Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source of my copy: I won it from a giveaway
Synopsis (from Amazon)
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...until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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 began this book with trepidation. I have read and heard so many not-so-great things about this book from it being very similar to Twilight (I'm not a fan) to promoting unhealthy teen relationships. And you know what, as I read the book I find that I agree. It is almost exactly like Twilight right down to the fact that Nora and Patch met in biology class and became lab partners. But I tried to forget all that and to give Hush, Hush a fair chance.
My first thought after I finished was that it was actually pretty well-written. I didn't detect that debut novel awkwardness in the writing and the pacing is exciting to some extent. There is always something happening in every chapter. Nora wasn't as flat a character I expected her to be despite her TSTL ("too stupid to live") tendencies. But at the end of the day, I just can't stand behind the romance between Nora and Patch. For one, I didn't feel any chemistry between them and, two, I don't get why she's so attracted to him in the first place. Sure, he's mysterious and supposedly "hot" but he's also a stalker, distant and detached, has violent tendencies, he manhandles her... and oh yeah, he's trying to kill her. An unhealthy relationship indeed.
However, I did like the whole fallen angel aspect of the book. I've been reading a lot of vampire and werewolf stories so angels are a welcome change. All in all, it was an okay read and it was actually better than I expected it would be. 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Release date is November 16, 2010
Hush, Hush is one of two books I judged for the YA Bloggers Debut Book Battle. I won't reveal my rating of this book just yet. Based on this review, do you think Hush, Hush will be the book I choose to move on to the next round? Stay tuned as I'll be reveal my pick on Thursday.