Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: October 2009 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 5 stars
Tags: YA | Suspense | Romance | Fantasy
Includes: Very brief profanity, Sexuality
First Lines: 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 chateau.
Wow, I'm still speechless to how terrific this book was. One of the best I've ever read? YES.
This novel is filled to the brim with creativity, and a summary that will hold your attention even past the last page. I was really absorbed in Nora's story and her character felt so alive and real to me. Even by the first few sentences in the book, I was already hooked. And unlike some books that start out great, and eventually lose my interest, this one did the opposite. I was craving more of the story the closer I got to the end. And I actually read the last chapter extremely slow, just so I could savor it that much more.
The twist at the end was GREAT. I was definitely not expecting it. Throughout the book I kept making mental predictions of who could be the "bad guy" or villain, and I was way off the whole time, ha! But oh man, the suspense in this book was killer. With Nora being stalked by a stranger in a ski mask, out to deliberately murder her? Creepy! But addicting to know what would happen next.
From Page 47
He was dressed in total black and blended with the night, making it hard to tell what he looked like. At first I couldn't distinguish any facial features, and then I realized he was wearing a ski mask. He rose to his feet, closing the distance between us. He flattened his palms to the driver's side window. Our eyes connected through the holes in the mask. A lethal smile seemed to rise in them.
Patch. The mysterious, sexy, bad-boy. He was one of the best male fictional characters - and I'd choose him over Edward any day! I loved how the author portrayed him, and kept him secretive. It made me long to know about his past, which he purposely tried to avoid talking about with Nora. Which brings me to my next point - their relationship. Wow the chemistry between them was so believable! Nora's a very smart girl with self-control, which I liked. She didn't throw herself at Patch, even though she wanted to, and tried logical thinking to stay away from him.
From Page 113
I didn't move. There was a glint to his eye that made me think I should be frightened of him...and I was. But that fright was equal parts allure. There was something extremely unsettling about being near him. In his presence, I didn't trust myself.
This cover...incredible. It is seriously hypnotic and I wish it could have been on the ARC! I'll be sure to buy my own hardcover copy just so I can look at the gorgeous cover to my heart's desire. :)
*The only thing I don't understand is the title. To someone who's read the book can you explain to me why it's called "Hush, Hush"? Thanks! I'd love to know.