more like them, the simply the number would have made them seem less odd, but, as they were few and far between, when they did appear, they might as well have been printed in bright red ink. Patch does not seem the type of boy to talk about the goings on of his heart. In addition, the first quote is off because Patch doesn’t seem to have changed. From what I read throughout the novel, he is very much the same guy. He’s selfish. The only reason he doesn’t harm Nora is because he loves her, but I can easily imagine harming another person’s loved one.

As far as girls-who-go-against-their-better-judgment-concerning-dark-and-mysterious-boys go, Nora is one of my favorites. As a character, as a person, I did like her. I wanted her to come out on top, unscathed. I wanted her to be happy. In reality, I would have been her friend because, honestly, she’s extremely likable. She’s not a whiny, self-centered idiot (sorry, Bella), but someone I can respect. Unfortunately, she sought after Patch, a decision I wouldn’t have recommended and don’t respect her for, but overall, I think her voice and person are very relatable.

My favorite aspect of the novel was the mythical background. I haven’t read books on angels before, and the intricate details of this angel-world are fascinating. I loved the fallen angel plotline. I appreciate the detail and the obvious thought the author put into this key factor. I’m eager to learn more about this world in the sequel and hope that the general plot has even more to do with angels and “the Devil’s brood.”

Becca Fitzpatrick’s voice and writing style are well-done in that I didn’t even notice them. Of course, I love to notice great writing style. That’s fine. But occasionally the author voices that seep through novels are the ones that can’t hide their inadequacy. It seems that Becca wants the spotlight to be targeted solely on Nora. The words and phrasing were Nora’s, as opposed to the author’s. The humor was nicely woven into the book, and it was mostly sarcastically funny Patch lines. For example:

“You smell good, too,” said Patch

“It’s called a shower.” I was staring straight ahead. When he didn’t answer, I turned sideways. “Soap. Shampoo. Hot water.”

“Naked. I know the drill.”

That, by the way, is a great example of Patch’s character. He is funny. You can read an “interview with him” here (it was great, by the way, so I seriously recommend reading it).

My final assessment of this novel is that it was most certainly an intriguing page turner, full of laughs and characters that gripped me tightly, but, looking back, it is far less satisfying and there are, in my opinion, crucial romance and character flaws. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting, quick-paced read that, evidently, sprouts much food for thought (I got a post out of it and a lengthy review!). I will be reading the sequel Crescendo when it comes out in October (earlier, preferably), and I’m looking forward to more character development! (A lot more.)

3 Commentsto “Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick; Review”

  1. Hha, I write those mush reviews too, and even when I'm finished writing it my opinions are still all over the place. you know who i couldnt' stand? Vee! She drove me crazy! And I totally agree about the whole OOC with Patch, and it really felt like lust, not love. Nora was just okay for me. The mythical aspects were intriguing, but I don't think im on the angel-bandwagon yet 😉
    Really great review!

  2. Ah, yet another amazing book review for what I thought was a relatively brilliant book. I finished it quite quickly, but more because I couldn't get enough of the characters. Either way, your book reviews are still fantastic reads.

  3. You know I've been debating on reading this book for awhile now. On one hand it really reminds me alot of Twilight and on the other hand I liked the concept of Twilight, but thought that it fell flat. I also have a real problem with these "dangerous boys who stalk and watch their female counter part" characters. Do girls really think it's okay for boys to stalk them? Is it worth getting in hard cover or do I wait for paper back? Chirps?

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