Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hush Hush

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating:  4.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads):  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...until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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:

Hush Hush was gorgeously written.  It seemed like a dark, shadowy, Gothic book at first, but it wasn't, not really.  In some parts it was creepy, and dark, but nothing made me feel like I did when I looked at the cover.

It was creepy just to start with.  Patch, Nora's new desk partner knows everything about Nora, more than a lot of her friends know.  She's obviously quite freaked freaked out about this, and her imagination -- or is it just that? -- starts acting up.  While she's driving to her house, she almost runs into someone, but she doesn't hurt them.  She thinks that he then grabs her shoulder, but when she finally arrives at her house, she realizes that there's no hole in the glass, so he couldn't possibly have grabbed her.  

I liked Nora as a main character.  Her emotions all felt real to me, and I could understand them.  She was scared because of all the things she was starting to see, and her mom wouldn't be home for another week or two.    I felt the urgency she felt to figure out what was going on.  Nora keeps on seeing Patch everywhere, and isn't sure if he's stalking him or something like that.

I had mixed feelings about Patch.  He seemed a little bit like Edward, from Twilight, which I didn't like to much, but he was also a little different.  He was still mysterious about he was, but he didn't seem to want Nora to stay away from him.  I didn't like him as much as other characters in books that I've read.  He's too common of a character.  Recently, I've read a lot of books with characters like him: dark, mysterious, and intriguing.  I'm getting a little tired of reading books with the same sort of people in each one.

I loved the fight at the end, though.  The description was amazingly vivid, which I loved.  In my mind, I could see every heart-stopping moment, especially when Nora was on the beams.  I liked that it took place at the school, which is normally thought of as a place where nothing exciting happens.

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