Sunday, August 2, 2009

In My Mailbox/ My Take on Hush, Hush

 It's not exactly been a week of plenty, but it has been a great week nonetheless! Earlier this week I received an ARC of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and it was awesome! No other books acquisitions to report, I still have a big stack from last weeks excursion to the library, and those should keep me occupied for the upcoming week.
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 (From the back flap) Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. Patch has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora.
 After getting paired with Patch in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from him, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?
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 Hush, Hush surpassed my1 expectations because it was so much more than just another teenage, supernatural romance. Hiding within the main plot of a dark love story was a mystery that kept me guessing and turning pages well into the wee hours. I had to see how it ended! The climax was unexpected, fully satisfying, and left me hungry for more2.
 I loved the characters; they ran the gamut from blatantly pernicious to deceptively benign. Dark and dangerous Patch with his closet full of skeletons3 and his rogue’s smile was by far my favorite, I felt like he was pulled straight out of my daydreams4. Cautious and reliable Nora with her own shadows lurking in her past rang true as a wonderfully relatable protagonist, and her BFF and soul sister Vee had more than a flare for the dramatic. She livened up the dialogue with flashes of humor that had me laughing out loud or shaking my head along with Nora.
 The relationship between Patch and Nora was gripping to read; I was glued to the page to see what would happen next and was very pleased with the realistic pace it took to develop. While I was a little thrown by the awkward timing that their relationship coalesced into something tangible, I was more than happy to reach that point. Possibly against my better judgment, I was rooting for Patch and Nora.
 Overall this is a book worth reading twice, once at top speed to see what will happen next, and once at a more leisurely pace to enjoy the flow and style with the benefit of seeing how all the subtle hints fit into the big picture. This means that Hush, Hush receives…
…Five Zombies!
This is a book well worth the wait5!
Happy reading,
 Z.G.

footnotes___________________________________________________
1  ...admittedly high...
2  I can't believe I have to wait another year for Crescendo, I don't know if I can make it!
3  Possibly real.
4  A realization that leaves me pondering my ratiocination in respect to fantasy me.
5  You can tell how much I liked this book by how many big words I used!

10 comments:

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

So jealous! I'm dying to read this book!

-Briana

Windowpane Memoirs said...

Enjoy Hush, Hush.


Peace
Michelle

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

Yay! I consider five zombies an honor!! :)

Rebecca said...

Awesome, Hush hush sounds really good. Glad you liked it.

Eli said...

I can't wait to read this!! ::Hugs both of her copies:: Can't waaait to start!! Great review! <3

Sarbear said...

I can't wait to read this... arghhhh!

Jaime said...

Anybody who rates based on a Zombie system is so cool that I have an award for you HERE!

PS I am starting Hush Hush next week!

Jaime said...

You're welcome. Sheesh, that award was made for YOU!!! LOL. You deserve it!

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

I'm so glad u liked Hush, Hush! I loved it too, how sexy is Patch!? Becca is awesome, I can't wait for book 2 to come out!

Zombie Girrrl said...

XD I know, I'm dying! Wasn't the ending great?!

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