September 5, 2009

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: Review

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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.

Recommended

Adding to my RIP Challenge list.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

17 comments :

  1. I like your review. I’m a bible fan but Hush, Hush is a fantasy book so I don’t have problem with that aspect of the word building of the story. I like that you mentioned some characteristics about Nora’s friend. I agree that Nora is more strong that Bella but seriously who isn’t /haha/.

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  2. I think this book is going to be huge, but I'm not sure it's the right book for me.

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  3. Happy to hear that you liked some paranormal YA! :)

    I'm also happy to hear that Nora does have a bit of a backbone - that's always a concern when reading books these days. Too few awesome female characters seem to have one.

    Also, lol @ "and since we all know hormones kill brain cells, she loses a few IQ points." :)

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  4. I can't decide if I want to read this or not. I might see if the library will buy it instead of buying it myself when it comes out.

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  5. I will keep your thoughts in mind when I get to this. I got an unsolicited review copy of this somehow, so I'm going to read it, but I had no idea what to expect.

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  6. This book sounds really interesting, but what really sold it for me was that cover. That's just disturbingly beautiful!

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  7. Window- Yeah, I don't think it takes much. lol!

    Kathy- No I don't think it will be for everyone.

    Court- Yep, I'm willing to try more.

    Kailana- That sounds like a good idea.

    Meghan- I got it through Shelfawareness. Seems like everyone wanted it.

    Trisha- Yeah, I love that cover too!

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  8. Congratulations on expanding your horizons. :-D

    I love the cover of this one...which means if I ever see it in person I'll probably be unable to resist.

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  9. I am dying to read this book. Love the cover.

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  10. This is in my TBR list - sounds like it's promising!

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  11. I enjoyed this book, but I'm pretty much a sucker for any book that will focus so much on a bad boy like Patch. It's not a literary read for sure but the entertainment value is high.

    I've not read Twilight either and likely will not. For whatever reason it just doesn't grab me. But, I've already seen the comparisons and am glad that this story has a somewhat stronger female lead.

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  12. I have this thing with books about angels, so... yeah. I'm definitely reading this (after my stint in TBR rehab is over).

    I must not have an inner high school girl, because I never thought Heathcliffe would be reformable. That's what made him awesome. :D

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  13. Sometimes a good, fun read is just the ticket. I'm glad you enjoyed it despite some flaws.

    I love the cover of this one.

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  14. I have been hearing so much about this book around the blogosphere, and everyone seems to enjoy it!

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  15. I just started reading this last night and I have loved it from page one! I love the whole bad boy-who may turn out to be a good guy/angel thing. Paranormal and certainly Paranormal YA are so not my usual read, but this premise intrigued me and I am so glad that I have not been disappointed! This has been a fast read so far for me too (I read so slowly) but I am already about 150 pages in after reading some more on the deck this morning. Great writing and great characters. I hope I love the ending as much as I am loving getting there!

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  16. I new book to put on my list to read and review my self... thanks. P.S. well done.

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  17. OMGOSH this was the best book I have ever read people you have to get this book if you like suspense and romance this is a great book for you! I am already on the second book and I cannot get enough of it i am stuck to it like glue.

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