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Hush, Hush Paperback – Bargain Price, September 21, 2010
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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
"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
Top Customer Reviews
Hush, Hush left me with a rather annoying cross between disbelief, disgust and at times pure apathy. One thing in the book's favor: despite a completely unbelievable romance and sequence of events to reach said romance, it is an utterly readable book. Very easy to slip into and get lost in. I admit the only reason I kept going was in vain hope it would all pan out into something good through a cool plot twist or stellar character growth.
The romance, this is where my sense of disbelief and disgust comes in, and being that the blurb bills this immediately as a romance, I'm also bewildered. Patch is the typical "twilight era" young adult hero, or so it seems. He's smart-mouthed, mysterious, and dangerous, and despite his rather blatantly lacking qualities, he attracts the heroine like a bear to stinking trash. Yep, Nora just has to wade through all his crap, because something is telling her that beneath all of Patch's jerk wad facade, there's a heart of romantic gold. How else to explain why she pursues him?
Patch is one of those types that immediately rubs the heroine - and this reader - raw. He's constantly insulting Nora, and uncooperative in their typical science lab partnership. He leads her on the craziest dance I've ever seen, meanwhile Nora following behind, picking up his crumb trail of crazy as if it was honey.Read more ›
First, that Hush, Hush was, without a doubt, one of the worst Twilight rip-offs I've ever had the misfortune to read.
Second, there was a part of me -- and I didn't realize how dominant that part actually was -- that insisted on reading Hush, Hush to the bitter end in the hope it would redeem itself.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably wrong in that decision.
Firstly, the plot doesn't make sense. There are scenes that aren't explained till about the end of the book, and then very quickly. The characters do things that don't make sense; the girl dresses like a hooker to try and seduce information about Patch from his boss by having a casual conversation with said boss at the bar he owns. She starts by totally giving away that she's too young to be there, than decides to ask outright if Patch has a criminal record. She keeps asking questions like that till the guy, not thrilled about a teen in the bar, makes her leaves. I don't see the point, and the author doesn't point out that it's pretty risky for a young woman to go into a bar alone, dressed suggestively. In another scene, Patch decides he'll protect Nora. He promptly leaves her home alone to go chase after everyone who's threatening her. Finally, it was silly going on with Nora as she tries to find out who and what Patch is, when we've known all along.
Secondly, I think male and female readers will be annoyed at the 'romance' in this book. Patch is rude and threatening to Nora. He sexually harasses her in class (which the creepy biology teacher is totally fine with). He corners and threatens her in a parking lot. And she of course keeps on letting him into her house, telling him her thoughts, etc etc etc. Please, not cool. Plus it is never really explained what they see in each other. He's too busy stalking and terrorizing her (when she's not thinking about/he's not talking about the possibility of them making out.Read more ›
I hated this book, but I think Fitzpatrick has an eye for detail. I liked some of her descriptions and turns of phrase, such as a hand "vising" down on someone's shoulder or someone "sanding" his hands together. They evoked the right images in my mind.
So . . . if she had written a book about people interacting in everyday situations, this *might* (and this is a whopping huge Mount Everest kind of "might" 'cause I have zero faith in Fitzpatrick's writing abilities right now) have been a good book.
But of course this had to be a book about a ridiculously naive, idiotic, ludicrously stupid teenage girl falling in love with a talldark&handsome (spoiler alert . . . kind of . . . actually, no, not really) fallen angel.
Oh jeez. Here we go again.
I'm not even going to go into how much Nora got under my nerves because I'll start getting worked up about stupid teenage girl protagonists making the dumbest decisions and if this happened in real life Nora would probably be raped and dead on the side of the road and what the HECK kind of message is that and nothing she does makes ANY sense to me and she's so painfully pathetic I almost want Patch to just put her out of her misery and asWLEIURHA;LDMNXASD;FLKJJK;alksdfj;aiowerh;alksdmcsladjfkk
Furthermore, every single adult in the novel - OF COURSE - was a complete joke.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't even finish the book! I got through the first few pages and it was so cringe-worthy, I couldn't even get through the first chapter. Read morePublished 7 days ago by James
Highly enjoyable. It started a little slow for me, but then picked up and I couldn't put it down. Patch and Nora had great chemistry. Loved them together. Unique twist on angels.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got this book because it was on several "must read" lists for YA novels. I'm a YA fan so it seemed like a done deal. Then Amazon had it on sale. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Biana
Nora and Patch are wired all the way but the story keep you going.Published 22 days ago by Lia Mara
Really enjoyed the twist and turns and mysteries behind this book! Really kept me on edge! Couldn't stop reading! Literally.Published 22 days ago by Taelor
Fantastic! A well written young adult fantasy novel. I would definitely recommend to anyone in to fantasy novels. Just wonderful.Published 25 days ago by Carrie Houk-Fetzer
This book was fabulous; addictive, with memorable characters and a moving plot. If you hate a little romance then stay away, but other than that I encourage you to read this book.Published 1 month ago by Julia