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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
ISBN: 9781416989417
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

"A sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love

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 step 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 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 only be one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?"

This book has only been out a little while (only a few weeks) and I've already heard plenty of people interested in it - or loving it. That's what made me pull the arc out of my pile and read it. I was intrigued by the cover and the description, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

I am so glad I did! This book was wonderful. I pretty much devoured it in two days. The whole concept of the dark fallen angel and modern teens is a very unique and interesting idea. Perhaps angels will become the next vampires (as I have another fallen angel book in my stack of things to read). But the attention to detail in this story is what really put this one on the map for me.

Almost needless to say, there are definitely characters in the story that are completely unlikeable. Or, maybe, you WANT to hate them. Nora's character is so innocent and sweet and it almost seems a shame that she gets pulled into the orbit of these insane dudes. But it all makes sense in the end.

I guess when I started this book, I was expecting a lot more of the fantasy/angel aspect in the story. That portion doesn't really even come about until over halfway through the book. Most of it is mystery and brooding characters that are suspicious. I almost label this story mystery instead of fantasy - just because the angel thing comes into play so late. But when it does, the story absolutely takes off.

But that sure didn't ruin the book for me. And I also just stopped by the author's website and realized there is going to be a sequel! I was so worried there wouldn't be, but I'm relieved to see it's in the works - even if I have to wait a year for it.

I will recommend this book to anyone looking for the next fantasy/romance/mystery. It covers a lot of genres and that will help it's popularity - not to mention how well it's written. I think this might be a book for just about everyone reading YA Fic... but perhaps best suited for the more mature crowd.
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