Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush Saga #1)

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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. 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 judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure ...

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Overview

Download a free excerpt of Hush, Hush.

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. 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 judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who 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 way 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.

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  • Becca Fitzpatrick
    Becca Fitzpatrick  

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
To Nora Grey, Patch seems like the completely unexpected, picture-perfect guy; handsome, friendly, attentive. But perhaps he's too perfect, too attentive, trespassing over the line between would-be boyfriend and stalker. At first confused and then frightened, Nora eventually discovers that both she and her ever-watchful companion are enmeshed in a primordial battle for souls. Hush, Hush is a debut novel that has raised a feverish buzz.
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"A thrilling debut." --Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping chiller... Fitzpatrick regularly tweaks the tension, resulting in a fast-paced, exhilarating read. Nora’s tempestuous relationship with prototypical bad boy Patch is genuinely, even unsettling seductive- fans of paranormal romance should be rapt." - Publishers Weekly

"Horror and romance fans who are weary of the werewolf (and vampire) next door will welcome this new take on the heart of darkness." --Booklist

"Hush, Hush has great atmosphere, and had me wondering where in the world -- or out of the world -- this story could go. If the guys had been this dangerous and delicious when I was in high school, I would never have wanted to graduate! I see more fallen angel stories coming from this talented writer." -- Sandra Brown, bestselling author of White Hot and Smoke Screen

Publishers Weekly
Fitzpatrick debuts with a gripping chiller where humans become pawns in the hands of fallen angels. Nora Grey is assigned a new partner in her sophomore biology class. Her instincts tell her Patch is trouble, and she doesn't like the way he is already inside her head (“Part of me wanted to run away from him screaming, Fire! A more reckless part was tempted to see how close I could get without... combusting”). Soon she is questioning her sanity—she is attacked by a masked figure that smashes her car window, but later the glass is intact. And the same figure ransacks her bedroom, but everything is in place when the police arrive. The violence and danger escalate, and Nora learns that Patch is actually a fallen angel seeking to become human. Fitzpatrick regularly tweaks the tension, resulting in a fast-paced, exhilarating read. Nora's tempestuous relationship with prototypical bad boy Patch is genuinely, even unsettlingly, seductive—fans of paranormal romance should be rapt. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey is smart, cautious, and focused on her future until the enigmatic bad-boy Patch enters her life. Patch seems to show up everywhere, and soon Nora and her edgy best friend, Vee, become involved in life-threatening situations that are difficult to explain. Nora's friends and acquaintances need to think twice before putting on any article of clothing she offers. Nora is torn. Should she turn to Patch for help and protection or suspect him of trying to harm her and her friends? After an abundance of drama and danger, Nora reluctantly accepts the supernatural situation in which she is involved—a battle among sinister fallen angels that will redefine her life. This quick read contains the standard characters found in a teen romance: the skinny protagonist, her mysterious love interest, a loyal but easily duped best friend, and a collection of clueless adults. Although the concept of an archangel willing to become human for love is compelling, the mythology could have been better researched and often appears to be inserted in the story as an afterthought. Twilight comparisons are unavoidable and may prove to be either a delight or distraction. These include a first-person narrative told by a smart but innocent girl and an unsettling much-older biology lab partner who stalks and romances her as he reluctantly puts her in mortal danger. Even the setting of Nora Grey's foggy Coldwater, Maine, is interchangeable with Bella Swan's dreary Forks, Washington. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—High school sophomore Nora Grey, a dedicated student striving for a college scholarship, lives with her widowed mother in a country farmhouse outside Portland, ME. When Patch, her new biology partner, is suddenly thrust into her life, Nora is both attracted to his charm and put off by his inexplicable awareness of her thoughts. Eventually, she learns that he is a fallen angel who wants to become human. She is susceptible to his control, but other forces are at work as well, and Nora finds herself caught in the middle of dangerous situations and unexplainable events. The premise of Hush, Hush—that fallen angels exist and interact with humans on Earth—is worthy of contemplation and appealing to teens. But stories with such supernatural themes require that the details of day-to-day life be realistic and believable. Unfortunately, most readers won't be convinced that a mother whose husband has recently been murdered would leave her daughter alone overnight in their home far from the nearest neighbor or that a school counselor would be replaced by someone whose credentials were not checked. While teens may enjoy the scenes of tension and terror, most will be disappointed by characters without dimension and the illogical sequence of events.—Sue Lloyd, Franklin High School, Livonia, MI
Kirkus Reviews
When Coach changes the biology-class seating chart, e-zine reporter Nora Grey finds herself instantly attracted to yet fearful of her new dark, sexy, bad-boy partner, Patch. She also becomes acquainted with good-looking transfer student Elliot, the key suspect in a murder-ruled-suicide at his former prep school. While putting her journalist skills to the test researching the backgrounds of both mysterious guys, Nora experiences terrifying hallucinations, saves her best friend from an attack meant for her and discovers that Patch is a fallen angel who wants to become human-at any cost. In a thrilling debut with an attention-grabbing cover, this game of revenge among fallen angels with Nora caught in the middle has too many coincidences to move the plot along and an uneven, rushed ending. Twilight readers will either squeal over the forbidden romance between Nora and Patch and the steamy scenes they generate or sigh over another helpless young woman torn between sexuality and fear and threatened and manipulated by males who play with her vulnerability. (Supernatural thriller. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416989417
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Hush, Hush Saga Series, #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 182,046
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of Black Ice, Dangerous Lies, and the Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale—all of which debuted as New York Times bestsellers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or watching crime drams on TV. She lives in Colorado with her family. Find out more at BeccaFitzpatrick.com.

Biography

Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. Her first novel, the YA thriller Hush, Hush, was published in 2009.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Becca Fitzpatrick:

  • "My first job entailed spending a summer working in a cornfield in Nebraska. I remember three things about the job: scorching heat, bugs (oh, the bugs!) and playing volleyball during lunch break. My job description included wandering up and down endless rows of corn and sticking small paper envelopes over the immature ears of corn so that they wouldn't become pollinated by the pollen floating around in the air. I think the company I worked for was trying to create hybrid corn to feed cattle, but when I needed a snack, I ate the corn. It was actually pretty good. Every day at lunch, the entire crew would play volleyball for about an hour (two or three when our bosses were out of town). Most of the crew was comprised of guys, which, as you can imagine, I didn't mind one bit. Other than the low pay, it was actually a great job. I could wear my swimsuit and listen to music on my Walkman (I'm showing my age here). My older sister, Heather, worked with me and every day at the end of our shift, we'd stop by McDonald's and buy ice cream cones -- thirty nine cents each. Good times! "

  • "My most noticeable physical trait is, hands down, my hair. It's big, unruly and curly, and you can spot it from a mile away...literally. Six years after I graduated high school in Idaho, I was visiting my husband's family and attending church two thousand miles away in Rhode Island, when a girl came running up to me after the service. She'd gone to high school with me, and said she recognized me from the back based on my hair alone.

    Growing up, I detested my hair. I spent at least an hour every day straightening it, wishing I could make it blend into the crowd, cursing it for being so different. It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I started to appreciate its uniqueness. Different no longer has a negative connotation to me."

  • "I should probably confess that ice cream is my favorite food, and I eat it every night. When I go grocery shopping, I try to buy a new flavor, rather than reverting back to a favorite flavor. I'm on a mission to taste every flavor of ice cream out there! But I will say I have a soft spot in my heart for Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch, Coldstone Creamery's Peanut Butter Cup Perfection and The Pie Who Loved Me, and St. Clair's Banana Nut."

  • "After a long day, my favorite way to unwind is by going running. Not exactly the most relaxing activity, granted, but I always imagine I'm sweating out all the things weighing on my mind. By the time I circle back home, I feel like I've left my cares in the dust. I live in Colorado, and we have some amazing running trails and beautiful scenery. It can be very relaxing and energizing to get out and hit the trails. Of course, I always reward myself with a bowl of ice cream when I finish!"

    <;i>"Writing can be a very solitary profession, and when deadlines are looming, it's tempting to glue myself to my desk, but I try to make sure I get out a few times a month with friends, just so I don't forget what it means to be social. I always look forward to book club, which is made up of my very closest friends in the world. We always meet at a local restaurant or café, order drinks, dinner or dessert, and chat about our book selection. We've had some great discussions over The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Uglies by Scott Westerfield and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The books are a catalyst for discussing what's going on in our personal lives, so while it sometimes feels like I get wrapped up in work, I always know I'll get to catch up with everyone at book club."

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      1. Hometown:
        Fort Collins, CO
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 3, 1979
      2. Place of Birth:
        Ogden, UT
      1. Education:
        B.S. Community Health, April 2001

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    Hush, Hush
    1COLDWATER, MAINE PRESENT DAY
    I WALKED INTO BIOLOGY AND MY JAW FELL OPEN. Mysteriously adhered to the chalkboard was a Barbie doll, with Ken at her side. They’d been forced to link arms and were naked except for artificial leaves placed in a few choice locations. Scribbled above their heads in thick pink chalk was the invitation:

    WELCOME TO HUMAN REPRODUCTION (SEX)

    At my side Vee Sky said, “This is exactly why the school outlaws camera phones. Pictures of this in the eZine would be all the evidence I’d need to get the board of education to ax biology. And then we’d have this hour to do something productive—like receive one-on-one tutoring from cute upperclass guys.”

    “Why, Vee,” I said, “I could’ve sworn you’ve been looking forward to this unit all semester.”

    Vee lowered her lashes and smiled wickedly. “This class isn’t going to teach me anything I don’t already know.”

    “Vee? As in virgin?”

    “Not so loud.” She winked just as the bell rang, sending us both to our seats, which were side by side at our shared table.

    Coach McConaughy grabbed the whistle swinging from a chain around his neck and blew it. “Seats, team!” Coach considered teaching tenth-grade biology a side assignment to his job as varsity basketball coach, and we all knew it.

    “It may not have occurred to you kids that sex is more than a fifteen-minute trip to the backseat of a car. It’s science. And what is science?”

    “Boring,” some kid in the back of the room called out.

    “The only class I’m failing,” said another.

    Coach’s eyes tracked down the front row, stopping at me. “Nora?”

    “The study of something,” I said.

    He walked over and jabbed his index finger on the table in front of me. “What else?”

    “Knowledge gained through experimentation and observation.” Lovely. I sounded like I was auditioning for the audiobook of our text.

    “In your own words.”

    I touched the tip of my tongue to my upper lip and tried for a synonym. “Science is an investigation.” It sounded like a question.

    “Science is an investigation,” Coach said, sanding his hands together. “Science requires us to transform into spies.”

    Put that way, science almost sounded fun. But I’d been in Coach’s class long enough not to get my hopes up.

    “Good sleuthing takes practice,” he continued.

    “So does sex,” came another back-of-the-room comment. We all bit back laughter while Coach pointed a warning finger at the offender.

    “That won’t be part of tonight’s homework.” Coach turned his attention back to me. “Nora, you’ve been sitting beside Vee since the beginning of the year.” I nodded but had a bad feeling about where this was going. “Both of you are on the school eZine together.” Again I nodded. “I bet you know quite a bit about each other.”

    Vee kicked my leg under our table. I knew what she was thinking. That he had no idea how much we knew about each other. And I don’t just mean the secrets we entomb in our diaries. Vee is my un-twin. She’s green-eyed, minky blond, and a few pounds over curvy. I’m a smoky-eyed brunette with volumes of curly hair that holds its own against even the best flatiron. And I’m all legs, like a bar stool. But there is an invisible thread that ties us together; both of us swear that tie began long before birth. Both of us swear it will continue to hold for the rest of our lives.

    Coach looked out at the class. “In fact, I’ll bet each of you knows the person sitting beside you well enough. You picked the seats you did for a reason, right? Familiarity. Too bad the best sleuths avoid familiarity. It dulls the investigative instinct. Which is why, today, we’re creating a new seating chart.”

    I opened my mouth to protest, but Vee beat me to it. “What the crap? It’s April. As in, it’s almost the end of the year. You can’t pull this kind of stuff now.”

    Coach hinted at a smile. “I can pull this stuff clear up to the last day of the semester. And if you fail my class, you’ll be right back here next year, where I’ll be pulling this kind of stuff all over again.”

    Vee scowled at him. She is famous for that scowl. It’s a look that does everything but audibly hiss. Apparently immune to it, Coach brought his whistle to his lips, and we got the idea.

    “Every partner sitting on the left-hand side of the table—that’s your left—move up one seat. Those in the front row—yes, including you, Vee—move to the back.”

    Vee shoved her notebook inside her backpack and ripped the zipper shut. I bit my lip and waved a small farewell. Then I turned slightly, checking out the room behind me. I knew the names of all my classmates . . . except one. The transfer. Coach never called on him, and he seemed to prefer it that way. He sat slouched one table back, cool black eyes holding a steady gaze forward. Just like always. I didn’t for one moment believe he just sat there, day after day, staring into space. He was thinking something, but instinct told me I probably didn’t want to know what.

    He set his bio text down on the table and slid into Vee’s old chair.

    I smiled. “Hi. I’m Nora.”

    His black eyes sliced into me, and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me. It vanished in an instant, but I was still staring at him. His smile wasn’t friendly. It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise.

    I focused on the chalkboard. Barbie and Ken stared back with strangely cheerful smiles.

    Coach said, “Human reproduction can be a sticky subject—”

    “Ewww!” groaned a chorus of students.

    “It requires mature handling. And like all science, the best approach is to learn by sleuthing. For the rest of class, practice this technique by finding out as much as you can about your new partner. Tomorrow, bring a write-up of your discoveries, and believe me, I’m going to check for authenticity. This is biology, not English, so don’t even think about fictionalizing your answers. I want to see real interaction and teamwork.” There was an implied Or else.

    I sat perfectly still. The ball was in his court—I’d smiled, and look how well that turned out. I wrinkled my nose, trying to figure out what he smelled like. Not cigarettes. Something richer, fouler.

    Cigars.

    I found the clock on the wall and tapped my pencil in time to the second hand. I planted my elbow on the table and propped my chin on my fist. I blew out a sigh.

    Great. At this rate I would fail.

    I had my eyes pinned forward, but I heard the soft glide of his pen. He was writing, and I wanted to know what. Ten minutes of sitting together didn’t qualify him to make any assumptions about me. Flitting a look sideways, I saw that his paper was several lines deep and growing.

    “What are you writing?” I asked.

    “And she speaks English,” he said while scrawling it down, each stroke of his hand both smooth and lazy at once.

    I leaned as close to him as I dared, trying to read what else he’d written, but he folded the paper in half, concealing the list.

    “What did you write?” I demanded.

    He reached for my unused paper, sliding it across the table toward him. He crumpled it into a ball. Before I could protest, he tossed it at the trash can beside Coach’s desk. The shot dropped in.

    I stared at the trash can a moment, locked between disbelief and anger. Then I flipped open my notebook to a clean page. “What is your name?” I asked, pencil poised to write.

    I glanced up in time to catch another dark grin. This one seemed to dare me to pry anything out of him.

    “Your name?” I repeated, hoping it was my imagination that my voice faltered.

    “Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me.”

    He winked when he said it, and I was pretty sure he was making fun of me.

    “What do you do in your leisure time?” I asked.

    “I don’t have free time.”

    “I’m assuming this assignment is graded, so do me a favor?”

    He leaned back in his seat, folding his arms behind his head. “What kind of favor?”

    I was pretty sure it was an innuendo, and I grappled for a way to change the subject.

    “Free time,” he repeated thoughtfully. “I take pictures.”

    I printed Photography on my paper.

    “I wasn’t finished,” he said. “I’ve got quite a collection going of an eZine columnist who believes there’s truth in eating organic, who writes poetry in secret, and who shudders at the thought of having to choose between Stanford, Yale, and . . . what’s that big one with the H?”

    I stared at him a moment, shaken by how dead on he was. I didn’t get the feeling it was a lucky guess. He knew. And I wanted to know how—right now.

    “But you won’t end up going to any of them.”

    “I won’t?” I asked without thinking.

    He hooked his fingers under the seat of my chair, dragging me closer to him. Not sure if I should scoot away and show fear, or do nothing and feign boredom, I chose the latter.

    He said, “Even though you’d thrive at all three schools, you scorn them for being a cliché of achievement. Passing judgment is your third biggest weakness.”

    “And my second?” I said with quiet rage. Who was this guy? Was this some kind of disturbing joke?

    “You don’t know how to trust. I take that back. You trust—just all the wrong people.”

    “And my first?” I demanded.

    “You keep life on a short leash.”

    “What’s that supposed to mean?”

    “You’re scared of what you can’t control.”

    The hair at the nape of my neck stood on end, and the temperature in the room seemed to chill. Ordinarily I would have gone straight to Coach’s desk and requested a new seating chart. But I refused to let Patch think he could intimidate or scare me. I felt an irrational need to defend myself and decided right then and there I wouldn’t back down until he did.

    “Do you sleep naked?” he asked.

    My mouth threatened to drop, but I held it in check. “You’re hardly the person I’d tell.”

    “Ever been to a shrink?”

    “No,” I lied. The truth was, I was in counseling with the school psychologist, Dr. Hendrickson. It wasn’t by choice, and it wasn’t something I liked to talk about.

    “Done anything illegal?”

    “No.” Occasionally breaking the speed limit wouldn’t count. Not with him. “Why don’t you ask me something normal? Like . . . my favorite kind of music?”

    “I’m not going to ask what I can guess.”

    “You do not know the type of music I listen to.”

    “Baroque. With you, it’s all about order, control. I bet you play . . . the cello?” He said it like he’d pulled the guess out of thin air.

    “Wrong.” Another lie, but this one sent a chill rippling along my skin. Who was he really? If he knew I played the cello, what else did he know?

    “What’s that?” Patch tapped his pen against the inside of my wrist. Instinctively I pulled away.

    “A birthmark.”

    “Looks like a scar. Are you suicidal, Nora?” His eyes connected with mine, and I could feel him laughing. “Parents married or divorced?”

    “I live with my mom.”

    “Where’s dad?”

    “My dad passed away last year.”

    “How did he die?”

    I flinched. “He was—murdered. This is kind of personal territory, if you don’t mind.”

    There was a count of silence and the edge in Patch’s eyes seemed to soften a touch. “That must be hard.” He sounded like he meant it.

    The bell rang and Patch was on his feet, making his way toward the door.

    “Wait,” I called out. He didn’t turn. “Excuse me!” He was through the door. “Patch! I didn’t get anything on you.”

    He turned back and walked toward me. Taking my hand, he scribbled something on it before I thought to pull away.

    I looked down at the seven numbers in red ink on my palm and made a fist around them. I wanted to tell him no way was his phone ringing tonight. I wanted to tell him it was his fault for taking all the time questioning me. I wanted a lot of things, but I just stood there looking like I didn’t know how to open my mouth.

    At last I said, “I’m busy tonight.”

    “So am I.” He grinned and was gone.

    I stood nailed to the spot, digesting what had just happened. Did he eat up all the time questioning me on purpose? So I’d fail? Did he think one flashy grin would redeem him? Yes, I thought. Yes, he did.

    “I won’t call!” I called after him. “Not—ever!”

    “Have you finished your column for tomorrow’s deadline?” It was Vee. She came up beside me, jotting notes on the notepad she carried everywhere. “I’m thinking of writing mine on the injustice of seating charts. I got paired with a girl who said she just finished lice treatment this morning.”

    “My new partner,” I said, pointing into the hallway at the back of Patch. He had an annoyingly confident walk, the kind you find paired with faded T-shirts and a cowboy hat. Patch wore neither. He was a dark-Levi’s-dark-henley-dark-boots kind of guy.

    “The senior transfer? Guess he didn’t study hard enough the first time around. Or the second.” She gave me a knowing look. “Third time’s a charm.”

    “He gives me the creeps. He knew my music. Without any hints whatsoever, he said, ‘Baroque.’ “ I did a poor job of mimicking his low voice.

    “Lucky guess?”

    “He knew . . . other things.”

    “Like what?”

    I let go of a sigh. He knew more than I wanted to comfortably contemplate. “Like how to get under my skin,” I said at last. “I’m going to tell Coach he has to switch us back.”

    “Go for it. I could use a hook for my next eZine article. ‘Tenth Grader Fights Back.’ Better yet, ‘Seating Chart Takes Slap in the Face.’ Mmm. I like it.”

    At the end of the day, I was the one who took a slap in the face. Coach shot down my plea to rethink the seating chart. It appeared I was stuck with Patch.

    For now.

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    • Posted November 10, 2009

      Dark and sexy

      First off, the storyline. Many people have said this is too similar to Twilight. But c'mon people, this is about fallen angels, not vampires. Stop complaining and realize that the majority of paranormal YA fiction out there is incredibly similar. The plot of Hush, Hush was gorgeous. It seemed to be very well thought out and the pacing was perfect. Ms. Fitzpatrick kept feeding you tidbits of information at just the right time in order to keep the plot moving, but still suspenseful. The idea itself is little known to me; I haven't read any other books about fallen angels, so I was instantly intrigued. I found everything to be exactly as I would have wanted it. A dark, mysterious plot with plenty of wonderful characters.

      Let me just say, the characters were divine. I'm so happy to have a strong female character instead of a spineless girl who can't do anything for herself *cough*Bella*cough*. Nora, although she falls for Patch, still has a sense of who she is and doesn't give up her entire life for him. Now let's talk about Patch. There's so much to say. At first I couldn't stand him and his arrogance, but I warmed up to him quickly. His attitude and charm grew on me. Plus, his innuendos in Biology had me smirking the entire time. I know, he's a bad boy, but how could you not be attracted to him? I mean seriously, I even got little flutters in my stomach at some of the things he said, and he's a fictional character. That says a lot about Becca Fitzpatrick's characterisation skills. Oh, and the chemistry between Nora and Patch is hotter than the sun. I could put an ice cube on Hush, Hush and it would melt.

      Finally, the ending. This is the first in an incredibly long time...The ending was absolutely perfect! I literally swooned at the final line. I don't know how much will change from the ARC to the hardcover, but I hope not too much! I felt satisfied with what I had learned by the end of the book, but I was left with just enough of a cliffhanger that I can't wait to devour more of Becca's work. Her debut novel is by far my favorite book of 2009. Well done Becca on a perfectly devised novel that exudes darkness and sexual tension.

      139 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 8, 2009

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      Better Than the Twilight seiries!!!

      I fell upon this book just by chance; read some of the reviews and said "Heck why not". The best 'Heck-why-not' decision I ever made! I read the online chapter and was hooked immediately. I ordered the book online but couldn't wait to read the rest, so I also ordered it on my BlackBerry. I stayed up until 4am reading every single page. Needless to say I had a wicked migraine the next day from the small print on my phone, but it was more than well worth it! Becca Fitzpatrick is a genius! Angels? A brilliant idea! There are so many twists and turns that you are able to keep up with. Becca pulls you into the story begging for more. Nora (one of the main caricatures) is not the whiny little girl like in another book and is strong willed but when Patch is close to her, making her pulse race. She looses all self control. Ha! What girl wouldn't with a guy like that! Becca physically describes the caricatures just enough, letting your mind fill in the blanks. Becca is focused in writing a excellent action packed book that is also filled with just the right amount of tense sensual and erotic moments (Written with class). If at all possible you would have to FORCE yourself to put this book down, I could not. This is a MUST read! I am Hoping and Praying Becca writes a sequel, since there are so many unanswered questions, again making you beg for more! I will urge my friends and all whom I know to read "Hush Hush", Facebook, Twitter...however I can promote it. It's a book of writing perfection! Excellent Work Becca Fitzpatrick.... I applaud you....*** Clap-Clap-Clap***

      65 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 23, 2011

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      Excellent read

      I loved reading this wonderful book!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2009

      I LOVE IT

      I Bought this book two days ago and finished it in just that time i couldnt put the book down, I loved the twilight series but this book touches on a different idea of love. Werewolves and vampires are sexy but when an angel is involved it gets even more interesting. Patch is my favorite character its good to see people are open minding about giving what some people call a demon, a heart and love its a great way to play on religion and lets young adults look into a new view of romance and fantasy cause lets face it deep down every woman loves a bad boy. And the way it played with the fallen angel powers some might not understand why Nora did the things she did with Patch but you have to remember when someone has the ability to make you feel or change your mind its easy to see why Nora did things with Patch when she was afraid, I mean who wouldnt Patch was like chocolate so good but so bad for you lol.

      48 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 21, 2009

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      LOVED IT!

      I loved this book. I was hooked from the very first few pages and read 300+ in one sitting. I would have finished but it was 4 a.m. and I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. The book only got so-so reviews, but I think these people were nit-picking every little thing and comparing it to Twilight. Yes, Twilight was an amazingly good story, but they can't ALL be "Twilights". This is Becca Fitzpatrick's first book and I thought she did an amazing job. I can't wait til the sequel comes out!

      41 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 9, 2009

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      Excellent debut novel

      Hush, Hush is a debut YA novel that I read courtesy of B&N First Look Book Club.

      Nora is a sixteen year old student in Coldwater, Maine. Nora's mom travels a lot, taking a job after Nora's father was murdered and Nora has become very independent. Nora's best friend is Vee, the yin to Nora's yang. They are also biology lab partners until the teacher decides to come up with a new seating chart. Now Nora is sitting next to Patch. Patch has dark eyes, is very mysterious, and seems to know a lot about Nora, things she has never told anyone. They are required to work on a project together and Nora has to track Patch down to get him to participate. This takes Nora way out of her comfort zone, but she really needs to get good grades. And she seems very drawn to Patch. Yet, when she's not looking for him, he keeps showing up. But strange things start happening to Nora. She thinks she is being followed. She is in a car accident while trying to avoid an attacker, but when she goes to Vee's house, there isn't any sign of the earlier damage. What's more, Nora thinks that Patch is projecting thoughts into her mind. Nora doesn't know who to trust or what to think. Is Patch a stalker or protector, good guy or bad guy? Answer- read it and find out!



      I am not a big reader of YA, nor am I a big reader of paranormal, but I loved this book. It was excellent, very well-written. I read this over a period of two nights (and was late to work those two mornings) but I just could not put this down. It had lots of twists and turns and great characters. Nora and Vee are perfect teen detectives as they try to solve the mystery of Patch and who is trying to kill Nora. This is not just for teenagers, this is a great book for anyone who loves a mystery and is willing to suspend belief just a little bit. I highly recommend it.


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    • Posted February 3, 2010

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      Meh.

      This was just a silly book. it was ridiculous. I mean really, there were some happenings in this book, that were really crazy, and the characters didnt even react to them! They just accepted it! What is that? Oh, you can talk to me in my mind? no that isnt creepy or anything, i'm just gonna act like this is normal, and talk back. Then there was the whole scene where Patch was trying to be all cool in suave during health class, but guess what? He came of as a tool. This book was trying to be something it wasnt, which was new and exciting. It was dull, and stupid. If you're gonna put in some cool new situations, THEN AT LEAST HAVE YOUR CHARACTERS REACT!!! ugh. A monumental waste of time. seriously, if you want a good read, where the characters actually interact to their surroundings, and not just to each other in a really stupid fashion, then check out the books I recommended.

      20 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 20, 2009

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      Better than Twilight? That's a definite YES.

      As an obsessive Twilight fan, I find this completely hard to say. Hush Hush is very suspenseful! It kept me on my toes the whole entire novel, wondering what would happen next. Right when you think one thing is going to happen, the unexpected does. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who read the Twilight Saga and loved it. You'll be wondering this whole book, and there'll be a nagging voice because of the suspension. Garunteed.You're in for a ride!

      20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 2, 2010

      as shallow as puddles.

      While this book was good on a purely shallow level, I felt that it wasn't as appealing as the cover and even the summary made it seem. Patch was interesting in his own way, but the development of his character was so spotty that I never considered him as an interesting love interest. Nora, for me, was ruined from the very beginning by virtue of having the name Nora. (In my mind, Nora is a name reserved for boring people and fat cats.) Other than that, she was flat and rather boring. The sheer blindness of her best friend, Vee, with whom she shared nothing and seemed not even to be friends with, was also less than pleasing. It seemed to me that the book promoted the very aloneness of her character, that she really had no one - she tells, after all, absolutely no one about her escapades with Patch.

      19 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 26, 2009

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      Wow.

      This book was so great. After I read the reviews and such, I automatically went and bought the digital version. I could not look away from my computer screen (which made my dad really upset since I stayed up all night and fell asleep at least three times in school the next day). I'd recommend it to anyone. Patch is my favorite character out of any book EVER. I'd say he totally beats Edward and Jacob in those silly Twilight books that almost everyone is crazy about. Plus, the cover was so beautiful and really fits the story, unlike some other covers that authors put on their books. Becca Fitzpatrick, good job.

      18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 7, 2010

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      I liked it so much, actually ready to read in again.

      this is a dark and passionate book. I could not put it down it took me maybe 2 days to read. the characters are great and mysterious. i cant wait to read the next instalment.

      13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 10, 2010

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      There is a new Bad Boy in town!

      Fantastic book! I highly recommend it to fans of the Twilight series and Shiver. The characters and plot are original and keep you guessing until the climatic end. If you like Bad Boys then you will LOVE Patch. He is sexy, seductive and mysterious. Edward Cullen has some competition.

      12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 22, 2009

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      Want some Cheese with those fries?

      Let me start by saying I had some high expectations when beginning this book. It's ranked pretty high on the best seller list and had so many great reviews, so when my friend announced she had a copy, I had to read it.

      Hush, Hush had many downfalls, including the comical storyline, which was to say the least, predictable and cheesy. Best friend Vee was a total moron with a lack of ability to make reasonable decisions, but she was the writer's scapegoat towards leading the story along. Nora, the main character, was too trusting lacking a backbone and common sense, namely when it came to Patch.

      Patch, Nora Grey's biology lab partner,was a very unlikeable character to me and the narrator herself. Throughout the story she vents that she doesn't trust him, and can't stand him. She feels uncomfortable when she's around him, and sensing this, Patch throws out some cheesy innuendo's to unnerve her further. It's unimaginable to me that she could fall in love with someone who she can't trust, makes her skin crawl, and later betrays her.. Much more to say, but wouldn't want to ruin the story for you.

      And while the writing wasn't absolutely terrible, it left a lot to be wanted. I craved for details, and dimension to the unbelievable, flat characters. To be ruthlessly honest, I think any kid in high school could whip out a story as good as this, if not better.

      So, Needless to say, I'll skip over the sequel, Crescendo. Lets hope your experience is better than mine, shall we?

      11 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 28, 2010

      Review on Hush Hush

      This book is dark and edgy and SUPER GOOD!!! You should not even think twice about buying this book and MUST READ BOOK!!!!

      10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 1, 2010

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      Amazing to the extreme.

      This book was over all amazing. I couldn't stop reading it. I read it in just two days and I wanted more! I'm so excited to know that there is a second book coming out! I can't wait to read it! Becca Fitzpatrick is an AMAZING writer. This book made me fall in love all over again with Fallen Angels/Guardian Angels. :]

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 28, 2009

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      Very Enjoyable!

      Becca Fitzpatrick has a hit in her debut novel, hush, hush! The contrast between the prolog, and the opening chapter is interesting and challenges the reader to search for the true meaning behind the characters. The mystery surrounding the characters is "hold onto your seat" quality and fast paced. Readers will turn the pages quickly in order to find out what is going to happen next! Teens and adults interested in fantasy and fallen angels will love this book! The cover is also amazing!

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 24, 2010

      Not worth it

      If you like incredibly cheesy poorly written teenage romance novels, this book is for you. Being a 17 year old girl, I've read my fair share of teen novels and although most can be cheesy there are some that are excellent (take Neal Shusterman's novels for example). If you are looking for something intellectually stimulating rather than a something written by a wanna-be Stephanie Meyer, its not worth your time.

      7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 22, 2009

      absolutely amazing!!!!!!!

      Don't listen to what anyone says negatively about this book. It definately DOES NOT encourage abusive boyfriends whoever said that, & it definately is NOT a waste of time or money. I read this book & all while reading I was definately on edge. If you want to read an exciting, thrilling, & exhilirating book about a girl who falls for a bad boy/fallen angel even though she hates to admit she is, then go buy this book NOW! You will not regret reading it!

      7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 30, 2009

      LOVED this!

      In a world of fiction swimming with vampires, Hush Hush is a breath of fresh air. Yes, it's still the touch of supernatural love, but I enjoyed every page of this book. I couldn't put it down! I finished it in a little less than a week. After you get through the first few chapters, you find it hard to stop turning the pages. The characters are fantastic and funny, the plot is interesting, the writing is good, and overall, the book is VERY entertaining and a great read. Can't wait for the sequel! Love, love, LOVED! I'd recommend this to anyone who was a fan of the Twilight series, but is way over it thanks to the overly obsessed ten year olds fawning over Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

      7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 23, 2009

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      Hush Hush

      Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is an intense and exciting read for teens. Hush Hush is a love story betwwen a young girl and a fallen angel. This book was edgy, exciting and kept me reading nonstop. I liked that this was a love story not envolving vampires or ware-wolfs (I am getting sick of it) the Angel thing was diffrent and I liked that. This is a good book for teens or young adults who just want to read it is not all musy love it does have its fair share action and I recommend this book with high praise.

      6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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