Hey, look at me! I'm reading YA! Paranormal YA! And I like it.
So, Nora Grey is a no nonsense brain (think Rory Gilmore) who's got her head on straight and her future planned out. Then during a Very Inappropriate Sex-Ed Class, her biology teacher makes her partners with the darkly handsome Patch. He spends the class being vague while making innuendos (wink, wink. nudge, nudge) and generally annoying the poop out of Nora. Of course, all this does is send a rush of hormones through her and since we all know hormones kill brain cells, she loses a few IQ points. She must because she vows not to have anything to do with him while at the same time she follows him all over town to find out the Mystery That Is Patch.
All the while I'm thinking, "Giiiiiiirrrrrrl, he is Tra-bul! Run! Run away!" but the secret high school girl within me is saying, "Don't listen to her. You can change him. He's really good underneath! Just don't tell anyone I said that." So I have a conflict within me. The Mom part is tsk-tsking and thinking that this sends the wrong message to girls about Bad Boys but then I remember how much I wanted Heathcliff to be gooooood when I was 16. So I continued reading...
Some weird stuff starts happening to Nora and she feels that Patch is mixed up in it somehow. Is she losing her mind? To distract herself, she goes out a few times with the new boy Eliot but it turns out he has some secrets of his own.
We need to talk about Nora's best friend Vee because a few words need to be said. Like where is this girl's mother? and why is she so stupid? Seriously, this girl needs a babysitter. Nora spends most of her time rescuing her and she's completely clueless.
I did not read Twilight but did see the movie and there are some similarities to Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. However, I think Nora has got more backbone than Bella. And Patch's motives are nefarious in comparison to that other guy but he's not bad... just a teeny bit evil. Of course you are reading the blog of a person who thought Norman Bates was attractive so consider yourself warned.
So the paranormal bits... There are Fallen Angels and Angels Behaving Badly. If you are a Bible fan, your head might explode so, "I suggest you don't worry about those things and just enjoy yourself." Because despite it's flaws and the huh? moments for me at the end, it is a fun book. Just don't take it too seriously.
Adding to my RIP Challenge list.
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.