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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Source: Libby / Library
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
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.
“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