Monday, December 28, 2009

Review : Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title : Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About the book:

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.
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 who 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 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.

My Review:

When I had picked this book, I thought it must be a fantasy filled with romance. But, the story is much of a mystery thriller which I didn’t mind at all. I really don’t know what I think about the book. I really liked it very much, but on the other hand, I found certain things very annoying! I would not allow any of my cousins below 17 to read this book. It would unnecessarily give stupid ideas to them.

Nora, a sixteen year old has lost her father a year ago, and lives with her mother outside the city in a farmhouse which is always, somehow  surrounded by thick fog, which gives the old house a creepy and a haunting look. Nora’s mother works for an auction company that requires a lot of traveling because of which she has to leave Nora home alone with a nanny who also leaves the house in the night. Nora is very sincere in her studies, and none of the guys in her school has captured her attention yet. I liked the fact that Nora is not shown dumb. She has a mind of her own. Also, conveniently intelligent I must say.

Patch, is the new guy in her school, recently transferred and has been paired with Nora in a Biology assignment. Nora’s instincts tell her that something is not right with Patch, but still she is very curious about him. Her curiosity leads Nora and best friend Vee investigating about him and his past.
The most entertaining of all is Vee. She is Nora’s best friend. And the dialogues which are being shared between them are entertaining.

Patch is very attractive and sexy but he is also very, very dangerous and creepy most of the times. He has a dark history and has different intentions for Nora. He is always lurking around her like a complete psycho stalker! Initially, Nora is shown intelligent enough to keep distance between herself and Patch. But, why oh why does she get into so much of trouble to find about him and his past??!! I simply didn’t understand.
Also, I personally would not like any guy to trap me in a corner and scare me to death!! No way please!!! I am such a chicken in these matters that I would never go and start investigating about a guy who makes me feel uncomfortable..! I mean really, does only attraction and curiosity to know someone kill your intelligence too?

************ SPOILER ***************************************************

Nora doesn’t trust him completely till the start of the main action scene in the end. Suddenly and abruptly, she is ready to give up her life for him??!! Who would give up their life for a guy whom you don’t trust? One moment she is unsure about him and the other moment, all her emotions are welled up and is ready to sacrifice her life for him so that he lives a normal human life??!! WTF!


I didn’t find much romance or rather true love in this book. Attraction, curiosity, lust? Oh yes! Its all there. I have heard that ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hush, Hush’ are same in many terms, especially Edward from ‘Twilight’ and Patch from ‘Hush, Hush’. But no, I really don’t think so. Edward didn’t scare me like Patch did. He didn’t give me single reason to fall in love with him. Patch is creepy, dangerous, talking nonsense many a times in class.

The book is no doubt written excellently. I found this book very entertaining as I have ignored a few things which I already mentioned. The second half of the book is amazing and very frightening! The authors writing style is simply too good and commendable. The story is different, especially the mythical part and also the twists and turns which are given to the story. It definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. I am totally ready to read a sequel of this book if it is released.

P.S.  I want to tell young girls to not fall in love with any person whose character resembles Patch. The book is a fantasy and is not real. In the end of this book, there is a happy ending, but in reality, this might not be the case and you would simply end up in trouble.


Blogger Ryan G said...

I agree with your comments about this being fantasy not reality and how young girls need to remember that. That being said I enjoyed this book. This book was what I wanted Twilight to be, which I could not get into at all. Great review.

December 28, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I had some problems with this book but actually enjoyed it more than you did. Yes, Patch was dark and dangerous, and there was certainly a lot of desire going on but I thought he was fun and sexy. However, the lines of fantasy and reality don't blur for me.

In reality this kind of guy would probably send me running in the other direction, but reading him on the pages was a blast.

The character I had the biggest problem with was her 'best friend' Vee. She cares more about finding a guy than she does about Nora. Vee makes excuses for the guy who physically and verbally assaults Nora and then wants Nora to go camping with him! Are you kidding me? Why Nora didn't dump her on the spot, I have no idea. I think that sends a terrible message in regards to friendship, loyalty and priorities.

Thanks for a great review!

January 6, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Icejewel said...

yeah..reading Patch on the pages will definitely be a blast, as we know that he is gonna be the good guy at the end..hehe.

yup, Vee's character was very weird and she was totally guy obsessed, but I didn't mention that point it didn't bother me then.But, again, you have a point regarding terrible messages been given to readers :)

January 7, 2010 at 5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't read this one yet but it's moving up my TBR list. Thanks for dropping by my blog yesterday! :)

January 9, 2010 at 6:21 AM  

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