Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HUSH, HUSH and CRESCENDO by Becca FitzPatrick

Please welcome our TEEN BOOK reviewer, NYIA! NYIA's in the house. She's bringing you one of her most favored bad boy love stories.

HUSH, HUSH by Becca FitzPatrick

Amazon blurb:

Nora Grey, a dedicated student striving for a college scholarship, lives with her widowed mother in a country farmhouse outside Portland, ME. When Patch, her new biology partner, is suddenly thrust into her life, Nora is both attracted to his charm and put off by his inexplicable awareness of her thoughts. Eventually, she learns that he is a fallen angel who wants to become human. She is susceptible to his control, but other forces are at work as well, and Nora finds herself caught in the middle of dangerous situations and unexplainable events. The premise of Hush, Hush—that fallen angels exist and interact with humans on Earth—is worthy of contemplation and appealing to teens. But stories with such supernatural themes require that the details of day-to-day life be realistic and believable. Unfortunately, most readers won't be convinced that a mother whose husband has recently been murdered would leave her daughter alone overnight in their home far from the nearest neighbor or that a school counselor would be replaced by someone whose credentials were not checked. While teens may enjoy the scenes of tension and terror, most will be disappointed by characters without dimension and the illogical sequence of events.

NYIA's review:

In this book Nora Gray meets this guy that she knows is no good for her. But of course, she can't stay away from Patch. Turns out he's not only bad, but is a fallen angel with a lot of drama. There is someone that hates Patch, and they want to kill Nora. Then another girl who's in love with Patch wants to kill Nora also. I really liked this one, but it has some really slow parts. If you get past the slow parts its worth it. Because poor Nora is the target only because some angel that fell from heaven loves her. I give this 3 out of 5 icicles because of the many slow parts.

CRESCENDO by Becca FitzPatrick

Amazon blurb:

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

NYIA's review:

Patch and Nora get together, but now Patch is a Guardian Angel. Now everyone is watching him, bad people. Unfortunately, Patch ditches Nora for like I think a stupid reason. Then he becomes Nora's enemy's Guardian Angel and stops being hers, which really sucks! Nora starts snooping into places where she shouldn't. It was rather exciting and suspenseful. It's got more of a mystery element in it. I give it 3 out 5 icicles because Nora went on and on about how she felt about the break up and the slow parts.


cleemckenzie said...

The covers are hot, aren't they? Sorry the stories don't hold up for more icicles.

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

I loved both books, but there is teen angst to be found. But as a Mom, it seems true to life, it made the story, for me, more believable. The coves are sizzlin' and I can't wait for the next and final book in the series!

Thanks for your honest review!

Dottie :)

Happily Cheesy said...

Interesting. Throw it in the stack of growing books for "one day", AKA retirement.

Melissa said...

I read the first one....really didn't like it so I refused to pick up the second one.

Kelly Hashway said...

Hmmm...these are both on my TBR list. I think "slow parts" are necessary for some stories and have a lot to do with personal taste. It's always interesting to hear a teen's perspective though.

Lisa said...

I read Hush, Hush and it was ok. I have Crescendo on my TBR pile because people have been telling me it gets better. Hopefully it does.

Catherine Stine said...

The premise of Hush, in particular, sounds great. I'd read it. The reviews points out that an author must have not only a fabulous premise, but flawless writing and logical characterization that never gives in tension. Good reminder!

LM Preston said...

I read most books with my daughter. I let her give the review from the 'true' audience perspective since she is a teen girl who loves to read. I also ask her to ask her friends what they think before she gives me her review. To her 3 stars is a great book that she found interesting enough to finish and pass on to her friends.