Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick [REVIEW]

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Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Source: Libby / Library
Format: e-book
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she 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 Nora her life.

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“I’m not going to kill you, Nora. I don’t kill people who are important to me. And you top the list.”

Sometimes re-reading books from your high school days can go either terribly great or terribly wrong. I am happy to report though that this past re-reading experience has taken the terribly great route.
Hush, Hush is a story of fallen angels and love that follows our main characters Nora, a girl with strong trust issues and a rough past who grows suspicious of Patch a fallen angel. When events begin to unravel in Nora’s life that puts her in mortal danger, Nora must figure out who to trust and the truth about her past.
I honestly, remember reading this novel back in high school and falling head over heels in love with the story and the characters–Patch especially. I am woman enough to admit that it wasn’t until maybe two/three years ago that Patch was my number one book boyfriend in all of the fiction land. However, as time has gone by I began to get fuzzy with the plot and characters of this beloved series; with that revelation in mind my only solution was to re-read the series.

“One more secret smile. One more shared laugh. One more electric kiss. Finding him was like finding someone I didn’t know I was searching for.”

This time around, I was able to pick up things and see things in a different light than when I first read the novels back in 2010. The writing style and much of the dialogue between Patch and Nora–our main characters and love interests–was reminiscent of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I found myself chuckling and laughing through many of the scenes throughout the novel as I watched the budding romance and growth of relationship between our hero and heroine.
Unlike my first time reading however, I found myself falling less out of love with our heroine and supporting cast. Nora and her best friend Vee were very two dimensional and one emotion throughout the entirety of the novel and I found myself getting annoyed with them a lot more than I had anticipated. With Vee–though her snark and sassy banter with Nora had me grinning ear to ear from time to time–I did feel like she became the more annoying of the two as her use as a plot device to push the story forward didn’t transition well and felt unnatural and forced.

“Patch wasn’t the kind of guy mothers smiled on. He was the kind of guy they changed the house locks for.” 

If Edward Cullen and Damon Salvatore (TV Version) came together and had a baby, Patch Cipriano would be it. With the smoldering looks, snarky comebacks, and badass vibe of Damon and the intense (almost obsessive) love and protectiveness of Edward, Patch Cipriano is a force to be reckoned with for my lady bits. I honestly loved him. Out of all the characters, Patch was the only one that felt the most developed as we got a lot of his backstory in this initial installment.
Overall, I really did enjoy my re-read of Hush, Hush and I can totally see why I first fell in love with this. With each chapter I was gripped and captivated by Fitzpatrick descriptions and world building, I felt like I was truly in the midst of all the action, drama, and even romance as we got to know the world and our characters more.
A binge worthy fantasy, I recommend Hush, Hush to anyone who loves a paranormal romance and isn’t afraid of to have their current book boyfriend dethroned. I am excited to see relive what comes next for our gang in the sequel.

Buddy Read with Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams

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  1. danielle

    May 27, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I remember reading Hush Hush in high school with my niece!! I don’t really remember the specifics of the books but I remember enjoying them. I also remember me and my niece reading the sequel in a DAY! Which is so unlike me now hahaha! Maybe I’m due for a reread, as well. 😊

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 8:49 am

      UGH YES! I binge read the crap out of this series back then. Now I just wish I had the time to binge like I once did.

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  3. jamsu

    May 27, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I’m so glad we decided to read this together! Time zones can be annoying but we did it! I can’t wait to vent next books with you. I’m so exited to start the second book but also I’M NOT READY.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 8:50 am

      I feel this! My emotions don’t even know what is about to hit them next week. LMAO

  4. Ally Writes Things

    May 27, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I read this in junior high, and then reread it a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it again! I read the other ones in the series and they were not nearly as good as I remember, but this one held up!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 8:52 am

      ooo yay! I’m glad you enjoyed your reread! I was a little hesitant when I started because I didn’t want to tarnish my initial stellar feelings about the book, but wow I am glad I read it cause It was honestly a time. lmao. Fingers crossed this reading high keeps going through the rest of the series!

  5. Claire @bookscoffeeandrepeat

    May 27, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I really enjoyed this book when I was young or during my teen paranormal romance hype days (Idk what else to call it). But I feel like if I were to reread this series, I think I’ll only be able to reread the first book. I distinctly remembered the rest of the books annoying the hell out of me. Great post though! 😂

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 8:53 am

      😂😂😂😂 Yeah the rest of the series was like a sucker punch of annoyance and emotions lmao. I’m hoping the my annoyance will decrease in size when I get around to reading the next one !

  6. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    May 27, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Great review Sam! I remember loving this series back in the day. You make me want to pull a reread myself now.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Thank you! AND OH MY GOSH DO IT!

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        May 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

        I’m going to request at the library!

        1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

          May 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm


          1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

            May 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm

            I will definitely reach out when I read it!

  7. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    May 27, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    perspective is definitely a huge influence on how much I enjoy books (both personal life experience and the way publishing as an industry shifts over time) so I’m always pleasantly surprised when books from my middle / high school days hold up well – but I’m glad this one did for you! and I hope the rest of the series goes at least as well.
    also I don’t remember much about this book, but I definitely remember that last quote in your review. it’s a classic lol

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      May 28, 2019 at 9:07 am

      I couldn’t agree more with you! I am always shocked (and almost a little giddy?) when I still enjoy a book I read way back when. It’s like finding a gold nugget you never knew you had lmao.
      That line is an epic classic, I have had it pinned on my wall of quotes for FOREVER. <3

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  10. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    June 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Great review, Sam! I especially like how you talked about what was different for you on this re-read, but I am also glad that those writing style things didn’t really ruin your reading experience. I’ve heard… mostly meh things on this one so I don’t think it will ever get onto my TBR but I am glad it held for you!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 3, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Thank you! I can totally see why others thought it was meh, but I love me some good twilight replicas/vibes so you know I was all over this lmao!

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