Published: October 23rd, 2012 (originally January 1st 2012)
Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
My Rating: 4.5/5 (Amazing)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hey there! Finale is the conclusion to the Hush Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick and since I’ve posted the reviews for the first three books, I’ve been wanting to finish this book and post a review for this one as well. 🙂 My wish has now been granted and I have finished this book, and am now writing a review. So let’s get started!
Note: I would not advise people who hadn’t read the first three books in the series to read this review because of UNINTENTIONAL SPOILERS. Spoilers are not certain, but there may the occasional minor one that some might want to avoid. Anyway…
I really enjoyed Finale. However, I must say, to be honest, I would rate this 4 stars, mainly because of Nora (which I will get to further on in this review). But because of my overall reading experience, and the great storyline, I was able to look past that issue and give an extra .5 star.Read More »
Yay! Another Top 10 Tuesday (a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)! 🙂 This week’s theme is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____. I have decided to fill the blank in with “Parental Issues”. I was mostly inspired with this idea since parental issues (dead parents, abandoning parent, abandoned parent, distracted parent, etc.) are over-used in so many popular YA books, I just wanted to point them out. Let’s get started. 🙂
Note: All ‘series/trilogy’ link to the series’ Goodreads page. If I have a review for any of the books in the series, the first book’s review will be linked on the name of the series. Otherwise, the series name will be linked to the Goodreads page of the 1st book in the series.
Note 2: There are a few books listed here that include SPOILERS. You have been warned. (I believe the books guilty of charge would be Divergent, Legend and the Mortal Instruments.)
There are several characters who have parent problems, however I’ll go with Rose’s ones. Rose’s father is dead, and she has a strained relationship with her mother (at least at the start). The dead parent, as well as the abandoning parent (since Rose’s mother has been absent in most of Rose’s life) is the case for this issue.
Katniss’s father is dead, and her relationship with her mother is a bit strained due to the fact her mother became depressed and zoned out when Katniss’s father died (leaving Katniss and Prim to fend for themselves). This strained relationship does get better, however.
Nora’s father is dead, and Nora’s mother works over-time and is often AWOL, leaving Nora lots of free time. This particular type of parent is quite popular in YA I’ve noticed, along with the dead parent.
Kelsey’s parents are dead, and she lives with foster parents who aren’t much involved in Kelsey’s life. Of course, Kelsey is 18 throughout basically the whole series, but still. Even before that, it didn’t seem like they made that much of an impact on Kelsey’s life.
I’m kind of cheating here by putting two series but oh well. Layla has been living with the Wardens her whole life since her mother and father abandoned her. She believed her father was dead but later finds out he was alive and wanted her dead. Her mother’s been MIA.
In the Lux series, Katy’s father died of cancer before the events of the first book, and her mother is kind of the abandoned and distracted parent (which basically lets Katy do whatever she wants).
I’m cheating again, but too bad. 🙂 Tessa Grey’s mother and father (at least the man she thought was her father) are dead. Don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that.
Clary Fray has a mother, and the man she thought was her father is also dead. She only found out about her real father later on in the first book I believe. (SPOILER) Her actual father also dies in the third book.
Bella Swan goes to live with her father, who hadn’t remarried since he and Bella’s mom divorced. With Twilight it’s not a case of a dead parent or a parent MIA/AWOL, it’s more of the divorced parent case as well as the distraced parent/parent-who-isn’t-an-active-part-in-child’s-life case.
This series (trilogy, more accurately) is a different parent-problem case, since they’re not dead nor divorced, simply estranged from their daughter (Della Tsang). Della is a vampire, and since her parents don’t know that they think she’s become a bad child and distances themselves from her.
Shadow Falls After Dark Books 1 and 2
So that’s it for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday! This one was more of an open-ended question and I’d love to know what you did for yours! Link your post below or comment! As always, I’d love to hear from you.
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: 4.5/5 (Amazing)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Young-adult Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 448
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. 🙂