Friday, January 15, 2010

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


… God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment…” – 2 Peter 2:4


This opening quote, along with the cover art, sets the tone for Becca Fitzpatrick’s new teen paranormal romance Hush, Hush. This is the story of Nora, an average teen who becomes far from average the day Patch walks into her life. Patch just happens to be a perfectly sexy, mysterious bad boy – and Nora’s new partner in human bio class.


As the novel progresses Nora realizes that someone is out to kill her – and this someone isn’t an average human. As Nora’s life begins to get strange the reader must work along with her to discover what is really going on and why reality has stopped making sense.


Hush, Hush is a refreshing twist on the current wave of paranormal teen romance for a few reasons:

1. Patch isn’t entirely likeable, and could very well be a killer
2. The fallen angel plot is intriguing and kept me guessing at what the character’s motives might be
3. Fitzpatrick doesn’t tie up all of the subplots – in a good way – which allows readers to fill in the cracks for themselves


I loved Hush, Hush and would recommend it to anyone looking for a Twilight read-alike. This said, you have to take it for what it is – a teen paranormal romance. There were some stereotypical techniques used to make this plot work. For example, Nora’s mom has to travel for work, easily removing all adult supervision.
If you enjoy Hush, Hush you may also like Ruined: a Ghost Story by Paula Morris and Immortal by Gillian Shields.

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