Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
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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 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.
Having a cover that figuratively represents a whole story by itself, Hush, Hush became one of those titles with a lot to expect from; sadly after an appealing introduction thanks to the biblical quote and an interesting prologue, the story went decadent for my taste. Hush, Hush begins with a prologue which time frame goes back 445 years from present history. It’s this particular event that will establish the conflict on the first delivery of the series. After these events, the reader will get to know Nora and Patch on their “first” encounter at biology class, where the teacher has decided to switch lab partners by mid April. Nora and Patch’s interactions will be centered in this place with some other external school situations during more than half the story. Nora will discover that someone has been “following” her along with her friend Vee and will try to find the answer to “Who?” while she struggles with her emotional “conflict” for Patch: attraction VS repulsion. There’s supposed to be a battle between the immortal and those that have fallen between everything, but if it did happened, I must have missed it or it must have been summarized with random notes with some secondary character. My problem with this story relies on world developing. In Hush, Hush, the author uses a biblical idea and forges it with a couple of ideas to create a concept, but some details seemed kind of sloppily worked, and I explain:
*Disclaimer: There could be some spoilers.
World Building: What differs angels from simple mortals in this story? It establishes that Patch had an angel girlfriend as well. What factor determines which the good angels are and who can judge them? There’s a moment when Patch rips the wings from an angel and I asked myself: “with what authority?” He was the fallen angel and was not in position of doing that job, but the problem is, where is this group’s hierarchy? Where are the laws that rule them and the base of it? Patch’s past story and why he lost his wings remained summarized to seeing a woman on earth and falling in love. We really don’t know if this relationship flourished to another level, if they interacted, the only detail we had on this girl was that she was made of mold. It is sad that the fallen angel story got to be so trivial in this first delivery. At the end of the book, Patch recovers his wings, but he’s on the same position from where he lost them: being in love with a mortal. Please explain how he will not lose his wings immediately again?
Morality: Aside from all of this, I still don’t find anything sexy to this end of destructive relationships, the guy plays mind games with the girl to a point of whipping out knives and confusing her (just to mention one situation), but the girl’s reaction is kissing him and get carried away instead of calling 911. I grew up in a home with a physical and mental aggressor (my father), and my mom could say there’s nothing sexy on a man whipping out knives. For me, it is not sexy, sensual or a proof of a great love. “I wanted to kill you, but I didn’t, see how much I love you?”
If the world building were to be developed according to the story’s synopsis and the character’s relationships were driven in a less manipulative and unhealthy way, it could have been a hit for me, sadly it was not. Finally could someone tell me why it is called Hush Hush, since I couldn’t find any reference in the story.
To my understanding as an educator, Biology class was a mess, simply because dynamics are unreal and the concept it was driven by is not justifiable. Looks more like Health class than Biology.