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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Copyright: 2009

Pages: 391


I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book, and since I knew nothing about it at first, I was pleasantly surprised from the moment I opened it. To say I really enjoyed this book would be an understatement. And I hate to sound like other reviews out there by drawing similarities to Twilight, but to me it seems a little apparent that this author used similar plot devices. But for me, it was like a much better version of Twilight...something I simply did not want to put down because it was almost like I was worried it would get away from me.

Imagine you go to class one day and the teacher makes you sit next to the new guy - mister tall, dark, and mysterious. Do you do your best to avoid him, or do you go against your better judgment and let yourself get to know him? Welcome to the world Nora Grey just entered.

Nora is smart, pretty, confident, and certainly has a bright future ahead of her. Patch is absolutely trouble, from head to toe. Picture Edward Cullen, except with no effort whatsoever to be good in the slightest. He's bad for her, he knows it, and he doesn't take that into consideration with his pursuit of her.

I fell in love with Patch, Nora, and the dynamic between them. I loved feeling like Nora did, knowing how bad he is, yet wanting to get closer to him and experience more. Watching her change her mind constantly was really a struggle I felt like I would have too - always a chance to go back, but letting your desire get the better of you.

You never really know what you're going to get when you become involved with a guy like Patch, but you can be sure your life won't be boring. And sometimes, you just can't control your actions, so it's better to just go with the flow instead of fighting. Nora manages to do quite well in the face of truly frightening situations, and I loved her reliance on herself instead of just turning to the guy she likes at every corner. I feel she stays true to herself throughout, a refreshing change from stories where the man instantly becomes the perfect protector.

This book was full of surprises, leaving you wondering who you can really trust and if you can even believe what's before your very eyes. It's great mystery and suspense, and is the kind of story I dare you to put down. I finished this in less than a day, neglecting as much as possible to stay with it and continue to experience the story. It's one of those books that I wish I could erase and experience anew, but since I can't, I will anxiously await the sequel instead.

Read this book if: You liked Twilight. I really think you'll love it if you did. It's also just great YA fiction, so I say pick it up from your library or local book store!

Becca Fitzpatrick is currently working on her next book Crescendo. Visit her website and her blog for more information on this great author.

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Thanks to Crystal from I'm Totally Paused for this wonderful guest blogger review!


Liyana said...

Thanks for this review! Only two more weeks to he release of Hush Hush. :D

[not] Maggie said...

I've seen so many great reviews for Hush Hush and I can't wait to get it. The cover looks amazing too.

ibeeeg said...

This is one of those books that has crept up on me. Meaning, when I first heard of this book - I love the cover but not interested in the story. Slowly, I have become more and more interested in the read. Your review has help to increase this interest. *smile*

Side note: Love the new Royal Review blog look! Love it!

Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

Great review - I've been waffling about this one but I think I'm going to get it. It does sound interesting and that cover is great! (Not that a cover decides what I buy but a great cover doesn't hurt!)

Teddyree said...

I enjoyed this one too but wanted more, more, more mythology. Apparently there will be more in Crescendo so I look forward to that!