08-31-2009 08:53 PM - edited 08-31-2009 10:04 PM
Am I the only one who flat out hated the book? In the beginning Nora is constantly using her iron pills, then they just drop out for a few chapters until it's convienent for her to use them again. And isn't Nora supposed to be a descendant of chauncey? Why would he try to kill her then? I thought that Patch's affection for Nora came basically out of nowhere. But I suppose that how most relationships in teen books go.
I did like the book, but I have to agree with you about the iron pills part. I am anemic, and maybe it's different for other people but I don't just go around popping iron pills and instantly feeling better, iron is to promote the creation of red blood cells, it takes a while for it to be effective, it isn't ibuprofen. So I guess I don't really understand why she was constantly useing them and then stopping, they should be used fairly regularly.
I do get Chauncy trying to kill Nora, it wan't anything again Nora, he just wanted to get to Patch, and Patch is immortal and can't feel physical pain so Nora was really his only choice.
08-31-2009 09:29 PM
I actually really liked this book! It reminded me alot of twilight though...like the whole girl falling in love with a someone who isn't human. It was like twilight....but alot less intense. Definetly a good book
The only problem I had with it was I felt like it was too short. I dont feel like the character were developed to their full potential and the book felt slightly rushed. Other than that it was great! This book should totally be made into a movie!
08-31-2009 09:37 PM
I started the book yesterday....and literally could not put it down. I was up reading until I finished the book about 3am and was so very tired at work today! I obviously enjoyed the book to stay up so late.... I really enjoyed the fact that Patch wasn't the typical hero... and that he gave up what he wanted most in the world for Nora.
I would definitely read the sequel. I wonder if Nora's father was murdered so that a fallen angel could become human? I would love to see a prequel also, I think you could really play up the historical part of the story...it would be interesting to learn about Nora's ancestors...
Will plan on posting more once I've had a decent night's sleep!!
08-31-2009 10:21 PM
I really like Patch's character -- how he was very mysterious all the time made me just want to keep reading. But, I really liked that he was sort of a bad boy but that he turned good for Nora... sort of. But, I was really frustrated by how slow their relationship seemed to be moving at times. But by the end I was really happy because he gets to stay with her and be her Guardin Angel. I hope there are sequels!
08-31-2009 10:49 PM
I also read this book quickly. It was one of those books that I kept telling myself I would read one more chapter and then went on to read 3-4. I loved the twist in the end where Chauncy was the bad guy after all. I love it when you read a book and then you want to go back and read the prologue.
It was a non-traditional love story. Patch and Nora are perfect together and I kind of liked the ending where he was putting in the security system as her guardian angel, I only wish they could have been together in the end. I guess that just makes me a romantic.
08-31-2009 10:56 PM
What can I say? I loved the book! I loved the relationship between Nora and Patch and cannot wait to see that develop more in the next book. Patch, I just adored him. Best male character I've read in a while! I love that he became her guardian angel in the end - that was just really sweet, I didn't want it to end! I really need to go back and reread because I read it in such a rush as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It's an addictive book, I couldn't put it down.
I didn't think Jules was going to be Chauncey. That plot twist threw me, in a good way! I'm usually really bad with spoilers, I have a bad habit of flicking glances at the end of books to see what happens (I did in Harry Potter 5 and 6 to see who died *hangs head in shame*) but I refrained from doing so and was very happy that I did. It added much more to my experience reading it and journeying along with Nora unsure of what would happen next. I had my suspiscious about Mrs. Greene though.. turns out I had good reason! I don't think that's the last we'll see of Dabria, I'm guessing she'll probably pop up in the next book[s].
I see some people didn't like Vee, but I loved her! I loved some of the things that came out of her mouth and could understand some of her persistance and decisions concerning Elliot and Jules since they were messing with her head a bit.
I have some free time right now, so I'm off to re-read! I'll try to go slowly so I can absorb every scene in more detail... but I'm not sure how successful that will be, the woes of falling in love with a book!
08-31-2009 11:18 PM
I really like the uniqueness of this novel. I read a lot of supernatural YA fiction, and this one stands apart from the rest by featuring Fallen Angels. I love learning about a whole new type of supernatural being. I also liked the fright sequences, the one on the thrill ride totally reminded me of Final Destination! Super fun read this was. I am adding Becca to my authors to watch list.
09-01-2009 12:45 AM
I didn't hate the book, but it was not a love thing either. I liked the beginning, the attraction/tension between Nora and Patch. Something about those bad boys. I agree though, that the devotion Patch was supposed to have felt for Nora came out of nowhere. My thirteen year old daughter devored the book in a very short amount of time and loved it. I think this will definitely appeal to teens. She is very devoted to the Twilight series, and I think girls who liked Twilight will enjoy Hush, Hush.
09-01-2009 07:19 AM
I'm with everyone else who was creeped out by Elliot, but Jules creeped me out a million times worse. The guys in the book remind me of those bad boys so many girls end up falling for...I must say I was falling for Patch myself! He had just enough of an edge to be sexy, and there was that mysterious something that kept drawing me into him.
As for the book and the writing style itself, I was in love. I'm a teacher and I was afraid I wasn't going to have time to finish the book before school went back, but I found that I couldn't put down the book! I was so glad I had a coworker who was also reading it to discuss the book with. Both of us were so excited that we have already passed the book on to other avid readers at our school!
09-01-2009 09:01 AM
Thank you for a thread where we voracious reader folk can go....
1. I liked the book. It held my attention, had good pacing and editing. Patch was very intriguing and Nora seemed believable in most aspects.
2. It had some definite problems with medical jargon. The iron pills problem just about burst my suspension of disbelief.
3. Many YA books of late seem to be jumping on the Twilight train. However, one must also consider how hard it must be for fantasy writers with so many Harry Potter & Twilight readers. I recently reviewed Evermore: The Immortals and felt it was also very Twilightish.
09-01-2009 10:23 AM - edited 09-01-2009 10:42 AM
I finished the book yesterday (YAY and DARN, now what to read?) and I must say that I really enjoyed it! If I have to make comparisons, I would say it was a mixture of Twilight by Stephenie Meyers and The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. Let's look at Patch for a moment. With his bad boy personality yet attempting to do good, he mixes the two main male characters from both of these novels, with the fallen angel twist! It may not work for all, but it sure does for me! =0) Way to go author Becca Fitzpatrick! Nice job!
Over all, loved it! I kind of had a feeling he would end up being the "good" guy in the end. Or at least, I hoped. =0) Kind of saw the Ms. Greene angle as well, but I was off base a bit with Elliot and Jules. Who knew that Jules would be the mastermind (so to speak)? I mean, I figured there was more to him than his disappearing acts led on, but to have controlled all of the events behind the scenes....good actor! Off to post a mini-review on another B&NBookClub thread....then my blog! I also must protect the book as fellow book bloggers are planning to run off with it.....must save book! =0) Happy reading!
If anyone is on Twitter, check out the author at @becfitzpatrick!
09-01-2009 11:00 AM
I could not put this book down. I read it in about a day. I was getting in trouble for not reading my required school reading first haha. I really liked Patch from the beginning. I liked how he was so forward with Nora. Vee was a little obnoxious. The ending was perfect and it really left me wanting more. I'm glad to hear she is working on a sequel because that was my immediate thought when i finished it.
09-01-2009 12:48 PM
I enjoyed the novel for what it was - some great escapist YA fiction. Yes, there are similarities to Twilight, but if you read Becca's notes, she was writing this for 5 years - since before Twilight was published. She addressed this well in the questions section, actually, so I will leave that to her. I agree with everyone that I felt the characters needed to be flushed out more and not quite so 2-D, but other than that I thought it was a good YA fiction. I do not expect amazing allegory, or literary masterpieces from these books, just some enjoyable reading. I zipped right through this book, so that is a good sign in my opinion.
09-01-2009 02:03 PM
I wasn't extremely impressed from the writing of Hush, Hush although I enjoyed the story. The main character (to me) was unsympathetic. The ending felt very rushed like a 40 page info dump. I wish there would have been more a background for the angel world...other than the very brief prologue and Patch flashbacks.
Although I do not expect great works from teen fiction, I have read some extremely great novels from teen authors. So, I guess, my bar is set a little high before I will add a teen book to my "favorites" or "recommend" list.
There were similarities to "Twilight" but there were books similar to that plot line years before "Twilight" and there will be books similar years after. Although, I do believe that books that are being published now are being published mostly for that similarity instead of their quality.
I would recommend this to those who want a quick teen read and were fans of "Twilight."
09-01-2009 06:32 PM
The prologue of the book finally comes to light toward the end. I was not a fan of the prologue until you start to realize it's significance at the end.
When I first started this book, I thought "Oh no, not another Twilight". I thought it was going to be the exact same, after Patch and Nora meet in high school biology (I wish my high school biology class was this interesting, I never had a hot fallen angel in my classes or a vampire for that matter). I thought, "could this be any less original", but that is where the comparisons end. I think it is better than Twilight. It does not have the high school girl angst that Bella has.
I loved this book. I thought the story was great. I do agree that the book could have been longer and the characters a little more developed. I think this will prevent it from being as big of a hit as Twilight, though I liked the story better. I really liked Patch much better than Edward.
09-01-2009 06:57 PM
This book was so fast paced and easy to read that I literally read it in one day. I couldn't put it down I just had to know what was going to happen! Fitzpatrick really wrote this book well and I felt my emotions mirroring that of Nora's for the first part of the book. Eventually though, I had a feeling that something was up with the Jules character. He was so shady and she wouldn't have written him into the story and left him so vague if there wasn't a reason. At least that was my reasoning as I read along! This book sort of reminded me of Twilight a little with the edgy dangerous (but ultimately good) boy and the innocent, vulnerable girl narrator. Though I really loved the angel/fallen angel spin.
However, I wish Fitzpatrick would have spent more time writing flashbacks or fleshing out more of the Patch - Miss Greene past relationship. I feel like the revelation of his past etc. was skimmed over very fast and could have been described in more detail. I think it would have endeared me even more to his character if that had been done. That, and selfishly I wanted the book to be longer and keep going, because it was so engrossing!!
Overall I really loved the changeup in the First Look selection to a teen read. Sometimes it's nice as an adult to read something so fun, fast and teenager-y.
09-01-2009 08:18 PM
I really enjoyed how fast paced this book was which made it nearly impossible for me to put down. Right off the bat, I was loving Patch. There is just something about a bad boy that gets me every time. At some points I was wondering if he would be the bad guy turned good. I'm with everyone else, Elliot was okay for about three seconds then he really creeped me out. The only time Vee ever annoyed me was towards the end when she made that comment defending Elliot. But other than that, I really enjoyed her charcter. She brought some great comical sides to the book and I loved how Nora and her bounced off one another.
My only problem was with Nora. She was a very easy character to slip into, but I didn't feel as if she were developed enough either. I'm wondering since there is going to be a sequel is where we'll see more character growth with her. Overall, I thought this was a great read. I did hear the finished copy has a different ending so I'm curious of what was changed.
09-01-2009 08:21 PM
Because I know many raced straight through this novel when is showed up on your doorsteps, I want to make sure you have a place to share your impressions and ideas without being afraid of spoiling the plot for others! You can pull questions from other threads here, or start your own.
Please remember not to open this thread unless you've already finished the book!
I would like to comment on the fact that I know that Patch becomes a guardian angel and Chauncey dies. But my copy of the book was missing 15 pages out right in that section so I don't have any idea exactly how Chaucey dies and the transformation begins. She was falling off the ladder and the next thing I knew Patch was no longer a fallen angel
09-01-2009 08:36 PM
I couldn't help myself - I raced right through the book and had it finished in two days.... It was just too engrossing to hold back! I really, really loved it and can't wait to read more of her books (is her next a sequel? I hope so, because I loved the characters and finding out more about them would be awesome). I thought that the ending was really sweet, though maybe him being the alarm guy was a leeetle bit too much... but this is coming at it from the perspective of someone who's 29, so I'm definitely outside of the target demographic. : )
I read an excerpt from another site where a woman proclaimed that this would be "the next Twilight" and I HAD to find a way to get my own advance copy - was so glad to find B&N First Look!! And after reading Hush, Hush; I agree 100% - I read Twilight but not any of the next books because I just got so tired of the main character. Nora was so much more interesting and well-rounded and less "oh, save me, poor me" and I think that made this book a thousand times better. If this doesn't end up being as big as Twilight, I'll be shocked, because it has everything going for it for it to end up that way!!