hush, hush – Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. 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 judgement. 

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora can't decide whether to 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 in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and the wrong choice will cost her life.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Year: 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 3/5

This book was exactly what I needed right now. Having just moved house, I am feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Hush, hush was a light, fun and easy read. Perfect. I also picked it up for $3 off a remaindered stock table. Extra perfect!

Nora and Vee are best friends and do everything together. So when their biology teacher splits them up, Nora is annoyed to find her new lab partner is Patch. A mysterious new student who isn't too friendly. He is the ultimate bad boy. Nora struggles between annoyance, extreme dislike and sexual attraction. Something she really doesn't want to have to deal with right now. She is still trying to come to terms with her fathers murder, and working on keeping her grades up so she can get into a good school. Boys are not part of the plan. 

Soon strange things start happening. Frightening events that Nora cannot explain. Is she imagining it all or is someone messing with her? watching her? following her? stalking her? 

I enjoyed this novel. It was interesting to read a paranormal romance that involves angels instead of vampires, or werewolves. Although it doesn't delve too deeply into the mythology surrounding angels, it just uses them as a plot device, it was still interesting enough. If you approach this as a fun read, and not a way to learn about angel mythology, then you won't be disappointed.

I think it is also important to point out that there isn't anything religious about this book, Fitzpatrick isn't pushing anything onto her readers, I think she just wanted to write a paranormal romance using angels.

Nora was a strong female character  (and quite likeable) but like most YA leads, she couldn't help but fall for the bad boy and all logic went out the window when he was around. It didn't bother me too much though so either I am used to this being the 'norm' for YA novels, or maybe it just wasn't as overdone as some others. 
I am looking forward to picking up the next novel in this series. 

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