Saturday, March 6, 2010

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


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.


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Plot: 5/5
The easy flow of events made the plot pretty easy to read. It was simple and well-sequenced, and everything was relevant to building up the climax. From the moment Patch and Nora met, things just got increasingly engaging because of the complexity of their relationship. Sometimes it was funny and lighthearted, other times dark and heavy, but it was all a good mix that eventually led to a seminal ending.

Creativity: 4/5
In a day and age when everyone seemed to be obsessed with vampires, werewolves, or pretty much anything with fangs, Hush, Hush brought something a little different to the table. The backgrounds of the characters and how they were all connected was well-supplemented and very original.

Characters: 5/5
Two words: Patch. Cipriano. Something about that boy just made it difficult not to fall in love with him. He was arrogant, cocky, and occassionally vain, an absolute contradiction of what he's supposed to be. But somehow it all worked in his favor. Nora was also easy to identify with. She wasn't just the typical nerdy girl portrayed in novels- she was strong and brave, but so vulnerable at the same time. And Nora's best friend, Vee. Vivacious, charming, and occassionally tactless, she was like the cherry garnish on the excellent set of characters- she just made things better.

Writing: 4/5
Fitzpatrick's flowing style of writing was easy to read, and the imagery that came along with it was vivid. The feel was somewhat dark, but it went with the theme of the novel and made it even more interesting. The best part of the writing was the pace. It was never too fast nor too slow, it was always just a steady flow that was appropriate to the storyline.

Impact: 4/5
From the moment the book was opened, it was very difficult to put down. The story was engaging and the complexities of the characters were so riveting that I found it hard to stop reading. I just wanted to know what would happen next, if my guesses for the plot were right, it was almost like the book consumed me instead of the other way around. And by the time I was done, it was all I could think about even hours after finishing it.

Overall: 4/5
Even though I really enjoyed the novel, there was one major setback: there are other books like it out there. The plot was great and the author was creative with her words and writing, but the feel was almost parallel to that of Twilight. However, the story was great, and the characters were absolutely amazing. They were all so fresh and quirky. One thing that I really enjoyed was the relationship between Patch and Nora. They bickered and fought, but there were tender moments that just gave me goosebumps. On the whole, it was a really good book!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Erica! It's nice to see another Pinay blogger in the community! :) I'm glad you gave book blogging a try. Hush, hush is one of my favorite novels. I agree with you. Patch Cipriano is a very well developed character in the novel and he's very hard to resist. LOL.

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  2. I have this waiting to be read, it sounds so good! :)

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