Series: Hush, Hush #1
Page count: 391
Published: October 13th 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she 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 Nora her life. "
I picked this book up when I discovered that you could rent e-books (a blessing and a curse.) I've been in a reading slump since September and I've been reading my two current reads for the past 3 weeks now (UGH.) I needed a book that could get me back into my reading ways, because it definitely wasn't my current reads that were going to do the trick. That's where Hush, Hush comes in.
From the first chapter I was hooked. If you haven't read it yet then let me set the scene for you.
Biology class. Specifically a Reproductive health type situation. Nora, our MC, and her best friend, Vee, are forced to change seats by "coach", aka the teacher. Long story short, Nora now sits next to Patch, aka the stories' fictional bad boy.
Now I've read many books that have "bad-boys" (because they're my love) but I haven't yet read about a bad boy that was this upfront at a very early point in the story. Then I read about Patch. Just "upfront" is a huge understatement when it comes to Patch. He had all your typical bad boy qualities: Dark, tall, gorgeous (er mer gerd my eyes), mysterious, definitely had a dark past, and alternative motives?
I couldn't help but love him, though if you can't stand characters with these qualities then refraining from reading this book may be your best bet.
Moving on from Patch...
I really enjoyed Nora's character. She stood up for herself and didn't tolerate getting crap from people. She also wasn't immediately trusting, which was supposed to be one of her character flaws, though I enjoyed that about her. As much as I love bad boys it can get annoying when the main character, usually always a female, is just automatically trusting and doesn't suspect anything even though the other character, usually male, is acting strange and looks like they want to murder something. It took a long time for her to even half-trust Patch, which was great. Like with most characters she still had a few flaws. I wasn't a huge fan of how she handled certain situations, that mostly just required a wee bit of common since. Besides that Nora was great.
Speaking of Nora being great, she was also a great friend... to Vee. Oh Vee *sigh*.
Just based off the first chapter I though Vee was going to be a fabulous friend and an overall great character. However, that was not the case at all. Vee was annoying, she literally couldn't do anything helpful (or smart for that matter.) Half of the horrible things that happened could have been avoided if Vee wouldn't have been so stupid and careless.
Vee: A party in a dark alley late at night with people I just met? Count me in!
(Not actually said but basically)
As far as the actual story line it wasn't anything too special. Then again when I picked the book up I wasn't expecting for it to blow me away with its amazingly developed story line.
With that being said the book was cliche. I could see the "twist" from a mile away. To be honest I guessed half of the book. However, in this situation that didn't hinder my reading experience.
Overall I had a ton of fun reading Hush, Hush. It was fairly fast-paced and it got me out of my reading slump! (YAYYYYY)
Pick this book up if: You're in a reading slump and need something fun and easy to read. OR if you like Angels, bad boys, or YA paranormal.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!