Length: 417 pgs / 8 hr 55 mins audio

Overall: 🐢


Rating: 1 out of 5.

Writing Style:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Character Development:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.


Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Say ‘provoking’ again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do.”

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

The Story:


Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems 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 she 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 Nora her life

Key Elements:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Fallen Angel, Paranormal, Romance, High School, Forbidden Love, Stalking, Death, Oath

Others in Series:

Book 2: Crescendo
Book 3: Silence
Book 4: Finale

Why This Rating?

Did Not Finish!

Its not even a full turtle.. this is a .5 rating for me but I can’t stand have half a turtle on my blog, so a full turtle it is.

I only made it about 25% into the book and went NOPE. First off, what the hell was up with the biology?/health?/sex ed? class that was a fair chunk of the beginning. No joke, I can’t remember what the actual class was suppose to be because it turned out to just be a sexual harassment opportunity for the story. Talk about creepy teacher! (If it somehow changes and makes sense later in the book – didn’t make it there, sorry!) And he doesn’t listen to the fact that Nora tells him repeatedly that she is uncomfortable with the new seating arrangement and being partnered with Patch. The teacher basically ignores this obvious plea for help from his student and laughs it off.

Secondly, this is supposedly dealing with 10th graders. 10th graders! Remember that fact.. Everyone can drive and just about everyone who matters in the beginning of the book has cars. Not going to lie, that wasn’t a thing on either point until late 11th to 12th grade for most of my high school experience. This one is a little less depending on situations but, there are essentially no curfews or parenting oversight or even rules in general it seems. So much so, Nora is constantly left alone a home as a minor while her mother goes and travels for work. The police are involved at some points with Nora and her mother is none the wiser, literarily never told about any of those situations. There is briefly conversations about colleges applications are going out too already.

Lastly, Patch is like a uber Bag boy in this story and I was already saying Get the Fuck away bro. I am all for the bad boy good girl trope but damn ya’ll.. this was NOT that. I couldn’t understand were the author wanted the story to go. Patch was far to aggressive in this YA themed story and you can tell that the author had to remember to pull it back to fit the younger audience. I hope there is some kind of redeeming moment for him (and based on how many people like the story, I guess there is something good??). OR if there is a completely different romantic interest, pick the new one babe! He’s gotta be better than Patch at the moment. I really don’t understand why Fitzpatrick didn’t just make this an adult focused story. It might have turned out to be a pretty good Dark Romance story. Make them college students instead of high schoolers, make some of the interactions a little less *ick* with that teacher or just replace that scene with something more age appropriate to the new shift, and treat the whole thing as adults, and I can kind of see myself being drawn more into that story than this one. Hmm, yeah that sounds like a far more ok story to get behind. A bit of writing aid and that would be a great story. Anyone willing to try?! I’d give it a read!

Kudos to anyone who made it farther than me!

Time to get lost in the next story!

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