A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
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.
Brace yourselves, dear readers. I´ve just decided this will be a long review instead of a short and sweet one.
Yes. After 8 or 9 years I finally gave in and read `Hush, Hush` ( Hush, Hush #1 ) by author Becca Fitzpatrick. What took me so long, you ask? Well, I tend to avoid hyped books like the pest. It´s not because of the book itself. It´s because of all the pushy people wanting to shove books down my throat. A book can sound really fab but once I see a certain book, and nothing else but that said book, I will grow tired and lose interest.
Nevertheless… 8 years later, I caved. Because the synopsis really sounded interesting and I really REALLY wanted to read `Hush, Hush`.
Call me ignorant but I don´t get the title. `Hush, Hush`… How´s that linked to the story? Maybe because the characters were so secretive? I don´t see a connection at all. To be honest- I imagined so many things for this story after reading the title…. But nothing I imagined came close to what the story actually is about. Since I´m really relaxed about this read I´m gonna let the title-not-matching-the-story bit pass.
Now, about the story…
Yes. I did feel a Twilight magic happening while reading this book. Did that bother me? Yes and no. After a few chapters I decided to ignore the Twilight aura for a good reason. Nearly all paranormal / fantasy books written after Twilight carry the Twilight flair. I didn´t necessarily like the Twilight saga but I do get it´s appeal. And not all books are a 1:1 copy of Twilight, so…. I let the hate parade pass and thought I might see this story for what it is- Just a different story written by a different author. To tell you the truth… I liked `Hush, Hush`. It´s a decent read. I liked it up until I reach the end. I didn´t like the story as much after the end.
What totally saved this read were the characters. ( because great characters are always half the rent when it comes to fiction novels ). Well developed and full of surprises. I loved Nora and Patch. Each were great on their own but together they had a great chemistry.
But let´s get back to the story because I´m not doing a character only review here.
The idea of a young teenage girl having to deal with an angel ( this is not a spoiler so untwist your panties ) is good. The direction this story went was good. From the mystery to the thrill right up to the romance… I enjoyed it all.`Hush, Hush` is a true Young Adult read. It´s also slightly predictable but still entertaining. A reader is definitely kept on their toes. If it wasn´t for the ending. That last bit. Those nasty last chapters.
Without wanting to spoil this for anyone I´m going to say that the ending was not only flat but also rushed. And then the outcome…. I had the impression the author wanted to get the story over with sooner than later.
My review sum up:
- The fallen angel theme. Love it!
- The characters & their development. Fab!
- A lengthy read. ( nearly 400 pages )
- The general tone of the story. Very dark
- The writing
- The writing ( positive & negative as parts of the story are extremely well written and other parts are just confusing )
- The story was hard to get into
- Choppy scenes
- Unnecessary characters
- Choppy ending
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. But only to readers who can live with all the negatives I´ve listed.
Would I reread this book? Probably not. Also: This is book #1 in a Tetralogy. Judging by the synopses from books #2 – #4 I´m not really in to where the story is headed / how the story will turn out.
The Cover – 4 stars ( Boy that´s a dramatic image of an angel in despair )
The Story – 3 stars ( Fallen angel stories are my weakness. If only the ending was better )
The Characters – 4 stars ( I seriously loved everyone, good or bad )
My emotional state after finishing this read – I was excited until the end.