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A SACRED OATHA FALLEN ANGELA FORBIDDEN LOVERomance 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 judgmentBut after a series of terrifying encounters Nora's not sure whom to trust Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know 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 unsettling than anything Patch makes her feelFor 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

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    NOW WITH SPOILERY RANT BOTTOMHush Hush is the story of Nora Grey an average high school student going about her business as usual until her Biology teacher rearranges the class seating and places her next to the dangerous looking new kid Patch Cipriano  Nora gets a weird feeling from Patch and things just keep going from bad to worse as Nora becomes convinced that she is being stalked and may even be the target of murderous intentions  Add to the list Nora's strange feelings about the Archangel ride at the amusement park and her constant near death experiences and well Nora's life is becoming anything but averageWhen I finished reading Hush Hush I had to mull it over for awhile  I really wasn't sure what to say  I am absolutely enthralled by the cover athletic looking darkly mysterious fallen angel contorted in mid air in grayscale?  What's not to like?  I had to have it because of that cover  But I had a sneaking suspicion that a cover that good had to be masking something  Yep  It's a bright light to dazzle the eyes and make you ahem overlook any faultsIt didn't workInside was the most confused schizophrenic piece of writing I've read in some time  Becca Fitzpatrick didn't seem to know quite what she wanted only that it had to be Ominous and Scary and Dangerous and Titillating of course and Mysterious and Sexy  So with those buzz words in mind she threw a bunch of things together and let her narrator Nora sort them out Nora understandably had some trouble with this and the result is a thoroughly frustrating heroine who jumps to insane conclusions based on inane evidence one moment and the next goes blithely along into obvious dangerPatch is intriguing and perhaps the most consistent character and I was fully prepared for an 'anti hero as the hero' story  I wanted a little boundary pushing and a not entirely likeable or trustworthy male lead who may or may not redeem himself but who gives you the dangerous and alluring in spades  For the most part Patch wasn't a let down in this regard and as screwed up as it is to like him he was the stand out character for me Not to say I didn't have issues with him tooBut it wasn't enough  Patch's bad boy antics couldn't save this book from itself  It was self indulgent cheesy melodramatic in the worst sense and confusing I wanted to like it I loved the fallen angel premise the idea of an anti hero and bits and pieces of the writing throughout  But Hush Hush suffered from too many villains and too much shock and awe and not enough thought and follow through  Maybe Fitzpatrick can pull it together for round two and with some strong convincing by trusted like minded people I may be willing to give her another chance  never gonna happen But this was a monstrous let down for me  You've been warnedWe all know how that whole so pretty I just had to thing works out  See my guest post on Jo's blog about thisAnd by 'consistent' I mean he was consistently a douche Vee was pretty consistent too and was a lot of fun but she started to get annoying and a little strange You're still going to read it aren't you?  Damn you James Porto and your beautiful beautiful coverHERE THAR BE SPOILERSIf you haven't read Hush Hush and intend to or if you don't want me dissing the melodrama that is Patch and Nora look awayNOWCommence rantYou already know I had issues with this book I think a lot of people are going to take offense to the idea of Patch as the hero as teen girls' fantasy just as they did with Edward in Twilight Patch goes beyond the simple term bad boy in that yes he does actually mean Nora harm ConsistentlyI'm not going to go into that because frankly I don't care He can be an anti hero all he wants whatever If that's where the story's going fine Most of my issues but not all lie with NoraHere's the thingNora is that girl you yell at in the horror movie the idiot that goes up the stairs instead of out the door or reaches to turn over the downed bad guy just to make sure We all know that's frustrating but we've come to expect it in movies and that dumb big breasted scantily clad girl normally gets killed offNora is so much frustrating than that The many sides of Nora She continually suspects Patch and Elliot and just about everyone else in this story and with good reason However she then continually ignores her instincts and puts herself in danger In fact she can't seem to agree with herself She will think to herself that Patch is stalking her and trying to kill her and then within pages think 'Oh but he could never hurt me' This just cycles and cycles throughout the storyAlso throughout the story Nora makes insane jumps in logic whether they turn out to be true or not it's not believable when she immediately jumps to the most bizarre conclusions and then acts on them At the same time she will be directly confronted with some piece of real evidence something that would make a normal non fictional person take notice and say something's not right here and she will completely ignore it It's like she's being willfully obtuseExamples Earlyish in the story Nora hears a voice in her head and thinks Patch has breached normal communication methods and could at will speak to me without ever opening his mouth Naturally she thinks she's delusional Hearing your name and a few inane comments would make one think they are imagining things and this I could buy Even Nora not being exactly sure what happened and being creeped out I could buy But she proceeds to ask Patch how he's able to speak directly to her mind making her look like a loon I wouldn't be even all that bothered by this if it was consistent throughout the story if Nora either consistently thought that she was going crazy because of all the implausible things that are happening I could buy it if she wanted to prove she wasn't crazy and kept confronting Patch and sleuthing I could buy it It would be 1 solid choice on Becca Fitzpatrick's part She could be the ultra paranoid girl who thinks she's going crazy and jumps to conclusions about everything Annoying but doable But to present this as if it's normaland I'm out Conversely near the near the end of the story when the shit's really beginning to go down and nearly everyone has become a villain Nora and Patch walk out of a movie theater to find that both the tires on the driver's side were flat 'I can't believe it I said I drove over two nails?' OO ??? She thinks she's being stalked she thinks her best friend has been kidnapped by a teenaged murderer named Elliot and by this point she thinks she's the target of not one but two murderous angels and yet all she can come up with is that she ran over two nails? Come on If Nora will jump to conclusions on the barest of evidence how in hell does she not comprehend the obvious? Throughout the story Nora thinks everyone's out to get her she's right but I'll get to that especially Patch Patch is Ominous capital 'O' and yetAnd yet no matter how much Nora thinks he's badbadbad she trusts him Why? Weirdest of all when Nora confronts Patch about his intentions he admits he wanted to kill her her reaction? 'I know Patch could never hurt me' and she trusts him implicitly from that point on Really? The whole story you've suspected him and been insistent that you should stay away on the barest of evidence but once he's confessed his albeit previous intentions of murder you trust him Really Her sudden bizarre trust of Patch comes too late for any real belief in their romance Or her sanityThere is no consistency in Nora's thinking I just can't understand why Becca Fitzpatrick couldn't pick one Nora to write and stick with her She could have just always thought she was losing her mind self doubt would have been interesting and made her root forable If she had just been reckless and always convinced that yes maybe something is a little off about Patch but she still found herself attracted to him it would have been interesting and could have been used to slowly reveal the truth and up Nora's anxiety If Nora had just been naive and always convinced that everything was fine despite any indicators it would have built tension But combining it all made Nora seem confused and a little off herself and made the writing seem schizophrenic Too many villains Fitzpatrick makes the rookie mistake of lack of restraint Nora suspects everyone and everyone does in fact seem to be a villain This makes the book seem unfocused and sort of cheesy When everyone is under suspicion and everyone seems to be a bad guy it makes it seem like no one really is It's like if you use a really great word once or twice it's going to stand out But if every word you use is some great unusual word none are going to stand out There's no negative space no background to make the focal point pop Everywhere Nora turns someone's trying to kill her It just gets silly after awhile Also it has the added negative effect of making it hard for Fitzpatrick to top as it were Where does she go from here? If there are 4 different people trying to kill Nora in book 1 how many people will there be out for blood in book 2? She didn't leave any room to grow the suspenseAnother bad thing about the amount of villains and Nora's instant suspicion and the overall over the top nature of the book was that there was precious little suspense By giving everything away rather freely Fitzpatrick deprived the reader of the slow build up and the privilege of the mystery we never got to have any suspicions of our own or choose sides There was too much in the way of ominous overtones and not enough restraintOn a side note not that I'm calling Vee a villain but even she became a little weird as the story went on It's one thing to be the wild and crazy girl in the best friends dynamic but constantly trying to get your best friend alone with a guy who she says makes her uncomfortable who she believes broke into her house and may be stalking her and who she knows was a murder suspect is reckless beyond the pale and shitty shitty friendshipBy which I mean she goes from being quirky and funny to a godawful shitty friend You know for no other reason than apparently to help lure Nora into badridiculous situations Plot device ☑The writing overall I saw glimpses in Fitzpatrick's writing that demonstrated how this could have been a good book She does sexual tension and confrontation scenes fairly well and there is some good humor Vee in the beginning at least before she becomes a really reckless really bad friend was pretty amusing as the traditional sidekick Patch had great one liners both funny and smoldering But for all the occasional good there was quite a bit in the way of bad The dialogue was often stilted and weird The analogies were completely out of left field They were those turns of phrase that you can tell were used because they sounded cool or because one was needed but they don't mean anything or they leave you thinking wtf? His eyes looked like they didn't play by the rules What does that even mean? What rules do eyes usually play by? Does he not blink? This is a mild example but I got sick of making note of them I got this really hit and miss feel about the writing and the language in the book Pieces of literary crap mixed in with the really good bits blended to form a throw it all in and something's bound to work style A total lack of finesse made it hard to want to keep reading and made me feel like if I kept rolling my eyeballs they were going to roll right out of my headRant complete