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Hush, Hush Paperback – September 21, 2010
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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 of Hush, 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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"A gripping chiller... Fitzpatrick regularly tweaks the tension, resulting in a fast-paced, exhilarating read. Nora's tempestuous relationship with prototypical bad boy Patch is genuinely, even unsettling seductive- fans of paranormal romance should be rapt." - Publishers Weekly
"A thrilling debut." --Kirkus Reviews
"Horror and romance fans who are weary of the werewolf (and vampire) next door will welcome this new take on the heart of darkness." --Booklist
""Hush, Hush" has great atmosphere, and had me wondering where in the world -- or out of the world -- this story could go. If the guys had been this dangerous and delicious when I was in high school, I would never have wanted to graduate! I see more fallen angel stories coming from this talented writer." -- Sandra Brown, bestselling author of "White Hot" and "Smoke Screen"
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The story itself wasn't overly confusing, but it wasn't simple either. There are a lot of players and a lot of suspicion going around. It makes for an intense read that I didn't want to put down. I didn't want to have to break up any part of the novel, afraid I'd miss some little detail when I started reading again.
Fitzpatrick dove right into the story, but the beginning still felt a little slow. I wasn't able to understand the Nora-Patch connection and for a little while, it felt more awkward than anything else. But eventually, the story falls into a groove and things started to make sense. I could see the Patch that was hidden for the first part of the novel and I started to really like him. I'm not completely head over heels for him yet, but he's definitely on my list.
I was able to connect with Nora right away. She's a very likable girl, even though she has a couple moments of teen stupidity. I liked that she had those moments. It made her the 16 year old girl she's supposed to be. I think that's what I liked best about her. She wasn't overly mature, but she wasn't the complete opposite and dumber than a doorknob. She's a 16 year old girl, through and through.
I'm very happy I finally gave in and gave Hush, Hush a read. It was an enticing fallen angel story and I'm greatly looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I've mostly heard awful reviews for this book and because of that I almost never read it. Personally, I thought it was a pretty good book! I didn't think it was cheesy, or poorly written. It was a little slow moving for probably half of the book, but it still held my attention and I was totally hooked the entire time. Some stuff was a little predictable, but some stuff I totally didn't see coming and was pleasantly surprised by some of the events revealed near the end.
I had been reading a lot of romance novels lately and was so over books where the entire story-line is the love story between the two characters. Where the whole book is how they are thinking of each other, wanting to be with each other, and nothing else in between. I needed a story that was about more than just that. I loved how this book had a very slow, believable build-up to a romantic relationship and even then, it still isn't the fore-front of the entire story. It was a nice change.
I was not impressed with the audiobook, though. The lady's voice is beautiful and has real potential. Unfortunately, she just puts emphasis on the wrong words in the wrong places of sentences and I found myself trying to re-do the tone in my mind over and over again. I also hated how much of an air head she made Vee out to be and how Patch's voice always sounded bored. It made it hard to fall for him in the story. If she can get the tone of her characters under control and put the correct emphasis on words in the right places in sentences, then I think she'll be an amazing narrator! I didn't have a lot of time to read this myself and since I didn't like the narrator, I listened to other books in between trying to find time to read this one myself. While listening to other books, I was wishing I could be reading this one. My point being, that it was good enough that when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and really wanting to read it to find out what was going on.