Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5
Nora Grey doesn’t really think a lot about guys. It’s not that she’s not into them, it’s just that the boys at her high school aren’t all that interesting. That is, until she ends up sitting beside the new transfer student in Biology class. Patch is handsome, mysterious, and completely dangerous. Nora knows she should stay away from him, but when inexplicable things begin to happen and he always seems to be around, Nora knows there’s more going on than she realizes.
I heard mixed things about Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush when it first came out. At that time, I felt a bit overloaded on YA paranormals, and as a result, I wasn’t really impressed with anything I was reading. I decided to save Hush, Hush for a rainy day, and I’m glad I did – I definitely enjoyed it more than I expected.
Nora was an endearing character that I enjoyed reading about. She was a little bit gullible, but that fit with her overall character. She’s trustworthy and a hard worker. I did appreciate that she wasn’t overly angst prone, which seems to happen a bit too often in paranormal YA.
I also liked the mystery in Hush, Hush. Fitzpatrick did a solid job keeping the reader guessing, trying to figure out what was going on. Of course, I knew what Patch’s secret was before I even picked up the book, but there still were enough other mysteries left that the book definitely was fun to read. The mythology is also interesting, and I’d love to see it fleshed out more in the second book.
Hush, Hush was reminiscent of Twilight, but it was different enough that I didn’t feel like I was reading a recycled plot (unlike Fallen). Patch was a unique character, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Fitzpatrick takes him and Nora in the sequel, Crescendo. I’m glad I gave this book a chance, as I did enjoy reading it.