Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal/Fantasy
Synopsis: Nora Grey is a normal teenage girl living a normal life. But when she meets and falls for a mysterious guy named Patch, everything in her life is threatened.

Plot: 3 stars
I liked the whole 'fallen angel' premise. I haven't read any in that subject matter yet, so this was all new to me. I found that it was intriguing; I wanted to learn more. While the main plot is good, unfortunately, it fell a little flat with its development. I also thought that it felt a little rushed; especially the ending.

Writing: 3 stars
The writing was good. Though it did sound a bit cliche at times, I thought the flow and pace was effortless, making this a fast and entertaining read.

Characters: 2.5 stars
Now as for the characters, honestly, I did not like them at all. I found the main protagonist, Nora, a bit unlikable with her gullible and silly ways. I found her best friend, Vee, annoying. Patch was okay, but he didn't really stand out to me. In fact, I actually found his whole 'bad boy' character a bit overdone.
As for Nora and Patch's love story.. well, was there really one? To be honest, I didn't see it. I actually kept praying Nora would just dump Patch right away; I didn't see their connection. I didn't see that they cared about each other. I just didn't get it.

Pros: It was entertaining enough that it didn't bore me, or put me to sleep. I certainly don't think it's a waste of time; it can be worth it, actually. That's always a good thing.

Overall: 3 stars
Hush, Hush was just okay. I probably expected more, because of the countless rave reviews. It is definitely not a bad book, but it didn't stand out as much as I had hoped. The biggest downfall, for me, would probably be the lack of development in the plot and character department. If there were better development and flow, this book might get a better rating.


  1. I liked this book, but like you said, it wasn't spectacular. I didn't like Patch. I'm actually getting tired of all these bad boys roaming around.

  2. I actually really liked Hush, Hush. I wasn't a huge fan of Patch though, but it was still enjoyable and I can't wait for Crescendo.

  3. I agree. The chemistry was a little lacking.

    I liked Patch, but only because he was so awful that he was kind of interesting. I'd certainly never want to date someone like that, though!

  4. @maytagger: Hahaha, "all these bad boys roaming around.." I do like bad boy characters, but not when they're not very realistic to the point that I don't even believe in them anymore.

    @Adriana: I'll still read Crescendo, I think. I would like to learn more and see what happens.. Oh and I actually liked Elliot's character.

    @La Coccinelle: Maybe that's why I didn't like Patch very much. While yes, he was an intriguing character, I just didn't think he was realistic enough for me to even believe in him.

  5. Exactly. I could not understand why Patch would give up the chance to be human for Nora. I felt no connect between them. At all! And if I did, it certainly wasn't enough to sacrifice the what he wanted for be human.

    I expected more too, truth be told, it was probably because of the cover.

  6. Oh my GOSH! I am so happy! I finally found someone who feels the same way I do about Hush, Hush!!!! I didn't like it for the same reasons you listed, read my review here:
    Except you were much more diplomatic in your review. I think I was kind of harsh. :)