Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Book Review: Hush, Hush

I don't know what it is about the state of Maine that has inspired some creepy, paranormal YA plots as of late. Actually, maybe I do know. Unnaturally cold temperatures, days-longs snowstorms, and unpredictable weather may add some mystique and room for weather-driven plot twists. Add to this the typical stand-offish Maine population, and you might just have the perfect recipe for a paranormal romance.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is just plain awesome. The writing is engaging and the setting feels real (I can attest to this from firsthand experience!). The main character, Nora, is not a suffering damsel in distress. She is feisty and adventure-seeking and more than a little headstrong. I love this about her.

At first, when Nora meets Patch, the story feels like it's going to be a Twilight-remake. Not true. Quickly, you start to wonder if Patch really does have Nora's best interests in mind. And, there's this other boy who seems too sweet and too pushy all at the same time. 

I have read some really, really bad reviews of this book. As in, a lot of people really didn't like it. Most of these reviews are on amazon. I do read a lot of reader reviews before purchasing books and sometimes these reviews sway my purchases. I just cannot afford to be too wrong too often about books, because I already spend so much on books. There are only so many beans and rice dinners my husband will eat before he questions my spending habits.

But, if you're thinking of not reading or buying this book because of the negative reviews you've read, please consider that I absolutely loved this one. And, I am not a huge sucker (forgive the pun) for paranormal romances. It's not my favorite genre of YA. This was incredibly entertaining. I read it in less than two days. No regrets!

6 comments:

  1. One of my favorite books! I loved it.

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  2. I enjoyed this one too. I had the unfortunate experience of reading Hush Hush and Fallen in the same week - as long as you avoid this, and give each book their own space, you'll enjoy both of these books!

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  3. I just heard about this for the first time about a month ago at my YA class, and it had me intrigued too. I went to order a copy but noticed the paperback is coming out in the fall, so I preordered that instead. Even though I had that, "I want it now, Daddy" a la Verica in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I decided to hold off for paperback since I already have a load of TBR books. it will be a fun day when the box arrives along with a couple of other pre-orders coming out around the same time!

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  4. I finished this last week and absolutely loved it. I didn't view it as a Twilight-remake either.

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  5. I'm glad to hear that Hush Hush is not a Twilight knock-off! I started reading it a couple of months ago and the beginning definitely gave me that impression, so . . . I abandoned it (not a Twilight fan).

    Now that I've read your review, Hattie, I'll pick it up again this summer.

    Mardie

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  6. I have read some glowing reviews and some not so good reviews about Hush Hush. Personally, Hush Hush was an ok read for me but I'm still going to check out the second book.

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