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Review: Hush Hush

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‚Hush, Hush‘
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush # 1.

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Synopsis:
Nora is a common High School student, intelligent, a little shy and friendly. She is focused on her future, on her apprenticeship and therefore she isn’t very interested in the boys who are attending the same school. But that changes abruptly the day she meets the dark and mysterious Patch, who emerge in her class and becomes her classmate sitting right next to her. Nora feels attracted to him, though she recognize that something is strange about him and that something evil is inside him, a dark secret. Therefore she has to make a decision: should she ingest with Patch and his dangerous game or should she stay away from him for her own safety? Soon Nora finds herself between an ancient war between good and evil and fallen angels…

My thoughts about the book:
I had really high expectation for this book because on one hand it was recommended form different sides and on the other hand because it was listed high on best-seller lists. Therefore I was piteous disappointed – like so often, when I’ve got high anticipations. The story was okay, the twists in it were also okay, but all together not more than just ‚okay‘. It didn’t entertain me or was thrilling like other books. Only Patch was an interesting character – though when I think about it, then I’ve to say that he was just hot and a nice guy to look at but nothing more. Especially in the beginning while Nora fall for him, he was just an egoist and totally manipulative. Only after a while he became more acceptable when he lowered himself to fall for the human Nora. So, now we are at Nora: Although she is kind of an ‘Einstein’ at school and seems to know every answer there, but in real life in everyday situations she is totally naive and foolish. Sometimes she has more luck than any sense and goes through dangerous situations which could have killed her, just because she is lucky and not using her brain. And what should I say about her supposed best friend Vee? At first I liked her because she was funny and said amusing things but throughout the book she became more and more egoistic, annoying and mean. And to be true if I could decide I wouldn’t want to have such a friend like her- I would rather be alone! 🙂
And now to the end which was not very surprising and very predictable and I already know who the real villain was after the first 50 pages, while Nora needed the entire book to make it out. Therefore it was boring and the book has lost much suspense and thrill. For me the whole story and as well the characters appeared very dull and just one-dimensional, flat and also in parts very boring. This book wasn’t really my taste thought I liked the beginning but it sucked more and more with every chapter, but I’ll give the next one (Crescendo) a chance and will try it in the future and I hope that it will be better.

German Cover:
The Cover is the best of the whole book and I really love the design and the picture because it is sexy, mysterious and wicked. Great body and great staging, which couldn’t have shown any better the ‘fallen angel’. The cover is really one of my favorites and definitely the reason I read it.

All in all:
The first book in this new series was really a disappointment for me but I’ll give the next one a chance and keep on reading the ‘Hush Hush’ books.

Rating:
2 of 5 points

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Succession:

# 1: Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush
# 2: Becca Fitzpatrick – Crescendo
# 3: Becca Fitzpatrick – Silence

Review: Tempted

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‚Tempted‘
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P.C. und Kristin Cast

House of Night # 6.

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Synopsis:
After Zoey and her friends have chased away Kalona and Neferet from Tulsa with their power of the circle, the young vampires decide, after a short stay within the Benedictine abbey with the nuns, to go back to the House of Night. There they have to deal with the fire burial of their teacher Anastasia and also with the other students and teachers, which are still affected with the might of Kalona. Therefore they have to find a way to beat Kalona and for this they have to fly to Italy and fight against him… but there everything changes…

My thoughts about the book:
The writing style of P.C. and Kristin Cast changed in this book from the first page on. I don’t know why (I got the feeling they got a co-writer or a big help from someone who know how to write a book) but the most of the annoying youngish/ childish writing is away, though it still sounds fresh and is even better to read now. I like the change and I hope this will continue through the next books.
About the story itself: It begins exactly where the former book ends and so the reader is instantly in the story. Though the happenings of all the former books are explained again (but this time not so long like in the other books) the story becomes interesting very fast, the thrilling and suspense is highly build and the characters develop greatly. I’m happy that Zoey has definitely changed now for the good. Not that I’m a fan of her, but I now can stand her more and she isn’t such annoying like in the other books. Mostly because she finally got the guts to break up with Eric and start to concentrate on her job as a high priest. Though she still has something going on with Stark and as well with Heath, it is okay and both boys are going along. To be honest, I also like both of them. Heath the good guy, who’s good at heart and always thinks positive and make you feel happy or smiling, and also Stark with his inner battle between the good and the evil, but who’s always make the better and grown up decisions and who sometimes try to be a ‘bad-boy’, but isn’t. And I also like Aphrodite and his Darius and I find it interesting how it turned out between Rephaim and Stevie Rae. Though I didn’t like it that she was lying to Zoey and her friends, but if she hadn’t the story wouldn’t went this way and I’m sure the relation between Rephaim and Stevie Rae will be important in the coming books. What I found very interesting was the twist in the story about the trip to Italy and how it turned out in the end with Heath and Zoey. I even cried (just short but still) at the end, a thing I wouldn’t believe I would do in this series (because so far it was kind of too superficial) and I couldn’t really believe what I just read… and I really hope in the next book there will be a solution for ‘this problem’. But through this book the story and the characters become better and better and now I start to become a ‘little Fan’ of it… so I hope the best for the next books and that they can continue with the new and better level.

Cover:
This pictures isn’t bad, and still not very good. Sorry, but it’s a little too average and I would have loved to look at something more stunning.

All in all:
The story, the plot and the characters, even the writing style changed to something more interesting and better and the level was definitely raised, in comparison to the other books in this series.

Rating:
4 of 5 points

Succession:

# 1: Cast P.C und Kristin – Marked
# 2: Cast P.C und Kristin – Betrayed
# 3: Cast P.C und Kristin – Chosen
# 4: Cast P.C und Kristin – Untamed
# 5: Cast P.C und Kristin – Hunted
# 6: Cast P.C und Kristin – Tempted
# 7: Cast P.C und Kristin – Burned
# 8: Cast P.C und Kristin – Awakened
# 9: Cast P.C und Kristin – Destined

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