Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush Saga
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 13, 2009)
Genre:YA fiction, fantasy
Pages: 391 (paperback)
A sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love
Good Reads Synopsis
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems 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 she 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 Nora her life.
“You’re a psychopath.” “I prefer creative.”
“Humans are vulnerable because they’re capable of being hurt.”
– – – – –
When I first picked up this book, I was in, I think, seventh grade and was scouring the Walmart book section for something quick to read. I saw this book on sale for like five dollars because the final book in the series was being released. I’ve had it for almost four years now and have read it four times and I also bought the rest of the series. I didn’t know what to expect from the series because I had never even heard of it before, but if I had any expectations, it would have exceeded them and buried them in the dirt.
Nora, the main character, is so incredibly relatable in the way she acts and feels and I knew that, if I were in her situation, I’d probably act and feel the same way. She’s also a sophomore in high school during the first book, so, when I entered sophomore year, I of course had to read it again, and it doesn’t stray too far from how high school really is (at least for me and my school).
Patch. Let me talk about Patch. He is perfection. There is no other way to put it. He’s the typical bad boy who’s arrogant to impress the girl he likes. He’s dark and quiet at school, but, as you read the story, you learn why he is how he is and that he’s actually a much sweeter, gentler “person.” He was by far my favorite character because the way he talks through the story is exactly how I imagined he would (sarcastic but nice) and the way he’s extremely protective over Nora is just downright adorable.
The plot for “Hush, Hush” is original and unique, with folklore that I had never really thought of before. I have looked up the legends and they are real but Becca put her own twist on them as most authors do, giving the story a dark but funny mood that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about for four years. There is romance through the series but it’s not the whole story because there are greater things wrecking havoc in Nora’s life than boys. The entire book effortlessly unfolds with an organized plot, lots of connections, lovable characters, and beautiful language. Nora navigates her way along in the world for the first time so it’s easy for the reader to understand everything and can learn with her.
“Hush, Hush,” the first book of the series, was by far my favorite of the saga, like most debut books in a series, because we’re introduced into the world with Nora and meet the characters for the first time. I would highly recommend this series to any YA fantasy lover or just anyone who enjoys a good fiction book. It’s one of the best series I’ve read and to me, it ranks up there with “Divergent” and “the Hunger Games.” Comment below if you plan to read it or if you’ve read it, what you thought about it.