Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Well …. I guess I can say I’ve done that now … *tosses book in the trash*
I was recommended this book by one of my best friends
who, before now, I thought had great taste in books. I am now questioning our friendship (kidding, kidding).
I really thought I was going to love this book. It had so many ingredients that I like. Hot boys, Dark hero, romance, danger. Turns out it also had about a bazillion of the ingredients I don’t like. Predictability, instalove, abusive and controlling behavior being glorified. And to top it off, this book hit the cliché nail on the head!
No thanks. Not for me.
“A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE”
Sounds awesome right?
Patch is an overprotective (bordering on abusive) fallen angel. Nora is a typical high school student. Aaaaaand we all know where this is going don’t we?
“Romance 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 that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.”
What I didn’t like
Let’s have a little talk about controlling and abusive behavior for a second. It’s not cute/hot/attractive!!! Our “hero” tends to be a bit on the stalker-y/overprotective/abusive side of things and I do not feel like the issues with this behavior were ever really addressed. I just don’t see a relationship starting out like this to be a lasting formula. I strongly feel like it is very dangerous for books like this to glorify and romanticize this type of behavior/situation.
The target demographic for this book is young teenagers who are just starting to explore the idea of romantic love and sex. I really didn’t have anyone to teach me what a healthy relationship was and how to spot dangerous red flags in my relationships. because of this, I ended up falling for the quintessential “bad boy” and it did not go well. Unfortunately, a lot of people in this target demographic live with similar situations. This controlling, stalker-y trope needs to be addressed. I repeat … IT IS NOT OK!
Insta-love by the truckloads which is legit my second least favorite trope of all time. Insta-lust I get. It happens. But to take this normal human reaction and portray it as true, deep, lasting romance is absurd and I WILL NOT STAND FOR IT! *Drops mic*
*Picks mic back up because I forgot I wasn’t finished*
Predictability… so much predictability. I’m sure that after my short synopsis above you could accurately guess the entire plot of this story.
And as if that was not enough …. let’s throw a good old fashion love triangle in there with yet more overprotective stalker-y/abusive behavior. Sounds goooooood to me… NOT!
I think maybe you can tell that I was not a fan? Yeah… I think that was obvious.
There was just nothing about this story that made it special or unique to me. I think perhaps I may have enjoyed this when I was younger, but hey, I was dumb and glorifying overprotective abusive relationships of my own at the time.
New refined me says NO to this book and I will not be continuing with this series.