Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick | Book Review

(Hush Hush Saga #3)

Published: October 4th 2011

Synopsis:

WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.


My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

Book Information

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre(s): Young-adult Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 448

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 1442426640


Hey there everyone! I’m back with a review on Silence, the third book in the Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick! (If you need a refresher on the previous books, check out my review on Hush Hush and Crescendo!) No need in delaying, so let’s get started.

I will commence by saying I enjoyed this novel more than the other two (which you can guess if you remember my previous ratings on the first two books was 4 stars). The plot was better in my opinion, stronger somehow, and the characters much improved. The writing style was amazing as usual, mysterious, romantic, fast-paced, all the necessary moods for each scene.

So, Silence starts off from where Crescendo ended, right in the middle of action. Nora finds herself in a cemetary, and has no recollection of how she got there or what happened to her. She can’t remember the past months of her life, and worse, she can’t remember Patch. Her friends and family are happy to have her home, but don’t contribute much to help her remember the past. Nora has to puts things back together, and as she does so throughout the book, she’s back in the middle of a dangerous world of fallen angels and Nephilim.

The plot, like I mentioned above, was better in this book. Everything was just as interesting as the previous two books, except this time there’s the added mystery that Nora has to face. And although we know about the paranormal world, we’re still pulled along as Nora pieces everything together herself. I wasn’t able to put down this book until Nora figured out the truth (everything unravels at the end, and it is amazing!). The only reason it took me longer than usual to read this was because I had previous commitments and homework to finish up. :/ Overall, the plot was awesome, filled with suspenseful questions, thrilling action, and a mix of a fast and slow-paced storyline (which kind of evened out everything nicely.)

As for characters, I have to say I enjoyed Nora much more in this book! In a way, the ‘amnesia’ she gets actually does some good here, since as a result, Nora shed her old skin to become stronger, and more smarter. Remember when I mentioned how the main thing that annoyed me about her was her stupid decisions? Well, there are a few moments that could qualify, but they were less annoying, and had a more justified reason behind it. I also appreciated how Nora’s jealousy was kept to a minimum. Unlike before, her jealousy didn’t control her, which is another show of how she became stronger in this book.

Patch is in this book (obviously, how could he not be?) and he’s just as hot and interesting as he was before. We see a more caring side of him as well, which literally just made my heart melt. ❤ His caring for Nora so much was just so sweet! While I may have doubted him in the other book, this time I was (mostly) sure what side he was on, but there were a couple of moments where Nora’s flashes of doubt hit me as well.

As for secondary characters, particularily Vee, I have to say I both liked and disliked her in this book. In the first book, I did not like her at all, in the second book I liked her, but now I’m at the middle. What really bothered me about her this time was how she didn’t really help Nora in her quest to remember. She omitted several things several times, and her aversion to Patch annoyed me, even though a part of me understands it, on some kind of level. Either way, she was okay, but I’d say my rating of her just went down, unfortunately.

Lastly, the writing style. Like in the previous books, the writing style varied depending on the mood of the story, and it always kept me anticipating the next move. Fitzpatrick did a great job of creating conflict, and while some parts were a bit predictable, I was still completely absorbed into the book.

Overall, Silence was an amazing read. The plot was improved, although you need to have a bit of patience since Nora spends a lot of time trying to overcome her missing memory obstacle. Afterwards, when she really starts getting warm and the book reaches its climax, it’s awesome. The characters, or more specifically, Nora, became much better, and the writing style was perfect for the mood of the story.

The book also ends on a cliffhanger that got me speeding to the next book, Finale, in a heartbeat. I recommend this to people who’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in the Hush, Hush series, obviously, as well as people who enjoy paranormal romance involving fallen angels and Nephilim. (In which case you should start with the first book in the series.)

Don’t forget to check out the book trailer for Silence below!

Stay tuned for the Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick meal, which hopefully will be coming soon after I finish it. 🙂

Stay Silent 😉 , and go eat!!

-A

Top 10 Tuesday #3 (April 21): Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

The time has come for another Top 10 Tuesday! This week’s theme is All-time favourite authors! This REALLY kills me and I just can’t decide so I’m going to narrow it down to authors in the Paranormal/Fantasy genre or Dystopia, mostly YA. (Press the images for a better, larger view of the pictures.)

As usual, in no particular order:

1. J.K. Rowling

Two words: Harry. Potter. ❤ There really isn’t much more to say other than that. Harry Potter was a thrilling ride that I loved, forever captivating me in the wizarding world.

2. Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love Jennifer Armebtrout’s writing! There’s always an awesome plot, with steamy romance and humorous charters which just makes me want to read her stuff more and more. These are only some of her works:

3. Cassandra Clare

She’s another author who’s writing I love. Her character are always alive and useful, and the world she’s created is amazing. Shadowhunters rule! I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, can’t wait ’till The Dark Artifices trilogy comes out! ❤

4. Marie Lu

I’ve read only Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (although I’m planning on reading Her book The Young Elites as well) but her books have captivated me enough to put her on this list. If you haven’t already, you should definitely read Legend!

5. Meg Cabot

You probably heard of this author through The Princess Diaries, but she has several other works that ultimately made Meg Cabot one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed The Princess Diaires series, however I prefer The Mediator series. I also really enjoyed her Airhead trilogy. Her Heather Wells series was quite enjoyable, as well as her stand-alone novels Pants on Fire and Teen Idol. I have yet to start her Queen of Babble trilogy. I’m looking forward to getting to it! 🙂

6. Suzanne Collins

How could I not put the author of The Hunger Games on this list? The Hunger Games was awesome and one of the few movie adaptations other than HP done well. 🙂

7. Rick Riordan

I loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as The Heroes of Olympus series! I also enjoyed his Kane Chronicles trilogy as well! They were all fast-paced, adventurous, and best of all, involved mythology! I can’t wait for the first book in Riordan’s newest series, Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, which is named The Sword of Summer. 🙂

8. Richelle Mead

I’ve read a lot of vampire-themed books, but Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is the one most worth mentioning for this list. Richelle Mead’s writing is captivating, and I love her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series (what I’ve read of Bloodlines series, anyway.) Looking forward to reading her other series! Check out my reviews on the first two books of the VA series HERE and HERE. Definitely one of my favorite authors!

9. Kiera Cass

I loved Kiera Cass’s Selection series! Made for a sweet, romance with touches of dystopia flavoring, and an awesome read. Her books were all very well-written. Looking forward to The Heir!

10. C.C Hunter

C.C Hunter is a wonderful author who I feel is quite unrecognized. I have read all the books released in her two series; Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark, and I loved both of them! I definitely recommend her works, one of my favorite authors!

There are so many other authors I would love to put on the list, but alas, I must stop there. A few honorable mentions go to: Jane Austen (even though she isn’t a YA fantasy, paranormal or dystopia author), John Green, Veronica Roth, Marissa Meyer, Colleen Houck and Becca Fitzpatrick. They are very good writers and definitely should be recognized.

Anyway, that concludes this list! I don’t know how I would ever have stopped if I did a list on all-time favorite authors! 🙂 So what are your Top 10 All-time favorite authors? Or if you’re like me, All-time favorite authors of YA fantasy, paranormal, etc.? Comment your thoughts below! Or if you participate in this meme, post your link so I can come check it out!

Happy listing!

-A

P.S. For some more Book Snacks Fun, check out this week’s Teaser Tuesday!

Help! (Part 2) Book Suggestions!

Hey there, this is just a quick post about the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge which I recently started. First of all, a huge thanks to the bloggers who cleared my confusion and contributed to having most of the spots on my list filled:

You guys helped a lot, and I hope you know that! ❤ If you already haven’t, check out the blogs of these amazing people! You won’t regret it.

Secondly, there are still a few spots that are still empty and are up for any of your suggestions! I posted a page with the list of books that you can check out HERE. Please check it out and comment your book suggestions thoughts either on that page or this post! I’d love to hear from you.

Oh, and a quick question: For ‘A book based entirely on its cover’ does that imply about how I chose to read it because its cover appealed to me? Or does it mean that we choose a book whose story is based on the cover, if there’s even such book like that (if anything it would be the cover based on the book…)?

Thank you! ❤

-A

Teaser Tuesday #2 (April 21): Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Hey everyone! The time has come for my second Teaser Tuesday up to date, a meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm. It’s lots of fun so feel free to join in!

What to do:

Grab your current readPride and Prejudice_bookcover
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
Be careful not to include spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesdays participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I will soon start reading another book for the Popsugar challenge, but currently I’m reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (for ‘A Classic Romance’). I love this book, and I had it on my To Be Re-Read List anyway, so I’m glad this challenge sped up the process.

Anyway, here are my two teasers!

Teaser 1:

“Oh! I am not afraid of her dying. People do not die of little trifling colds. She will be taken good care of. As long as she styas there, it is all very well. I would go and see her if I could have the carriage.”

Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go see her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horsewoman, walking was her only alternative. She declared her resolution.

“How can you be so silly,” cried her mother, “as to think of such a thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there.”

“I shall be very fit to see Jane—which is all I want.”

-Chapter 7, Pride and Prejudice

Teaser 2:

“In Meryton they parted; the two youngest repaired to the lodgings of one of the officers’ wives, and Elizabeth continues her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”

-Chapter 7, Pride and Prejudice

That’s it for this week’s Teaser Tuesday! Coming soon: Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Authors!

Happy eating!

-A