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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Thoughts: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Being a student limits the amount of time I am allowed to read. This has made choosing what to read rather difficult, because I need to choose something that I can put down when I need to, I need to choose something that has an interesting plot but that isn't all consuming (that happens to me sometimes, I forget about real life when I've found a good read). So in my latest attempt to find something interesting to read but not get to invested, I have ventured into the Young Adult genre, thinking that there would be some great novels to read without taking over my life. Yeah. Right. That was before reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She''s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora''s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and 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 Nora 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 her life
I started reading Hush, Hush Wednesday night (half an hour after I finished The Outcast) and was done the book by Saturday. For some this is loads of time to start and finish a book, but, for me it's not. I had to fit reading this book into full time school, part time work and an event that took up all of Friday night. In short I devoured this novel.
I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters were well thought out and they were funny (well Patch and Vee were funny). I feel like any teenager out there could relate to Nora, regardless of whether they have lost a parent or loved one. The story was intriguing and I had a hard time putting the book down (or leaving it at home when I went out). It's a well written novel which is important in keeping my attention, as well as most young adults.

In the beginning I couldn't help but compare this book a little to Twilight, simply because of Patch and Nora were thrown together in a Biology class (can anyone say Bella and Edward). I've read all the books in The Twilight Saga and hated them (sorry) so I was a little apprehensive about this little spin. I was pleasantly surprised.
On the back cover it says pretty clearly that this book was meant for 14 and older, I would tend to disagree a little with that. Patch is pretty suggestive in parts of the story, and I think that content like that would be better for a slightly older demographic. 14 is still a little young for the some of the content in the book; it was little sexual. When I though to myself about whether I would want my non-existent 14 year reading this, I kind of leaned towards no. I feel like the book would do a lot better with a crowd of 16 and older.
Hush, Hush is the first of the series and I am not sure where they are going to go with the story. I felt like the book could have ended where it ended. But I am looking forward to reading on, because I really did like the characters.

Book two is called Crescendo, and is in stores now.

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