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For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and ...
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.
"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
LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE NOVEMBER 1565
CHAUNCEY WAS WITH A FARMER’S DAUGHTER ON the grassy banks of the Loire River when the storm rolled in, and having let his gelding wander in the meadow, was left to his own two feet to carry him back to the château. He tore a silver buckle off his shoe, placed it in the girl’s palm, and watched her scurry away, mud slinging on her skirts. Then he tugged on his boots and started for home.
Rain sheeted down on the darkening countryside surrounding the Château de Langeais. Chauncey stepped easily over the sunken graves and humus of the cemetery; even in the thickest fog he could find his way home from here and not fear getting lost. There was no fog tonight, but the darkness and onslaught of rain were deceiving enough.
There was movement along the fringe of Chauncey’s vision, and he snapped his head to the left. At first glance what appeared to be a large angel topping a nearby monument rose to full height. Neither stone nor marble, the boy had arms and legs. His torso was naked, his feet were bare, and peasant trousers hung low on his waist. He hopped down from the monument, the ends of his black hair dripping rain. It slid down his face, which was dark as a Spaniard’s.
Chauncey’s hand crept to the hilt of his sword. “Who goes there?”
The boy’s mouth hinted at a smile.
“Do not play games with the Duc de Langeais,” Chauncey warned. “I asked for your name. Give it.”
“Duc?” The boy leaned against a twisted willow tree. “Or bastard?”
Chauncey unsheathed his sword. “Take it back! My father was the Duc de Langeais. I’m the Duc de Langeais now,” he added clumsily, and cursed himself for it.
The boy gave a lazy shake of his head. “Your father wasn’t the old duc.”
Chauncey seethed at the outrageous insult. “And your father?” he demanded, extending the sword. He didn’t yet know all his vassals, but he was learning. He would brand the family name of this boy to memory. “I’ll ask once more,” he said in a low voice, wiping a hand down his face to clear away the rain. “Who are you?”
The boy walked up and pushed the blade aside. He suddenly looked older than Chauncey had presumed, maybe even a year or two older than Chauncey. “One of the Devil’s brood,” he answered.
Chauncey felt a clench of fear in his stomach. “You’re a raving lunatic,” he said through his teeth. “Get out of my way.”
The ground beneath Chauncey tilted. Bursts of gold and red popped behind his eyes. Hunched with his fingernails grinding into his thighs, he looked up at the boy, blinking and gasping, trying to make sense of what was happening. His mind reeled like it was no longer his to command.
The boy crouched to level their eyes. “Listen carefully. I need something from you. I won’t leave until I have it. Do you understand?”
Gritting his teeth, Chauncey shook his head to express his disbelief—his defiance. He tried to spit at the boy, but it trickled down his chin, his tongue refusing to obey him.
The boy clasped his hands around Chauncey’s; their heat scorched him and he cried out.
“I need your oath of fealty,” the boy said. “Bend on one knee and swear it.”
Chauncey commanded his throat to laugh harshly, but his throat constricted and he choked on the sound. His right knee buckled as if kicked from behind, though no one was there, and he stumbled forward into the mud. He bent sideways and retched.
“Swear it,” the boy repeated.
Heat flushed Chauncey’s neck; it took all his energy to curl his hands into two weak fists. He laughed at himself, but there was no humor. He had no idea how, but the boy was inflicting the nausea and weakness inside him. It would not lift until he took the oath. He would say what he had to, but he swore in his heart he would destroy the boy for this humiliation.
“Lord, I become your man,” Chauncey said venomously.
The boy raised Chauncey to his feet. “Meet me here at the start of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. During the two weeks between new and full moons, I’ll need your service.”
“A … fortnight?” Chauncey’s whole frame trembled under the weight of his rage. “I am the Duc de Langeais!”
“You are a Nephil,” the boy said on a sliver of a smile.
Chauncey had a profane retort on the tip of his tongue, but he swallowed it. His next words were spoken with icy venom. “What did you say?”
“You belong to the biblical race of Nephilim. Your real father was an angel who fell from heaven. You’re half mortal.” The boy’s dark eyes lifted, meeting Chauncey’s. “Half fallen angel.”
Chauncey’s tutor’s voice drifted up from the recesses of his mind, reading passages from the Bible, telling of a deviant race created when angels cast from heaven mated with mortal women. A fearsome and powerful race. A chill that wasn’t entirely revulsion crept through Chauncey. “Who are you?”
The boy turned, walking away, and although Chauncey wanted to go after him, he couldn’t command his legs to hold his weight. Kneeling there, blinking up through the rain, he saw two thick scars on the back of the boy’s naked torso. They narrowed to form an upside-down V.
“Are you—fallen?” he called out. “Your wings have been stripped, haven’t they?”
The boy—angel—whoever he was did not turn back. Chauncey did not need the confirmation.
“This service I’m to provide,” he shouted. “I demand to know what it is!”
The air resonated with the boy’s low laughter.
© 2009 Becca Fitzpatrick
Posted November 10, 2009
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.
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Posted November 8, 2009
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***
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Posted November 3, 2009
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.
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Posted November 21, 2009
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!
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Posted September 9, 2009
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 January 2, 2010
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.
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Posted October 20, 2009
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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!
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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.
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Posted November 26, 2009
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.
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Posted July 7, 2010
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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.
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Posted December 22, 2009
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?
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Posted March 10, 2010
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.
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Posted February 28, 2010
This book is dark and edgy and SUPER GOOD!!! You should not even think twice about buying this book and MUST READ BOOK!!!!
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Posted March 1, 2010
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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. :]
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Posted September 28, 2009
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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!
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Posted December 24, 2010
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.
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Posted December 22, 2009
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!
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Posted November 30, 2009
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.
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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.
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