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Finale (Hush, Hush #4), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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Like I said before, this serie and the story each book tells are a bit of a roller coaster.

I had a huge high while reading Hush, Hush. Then it went a bit downward with Crescendo that I found very dark and where Nora was a bit of a pain. The serie picked up again with Silence where I was able to reconcile with the Nora from book 1. And then there was Finale. And even though it is the continuity of the story started in Hush, Hush, this book was very different from the rest of the serie. Not necessarily in a bad way, but still very different.

Nora was very different in this book from the Nora we’ve come to know since book 1. As a matter of fact, the problems she had before don’t seem so big compared to what she has to deal with in Finale.

“I personally believe Patch scared the pants off normal, and it took off running for the far side of the world. (…) I wouldn’t know normal if it marched up and poked me in the eye.” 

This book we start in the thick of the story. Hank is gone, Nora is in charge of his army, has to lead it to war against the fallen angels and cannot go back on her promise since if she does, she will die as well as her mother and let’s not forget that now that she is a Nephilim, she basically is archenemy with her boyfriend Patch who is a fallen angel. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in. And Nora is out of her depth, which is what everybody think in her army. If you though Hank was a problem, you have seen nothing yet.

“I have no intention of letting you go easily, something to keep in mind. I don’t care if it’s another man, your mother, or the powers of hell trying to pry us apart, I’m not easing up and I’m not saying good-bye.” 

I found her character very brave and mature in this book even though she is not at all the Nora we know. Even though I had no problem with her change of personality while reading (it fit her character somehow), now that I think of it, it was a little too much of an evolution. So okay, she isn’t “human” anymore, has new crazy abilities that make her a new and improved version of herself, etc, the fact remains that in this book, Nora is quite the badass. She handles fights like never before without much help, all of a sudden she takes charge and decides what her and Patch need to do (when usually it’s the other way around), etc. 

One thing that annoyed me is that once again, she started to keep secrets from Patch,  and she made a lot of bad decisions without ever telling him about the mess she got herself into when they are supposed to be a team. I felt like that in book 2 and it was something that irritated me. A lot. And it did again here, even though you know things will get better.

I really liked the unraveling of the story. I usually do in Becca Fitzpatrick’s books. You never really know what is going to happen next and you are always surprised. This is something I appreciate a lot about her writing. Whatever guess you make while reading, you cannot possibly figure out what is going to happen in the end. And once again, the plot gets thicker and thicker as you read. In book three, most of the questions you have about the story get answered and in a way, a new plot starts in Finale.

It is a very emotional read and it will wreck havoc your nerves. I felt drained by the end of the book, like physically exhausted. I was so tense while reading and at some point, I felt like Nora and Patch’s cause was hopeless. It really feels like the ground is falling under their feet sometimes. But it is what keeps you turning the page. Once again, I was grabbed by the story from the start and even though I had to take a nap after reading this book, I loved every minute it. Even the parts where Nora was being stupid.

“If I could make this go away, I would. If I could stand in your place, I wouldn’t hesitate. But I’m left with one choice, and that’s to stand by your side through the end. I won’t waver, Angel, I can promise you that.”

Nora and Patch’s relationship is at it’s strongest in this book. Yes, she keeps some things secret from him and doubts him at times but she is not really herself when she does. Patch is very dedicated to her and will stop at nothing to protect her. I really liked the ending of their story. I would have liked to see more of Patch in this book though. I know it was focused on Nora but Patch has always been my favorite character of the serie. Still, my pulse raced more than once when he was involved and he still made me smile. 

“I want to wake up with you every morning and fall asleep beside you each night,” Patch told me gravely. “I want to take care of you, cherish you, and love you in a way no other man ever could. I want to spoil you — every kiss, every touch, every thought, they all belong to you. I’ll make you happy. Every day, I’ll make you happy.” 

“Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?” I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.” Patch waggled his brows. “Look whose mind just rolled into the gutter.”

There are a lot of unexpected revelations in this book about many characters (Vee, Detective Basso, etc) and at some point I just couldn’t believe the stuff that happened to some of them. I wish we had more of Vee in this last book since she has been there all along and really steps up in this book. I felt heartbroken because of some of the stuff she goes through. But the epilogue treats her well. 

We meet new characters as well (Dante, fallen angels and archangels) and we get to see some old ones such as Scott, who I felt deeply for in this book. He really stood out and I came to really love his character, in this book especially. Dabria makes some annoying appearances again as well as Marcie who well stays true to herself.

I would have liked a little more romance in this book but then it didn’t bother me that much either because the rest of the plot was pretty full in itself and had a healthy dose of twists. And even though the romance was lighter in this book, it was still a deeply emotional story that made me go though the all the level of the emotion scale. I felt sad, happy, betrayed, scared, devastated, relived, shocked, etc…

 “Kiss me in a way I’ll never forget. Kiss me in a way that will stay with me until see you again” 

All in all, even though Hush, Hush stays my favorite book of the serie, I think Finale was a great book and was a nice conclusion to the story. Becca Fitzpatrick is a remarkable author who is able to pull you into her world with the snap of a finger. I really enjoyed reading her story even though my reading style has changed throughout the serie. I would recommend her books to any YA paranormal romance lovers out there. 

This is the end of a good story in which I met nice characters that I enjoyed following and reading about. I’m a little sad that the serie is over because it is part of my past but I think this book was a good end to the serie and I don’t feel like another book was needed.

“You broke my suffering. You’ve given me a new eternity. Be my girl, Nora. Be my everything.” 

“I loved him in a way I’d never be able to express in words. He was part of me. And I was part of him. Tethered together for the rest of eternity.” 

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Silence (Hush, Hush #3), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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I had a much better overall feeling after reading Silence.

At the end of Crescendo, I felt a little frustrated with the book even though I liked it and really liked the final twist. Silence made me fall in love again with the serie. I was able to find the Nora from book 1 and what happens in this book was completely unexpected.

“I need to brush my teeth. And I need a shower.”
He grinned, hopping off the bike. “Now that is an invitation.”

What I liked with this book was that the story picks up speed from the start. It grabs you and never let’s go until the end. I really wasn’t expecting a start like the one at the beginning of Silence, and needless to say, I was hooked. 

“Since we’re keeping it primal, you smell good,” he observed.

“It’s called a shower…,” I began automatically, then trailed off. My memory snagged, taken aback by a compelling and forceful sense of undue familiarity. “Soap, shampoo, hot water,” I added, almost as an afterthought.

“Naked. I know the drill,” Jev said, something unreadable passing over his eyes.” 

Nora in this book is a lot more likable than she was in Crescendo. Then was very insecure about a lot of stuff, very jealous, made tones of bad choices and almost never learned from her mistakes. In this book, she is more mature, courageous and I really was able to see the Nora from Hush, Hush again and was happy to follow her story. 

What I was also very happy about with this book was Patch. He was a lot more present in book 3 compared to Crescendo and I was able to fall in love with him all over again in Silence. The fact that Nora doesn’t remember the past five months of her life gives her relationship with Patch sort of a “new start” and so, we have once more some of Patch and Nora’s antics and banter from book 1, which I very much liked. Patch character is once again quite perfect. He’s really one of the few characters that never disappoint me in this serie.

“Fine! I’ll throw on some clothes. Turn around. I’m in my pj’s”
“I’m a guy. That’s like asking a kid not to glance at the candy counter.” 

This book really had everything I liked about this serie and I happily dived in it. The book is never slow and you go from one surprise to the other, to one revelation to the next and the ending doesn’t disappoint either. I know it left me begging to know what was coming next. 

“Hate to disappoint, but no feathers. I came to Earth stripped naked.” 

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Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

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I think an accurate word to describe this book is roller-coaster. At least that’s how I felt while reading.

I found this book a bit frustrating for different reasons.

First, and a little bit like Hush, Hush, the first part of the book is a bit slow. It lays the foundations of the story and puts things in place for later, which as a result, makes it lack action. Later on in the book the story picks up speed to reach its climax at the end, which once again, leaves us with a lot of details and information to take in and digest all at once. So when you reach the last pages, you feel a bit exhausted, like you just ran a marathon.

“He’s got the whole bad-boy-in-need-of-redemption thing going on, but the catch is, most bad boys don’t want redemption. They like being bad. They like the power they get from striking fear and panic into the hearts of mothers everywhere”

This book is also frustrating because of its ending that has the mother of all cliffhangers, and it leaves you, well, hanging. It’s obvious that it is a deliberate choice in order to prepare the ground for book three and to make us readers want to read more. It totally worked for me and I closed the book cursing like a sailor for having to wait for book three to know what would happen next.

But what had me cursing the most was that my favorite character was barely there throughout the book. I missed Patch sooooooooo much in this book it wasn’t even funny. I will be honest here, even though it’s pretty much clear, but I have a huge crush on Patch’s character and he is the main reason why I read those books. And let’s face it, it’s the case for all of you out there 😉 He bring the spice to our Hush, Hush salsa. And unfortunately, he is a lot less present in this book than he was in Hush, Hush. I was constantly looking forward to his too small appearances throughout the book and like Nora, my heart raced every time he appeared.

“Being with you never felt wrong. It’s the one thing I did right. You’re the one thing I did right.”

Nora was particularly irritating in the first part of the book. There were moments I really had a hard time with her and wanted to slap some sense into her. She complained a lot, was always doubting herself and others, and she kept on making bad decisions after the other, without ever learning from her mistakes. Actually, she was bent on being stubborn and doing the same stupid mistakes again and again. She was so freaking pig-headed! If Im being fair, she reacted like you expect a teenager to: she was jealous, lacked self-confidence at times, overreacted which is not strange for a teenager and I guess you can’t really blame her for that but since I wasn’t a teenager when I read this book,  maybe that’s why I couldn’t relate. Thank God, she gets better, more mature and is more bearable by the end . She was even touching in her persistance in finding out what really happened to her father as well as how she faced all that was happening to her and changing her life.

“The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart.” 

The beginning of this book is a little confusing, or at least it keeps you a little bit in the dark, quite like Hush, Hush. Through Nora’s eyes, we witness strange things happen but we can never really connect the dots until the end. I often had a hard time knowing what to do with the information given and like Nora, I found myself not knowing who to trust, who believe or not. If I were in Nora’s shoes, I think I’d have gone crazy very fast.

We learn some things in this book, and get answers to questions from book one, but it’s a short reprieve because as soon as you get those answers, you are swarmed with new questions and you are forced to wait for book three to clarify the whole mess.

“Did I really want to stay on this road longer, knowing it was only going to end in devastation?” 

Crescendo is a lot darker than Hush, Hush was. It is interesting and intriguing but there is a lot more drama, Nora’s mood throughout the book is, well dark to say the least and you basically feel like everything is crumbling around her. It doesn’t mean that it’s depressing. Thank God for Vee and her never dying humor. The book wouldn’t be the same without her. We get to meet new characters in this book such as Scott that will probably make you feel murderous at times but give him a chance, he’s got a lot in store for you.

This book is far from boring or peaceful. It will put you through the wringer. Be prepared to feel the following: sadness, joy, anger, jealousy, fear, doubts, etc… Like I said, it is a roller-coaster read, emotionally and because of how the story is constructed. The beginning is slow and prepares the ground for what’s ahead, a good dose of drama and terrifying events as well as slower moments where you gets to breathe and take stock, and the big finish with all the revelations and the cliffhanger.

Even though it’s not my favorite book of the serie, I still really liked it. It sucked me in just the same, kept me turning the pages frantically to learn more and totally floored me with the ending and the twists, which I wasn’t expecting at all and left me wanting for more. Which is why you my dears, are very lucky, because unlike me who had to wait almost a year to find out the rest of the story, you can immediately start book three of the serie, Silence.

“If I missed out on some really big action, I’m going to be royally pissed off!” 

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Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1), by Becca Fitzpatrick

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A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

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.

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Okay, just a bit of a warning before I start. This review and the ones following the books of this serie will be a bit of a challenge for me since I just finished the serie today and I started it years ago. In between, the books I read have very much changed in style. Plus some parts of the books are not as fresh as they could be. So bear with me.

I read Hush, Hush my first year of college, which to be a little more specific, was 5 long years ago. It’s safe to say that I have read a lot since then.

But still, in the case of Hush, Hush, I remember very well the story since I read it three time in a row (yes, back to back reading. That should be proof enough that I truly loved this book.), and two more times since then. It’s probably the book I’ve read the most with The Host by Stephenie Meyer. But I’m straying from the main subject here.

Hush, Hush is relatively light on paranormal activity in the first book. Except for the first two pages and the end of the book, the story stays almost clear of it. It feels more like a thriller where you follow an investigation that turns out to be a paranormal one. If I make any sense.

Angels have been a subject that I really appreciate in books. Hush, Hush is the second serie that I read that talks about it and it was brilliantly done.

The story in this installment of the serie is a bit ordinary in regard to the other books. I know it’s probably not a good word to use but my brain is kind of fried right now and it’s the only one I can think of. What I mean is that this book is like an introduction to the real story. We meet the characters, Patch and Nora as well as most of the characters that will remain in the serie. It is the beginning of Patch and Nora’s love story. And it is also the beginning of the story in itself but it’s really just the very tip of the iceberg that is Hush, Hush.

“You possess other people’s…bodies.”

He accepted that statement with a nod.

“Do you want to possess my body?”

“I want to do a lot of things to your body, but that’s not one of them.” 

Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of action in this book. One thing I learned from reading Becca Fitzpatrick’s books is that she usually keeps the biggest twists and surprises for the end. Which means you should expect cliff-hangers throughout the serie, but not in this one. Of course, everything is not sloved by this end of this book, but if after reading book one you think you’ve had enough, in my opinion, it can be read as a standalone. But having read the serie, you’d be missing out. Just sayin’.

What I like about those books and Hush, Hush, is that you don’t really know what is happening until the end. The book is filled of mysteries, suspense and questions that just makes you want to read more. I read this book in one seating (the first time).

I really liked the atmosphere of the book, the relationship between Patch and Nora and how they get together. Patch is a bad boy that look like trouble. He is dark, dangerous, provocative, looks scary and is utterly irresistible and very charismatic. It’s not everyday that you have this kind of characters in books. You know he can (is) dangerous but you are still attracted to him.

“He was the worst kind of wrong. He was so wrong it felt right, and that made me feel completely out of control.” 

I loved him from the moment he appeared in the book. I’d have to re-reread the book to pin point exactly what made me love him so much from the start. He was just the right amount of flirty, teasing, dangerous, arrogant and sweet.

“Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me.” 

Nora is his complete opposite. She the ultimate good girl. She’s not shy or reserved, but she keeps to herself, has her one best friend Vee (that I adored too) and they both have big personalities. I loved them both a lot even though Nora could be very irritating at time because of her stubbornness.

“Patch wasn’t the kind of guy mothers smiled on. He was the kind of guy they changed the house locks for.” 

Anyway, in short, Patch and Nora were both great characters. In the first book, I think it’s Patch that will keep you going when the story gets a little slow. I was very much looking forward to his appearances in the book and the moments between him and Nora, which were most of the time very funny due to his killer one-liners and provocative come backs.

“Part of me wanted to run away from him screaming, Fire! A more reckless part was tempted to see how close I could get without… combusting.” 

The come backs and the banter between the characters (Patch, Nora and Vee) were one of the things I loved the most in this book.

I really recommend this book. Even my reading style has evolved, it’s a book I would happily go back to and enjoy all the same. This first book doesn’t get old and will certainly suck you in from the start.

“You smell good, too,” said Patch

It’s called a shower.” I was staring straight ahead. When he didn’t answer, I turned sideways. “Soap. Shampoo. Hot water.”

Naked. I know the drill.” 

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