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Tuesday, October 6

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Contest too!)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (October 13, 2009)

400 pages, Young Adult

$11.46 Hardcover (, 10/06/09) Available on the Kindle $9.99

Hush Hush


My Rating

Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 2

Passion: 3

Overall: 22/30 = 73%  C

Cover/Title Bonus: 4

I received this as an ARC for review from Simon & Schuster.

Summary (

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. Not until Patch came 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 who 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 way 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.


First Line

I walked into biology and my jaw fell open.



Nora Grey is like any normal teenager except that her hormones are under control. Until she first lays eyes on Patch. They play a game of cat and mouse, with Nora as the mouse and Patch the cat. Patch isn’t a normal guy and Nora quickly figures that out when mysterious things begin to happen.

The plot was actually very good. It had a defined beginning, middle, and end.


The prologue is set in Lorie Valley, France, November 1565. The story is set in Coldwater, Maine, present time. Most of the story takes place in their school, Nora’s house, and a billiards bar Patch frequents.

Becca does a good job with descriptions and setting the mood of the scene. The scene in the gym at the end of the book was handled very well.

There’s a real freaky scene in an alley that I won’t soon forget along with the Arch Angel roller coaster ride. Goodness!

There’s also a scene (or two?) where Nora gets a peek inside of Patch’s past, which was pretty freaking awesome.


This is a perfect YA book. It was easy to follow, easy to read, easy to relate to, and well, just plan easy. It did make me think though, which was nice. It’s very much a dark mystery with a tinge of romance and paranormal thrown in.

It’s written in first person from Nora’s POV.


I guess you can tell from the cover what this story is about. So, yes, it’s pretty original. I haven’t read many books with this subject but I enjoyed this story a good deal.


Nora Grey is kind of a prude in the beginning. She isn’t that into guys. She’s more into her friend Vee and school work. When Patch comes along she’s very reluctant to befriend him.

Vee is VERY annoying. I disliked her immensely.

Elliot and Jules are two guys Vee picks up for her and Nora. They are kinda odd and make you wonder what’s up with them.

Patch is the ultimate ass. He’s nothing but walking ego. I guess he has a reason to be so detached because he does have a very troubled past but really there’s no excuse for some of the stunts he pulls. The last time I checked you don’t harass the girl you’re interested in unless you’re in Kindergarten.

I know a lot of bloggers think Patch is the shit. And maybe he does redeem himself in the book but I wouldn’t have pursued him. And he might be a hottie but still. We need to have standards! :)


At first we are presented with an ass called Patch. He does redeem himself like I mention. There’s a constant sexual tension you can sense slightly and then it does begin to build as Nora and Patch begin to know and trust each other. It’s not the cleanest of relationships and it’s not very realistic but since it’s a paranormal relationship I guess that’s to be expected.


A decent read. I probably wouldn’t spend the money on this as a hardcover but more as a paperback at $8.99 or less. I didn’t like Patch, at first. Nora was not a common (bitchy much?) teenager and Vee was annoying. The story was nicely written out, even though the characters were a little unlikable.

Cover/Title Bonus

Awesome cover! The title is kinda “eh?”. I don’t really get why it’s called that but it is very catchy so I guess that’s what matters.


This trailer kicks major trailer ass! Perfectly done. Dark and sexy. The book is not quite as good as this trailer….unless I’m just forgetting.

Connect with Becca Fitzpatrick

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Other Reviews

Becca has a nice summary on her website.

Reader Rabbit

Sharon Loves Books and Cats – 2 purrs

Books by Their Covers – 4 stars out of 5

The Page Flipper

The Compulsive Reader

Fiction Groupie – 3 1/2 stars

Harmony Book Reviews – 10/10

A Journey of Books – A

Bookworming in the 21st Century – 5/5 roses

There are many, many more but I think that’s enough!

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  1. Great review, Jess. You really hit the nail on the head. Standards, indeed. Patch was the crap. Nora was the lame. Vee was so annoying I wanted to cry. A lot of potential and it just didn't materialize.

  2. Loved your straightforth and to the point review. I truly did.
    I am curious about the book and hope I win it. If I do not, I will check it out from the library. Curious as to what I will you about Patch or like some other bloggers?

  3. I must be the only person who hasn't read this book. Or at least it feels that way. All the reviews I've read have been positive so I'm hoping I'll get in the know. My entry is in. Thanks.

  4. Thanks for linking to me. :) I agree with you on Vee. Wow, I wanted to smack her through the book.

  5. Great review, and I definitely agreed with you on a lot of points. Especially about Patch, who is an ass for most of the book... although I think he slightly redemmed himself in the end. I still really enjoyed the book, and I don't get why so many people find Vee annoying. Perhaps I have a high tolerance level for annoying best friends or something. I thought she was fun!

  6. Great review! I'm dying to read this book, it's on top of my wish list.
    One of the main reasons is that I can't wait to read about Patch. What can I say? I have a thing for bad guys.


  7. I've been curious about this book but I think I've seen a few others say they didn't like Patch very much either. I'll probably still read this eventually, maybe wait for the paperback. Thanks for the straightforward review.

  8. dude, i REALLY want this book! ive been entering contests eveerywhere for the arc, and hope i win :)
    *crosses fingers*

  9. i've been noticing that, reviews on this book is either average or terrible but i still want to read it. though, i'm not very keen on spending 20 dollars on book which most people says is mediocre.

  10. I haven't read this yet, but I hope to get to it this month!


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