Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, HushRomance 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 who have fallen -- and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
--Description courtesy of Amazon.com
I "fell" right into this book. Ok, ha ha, bad puns aside, I really was drawn into it almost immediately. The prologue was a tad confusing and seemed unrelated to the actual storyline for most of the book. I actually forgot all about it until the end, then I went back and read it again and - ding! - finally made sense. I don't feel the prologue was really necessary, but it wasn't detrimental either.

There were some plot elements that seemed rather contrived - for example, Nora's mother taking a job that has her traveling often, leaving Nora home alone in their remote farmhouse, after the violent murder of Nora's father. However, since it is a paranormal fantasy, the whole point is to suspend reality for awhile, which is easily done. The back-and-forth struggle between Patch and Nora is exhilarating. Is she afraid of or attracted to him? Does he want to kill her or save her? Maybe all of the above? Fitzpatrick handles all of these emotions with dexterity.

Be forewarned: this novel is a bit racier than the usual YA fare. There is a scene in which our two protagonists are alone and half-undressed in a motel room. Though nothing explicit happens, this scene and others may leave you feeling a bit hot and bothered.

A minor complaint are the names Patch and Nora. I got used to them after awhile, but my first impression was of one of those 40-years-and-still-running soap operas. Perhaps Becca Fitzpatrick is a fan of Days of Our Lives?
Also, isn't the cover art just gorgeous? The photography is attributed to James Porto, who has a number of awesome real/not real photos on his website
The next book, Crescendo, will be out on October 19th. Check out the official "trailer"!
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