Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)Hot
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she 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 Nora her life.
So, call it spoiler-ish or whatever, but I found the beginning of the first chapter, where Nora walks into her Biology class and learns she's going to be taught about sex, completely freaking hilarious. However, that soon turned to somewhat awe toward the author, because she really interlaced the sex ed with Patch's shameless flirting almost effortlessly. I loved it! The plot and back story on fallen angels was amazing, as well as the story with Elliott and his friend Jules being weaved into that plot at the end. The characters were believable and definitely high school students for the most part - though sometimes Vee tended to irritate me. I know girls like attention from guys and there was more going on with her being manipulated, but I never had a girlfriend to choose a guy over me as much as Vee did to Nora - so I couldn't exactly relate to their relationship. However, she did "take one for the team", so to speak, for Nora ... so, she gets back cred for that. The writing was wonderful, the dialogue never seemed to run on more than necessary, and I approve of the point of view. There was a great ending to go along with the story, some good redemption in the end and a good place for the story to end and another to begin. The story was fantastic, but I'll be the first to admit that this cover sold me and I bought it before even reading the blurb. FANTASTIC cover!
On a side note: I am absolutely sick of people comparing this book, as well as pretty much any teen paranormal romance, to Twilight. I am a HUGE fan of Twilight, but there were a ton of books about vampires before it. As well as books about girls falling for the "bad boy". There's also stand-alone books about werewolves, that don't even mention vampires in them - can you freaking imagine that?! I'm glad that Twilight has so much success, but people need to understand that not all ideas are new - they can just be deviated enough to make a good story. People use cliches, and that's okay as long as the story is good. Twilight is NOT the first book about a girl moving to a new place, falling for the mysterious and unobtainable hot guy, and find she's fallen into a forbidden love affair with the paranormal - so please stop treating it as though it's the Bible and people are trying to steal the ideas solely from Twilight to make big money. I'm sure some do - or is it books that have been circulating through agents for a while and they've only had a chance because of the Twilight Saga? We don't know, so we shouldn't treat it like we do. We should appreciate any and all books as their own entities and judge from there.
I'm off my soap box now.
Nora Grey is the heroine in the story but Patch, the resident hot boy, steals the show! He walks into Nora's life by way of Biology class and he's tall, dark and all kinds of wrong for her but in all the right ways. He wears black from head to toe, hangs out at shady places and rides a motorcycle. He's the epitome of bad boy. He's also hiding something...the fact that he's a fallen angel. Just the kinda a guy you wanna bring home to meet Mom, right? I'd say Dad but in this case, Nora's is dead. He was murdered a few months ago. Back to Patch...
See, a long time ago, Patch fell in lust with a human and he thought he could just drop on down to Earth and have a little fun, being an angelic being and all but lo and behold, that's not how the angel world rolls or is it "flies"? When he tried to ascend back up, he ended up losing his wings - a few of those pesky avenging angels ripped them off for him. (how helpful of them, right?) Not only did he lose his wings, he lost his good reputation thus becoming an angel of the fallen variety - gasp!
Thankfully, there is a way for him to get his wings back and no, it has nothing to do with ringing bells like little Zuzu in "It's A Wonderful Life" believes when she tells everyone, "Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!" (My favorite movie, btw!) If Patch is to get his wings back he has to save a human's life although even doing so will only gain him a "Guardian" ranking which is not exciting to him. My guess is because this equates to mucking out stalls in the human world. The other option, according to the "Book of Enoch" is for him to possess the body of a Nephilim and then kill that person in order to become human. Considering he really, really wants to be a real live boy, he goes with what's behind door number 2. The only problem is that possession can only take place once a year during a specific two week period. It also helps if you don't end up falling in love with the person whose body you're trying to possess and ultimately kill.
Nora has spent the last few months dealing with her father's murder and adjusting to her Mom's new work schedule which takes her out of town for long stretches leaving Nora alone a lot. For the most part, she's your average teen who does well in school, obeys her Mom and has a BFF, Vee. All that changes when Vee is forced to change seats in Biology one day and Nora has to be lab partners with the new transfer student, Patch. She senses something is "off" about him but she can't quite put her finger on it although, after awhile she finds herself wishing she could put her fingers on him and this surprises and scares her. Strange things begin to happen in her life and she suspects that Patch has something to do with it.
Throughout the story, both Patch and Nora have tough lessons to learn, like how every action has a consequence and that some are a LOT more harsh than others as in Patch's case. (He has the scars to prove it) They're also faced with tough choices, life and death ones involving each other, those they care about as well as what each of them wants most in the world.
I also think the side characters could've been fleshed out more, to me they just felt flat and like they were only there to help further the plot. I like it in books when every character feels real. Like, most of Jennifer L Armentrout books. She knows how to truly make them feel real. I'd like to hope that as the series went on the side characters get there chance to grow as well. I do really miss books about Fallen Angels/Demons, there used to be a lot more now I feel they are fading away.
Now, this book isn't the best around, there are far better ones out there but it was enjoyable, I found it hard to put down even though it was very predictable and nothing really seemed original. If you haven't read this book yet and are looking for a quick read. I'd say give this a shot.
Hush, Hush the story of a fallen angel who wants to be human, but it may come at a great cost for him and the people he cares about(which are so few). Nora is a average teen girl with average problem, Marcie Millar, and with an average best friend Vee. But her world turns upside down when a bad boy, Patch, comes to town and stumbles on her life, first as her biology partner, later, much more.
I was interesting in reading this book since I saw the cover, gorgeous. But for some reason didn't pick it up until this opportunity (free e-copy) presented itself. It stared a bit slow for me, with not much going on, but as it progressed it started getting better.
The characters and the story are really well written. There were times in the story when I was surprised but mostly it was a bit predictable.
There is so much sexual tension between Nora and Patch, it practically jumping out of the pages. Nora wasn't really jumping for me as a tough heroine or something like it, but she seems real which is good too. In the contrary, Patch is totally out there. He amuses me.
I loved the fictionalized biblical features on this book, The Book Of Enoch, Adan and Eve, and the Nephilim. Thou, the best feature on this book is Patch. He is a mysterious character that after finishing reading Hush, Hush, I still feel like I don't know him much; but what I know about him, makes me really like him and want more. I feel like this book has a bit of a Twilight vibe to it and some phrasing seems similar. But, whatever, I enjoyed it. It was a good read. 4 Stars
I thought the characters were predictable and forced. It wasn't the worst book i've read, but it certainly wasn't one of the best. It was enjoyable and a decent read.
I haven't heard positive things about the rest of the series, but I will have to give them a try one day.
Truth is, I don’t know what I feel about this book. This was my newest attempt at reading a angel-related book and, despite having enjoyed it enough to want to continue the series, there were things I didn’t particularly liked.
This book tells the story of Nora Grey, an ordinary girl whose only error was falling in love with the wrong person: a fallen angel. Though the first half of the book is Nora being hunted and developing her feelings for Patch, I found it too slow and without any sort of string to pull me into it. However, I admit that after she finds out the truth about her dear fallen angel, Patch, I was more interested in the book.
Patch, the fallen angel, was one of the most infuriating characters I’ve ever met. He was conceited, mysterious, arrogant, too self-centred and so damn irritating I couldn’t even begin to understand why Nora was even interested in him. But then, I don’t recall when, he just caught my attention and, even though he’s still too cocky for my taste, I began seeing him with different eyes. I think I owe that to Carla because she won’t like a character that was a brainless and dull so, when she told me she actually liked him, I think I began to analyse him in another way.
As for Nora, I still need to read another book to have a full opinion of her. I felt like she kept shifting, changing her opinion about Patch – or she enjoyed his company or she was scared of him – but I admired her friendship with Vee. She always felt a hard attraction/chemistry towards Patch but at the same time she kept pushing him away. She was just… weird!
There is something that kept nagging me during the whole book: Patch’s behaviour! Sure he’s a fallen angel and he’s got a bad side to him but he was literally hunting Nora and scaring the living hell out of her. Was that even necessary? If I were Nora, I would have asked for a restriction order instead of being all love-and-rainbows-plus-sex about him. But then again, something about him would have an opposite effect on us. Maybe it’s his angelic side *sarcasm*
Okay, this book was really hard, extremely hard, to rate and this review was the most painful one for me to write. I did enjoy the book, and consequently Patch, and wish to continue reading the series, but I have so many things against it. I don’t know… I need to read more of this saga to be certain of my feelings about it.
Maybe Crescendo will help me unveil these weird uncertainties about Patch and Nora’s relationship and the whole story. But, for a book about angels, I was thoroughly surprised. I did enjoyed the whole angelic part of it specially the end and Patch’s decision to… okay, I’m not telling you but those who read it know what I’m talking about.
I will definitely rate this book 3 stars and continue the series despite my dubious feelings about it.
First off, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I know. You're looking at what I just wrote and then the rating I gave it while thinking, "Mistake?" No. It's not a mistake. I did enjoy the overall book--the bad-boy Patch Cipriano, the class, the innuendos--however, there were a lot of things that I thought needed some touching up.
** What I liked:
1.) Biology class. I found the class funny as a whole with their groans and laughter on certain things Coach said. It reminded me of back when I was in school, and specific people were always making comments moments after a teacher says a certain something. And the whole Barbie and Ken doll thing? I could totally see a few of my past teachers pulling a stunt like that.
2.) At first I was going to write Patch Cipriano, but decided against it. Indeed, I love his character, but I felt I should expand a bit more rather than put himself in the spotlight. Instead, I'm going to say that I loved the conflict of emotions on Nora's part to whether she should truly fear this boy or give in to her feelings for him.
A lot of people think Nora is stupid for liking a person who seems so dangerous and constantly speaks in sexual innuendos to her--not to mention he knows more about her than he should. However, if you think about it, there are a lot of people who are drawn to the dark side of a person. I can easily admit that I fell bait for someone's darker nature. They scared me, and I was fascinated by that fact so I went out with them to try and figure it all out.
As for the sexual innuendos, they can easily be taken as a flirtatious method.
The knowledge he has when it comes to Nora is unsettling, yes, but it's not enough to make someone flee. Curiosity didn't just kill the cat; curiosity is a major flaw in humans as well. Curiosity constantly makes us want to come back, craving more knowledge on a certain subject. Nora's mind works the same, I believe. She doesn't truly want to run away, because she's astonished as to how he knows so much.
I also think Patch realizes this, and thus uses it as a bait to reel her in.
3.) Bah, I should've stated this one first, probably, but oh well. I loved the book cover. I'm one of those people that don't really read that first part of a book to see if I like it or not. I'm attracted by the cover, the title, and then the blurb. Once I'm hooked on those, I take the book and meander off for a read. The cover is simplistic and tells us the main part, but not all that happens at the same time. Know what I mean? (Does that even make any sense to anyone?)
4.) Characterization. Okay . . . half and half on this one. We all have stupid friends, such as Vee. There are people who constantly talk about sex or think about it, such as Vee . . . and almost all my friends. There's always going to be a girl falling for the dark, dangerous boy. There's also always going to be that dark dangerous boy somewhere. I've known a few . . . from a distance. Another I knew up close, but anyway. There's always the pawn in a scheme--Elliot--and the player behind the pawn's moves--Jules.
No, we don't have to like what the character's do, but sometimes we have to learn to accept them. In real life and in novels.
5.) The ending. It takes a lot to want to use self-sacrifice as a last resort. Granted, yes, she pretty much only had two choices in the end: be shot or jump. But the fact is, she chose to sacrifice herself for Patch to become human. That right there--that's love. I'm not going to say it didn't matter that he'd tried to kill her at different times for his own achievement at becoming human, because it did matter.
The fact that she stayed alive even though how many times she could've been dead already by Patch's means, especially after she saw what his plans were, tells us Patch does care for her, and he couldn't go through with it.
** What I disliked:
I know a lot of people have complained about this one. I don't really care that she's a girl that talks about sex and looks at every guy in a mouth-watering way. I've got friends like that as well. Yeah, they bother me to a certain extent, but I'm not going to do anything about it.
The thing I don't like about Vee is the fact that she seems like a horrible best friend. When Nora supposedly hit something with the car, Vee wasn't too concerned about Nora, but rather her baby car. God forbid there be deer parts on it, you know? If it were one of my friends, and I was frantic about what happened, they'd tell me to stay where I was and calm down. They'd find a way to come to me. Nope, not Vee.
When Elliot had threatened Nora, Vee reminded Nora that he was drunk, therefore not entirely himself. He's had a lot of things going on in his life and stress had caught up to him finally. Totally not his fault he threatened Nora, right?
I want to punch her so bad.
Every time I cried at school and it had something to do with a certain guy, each one of my friends wanted to beat the crap out of him. Vee makes me sneer because of her stupidity when it comes to knowing how best friends work.
2.) Where Elliot and Jules enter the scene.
Now, to me, Jules is perfect. The guy just oozes boredom around Nora and Vee and barely ever talks as if he wants nothing more to do than just leave. Which he does, on multiple occasions. He's the perfect bad guy, because nobody suspects him due to his demeanor.
Elliot . . . well, at first he was so nice and Nora was warming up to him and everything, but then she looks up information and sees he was involved in a murder case. After that point, Elliot starts becoming aggressive. It simply clicks in the reader's head that Elliot is a bad guy, and Jules just seems to follow him around (for the heck of it, I guess?).
In the end, Elliot is merely a pawn . . . and I don't like that. I understand that Jules had to come into the picture somehow, and what better way than two students from another school meeting up with Nora and Vee at a small . . . diner, I suppose--one transferring and one not.
This just didn't seem like a good way to bring in the villain. The part or Kjirsten's death still confuses me. Jules bought Elliot off, but I still can't understand which one really killed Kjirsten.
3.) The constant reminder of Patch's eye color.
- He sat slouched one table back, cool black eyes holding a steady gaze forward.
- His black eyes sliced into me,
- Patch’s eyes were black orbs.
- And those black eyes were getting to me.
- He eased back in his seat, eyes gleaming obsidian.
- His eyes were opaque and inaccessible as he watched me,
Augh! The last one was at chapter 6, so we have plenty more chapters to see what colors his eyes are (in case we've forgotten).
Once again, I did enjoy the book as a whole. However, there are things that can be changed for the better. As with almost every book out there.
That’s just the beginning of my grumbles with this book. I have a theory that good writing is like good acting. I don’t know if this is just me, but I’m much better at spotting really bad actors than I am at spotting really good actors. That’s because a good actor draws you into the story and the character, and the actor just completely vanishes. I mean, the hallmark of good acting is kind of that you forget someone’s acting. Bad acting, on the other hand, puts a barrier between you and the story, because you’re constantly reminding that someone is trying, and failing, to act. I think writing is the same way.
This book felt like writing. I could see the author trying to plot out each course of action, which normally was, “What is the dumbest thing Nora could do, even though I’ve told readers she’s a smart character?” Then there are also the lines like “his eyes looked like they didn’t play by the rules”. You kind of get what she’s getting at there, but it still feels clearly like writing. I think the worst example of this is the fact that there’s a rollercoaster ride named “The Archangel”. It’s not exactly symbolism if it hits you over the head, and I don’t know why an amusement park would call a ride something like that in the first place.
There are too many problems to list within the actual plot of the book, so I’ll give a quick rundown of some of the biggest issues without details: Nora and Vee call in a bomb threat and there’s not a huge search for the caller/we never hear about it again? Biology does not equal sex education, you’re thinking of health. Predatory stalking and what almost plays out as attempted rape does not equal romance. Police are not going to question a minor without a guardian present unless absolutely necessary, and if they do, said guardians will be informed immediately.
Ok so the run-down on the book? Nora is living this average life, spending loads of time with her best friend Vee *who is seriously the tits*, and studying and spending lots of time home alone with her mom out of town. Then Patch comes to town and changes her world forever. He is confusing and mind-blowingly cute, and he seems like he can't decide if he wants to kiss or kill her. *That's a bit of a conundrum there.* Anyways, Nora is swept away into this world of fallen angels and their vassals and other such things. Really, there is no way to come out of such experiences the same.
The book is full of action, stupid decisions on Nora's part, and lots of Patch saving the day with his hot self. You may want to yell at Nora at times, but such urges will pass. Vee is also pretty hysterical and incredibly enduring. All in all, I thought the book was pretty awesome.
Who Should Read It: Fans of paranormal, angel books, and people willing to try something new. Here you go. I know the series is older, and I am seriously behind getting around to reading it.
This book kept me hooked. You just know all along that something spiritual is about to happen eventually, and with that knowledge you just can’t put the book down. When the spiritual-ness does reveal itself, I was finally satisfied. The book definitely does deliver, but it just teaches the reader a lesson in patience. I need to learn to slow my roll every now and then and just have faith that the storyline will deliver, as it absolutely does in "Hush, Hush." Now I’m heading for the sequel.
Suspenseful riding that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Tiny, tiny teasers that let you know something big is bound to happen.
Everything seemed...forced in the beginning. It felt like Patch and Nora were just two random people that got thrown together simply so they could make a story. Obviously, that's kind of what a book is about, but the reader isn't supposed to be able to feel it. Finally, I got to the good stuff and things were explained a little better which made the story flow A LOT better.
The heat between Nora and Patch was crazy. Normally, I'm pretty good with the cutesy relationship stuff, but Hush, Hush got me hungry for something more. I want the next book right now just so I can see how Nora and Patch get, ahem, closer.
I also really enjoyed the take on angels here. It was quite a bit darker than your typical angel book, but it also had a few new things thrown in to spice up the mix.
Final thoughts: If for some reason you haven't read this yet, go out and pick it up. Though the beginning may be slow, confusing, and seem like things are just thrown in to create a story, you MUST stick with it