Hush, Hush

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by: Simon and Schuster

Nora Grey is the daughter every mother wants. She's doing great in school, is responsible, and not very interested in boys. But when her biology teacher makes them switch partners and Nora meets Patch, all of her goodie-goodie traits go flying out the window. Soon she's wondering just what his dark, sexy eyes are hiding. Nora can't help but feel that everything in her life starts to go bad as soon as Patch enters it. But is it really his fault? Torn between getting closer to him and trying to keep as far away as possible, Nora has to figure out what exactly is going on that seemingly has her in the center of it.

Once Twilight came out the number of books published with paranormal romances grew exponentially. I'm not adverse to the genre but I usually don't go out looking for them. Hush, Hush caught my eye and I was glad I didn't put it back on the shelf.

I was immediately engrossed in Nora's life, even if at the beginning she is a bit bland. When her biology teacher pairs Patch and Nora together the books gets infinitely more interesting. Who is Patch and what is he hiding? Why does Nora seem so connected to him and yet afraid of him too?  Are the bad things that are happening in her life a coincidence or a direct result of meeting Patch?

What I really liked about the book was the fact that it doesn't tell you right off the bat whether you can trust Patch or not. Like Nora you are attracted to him and his flirtatious nature but you can't help but feel that he may be hiding more than he's letting on. Patch's personality makes it easy for the reader to connect with Nora. Like her, you are torn and conflicted. He's so good with the smooth talk but his student file is eerily empty. He can pretty much peer into your soul but he can also talk straight to your mind. He hangs out in sketchy pool halls but he's just so charming.

The first 3/4 of the book do a really good job of getting you connected, invested, and interested in Nora and Patch. Their flirting is sexy without needed an XXX rating. There are some scenarios that can be seen as abusive and definitely not part of a truly healthy relationship but as a 26 year old who knows that, I was able to overlook it and just got caught up in the fantasy of it all.

The last quarter starts to delve into the mythology of the story. I felt the mythology part was a bit rushed but this is the first book in a four part series and I have no doubt that the later books will definitely explain more as the series progresses.

I seriously cannot wait to read the rest of the series and I hope that they will be as good, if not better than, Hush, Hush.

I give it four out of five cat eyes.

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