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.
I started reading this series in September and I didn’t totally know how I felt about the first book Hush, Hush. What I did know is that it left me wanting more. So I continued. Each book left me with the same feeling. I didn’t totally love it, but I needed to keep reading. So because it was really hard for me to form a real opinion that I felt good enough to go into a review I waited. Now I’m finished with all four books, there’s nothing left to keep me from my decision about this series, so I finally feel ready to write a review. And since I had to read all four before writing reviews I might as well write a review for the series as a whole. Makes sense to me.
My overall reaction: eh.
I did enjoy them, don’t take my ‘eh’ the wrong way. I just felt a little blah about them. Wow.. I’m killing this review aren’t I?
This series was very Twilight for me. I enjoyed the story, I was compelled to read them any chance I got, and I had more than a few swoony moments over Patch. But the main character and narrator, Nora, was annoying. Which I guess is my biggest issue with the entire series; Nora Grey. She got under my skin in the annoying whiny teenage way. She is easily compared to Bella Swan in that way, which is another reason I relate the series back to Twilight. And I’m not saying this as a bad thing, please don’t take it that way, I love Twilight!
Okay, I’m gonna hop off the Twilight subject.
As far as YA paranormal romances go this was great. I loved the tension between Nora and Patch, loved it! And the whole series was very well written. Becca Fitzpatrick has a way with words. The plot twists and turns were slightly predictable, but they were still gasp worthy. Nora’s best friend Vee is a riot. I adored her! Part of me wished that Vee would smack Nora in the face half the time, and there friendship wasn’t totally believable. At least not to me. Vee must’ve really loved Nora to put up with are her lying and bullshit. All I wanted after book #2 was for Nora to just tell Vee what was up. Personally I would’ve enjoyed that more, but at the same time I understand why Becca wrote it so Vee was in the dark.
All in all I really enjoyed the series and would have to give it 4 stars. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal YA, especially angels. My favorite of the 4 books was Silence book #3. Nora loses her memories, and even though there isn’t a whole lot of swoony moments between Nora and Patch, it was a good read to watch Nora get her life back in order. My least favorite was Crescendo book #2, I found myself ‘grrring’ at Nora the most in this one. Hush Hush book #1 is a good beginning, and Finale book #4 is a satisfying ending. So check this one out if you’re ready for a roller coaster ride of swoon and frustrations <– that’s my favorite way to describe it.