Monday, 8 February 2010

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Grey is annoyed when her biology teacher changes the seating arrangements. Now instead of sitting beside her best friend Vee, she's sat by the very hot bad boy Patch. It doesn't take long for it to become obvious he knows far more about her than he should. Creeped out but attracted to him she tries to keep her distance from him.

Vee hopes that new transfer student Elliot will help with that. And it gives Vee an excuse to hang out with Elliot's best friend Jules, who she's interested in. Both Elliot and Patch are hiding secrets and as Nora finds herself in a few strange and dangerous situations she doesn't know who she can trust. Or where to turn to for help.

Okay, this book is far from perfect. The characters are a bit 2D, Nora is a little passive and not always that smart. She seems to let herself get pushed around by Vee, guys, her counsellor etc. Patch is pretty much your classic bad boy: mysterious, dark, dangerous, brooding and kind of a jerk. There are aspects of the story that are a little cliched and predictable too.

But I don't care about any of that or it's other little flaws. I really, really loved this book. It sucked me in quickly and I had a very hard job putting it down. Yes Nora verged on annoying and too passive at times, but again, I don't really care. I really liked the plot with the fallen angels and how everything fitted together. The book moves along at a really quick pace, twisting from one thing to the next right up to the pretty intense ending. It's easy to read and easy to get lost in and I'm really looking forward to the second book, Cresendo. 8/10

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