Review : Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages : 355
Genre : YA, Fantasy
Series : Hush, Hush, book 1
My Rating :

What it’s about, in my Words :

When Nora gets paired up with Patch in biology class, she is more than displeased : not only is she unfairly split from her best friend Vee, she also has to work with the most rude, uncooperative guy you can imagine. Only, Nora fins herself more and more attracted to the mystery that is Patch : both sexy and dangerous, he seems to always be around when weird things happen. Nora’s life is in danger, and she needs to get a clear answer before it’s too late.

As Lenore very well said about Hush, Hush in her review, “[…] people seem to either passionately love it or hate it. I didn’t feel that passion.” I can see why people ended up on both ends of the spectrum, but I was left somewhere in the middle.

Hush, Hush is certainly gripping : I read it fast and, in all honesty, I had a hard time to let it go. I wanted to know what was up with Patch, I wanted to know who was after Nora, and I wanted to know how this would all conclude. The mystery is fascinating and Fitzpatrick did a great job of building a dark atmosphere for the story.

On the other hand, the characters really took away from my enjoyment of the book. There are definitely some problems in the relationship between Nora and Patch, where she constantly goes back to him even though she fears him. That doesn’t work for me and cuts deeply in any sexy mood there could be. I loved her best friend Vee, who was a bit silly and all about cute guys and brought some humor in this dark story – that is, until she advises Nora to go out with a guy after he shows up to her door drunk and violent. What!? That’s some friend for you! So yeah, definitely big problems there and I could see why some readers were completely turned off by those.

Fortunately, Nora was okay for me. She did some stupid decisions, yes, but it was a bit like watching a horror movie and yelling at the stupid girl not to go upstairs : it’s predictable, silly, but fun! I only wish she could take some distance from her situation and see how creepy and unsafe her relationship with Patch is.

Even though there’s a sequel following, Hush, Hush is a complete story that doesn’t leave you on a cliffhanger. The conclusion left me a bit confused as I found things to be contradictory, but I still enjoyed to see what it came to. There were a few twists I hadn’t predicted and I was glad that my questions got answered. The dark, horror-movie style atmosphere also worked really well for me, making it easy to imagine the scenes and the action.

In the end, even though it wasn’t perfect, Hush, Hush is a fast-pace novel that definitely engaged me enough to want to read the next book, Crescendo.

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10 responses to “Review : Hush, Hush”

  1. Meg says :

    Yeah, Nora going back to Patch even though she fears him would be pretty problematic for me! Still, I’m intrigued by this one — especially since readers fall all over the spectrum. I usually love to read those books to see where I stand!

  2. taraSG says :

    I actually liked Crescendo more than Hush, Hush so I would definitely recommend you stick with the series for at least one more book 🙂

  3. Juju at Tales of Whimsy... says :

    I’m with you. While the story is really good, Nora is weak and Patch is a meany pants. I still want to read book 2 though 🙂

  4. Meghan says :

    I have had this for about a year and never managed to read it. I just don’t think I’ll like it. I got it for review, so I keep telling myself I should, but it hasn’t worked yet. At least you say it will go fast …

  5. Liviania says :

    I know I’m going to read CRESCENDO when it comes out!

  6. heidenkind says :

    Just wait until you read Crescendo…. 😉

  7. nicole langan says :

    Thanks! for sharing.

  8. kay says :

    Meg : That’s exactly why I wanted to read it too! The relationship really is problematic, but for me reading this book is more like watching a predictable horror movie, so I was able to have some fun and get pass it. I can see why others couldn’t though!

    Tara : Happy to hear that! I just started reading it so I hope I’ll feel this way too!

    Juju : Lol, I love that you call him a meanie pants! He totally is though!

    Meghan : I was hesitant about it, too. Maybe one day you’ll feel like giving it a try, who knows?

    Liviana : Haha, I’m reading it right now and I’m really wondering where this is all going!

    Heidenkind : Uh oh…

    Nicole : You’re welcome! 😀

  9. Lenore says :

    I think you’re right – if you don’t take it all too seriously, it is a lot of fun.

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