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Hush, Hush (Review)

Title: Hush, Hush 
Edition: Paperback,  400 pages
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Source: Barnes & Noble



The 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...until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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.

 My Opinion
Hush, Hush is most likely a book I won't read over and over again.  That being said, I did enjoy the book.  It has an interesting premise, with the concept of Fallen Angels and how they are meant to get what they want (can't say too much or it'll spoil the book!).  Nora and Patch are interesting characters, but at times I would get frustrated with them both.

Nora's development is static for the most part, and she doesn't react the way most humans would to the things which happen to her.  This is an aspect that annoyed me while reading, just as it does when I'm watching a thriller.  Because, for all intensive purposes, that's what this book ends up being, which brings me to another problem I had.

The pace of the story is extremely slow.  At least I felt it was.  It wasn't until the last third of the book that the plot picked up.  Before that it was a drawn out "detective" runaround with Nora and her best friend Vee.  Each time I thought "Finally, she figures it out!" something would happen, and often times it wasn't surprising just aggravating.

I think I would have found this book much more engrossing if it had been told from Patch's point of view.  Patch, while not the protagonist, ends up being the more interesting of the two leads.  The conflict he goes through in the book is a much more compelling storyline than the drama Nora finds (sometimes fabricates) herself into.

However, the mythos that is involved within this book is what kept me going.  The premise of fallen angels, guardian angels, and a battle of Heavenly origin.  Being Catholic, I am always interested to see how people interpret such a big aspect of Christian dogma.  There are a lot of interesting takes on Angels and Fallen Angels, and I'm hoping that Crescendo, the second book in the series moves the plot along faster than in Hush, Hush as we have a base in which to establish ourselves. 

Final Rating
Book Cover: 4/5
Book Title: 4/5
Plot: 7/10
Characters: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Ending: 8/10 
Overall: 37/50: C

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