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Review: “Hush, Hush,” Becca Fitzpatrick

September 20, 2010
Review: “Hush, Hush,” Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)
Written by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published October, 2009 by Simon & Schuster
391 pages
Genres: Angels & Demons, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

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.

nal Thoughts: Covers can be extremely deceiving. So, does Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush equate to the beauty of the jacket? My thoughts are benched. Yes, this is an enjoyable read, but, I think it could have been improved in a lot of places. I’m hoping Crescendo will learn from Hush, Hush‘s mistakes.


I got this around Christmas time last year. I got about halfway through the book and lost interest, I’ll be honest. I’m not sure if it was just my mindset at the time, but forever reason, the story didn’t grip me then.

Over six months later, I picked it up again after seeing more rave reviews. After seeing more about the next installment, ‘Crescendo‘, I thought it was worth another look. I finished the book a lot quicker this time, devouring it in two days.

I’m not saying it’s the best novel, but I’m not saying it’s the worst either. At times, our heroine, Nora, is extremely stupid and I found myself shaking my head. I mean, who willingly hands over their coat and beanie to an old bag lady instead of simply turning the other way and finding another source of help?

The constant screaming and crying about everyone trying to kill her didn’t help her cause, either. At one stage she’d be kicking and yelling, then the next she’d be succumbing to whoever had her in their grasp. I didn’t understand her one bit. I think it’s safe to say I don’t like the main character of Nora Grey at all. She’s very Mary Sue.

I like Patch, however. I understand why many don’t. He’s my ultimate vice; dark, brooding, sexy yet beneath it all extremely protective and caring. He has a dark side, but he’s willing to put that all aside for ‘love’. Lust, more like.

I do believe the message of falling in love was rather forced. Especially since Patch had resigned to killing her in the beginning. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me. We’re lead to believe that Nora has everything wrong, that perhaps Patch WAS trying to protect her the whole time… then we’re flung around again and told that really, he WAS going to kill her halfway through the novel…

This left me reeling. I think it would’ve been a lot less complicated (with the whole Jules, Elliot, etc. storyline also) if Patch had been set out to protect her from the beginning. A lot of the story felt disjointed and I was left feeling confused in many places.

However, that being said, it’s an enjoyable read. Vee rings true as the comical best friend: lovable yet extremely gullible and easily persuaded by a pretty face. I enjoyed a lot of her scenes and the banter between the two girls. Though, it was unbelievable after all they’d been through that Vee was siding with the boys rather than her ‘un-twin’.

I would’ve liked the interaction between Jules and Nora to be a little more substantial. Instead of the constant battling, kicking and scalpel-stabbing, I wish Becca Fitzpatrick would’ve delved into just how they were ‘related’. Jules didn’t really reveal much emotion when he found out Nora was his descendant. I wish this was explored more, since it seemed to be a big piece of the puzzle behind Patch’s initial motives.

I will read “Crescendo“, but in the hopes it’s a little more free-flowing and needless plot points are simplified.

Recommended to: Reader’s who like a sexy, brooding male lead and the blank-slate of a ‘normal’ main character. Also for anyone who wants to get their angel fix.

About Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She lives in Colorado with her family.

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