Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
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...until Patch comes 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 whom 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 far 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.[Source]
I bought my own copy of this novel.
This is the classic story of a boy and a girl who shouldn’t be in love, but they are. Add in the fact that the boy is a mythological creature and the girl is “different than other humans.” Stick them in a high school setting, take the girl’s parents away, and you’re done. Recipe for a YA bestseller.
I liked the fallen angel aspect, because that’s a true bad boy. Different than the vampires and werewolves that are popular lately. I didn’t get Patch’s motivations, ever. First, he wanted to kill Nora. Then, he wanted to save her. He didn’t want to save her, but he loved her, so he did anyway. Make up your mind, boy!
Nora was a great female lead. Strong, independent, albeit a bit stupid. The truth about Patch being a fallen angel was right there the whole time, but it took her WAY too long to figure it out. Open your eyes, girl!
Bit of a twist there at the end… Jules was in the background for the entire book. Without giving away the ending, I’ll just say that I just never expected what happened. Especially with Elliot.
I wish the conflict with Dabria had been played up a little more. I didn’t like how Patch just settled the whole issue and the reader gets left out of any struggle between the two. That’s one reason why I prefer third person point of view, even though first person brings you right into the action. See, the action in this book was a little lacking. I loved the whole “hide and seek in the school” bit, but the gym scene was a little boring.
Regardless, a great YA novel, and I am looking forward to reading the next one!