Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release date: 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Angel Fiction
Target audience: 13+
A sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love...This darkly romantic story features our heroine, Nora Grey, a seemingly normal teenage girl with her own shadowy connection to the Nephilim, and super-alluring bad boy, Patch, now her deskmate in biology class. Together they find themselves at the centre of a centuries-old feud between a fallen angel and a Nephilim...Forced to sit next to Patch in science class, Nora attempts to resist his flirting, though gradually falls for him against her better judgment. Meanwhile creepy things are going on with a mysterious stalker following her car, breaking into her house and attacking her best friend, Vee. Nora suspects Patch, but there are other suspects too - not least a new boy who has transferred from a different college after being wrongly accused of murdering his girlfriend. And he seems to have taken a shine to Nora...Love certainly is dangerous...and someone is going to have to make the ultimate sacrifice for it.
Hush, Hush pulled me straight into the story from the prologue. I cannot tell you how unusual this experience is for me as I have a complete dislike for prologues. I just don't understand why a book needs one. Surely an excellent writer should be able to put all the pieces of their story into the novel without needing these extra parts? I'm sure many people will disagree with me so feel free to give the points in favour of prologues in the comments. Anyway, I digress. I simply want to illustrate that this book had me leaping over my own prejudices before I'd even started Chapter One.
Nora is an interesting character who is piecing her life back together after the death of her father. Her mother is working away to bring in a good enough salary so that they can keep their family home. As I reflect on this, I imagine that many families must experience similar hardships if one parent dies. Nora is responsible and a typically average girl. Patch on the other hand is anything but ordinary. I fell for him hook, line and sinker. He is dark, mysterious and quite frankly trouble with a capital T. A great and intriguing love interest that had me turning the pages and every so often looking up to tell to my family, "This book is just awesome. I love it!"
I found the plot fast moving and gripping. Although I had sussed early on who was actually stalking Nora, I didn't know why until the very end. Even if I had worked it out, I would have kept reading, such is Becca Fitzpatrick's skill of creating a compelling male lead. Vee and her complete ignorance also kept the story moving along. At times I found her annoying and certainly would have given her a few choice words if she had been my best friend.
The ending had my heart racing and me squealing with joyous triumph. I cannot wait for the next book. There is going to be a next book, right? Title anyone? Overall, I recommend this to anyone and everyone! For a fan of anything angel like me, this book is the equivalent of growing my own set of wings. If my TBR pile wasn't so high, I would start right from the beginning. Hush, Hush is fallen angel perfection.