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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (part one, spoiler-free)

Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Part One

I am doing my Hush, Hush review in two parts because I have a lot to say, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone. This is the unspoilery, straight-forward and brief(ish) review; if you want to read the spoiler-filled discussion, go here. Now, to it:

Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Grey, an average high school student going about her business as usual -- until her Biology teacher rearranges her classes seats and places her next to the dangerous-looking new kid, Patch Cipriano. Nora gets a weird feeling from Patch, and things just keep going from bad to worse as Nora becomes convinced that she is being stalked, and may even be the target of murderous intentions. Add to the list Nora's strange feelings about the Archangel ride at the amusement park, her mixed feelings about -- and unwholesome attraction to -- Patch, and her constant near death experiences, and well, Nora's life is becoming anything but average.

When I finished reading Hush, Hush, I had to mull it over for awhile. I really wasn't sure what to say. I am absolutely enthralled by the cover (athletic looking, dark mysterious fallen angel, contorted in mid-air in grayscale? What's not to like?). I had to have it because of that cover*. But I had a sneaking suspicion that a cover that good had to be masking something. Yep. It's a bright light to dazzle the eyes and make you *ahem* overlook any faults.
It didn't work.

It was the most confused, schizophrenic piece of writing I've read in some time. Becca Fitzpatrick didn't seem to know quite what she wanted, only that it had to be ominous and scary and dangerous -- and titillating, of course, and mysterious and sexy. So with those buzz words in mind, she threw a bunch of things together and let her narrator, Nora, sort them out. Nora, understandably, had some trouble with this, and the result is a thoroughly frustrating heroine who jumps to insane conclusions based on inane evidence one moment, and the next goes blithely along into obvious danger.

Patch is intriguing, and perhaps the most consistent character**, and I was fully prepared for an 'anti-hero as the hero' story. I wanted a little boundary-pushing and a not entirely likeable or trustworthy male lead who may or may not redeem himself, but who gives you the dangerous and alluring in spades. For the most part, Patch wasn't a let-down in this regard, and as screwed up as it is to like him, he was the stand-out character for me. (This is not to say I didn't have issues with Patch, too.)

But it wasn't enough. Patch's bad boy antics couldn't save this book from itself. It was self-indulgent, cheesy, melodramatic in the worst sense, and confusing. I wanted to like it; I loved the fallen angel premise, the idea of an anti-hero, and bits and pieces of the writing through out. But Hush, Hush suffered from too many villains and too much shock and awe, and not enough thought and follow-through. Maybe Fitzpatrick can pull it together for round two, and with some strong convincing by trusted, like-minded people, I may be willing to give her another chance. But this was a monstrous let-down for me. You've been warned.***

*We all know how that whole so-pretty-I-just-had-to think works out. See my guest post on Jo's blog about this.
**Vee was pretty consistent too, and was a lot of fun, but she started to get annoying and a little strange...
***You're still going to read it, aren't you? Damn you, James Porto and you're beautiful, beautiful cover!


A lot of people like this book, and I want to give you both sides, so here are some pro-HH reviews:
Hush, Hush won the Urban Fantasy Cover of the Year award for 2009; it truly is a fantastic cover.

The Hush, Hush fan site, Fallen Archangel.

Book trailer:

Alright, that's it for part one. Part two is coming this weekend, so there's some space to keep people from stumbling across the spoiler-filler version by accident.


  1. I love reading other reviewers' takes on books.

    I enjoyed Hush Hush and was willing to get past the flaws because I thought Patch was fun. I liked Nora well enough but I grew to HATE Vee when she became so boy crazy as to blow off the fact that her BFF got physically abused by some guy Vee wanted to use to get to another guy.

    I actually spoke to a YA author about Hush Hush and she didn't like it because she said while the book keep telling us that Patch is a bad boy, Patch never actually does anything that is bad. I thought about it and saw her point. But for some reason I fell for the bad boy Patch anyway. I think I'm in desperate need of a real life boyfriend!

    Sounds like you had the same type of reaction to Hush Hush that I had to Fallen.

    Loved your take and can't wait for the second part of your review! Thanks!

    I was one of those who voted it as best cover. I love the look and originality!

    FYI- my Hush Hush review is here if you're interested. http://www.teensreadandwrite.com/2009/11/hush-hush-giveaway-points-post.html

  2. Great review! I've read so many mixed reviews about this book that I have been undecided about reading it or not, but after reading your review I've come to the conclusion this does not sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

  3. Cool review.
    Personally, I disliked Patch and loved the book.

  4. I completely agree with your review. I really wanted to like this book because of the potential of the concept. By the time I reached the end, the plot simply fizzled, leaving me so disappointed.
    I'm having a difficult time understanding the positive reviews books like "Hush, Hush" and "Beautiful Creatures" are getting.
    Just discovered your blog and will return often.

  5. Great review, Misty, but I'm looking forward to Part 2 with the spoilers, so I can see exactly what you had issues with.

    Vee was fun most of the time, but I really started to get annoyed with her when she would practically tell Nora she was being stupid about the things she thought, especially after The Event at her own house with the dude... who's name I have forgotten.

    Also, I was a little "Oh, Nora, what are you doing?" when she makes it clear she doesn't trust Patch, yet will get on the back of his motorbike. But it's those moments that make me think it would make a great movie, the shout-at-the-screen moments. I love all that!

    All in all, a favourite of mine, I must admit. I just loved it, so I'd like to read what your problems with it were. Thanks again for linking to the guest post! :)

  6. I was really on the 'no' side of reading this, but still considering it. I think I am considering no longer. Thanks for the great, honest review!

  7. I didn't care for this book either. And yes, it is a great cover. Looking forward to part 2!

  8. Haha! Yes I'm going to read it. But not because of the cover art. I'm just curious. You're review would convince me that its not worth the time and yet its very highly rated overall. I pay attention to reviews and ratings when I select a book for my TBR but when I get to actually reading it I don't look back. This time I'll be aware of several reviews while I'm reading. An experiment, I guess. I'll let you know the outcome.

  9. Ah, This is awesome! Puts to bed
    a few misnomers I've heard

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