When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy.
But before long, Nora's defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she's thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back?
As their connection grows stronger, Nora's own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?
Wow. This book was amazing! I've had this book since early summer and never really got around to reading it because I had so much going on. After getting back from the Baltimore Book Festival, I got together a huge list of all of the books I haven't read, and sent them to my friends. Over half of them wanted me to read Hush, Hush first.
This book starts out with a pretty good introduction to Vee and Nora's friendship. It's one of those friendships that you wish you had. They are practically sisters, they know everything about one another.
In Nora's Biology class, her teacher, Coach McConaughy, decides to change up the seats. Nora is absolutely ecstatic about being seated next to a mysterious kid she doesn't know (note the sarcasm). Coach McConaughy gives the students an assignment to get to know their new lab partners. Nora tries and tries to get some information out of her new partner, but all she manages to find out is his name, which is Patch. Oddly, Patch seems to know everything about her.
Nora's mom at first seemed to me like one of those parents that just works all the time and never really spends any time with their kid. As the book progresses, though, we find out that it's actually quite the opposite.
Soon we meet two new people. Elliot and Jules. Vee immediately took a liking to them, naturally being more trusting than Nora. When we are introduced to them, I found Elliot super suspicious. Who is THAT nice? Then we meet Rixon, Patch's friend. Him and Patch are play fighting and Patch's shirt gets ripped. Nora spots two grotesque looking scars on his back, in the shape of an upside-down V. She decides to look it up and discovers that Patch is actually a fallen angel.
Nora writes for her school's newspaper. She goes to the library often to send reviews and more. When in the library she decides to look up Elliot, thrown off by the bad vibes she gets from him. She finds nothing under his name but she does find something under his old school, Kinghorn Prep. He is suspected of killing a girl. Eager to know more, Nora goes up to Portland. She asks a waitress a bunch of questions, in an attempt to find out what is really going on. The more she hears, the more she believes that Elliot really did murder this girl.
Naturally, Nora calls Vee to tell her what she found out, but Vee is with Elliot. Nora decides to meet up with Elliot and Vee. She asks a homeless lady for directions and in turn has to give the lady her coat and beanie. Minutes later, the homeless woman is shot dead. Scared out of her wits, Nora calls Patch to pick her up. Patch brings her to a motel where she begrudgingly decides to stay the night. Nora sees those scars once again on Patch's back and this time, touches them. All of the sudden shes transported to years ago and finds out that Patch was supposed to kill her.
Elliot calls Nora and says "Nora? Come play with us. Otherwise, there's a tree in the common area with Vee's name on it. Patch and Nora head to the high school to try to save Vee. Then the secrets all come out, it wasn't Elliot trying to kill Nora or Vee, it was Jules.
Jules has been able to deceive all of them by planting false images and information in their heads. Jules and Nora get into a huge, very physical fight that ends up with Nora jumping off a ladder, sacrificing herself so Patch can be human. Patch saves Nora's life and becomes her guardian angel, turning down the offer of becoming human.
Patch turning down being human for Nora was so amazing! All he ever wanted was to be human, and he gave that up for Nora. AWWWWW.
The ending gave me one question, if Nora is a descendant of Jules/Chauncey on her dad's side, did her dad get murdered because of that?
Overall, I think this was an amazing book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!
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What am I reading?
I am currently reading Fallen by Lauren Kate.
What have I recently finished?
I recently finished Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I absolutely loved it! Look forward to a review of that soon! ;)
What am I reading next?
I just ordered the final 3 books in the Hush, Hush saga, so I will be reading those.
"Suddenly Rixon lunged playfully at Patch, and the two dropped to the floor, rolling and throwing punches. There was the sound of husky laughter, fists laying into flesh, and fabric tearing, and Patch's bare back came into view. Two thick gashes ran the length of it. They started near his kidneys and ended at his shoulder blades, widening to form an upside-down V. The gashes were so grotesque I almost gasped in horror."
-Page 233, Chapter 17, "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick
I am currently reading Fallen by Lauren Kate. I picked this up at Barnes and Noble and am so excited to read it! I am also re-reading Origin because, well... Daemon ;) I got so many books at the Baltimore Book Festival, I don't know what to read first! It's so exciting.
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
I got this book at my school library. I've heard so many good things about this book and really wanted to see how it was for myself. When I first heard of this book I honestly thought it sounded a lot like X-Men. :P
We are first introduced to Juliette in an insane asylum. She has unique powers. When she touches someone, she essentially sucks the life out of them. Because of this, she is locked up. We then are introduced to Juliette's new "cellmate", Adam. She is very reluctant towards him, he doesn't know what she can do. We also get introduced to the fairly recent government change. Something called the reestablishment has taken over. And Adam is a soldier for them.
Soon after Adam's arrival, Juliette is taken from the asylum by a young soldier, Warner. Warner has been studying Juliette for years and is creepily obsessed with her. He wants her to use her special powers for torture on behalf of the reestablishment. She is determined to get out- and Adam wants to help her.
I appreciate that Juliette sticks to her beliefs even when tempted by Warner.
Here are some quotes I enjoyed:
"I've wanted to kiss you for so long." His voice is husky, uneven, deep in my ear.
I'm frozen in anticipation in expectation and I'm so worried he'll kiss me, so worried he won't. I'm staring at his lips and I don't realize how close we are until we're pulled apart."
"I'm 14 years old again and I'm staring at the back of his head in a small classroom. I'm 14 years old and I've been in love with Adam Kent for years. I made sure to be extra careful, to be extra quiet, to be extra cooperative because I didn't want to move away again. I didn't want to leave the school with the one friendly face I'd ever known. I watched him grow up a little more every day, grow a little taller every day, a little stronger, a little tougher, a little more quiet every day."
After Juliette is taken and forced to assist the reestablishment, everything became super confusing. One moment something was going on and the next moment the opposite was happening. I enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half and the ending didn't make any sense to me at all. I will continue the series in hope that it will get better but I think this book definitely didn't meet my expectations. Overall, I think different people will enjoy it differently. Just because I didn't love this book, doesn't mean you won't. So, give it a chance.
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"Take my hand," he says.
"I will never," I manage between broken bites of oxygen. "Not ever."
-Page 56, Chapter 10, "Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi
"I sucked in a breath that didn’t seem to do any good. A knot formed in my throat, making it hard to swallow, and I told myself that it didn’t matter what Dee was saying. Something was definitely wrong with her, because Daemon didn’t just love me; he was in love with me, and he’d do anything to be with me. Just as I would for him, and nothing could change that. The commitment we’d made to each other in Vegas may not have been technically the most legal of all things, but it had been real to me—to us. But her words . . . they still cut worse than any blade could ever inflict."
-"Opposition" by Jennifer L Armentrout
What am I currently reading?
I am currently reading Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout
What have I recently finished?
I recently finished Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
What am I reading next?
I am going to be reading Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.
"It takes me 2 days to open my eyes.
There’s a tin of water and a tin of food set off to the side and I inhale the cold contents with trembling hands, a dull ache creaking through my bones, a desperate drought suffocating my throat. Nothing seems to be broken, but one glance under my shirt proves the pain was real. The bruises are discolored blossoms of blue and yellow, torture to touch and slow to heal.
Adam is nowhere."
- Chapter 8, "Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi
I am reading Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout, like I mentioned because I am reading them together with my friend. I am also reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I've wanted to read the series for a while now and I saw it in my school's library and saw the perfect opportunity to read it.