Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) - Becca Fitzpatrick At first, I wanted to give it a 2 star rating because it was an easy read. But, the more I think about what I read, the more frustrated I get. First of all, I can't make peace with Nora's ridiculous and disturbing reactions. She is terrified by Patch, yet she is so passive to the danger he poses. She does make a few weak attempts to convince her teacher to let her switch partners, but that's it. She's like:Nora: I don't want Patch to be my partner because he makes me feel uncomfortable.Teacher: No can do.Nora: But...Teacher: Hush, hush, now. By the way, you also have to tutor him. Nora: Okay.Seriously? S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y? You are convinced your lab partner is a creeper that has been stalking you and has been peeking through your window while you’re sleeping and that’s all you do? Your teacher ignores you? Then go to a counselor, or the principal, or the police, and, most importantly, talk to a family member. Does she do this? No. Even more, she keeps talking and flirting with him, she even lets him enter her home while she is alone! While not having a shred of proof that he wasn’t behind the attacks. Sure, it turned out he wasn’t responsible for all that, but that doesn’t make him less of a mess. For the first part of the book Nora keeps saying how appalling and off she finds Mr. Creepy Mccreeperson. Then, suddenly she has the hots for him and is unable to fight off the feeling that she’s utterly drawn to him. All this without him having done anything remotely nice for her or without showing any signs that he has a heart of gold underneath that rough exterior or that he gives a rat’s ass about her. Instead he ignores he wishes, repeatedly, and tries to get her alone so he can reveal his lust. Not love, LUST. Even if I strip down the creepyness and take away the stalking and I wanted to kill you thing I can’t figure out why those two were “in love”. So Patch is described as hot and sexy and Nora is said to be easy-going and pretty…other that that I can’t find a reason to like her. They hardly spend any time together and it’s not like they have any quality conversations when they do meet up. They author could have used the teacher’s comment about tutoring Patch as an opportunity to bring them together, to get them to know one another. Instead she passed right by what could have been a great opportunity for character development. Secondly, I have to say, I get the bad-boy appeal, I really do. But the good kind of “bad”. The kind that means he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve at the beginning, not just yet. The kind that teases you (I said tease, NOT HUMILIATE OR INSULT) because he’s fighting off his feelings as he’s not used to dating girls like you and he’s scared. The kind that may drive a motorcycle, may have a dark look, may have tattoos and piercings just because that’s his way of making a fashion / lifestyle statement, and not because he’s a dangerous sociopath. The kind that has HEALTHY hobbies. The kind that DOES NOT abuse women, nor takes pleasure in harassing them. Patch is not a bad-boy. He is a simple-minded loser, whose main pleasures in life are playing pool all day long, throwing punches at people, possessing and terrorizing humans. Oh, and also, when Nora comes along, he wants to do stuff to her body, out of “love”. But wait, the book screams, there’s more to him that than. Apparently Patch wants to be human, because he can’t feel. He feels with his heart, but can’t feel with his skin (I think it has more to do with feeling with his little one). Boo-hoo! I really hoped I could discover something redeemable about him but not even the ending could change what a fraking train wreck he was. If I lived in a world where angels existed and creatures like him were assigned as guardians, I’d say No thanks, I’ll take my chances with the Evil Forces. Finally, the mythology and the characters’ motivations seemed paper thin to me. I'm not going to start listing them all, but I’m going to mention a few that really bothered me. So Nora decides to commit suicide so that the Patch that had been stalking and harassing her, whom she barely kissed once or twice, could become human. She’s going to get killed by Jules anyway, right? Why not make the best use of the situation? Leaving aside her "heroic and romantic sacrifice", let’s say she had died and Jules hadn’t. Patch, the now human, would be left alone in the same room with Jules, the immortal that had been hating his guts for hundreds of year and that would love nothing more than to snap his little neck like a twig. Are you sure you thought this through, Nora Becca? But hey, it’s your book, you can do what you want with it, even make up stupid reasons like Jules dropping dead because he doesn’t have a soul. Also, I can’t wrap my head around the lack of balance between the good and evil in this book. It’s a book about and with angels so one would expect at least something angelic about them. Instead, they are all crappy, crappy angels, and a few of them quite horny lusty. The best example of crappyness is Patch’s ex, a useless, useless character. She’s a psychotic B that plans on killing an innocent girl just to be with one of the Devil’s spawn. God is all-knowing and all-mighty yet, somehow, he doesn’t know that one of his angels is fraternizing with a fallen angel and that she plans to commit murder in the name of her love for him. Or maybe Fitzpatrick thought of a world with no God, just angels. Then she should have left alone the whole Adam and Eve fiasco. I didn't mean to be mean or anything, it's just my biased opinion, I hope I didn't offend anyone. You can also view this review on my blog.P.S. I really like the book cover.