Source- Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This story drew me in immediately. Even though there were some similarities to Twilight (the science class partnership) and Fallen (angel element) I really think Hush, Hush was set apart from these by the depth of the characters and the engaging writing style. There was an eerie feel to the story and a darkness that captivated me from the very beginning. I expected to read another typical YA paranormal novel but was pleasantly surprised by the standard of Fitzpatrick’s writing.
Nora Grey is a strong female character who is not only intelligent but also a little fiery which added vigour to her interactions with Patch, the new school transfer who is the cliché tall, dark and handsome with a mysterious past. Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement, but it wasn’t just because he had great abs and was good-looking, there was something more that drew her to him.
I really loved the fallen angel storyline and even though in some ways it was predictable (i.e. the romantic development) there were many aspects that kept me on my toes which made it so much more enjoyable. The angel conflicts unfolded slowly but steadily and had me guessing right up until the very end who on earth was the bad guy and what was going on.
As soon as I closed Hush, Hush I immediately started reading Crescendo to find out what happens next!
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