After reading Hush, Hush, it's easy to see why Becca Fitzpatrick has had such success selling her novel worldwide prior to it's release. With it's imaginative plot, dark feel, and complex hero Patch, this one is a standout.
When Nora initially meets her mysterious new lab partner, Patch, she's instantly creeped out - and with good reason. Patch is extremely antagonistic, exudes danger, and may even be a bit of a stalker. These qualities are only magnified the more time that Nora spends around him. Despite the unease that she feels in his presence, Nora can't help but be attracted to him. This is understandable - Patch is quite the magnetic character. Nora, however, isn't. She's likable enough and comes across as an honest depiction of a studious, nice girl teen, but she could benefit from a bit more personality. So much of the first two-thirds of the novel is spent on her interaction with Patch and the buildup of the plot that we never get a complete feel for Nora.
The relationship between Nora and Patch is not simple in the least. They get off to a rocky start, which only gets rockier, yet it seems that their troubles only serve to draw them even closer together. The two of them together become increasingly sexy as the novel progresses and are made even more so by the undercurrent of danger that accents their relationship.
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