by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster, 2009
Check out that cover. Can you help but be intrigued by what appears to be an extremely well-built angel falling from the sky? Besides being intrigued by the cover, I had seen a little bit about this book when it first came out in October. Then it, and the author, seemed to be receiving a great deal of attention/publicity at NCTE. The publisher had a special invitation to a cupcake “party” and author signing at NCTE that was attracting additional interest. My curiosity was piqued. I picked it up and started reading it immediately. I stayed up late and was hard pressed to put it down to sleep. The next day at the Middle School Mosaic: Being the Book to Being the Change session I had the opportunity to sit at a table next to the author for one of the roundtable discussions. The woman sitting on the other side of me had stayed up late and was within pages of finishing. She loved the book! The author, Becca Fitzpatrick was kind and charming. She had wanted to be a spy when she went to college. As a birthday present, her husband had been torn between getting her Japanese cooking classes or an online writing class. That was 6 years ago, which is when Hush, Hush was born. I think her readers will agree with her that we are glad she didn’t get the Japanese cooking lessons. While there are similarities to Twilight that critics and readers will notice, but author Becca Fitzpatrick states that her ideas are her own and she wrote for the entertainment of her sixteen year old self. She was drawn to YA by Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
Hush, Hush is the story of Nora Grey, a young high school girl who wasn’t very interested in boys, despite pressure from her best friend Vee. Enter bad boy Patch, the new dark and mysterious student at her high school. Soon her encounters with danger are oddly paired with the appearance of Patch. I don’t have a background in fallen angels or nephilium, but just as I had no background in vampire lore, I was able to completely lose myself in the book. Mind candy. Sometimes you can’t beat it. I enjoyed the smart girl, bad boy love story that was fraught with suspense and tension (not just the sexual kind!).
A great holiday gift for those looking to push the Twilight reader out of the rereading rut and into another book. You can listen to the first chapter on the author’s website. Also check out the fan site FallenArchAngel.com.
The sequel is planned for fall 2010. Just in time for the next year’s holiday gift.