Becca Fitzpatrick; ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
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.
– Goodreads on Hush Hush
Ok, so I’m a million years too late. Boo hoo. I never like to read stuff when it’s fresh, ask me not why. Buuut anyways…
The first thing that actually got me curious about the Hush Hush Saga was a youtube interview of Becca Fitzpatrick. [She’s also using the site template that I had planned to use myself, how cool is that? But then she surely got someone php-savy to incorporate a blog in that template for her, which I wasn’t able to do myself, hence the dropout on the template. Buuuut still, awesome, right? xD]
Didn’t see the short and sweet youtube interview thingy? Here you go…
Man, that hair!! How can she have such perfect hair?? It totally drew me in (am shallow, I know, I know), but it was enough to make me turn on my speakers and hear her out. I loved what she was saying, and how she was saying it, it just made me want to read her. You know the feeling, right? It’s a sort of immaterial connection that clicks into place, and you just know you’re gonna love what that person comes up with. And true to my gut feeling I did.
It took me all of 1 day to read Hush Hush and Crescendo, and I am most excitedly looking forward to the next book in the saga. I won’t give spoilers or anything, I hope; this is gonna be the sort of personal view of a book (or two, hehe) that I’ll just share with the world, in the hopes it might reach someone that, like me, hadn’t really considered reading it but now will feel tempted.
Becca Pitzpatrick’s characters are lovely. They gave me the absolute feeling of not only them being fresh and real, but of dragging me along for the ride in their fresh and real world. There’s a subtle art to writing believable bad-boys, and keeping them true to themselves, instead of giving them a sort of “I have found the light!” epiphany that ruins the whole deal or turning them into these devious unreal things. Patch (totally fun name, right?) is a bad boy; he’s not really reforming, he’s not trying to become a saint, he’s not unhappy about who or what he is. He’s as real as they come, that’s what I felt about him throughout the story so far, and I hope he’ll stick to it from here on. Nora feels like a bit of a nerd, and it’s horribly endearing (since I am and always have been a nerd and all, lol); I feel she grows throughout the story, and I’m looking forward to get to know the woman she’ll become.
The first book literally kept me giggling all through; I didn’t get that with many other YA series, most often my feelings are angsty when reading one, or a total lack of any feeling when it’s not reaching me; these books, aside building a delicious tension around the quite charismatic characters, made me feel the teen spirit, you know? The struggle, the doubt, the beauty of still exploring the world and the wonder that accompanies you on your adventurous way. What could be cooler?
Plot-wise, I felt the second book, Crescendo, true to its title, was more action-packed. I loved the way it sort of eased you into it, instead of just throwing it on you like some bucket of hot water. The tempo is lean, natural, and therefore truly exciting. You can feel a slight difference in tone between the books, where Hush Hush was more diaphanous and smooth, Crescendo is more alert and energetic. I feel they complete one another in a great way, and I love to feel how the plot grows and evolves. Also as a fun element, Crescendo does end with a hook that will certainly keep you itching for the next part, Silence, coming out this October.
And can I just say, hot damn, those covers were sizzling hot!! You’ve seen them, right? You have to get a poster of Hush Hush at least, even if you don’t read the book, which you should. I mean, seriously hot material.
Having read book #3 now as well, I’ll say I didn’t quite like it as much as the first 2. It starts off in a very harsh way, and somehow after that it feels to me like there’s this in-water action; you know what I mean? Like movement in water, everything is slowed down, somehow, and when it’s active, it borders on brutal. As a book concept, I like it better then other kinds, but there’s also another factor…the main thing I loved about the first two books is that I had a lot of fun while reading them. I didn’t have that much fun reading this one…I mean, Vee did her job, delivered her funny lines and all, but it felt to me like it was just her trying to be funny in sort of strange moments for that.
I didn’t have fun reading it, and it really didn’t feel like a part of the series with the other 2. It felt fractured from them; the plot calls for some changes, granted, and I did find it interesting, the whole amnesia thing, and Nora’s mom dating tastes and all. It was a good read, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t feel it as much as the first two books. It’s a 3 butterflies book, as opposed to the other 2, which were 4 butterflies.
Aaaaaaand here’s to waiting for book 4 now. I won’t be as excited about it as I was about this one, though. 🙂