Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is a book review long in coming (if you don't believe me...ask Tasha over at Heidenkind's Hideaway...she kept waiting for me to finish)! Thanks to an especially strange schedule right after Thanksgiving, and some good old fashioned fatigue, left me with only a snippet of reading time here or there for around three weeks. Yes, it took me way too long to read what I know was a good book; however, I read it when I could, and am happy to finally have the chance to review it!
Synopsis: I'm honestly not sure how to summarize the novel, as much of it is comprised of a mystery surrounding a boy named Patch who has shown up in Nora Grey's Health class. There is something about Patch that Nora finds both repellent and vile, along with alluring and enticing. She can't quite figure him out, but as creepy things begin to happen around her, Nora starts to think that Patch might be behind these bad events. In order to protect herself and those she loves from mysterious happenings around her, Nora feels she must figure out who Patch is, where he came from, and why he seems to come and go so easily. Is Patch who he appears to be, or is there something other-world about him?
Review: Hush, Hush is one of those YA novels that you start, and want to finish not long after you pick it up. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't have that luxury, so it drove me crazy to keep jumping in and out of the action of the story, because there were so many things going on. While there is a very paranormal, teen romance bent to the novel, it's not easy to pick up on what the rules of this paranormal world might be. You see, when there is a vampire, werewolf, bird, angel, etc. in a novel, there are also are a set of rules and explanation that the main character must be filled in on. In this case, these rules are part of the mystery of the novel. The chemistry and tension between Patch and Nora propels the story and leads you to somehow want Patch to be some secret good guy.
Overall, I would say that the novel is a really interesting premise. Yes, it feels a bit familiar because of other paranormal stories out there, but if you're interested in another book in that genre, I would recommend this one. For more information see, Hush, Hush.
*Review based on library copy.