More than a king.

3 Nov

So here’s the deal.  I was going to write one review for Hush, Hush and then one for its sequel Crescendo, but then I got lazy and felt charitable.  Now you only have to read one post for both books!

When I caught my first glimpse of Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut book, Hush, Hush, I admit that I judged a book by its cover.  I can’t be blamed, it’s a stunning cover.  One need only glance at this book to begin to have an understanding of the story that lies in the pages beyond: it sports a semi-clothed man falling from the heavens, losing his (black) wings.  Already we can expect that this will be a tale about a fallen angel, and with our angel taking his wardrobe cues from Fabio we can be reasonably certain that there will be an aspect of romance in this story.

Instinctually our heroine, Nora Grey, does not trust her foreboding science partner Patch.  They flirt – she is evasively abrasive and he slings charming, but sarcastic retorts.  She caves.  Twitterpation ensues.  In this case I think that Nora’s initial assessment of her intended beau was 100% correct.  Beyond his bad-boy sex appeal I find Patch as trite and obnoxious as I find Nora (he’s a little bit too dangerous, too – I can forgive a blood sucking vampire more easily than I can a fallen angel).  Fitzpatrick also seems to be fond of the Nancy Drewishness of old, but fails to pay proper tribute to Carolyn Keene and winds up writing Nora and her vapid sidekick Vee as a pair of bumbling sleuths who not only break the law but emasculate themselves as they do it.

Crecendo carries on where Hush, Hush left off and throws Nora, Patch and Vee into another melting pot of danger.  As if life-threatening cataclysm was not enough, in this episode we are introduced to the untidy side of the love-birds’ relationship (“human relations are messy”).  It was during Crescendo that I completely fell out of love with Nora as a character and a testament to the every(teenage)woman – I had given her the benefit of the doubt as Hush, Hush drew to a close, but found that benefit taken advantage of quickly.  She is, perhaps, the most unfortunate aspect of the series.  I respect a femme who can handle herself and neither exploits her femininity nor is completely dependent on the man in her life.  What we are given in these books is a poor representation of women and a terrible role model for young women.  (Give me Cimorene or give me death.)

Perhaps my cynicism is a bit too bold, but I find the Twilight-esque YAPR ([cough]Young Adult Paranormal Romance[/cough]) tired.  We know what to expect: age-old paranormal being falls into forbidden romance with too-young human; mix with a terrible (but relatively easily defeated, for all intents and purposes) foe and you’ve got yourself a tasty piece of nutrition-free brain candy!  I do understand that this is the reason we read such things.  It’s escape literature.  I do long just once to read something sporting a strong female lead and an ancient creature who acts his age (not his flaccid penis size).

Overall, I recommend the Hush, Hush series only so far.  I did read the first book twice (the first time because I was wooed by the lovely cover, and the second time to ready myself for Crescendo and a review) and got through the second, so there is merit to the books, I just didn’t adore them.  If you’re looking for a quick read after dosing yourself with vampirism, this is a good series.  May I recommend, though, that you save your pennies and use your library card instead?

PCD – Hush Hush; Hush Hush



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