Title: Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Version Read: paperback (library)
Publication Date: October 13th, 2010
Categories: angels, mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult
Summary (Goodreads): When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.
But before long, Nora’s defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she’s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?
As their connection grows stronger, Nora’s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?
This was good. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Hush, Hush apart from it having something to do with angels. However it caught my eye at the library and I decided to borrow it.
I have got to say, I really wasn’t sure about Patch. I mean, I was pretty sure he wasn’t the really bad bad guy, but I didn’t think he was exactly a good guy either. I liked him a bit more later on, especially after a couple of other people turned extra creepy. His story was quite interesting, and I am glad that it was revealed in glimpses to start start with, because that made it more interesting to discover, but also kept the intrigue going. I do hope his attitude changes a bit more in the next ones though, because he had a very serial-killer/rapist vibe in quite a few parts.
A lot of YA female leads are annoying, and Nora was at times. I mean, if you don’t want to hang out with Elliot and his extra-creepy pal, then stay at home. Or at least tell your mum/housekeeper where you are going to be. If you were that worried about Elliot, you should have shown Vee the newspaper article straight away. Although she apparently doesn’t get creepy vibes from these two. But then again, it wasn’t Vee they had the intention of scaring. However, I could get past Nora being annoying , or just plain silly because I don’t know many teenagers who would think logically in this sort of situation. Also, if you had to choose between two bad-guys, you’re going to go with the one who makes you feel less creeped out (and the one more likely to save you because he no longer wants to kill you).
I enjoyed the angel mythology. It goes along with much of what has been able to be established from the bible about Lucifer and the other fallen angels who were kicked out of Heaven. I thought that the tearing off of the wings by a particular branch of angels was great. I also thought that Patch’s scars from his wings was a very interesting way of explaining his wings. I could imagine that having your wings torn off would leave scars, so I thought that made sense.
I think the main plot could have been introduced a bit quicker – 300 pages in is a little slow, and yes Patch was mostly a creep until Nora figured out some of his secrets, but I still found Elliot and Jules way more creepy.
I know some people who have read this (and didn’t like it) have mentioned that there is a lot of ‘slut-shaming’ in this book. Well, I guess I must have missed it, because I didn’t really find any. Especially with the whole mind-games deal Jules had going. I also don’t get the ‘this is a copy of Twilight but with angels’ deal either. Sorry, no. Twiblight (yes that is an intentional error) was a badly-edited hot mess with an ‘angst-filled’ whiny teenage girl and a almost equally whiny century old vampire. I’m not seeing the comparison here. Well that was slightly off-topic.
I would recommend this to older YA readers because it is kind of creepy, and there are some more adult themes in this than in a typical YA novel. Anyone who wants a change from vampires and werewolves might also like this.