Hush

Hush

by Stacey R Campbell

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Overview

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school's new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn't.
Following the tragic demise of one of Europe's most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he's right.
Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?
When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends' lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.
From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada's most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews' hallowed grounds, Blakely's quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988478404
Publisher: Gemelli Press
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Hush 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
I love stories of royalty and long-lost princesses so this book was perfect for me. Blakeley is just an ordinary teenager when she meets Max, a very inquisitive young man who begins to put two and two together when he hears that the royal family of Tamula have died at sea. Could Blakeley be the heir? But how can that be possible? There IS no princess of Tamula ... or is there? The reader knows from the beginning what is really going on due to the backstory, but it is really fun to watch Max go through the motions and work to discover the truth. And the fact that Blakeley has no idea of what is happening really captures the reader and gives her character the complexity of a true heroine. I love the way the book ends and I think you will too, give it a read :) I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.
yaniegama More than 1 year ago
When you read the above synopsis before reading the book, of course, it is a major turn-off (I guess for most.) The idea is way too common on royal family stories: The princess was lost. The princess was adopted. The princess knew her identity. The princess lives in the castle. The princess married a prince. The end. But that is old school and in Hush, the princess did not marry a prince. For the reason (too) that the synopsis tells it all, I never knew how to review this book, so this would not be an interesting review at all because it would just be short. *Disappointed.* Sorry people. Characters: Blakely Henry. The princess who was born from the unacceptable love of her royal mother and son-of-the-royal-family-chauffeur father and was then the first adopted daughter of the Henry's. Hush circles around her sweet life. She's loving to her family especially to her younger sister (also adopted) even though she knew that she's not from their own flesh. Also, Max Ryder. You. Freaking. Gorgeous. Can you MAXimized your hotness? (Sorry for that lame line.) This boy came from the other side of the world just to investigate Blakely's history but things went ... Uhh. Henry's! They are very cherubic. Mr. and Mrs. Henry are, well, the best parents you will ever had. They have raised their adopted daughters right — never spoiled them to eat a jar full of cookies. To the students, faculties and dorm parents — they are way too perfect and kind for a YA contemporary (?). Plot: OLD-HAT. Romance: This is the cutest parts of Hush! I squeal. I jump out of my chair. I grin. Whatever you do when you are kini-kilig! KILIG. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs. Guys, this is the Tagalog word for the FEELS you feel! Blakely and Max are just perfect for each other. *Sighs with glittery eyes.* Just the right amount of romance. Setting: Lakeview Academy! Oh, yes. I am imagining a modern-ish boarding school with green field and lovely students. Tamura? It's Buckingham Palace type to me. OH LONDON LOVE. Overall: You will be in need of 'more'... Definitely more of Blakely and Max. It's a coy, fun and fast read. Hush is perfect for readers who love feels overload and quick contemporary royal reads even with a mete of cliché. Source: Netgalley · I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content.
lakraft More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. From the first page it draws you in and keeps you hooked. Although there are some parts that you can see coming it is still amazing and didn't disappoint me ever. From beginning to end a captivating read!
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 4 stars! This light and breezy read about 17 year old Blakely Henry who just may or may not be a long lost princess to the Tamuran throne was charming and witty.  It touched on all the right notes and gave the reader a little bit of everything – romance, betrayal, mystery, and laughter – all in all a great combination for the intended audience!   The characters are fairly well developed, but seeing as they are teenagers – they of course have some naivety about them that comes off as enduring.   Our heroine Blakely is extremely likeable and funny, just like any typical teen – and Max Ryder, the adorable Scottish gent that is investigating if Blakely is the missing heir to the Tamuran throne, is dependable, smart, and quick witted – even  if he’s completely predictable in his immediate attraction to Blakely.   A great CLEAN book that would be enjoyable for middle school aged kids to adults alike – who knows, maybe you’re really a long lost princess too!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I am a staunch believer in not comparing one book to another. I know that sounds weird. But let's take The Hunger Games and Divergent. Are they similar? Yeah. Sure they are. While some people compare and contrast each book against its "counterpart", I don't really like to do that. I like seeing if a book can stand on it's own without that comparison and still be amazing. All of that being said, Hush is reminiscent of The Princess Diaries. Is it the same? No ... but if you liked that series, you'll probably like this one as well. Well, it's similar to the movie ... I've never read the PD series. Anyhow, this was a really enjoyable novel. There are some parts about rugby that were really confusing to me because I don't know one thing about that game except it has a weird shaped ball, right? And the dudes wear those cute shirts ... yeah, that's pretty much all I know. So the rugby part might as well have been written in Chinese for all that I understood. It's not a negative but I took the time to note it while I was reading so I figured that I would bring it up now. While I really enjoyed Hush, I found that quite a few of the situations in the novel really felt stilted at times. I would be really enjoying a scene and then it would just end rather than playing out fully. This actually happened more times than I care to admit. The result was almost like I was a crash-test-dummy ... I'm going 90 miles an hour and excited as hell just to come to the end of the paragraph or chapter and the result was like hitting a brick wall. This could have been a 5 star book in my mind and it would have been so easy to just finish some of those scenes out. Ugh. Reader frustration. All of that being said, I REALLY liked the characters. I thought that they were absolutely perfect. The way they interacted with each other, the commentary, just everything was spot on. I liked them so much that I was excited to get to the end of the book because it's a series and there is another book about Blakely and Max, right? Right? RIGHT?!? No. No, there's not. Yes, there is another book but it doesn't follow Blakely and Max. After finding that out, I won't lie, I was more than a bit ticked. I felt like I had been robbed. Le sigh. Oh, well. I was thinking that this would be like The Selection and MAN. So disappointed. I refuse to read the 2nd novel in this series just out of protest. I feel like throwing a tantrum and seeing if the author would change SOMETHING and fix this problem. Proto. Pretty please.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  I know it's been said before, but I felt like this book mirrored the Princess Diaries. I think that's why I had such a hard time getting into it. It seemed like a story I had heard before.   This book is more suited for young adult fans who are actually young adults/high schoolers. If I was younger, I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book much more than I did. The characters are cliche, and I had a hard time identifying with them. Blakely seemed to defy what everyone repeatedly said she would do.    The pacing was rapid for this story, and I think that's why I wasn't able to suspend belief. Too many things fall into place too perfectly for my taste. But as I said, I feel like a younger reader would enjoy this book so much. It has all of the elements I would have loved as a teenager. The boarding school setting, finding out that you're actually a princess, a crush; it makes for a very good book for younger readers.   If you're still fumbling with lockers and gym class and you are a fan of Princess Diaries, you should definitely pick up this book. It's a sweet rendition of the classic tale of an unknowing princess. **I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley and Green Darner Press.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this I thought it had kind of a "Princess Diaries" feel about it.  Which I mean in a good way because I LOVED "Princess Diaries".  This book is so much better than that though.   Blakely is the MC, and I love her.  She is an athletic, sporty girl with a wonderful family.  She was adopted, and tried to search for her birth parents at one point, but there wasn't any information on them... Meanwhile at St. Andrews Max, want to  be an investigative reporter.  He finds some pictures in a locked drawer in his Aunt Rose's desk after she passes away.  When he looks at them he realizes that they are pictures of the Royal family that had just been killed in a yacht accident.    Max finds a name and an address in the pile of things that lead him to believe that there is a child still out there that belongs to the royal family.  He takes his information to his professor and he embarks on a journey he isn't quite ready for. Max goes to Canada where he meets Blakely.  He is suppose to find out if she is the lost princess.  He wasn't prepared for how he would come to feel about her! The love story in this is so much fun.  I am a sucker for Princesses and love stories.  What little girl didn't wish she was a Princess???   When information is stolen about the true identity of Blakely life gets a little more interesting for the poor girl.   There are so many great characters in this book.  Blakely is such a sweet girl with a sweet and loving family.  She has loyal friends who watch out for her.  The setting in this book is amazing also.  The author did a great job of putting me "in" the book.  The book got quite intense at the end.  I couldn't go to sleep last night until I finished it.  I cannot tell you how much I love it when a book does that for me. Toward the end of the book my hands were starting to sweat (I know TMI) because I was so anxious to see what was going to happen.  It was actually a little amusing...hehe!  It is always so much fun for me when a book can pull me in as much or MORE than a movie can.   There are some great villains in this book as well.  Yes, I said great villains.  It's easy to like the "likable" characters, but when there are well written villains it's awesome.   Okay, now  this is kind of a personal note on the book.  When you get to the end of this book there is a little interview with the author.  I already loved the book, but after reading the interview I loved it even more.  The author states that she has Dyslexia.  I have a son who was just given some testing and told he has Dyslexia also.  He has struggled with reading for so long, that when we finally had a diagnosis it was a relief.  Ever since then I have tried to tell him that having Dyslexia doesn't mean he cannot be just as successful as any one else.  Whenever I find a celebrity or anyone that will come out and say they have Dyslexia I point it out to him.  When it is a writer with Dyslexia I am even more impressed.  I know for a fact what a struggle it is for my son to write and read, so the fact that an author can write a work of beauty with Dyslexia really makes me so proud. This author inspires me! Okay, enough of the personal stuff.  I LOVED this book.  I am starting the second book today.  I am very excited. Content: there is a little language, but not a lot.  The "f" word is used just a few times, at the very end.  I considered this book pretty clean (and fabulous). Source:  I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.  I am not affiliated with Netgalley in anyway, and was not compensated for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Hush is a well-written young fantasy story; Stacey R Campbell has taken the fairy tale genre and modernised it appropriately for her niche audience, however she has preserved the traditional elements of a strong romantic storyline, an HEA and a kingdom in disarray. From the outset Blakely and Max are likeable characters and though there is a sense of inevitability to Hush, Stacey R Campbell is able to maintain the excitement and tension of the story by continuing a narrative link with Tamura and St Andrews. The relationship between Max and Blakely develops as the threat on Blakely's life intensifies (no insta-love for this author!). The romance between them is sweet, I especially like the 'prom date' competition. Stacey R Campbell keeps this story suitable for her middle-grade/young adult audience; Max and Blakely steal short kisses or hugs and send text messages. The fact that Blakely is unaware of her heritage is a clever literary ploy by the author, allowing for various events to take place, especially as she is the reason Max is in Canada. In the last third of Hush Stacey R Campbell unveils her villains and the reader is left cheering for the good guys! This is a story with mystery, romance, a touch a fantasy and a Princess! I look forward to the next Lakeview installment.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gemelli Press LLC and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Blakely is the daughter of a foreign Princess; as a result of an affair with her chauffer’s son. Blakely has no idea that this is the case though, and instead believes herself to be a regular American teenager, even if she was adopted. Max is intent on graduating top of his class, and when he finds information that leads him to discover Blakely’s true identity; he goes undercover to find out the truth. Is Blakely really royalty? And will Max want her to be once he gets to know her? This was an okay story, but it was a little slow in places. Blakely was an interesting character, and she was pretty down-to-earth about things. I have to say that I liked her a lot more than Max, who seemed a bit conceited at times! I really wanted him to get over himself when he was complaining that she wasn’t falling all over him, and that he hadn’t had this problem before. The storyline in this was fairly straightforward ‘girl who doesn’t know she’s really a princess’ sort of story. We did have some bad guys, and they did try their best to dispose of Blakely, but to be honest I almost thought that Max was the worst of the lot because if it wasn’t for him, nobody would ever have worked out Blakely’s heritage. There was some romance, although I just couldn’t like Max. I thought he was pretty conceited and arrogant, and when he started wishing that Blakely wasn’t a princess, just so he could have his way with her, I was again less than impressed. The ending to this was pretty good. The story was quite slow up until the 75% mark, but thankfully we got a bit of action after that. I can’t say I was 100% impressed with the outcome in terms of the romance. If her mother wasn’t allowed to date her chauffer’s son, I very much doubt that Blakely would be allowed to date whomever she wanted! Overall; an okay ‘lost princess’ story, 6.25 out of 10.
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ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed any of the Disney princess movies along the lines of The Princess Diaries, then you’ll like Campbell’s novel, Hush. While the story of a lost princess unaware of her heritage is nothing new, this novel presents a different perspective in which no one knows that an heir even exists, but when a young man studying journalism stumbles upon documents that hint at a secret birth, the sleuthing begins. I liked the fact that we knew the truth about Blakely’s heritage from the very beginning as Campbell sets the stage, allowing readers a birds eye view of everything happening in both Canada and the UK. As the reader, we are privy to everyone’s thoughts, giving us the advantage of knowing what’s going to come next. While I usually like to be surprised, I thoroughly enjoyed this omniscient narrative style as it worked well for the story and flowed much like a movie in which viewers are whisked from continent to continent and are able to see witness the “bad guys” hashing out their plans before they even begin. While I might have enjoyed a more mysterious take of the situation, I honestly don’t think it would have worked as well had Campbell attempted it. The characters were real in their own rights and I enjoyed them, but I didn’t connect with them on a very personal level as I never felt they were completely fleshed out. The story also seemed to speed up a lot towards the end, glossing over months at a time, and I’d really have liked to know more about what happened during that time between the climax and resolution. But, overall, it’s a good story that I think most MG and YA readers will like due to its fast nature and amusing topic.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for Citybook Review This book was an exciting rush filled with new twists and turns page after page. I have found that there are rarely any good YA mystery novels, and Hush was a fresh breath of air. Unlike so many books for young readers, the characters in this book were perfectly sculpted to be realistic, people you could actually run into and their tales could hold truth. “Now what’s this?” Victor wandered over to the desk. If his brother was stupid enough to leave his computer on, why shouldn’t he look?…Victor couldn’t believe his eyes." Blakely Henry was adopted as an infant and her adopted parents were sworn to never inquire about her birth parents. Of course, this usually means that the child will be even more curious as they grow old and start questioning the mystery of who they truly are and where they come from. It doesn’t help that Blakely was given a necklace with an unusual crest on it at birth, which her adopted parents gave to her when she was old enough. In this case, Blakely is actually royalty, a princess, which eventually is discovered through some petty undercover work while residing at an elite school. But being the only living heir of a royal family that was entirely snuffed out and not even knowing it could ultimately put her own life in danger and the lives of those she loves. This was an awesome book, well written, and the first book in the Lakeview novel series. Don’t wait, pick this book up and give it a read. *You can view the original review at City Book Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light, breezy, Young Adult title perfect for teens. With familiar themes of abandonment, lost heritage, and in the grand tradition of boarding school tales, Hush does what it set out to do: entertain.