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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,447 Ratings  ·  377 Reviews
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then alo
Paperback, 229 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published November 11th 2011)
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Jul 19, 2012 Wigs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Attention: This is a review for a queer book full of boy cuddles. If this makes you think

then press back and

if, however, your original thought was

then gather round and have a listen.

Okay so firstly, I loved this book. But it's not all about boy cuddles either, it's a very, very dark book. Archer is an 18-year old college student with a hit list:

Jay Lee
Ronny Brown

Brody Hilton
Richter Samuels
Hector Barnes

Like Dexter, Archer is killing because these people have done terrible things. Unlike Dex
Dec 08, 2011 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Hushed is definitely not a bedtime story! It's dark, sinister and completely unorthodox. Frankly, I thought it was brilliant! We all know Dexter, right? (Michael C. Hall <3 ) Hushed is basically a YA version of Dexter. A little less gory, a little more angst.

Everything about this book screams unconventional. The plot, the relationships, even the twists are completely unexpected because it's so different from what we're used to seeing. I found it refreshing, really. Especially in the YA genre
Goddamn, this is good.
I don't know how Kelley York does it, but it's like everything that comes out of her brain and fingers is magic.

Don't get me wrong, it does have a few flaws... I think. I mean, there must have been something. It's just that I couldn't see it.

From the writing to the characters to the plot – everything was masterfully narrated and fully developed.
Beware of the gushing.

Let's start with the writing, shall we?
It's quite original, to be honest. It has something different, somethi
4.5 Stars

So many wonderful reviews about Hushed and deservedly so!

Yep I have to say it started with a bang! A great, great story emotional and absorbing with so many twists and turns and what a fantastic ending, a welcome surprise and one I never expected. The sign of a brilliant book for me is when the author manages to make me feel compassion and love, emotions I don't want or expect to feel for a "murderer" you want to hate him but you can't because he's so damn messed up. The confusion guilt
Mar 22, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read in October 2012.

Wow...what a thrilling, brillant story.

There are a lot of things going on in this book that make it a real page turner. Kelley York creates a bad guy - there are no illusions about how messed up Archer is - and portrays him in a way that we find ourselves loving him and only wanting good things for him. Archer has reasons for doing what he's doing. In love with his best friend Vivian and put through so much in his life, he kills for her. Vivian is evil and cruel, a master m
An intense, unconventional book about eighteen-year-old Archer and his best friend Vivian. Ever since their youths they stuck together and told each other everything, but after something horrible happens to Vivian, Archer makes it his goal to kill everyone complicit in the crime. His vendetta shifts when he meets Evan, the first person to take an interest in Archer for Archer's sake. Vivian, however, does not approve of Evan, and she does her best to dismantle Archer and all he has accomplished: ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Bev rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nervous tension junkies!!
Recommended to Bev by: Tina

Wow!! This book has been on my kindle since February, and kept trying to raise it's head above water several times...but always ended up sinking back down into the depths, not on THIS occasion however !! and let's have a quick peek at the dancing girls

What a fabulous book. I'm not going to waffle on's too short and I'm too busy. This is a perfect example of what happens when a person, in this case Archer, is totally in thrall to another (Vivian..and what a horrible bitch she was!)
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 06, 2011 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Fantasy & YA Addicted Group
Shelves: reviewed
Right off the bat, I want to say thanks to the publisher and the Fantasy & YA Addicted group for the opportunity to read this book.

Wow, this is probably one the top five books I’ve read this year.

Amazing can’t describe. I was captivated by the first words and it never stopped until my stunned silence at the end.

Archer is probably the most flawed characters I’ve ever read about, almost to the point of being non-redeemable. However, the book was still that good. I can’t think of words to des
This review is going to be the most subjective one I've ever written. I warned you.
This book (probably) deals with very serious topics, but due to the fact that I couldn't connect to the characters and that I'm a heartless ass and compassionate af, I couldn't really get into it. So bear with me and my sarcasm. And there will be a lot of it. Again, I warned you.

Something happened when Archer and Vivian were kids. You don't have to be a genius to figure out what exactly happened even after reading
My thoughts

Cover: A simply dark cover in my opinion. Because of it simplicity it catches your attention. Not girl –ified. No bare chest model. Like those but their overdone. It catches your attention becuase of the the blood smears on his cheek. I ask myself what happened when I see that.

Book: When I saw it on Goodreads in August and read the synopsis I immediately added it to my wishlist and it is still there. I received a e- ARC. When I got a chance to review it after being declined a multip
Trisha Harrington
Jul 05, 2014 Trisha Harrington rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of darker romances not based on sex.
Do monsters deserve a second chance?

Wow, this book is book is a tough one. I was gripped from the beginning and although this isn't the typical romance, I loved it. This book would not be for some readers. It's dark and disturbing, it has it's brilliant points. But at the end of the day it's not in everyone's comfort zone. Mine just happens to be in my own comfort zone.

To star off, Archer, to me, wasn't the evil bad guy some may see him as. In love with his best friend and put through so much in
Ooooh, I really liked this one. Review coming next week BECAUSE IT'S SPRING BREAK, BITCHES~

No joke, I actually flailed.
Karla(Book Addict)
Apr 08, 2013 Karla(Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Stacia (the 2010 club)
It took me a while after finishing to figure out how to rate this book. I couldn't decide if this book was absolutely brilliant and I loved it, or if it was too messed up and I hated it.

After several day's worth of reflection, I'm going to say that I liked it. The book sits around a 3.5 for me and I had to ponder whether to round up or down with the stars. I read the story in almost in one sitting, and consider it a high 4 for uniqueness and entertainment value. What dragged it down a bit for me
Nov 11, 2011 Tana rated it it was amazing
Hushed by Kelley York

This is one of the best novels I have read this month maybe even this year. When I first received Hushed I thought it was going to be about a young man who is seeking revenge on behalf of his best friend Vivian. He would do anything for her, even kill.

So as we start reading this story Archer has just killed one of the men on his list, you see how his love and his need to protect Vivian is what is driving him to do these murders. The more you read about Vivian and Archer the
Feb 13, 2013 Brigid rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes darker YA and complicated characters
Five stars, for sure. Loved it. Seriously couldn't stop reading this one, and it takes a LOT to keep me up at night. Completely creepy and compelling and ... just, wow.

When I started reading, I was really worried that Archer's attachment to Vivian wasn't going to have a suitable basis. You know the type of book -- where a guy is so devoted to a woman that he's willing to kill for her (that's not a spoiler, it's happening on the first page), but you never really understand why the devotion is th
Oct 22, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
I beta-read this book, and you are going to love it. It's dark and beautiful and totally unforgettable.


Now we're getting near the release date, I feel the need to update this. I will start this with a warning that this book is disturbing and does mix genres, so be prepared not to have your 'typical' experince. Some will love it (I did), and I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you're into dark/edgy/upper YA.

The best part of this book is the characters. I thought it would be like
Oct 01, 2013 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: abuse, m-m, new-adult
2.5 stars rounding up to 3.

This was my first Kelley York book and for the most part I enjoyed it. However, it was too melodramatic for me and the events were so OTT and extremethat I had a hard time believing them. I like reading about dark and messed up characters (believe me these characters have major issues), but there wasso much going on that I had a hard time even suspendingdisbelief. It ended up being predictable and cliché. (view spoiler)
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Nov 20, 2011 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entangled-teen
Hushed Review on K-Books

This is one of the best books I have read this month, possibly this year. This is the first thriller-type book I have ever read and I always assumed it just wasn't my thing. I am definitely more of a romance kind of girl but when I was asked to review it and I read the blurb I was really intrigued. It was phenomenal. I am so glad I read this and I am now much more open to these kinds of books. I loved it.

Archer has been in love with Vivian since they were kids. He will do
Nov 09, 2013 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lucia by: Nina

"To stay or let go. To keep going and see where his past decisions took him, or try grasping that second chance. Do monsters get second chances?"

My Vivian, Archer and Evan:

Archer has always been a little bit obsessed with his friend Vivian. He is determined to do anything for her, even kill people who hurt her in the past. Than he meets Evan, nice and shy guy. Archer quickly becomes fascinated with him, espcecially when he realizes that Evan is the only one who gives not just take fro
Feb 26, 2012 Deeze rated it it was amazing
Damn I feel strange for liking Archer so damn much. This isn't so much a review as more my rambling thoughts and feelings that probably only make sense to me LOL.

Is it a good thing when an author writes a killer that you can totally feel for and sympathise with? Archer stole my heart very early on and kept hold of it throughout this very emotional ride.

When I first started this book I was assuming Vivian would be the bitch I loved to hate, but this book went much deeper. Strangely while I did d
Lydia Sharp
Intense thriller. Hot romance. INSTANT FAVORITE.
Full review to come.


Here is my full review, as it appeared on

The first reaction I had to this novel after finishing it was–


Easily one of the best novels I’ve read this year, but not for those with a weak constitution.

Hushed opens with a highly disturbing scene in which Archer forces Vivian’s brother (one of the people who hurt her all those years ago) to commit suicide by way of a drug overdose. Archer even gets him
Dec 02, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
So. Here is what I wish I could do right now. I wish I could say "Stop reading this review. Do yourself a favor, go buy HUSHED". Seriously. That's how much I loved this book, I don't even care if you read my review, so long as you buy it. This book seriously kicked my butt and rocked my world.

HUSHED opens up with a very "Dexter-ish" vibe, with main character Archer taking vengeance on the wicked. And yes, as indicated in the synopsis, Archer is a murderer. But, he's a good murderer, hence the De
Feb 25, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst, different
4.5 stars This book, more specifically the beginning was not what I expected and I honestly did not know how I was going to be able to accept Archer and find any redeeming quality in him. Once I got past that, this book held me until the very end. This is by no means a light and happy book and at most times its is dark and has some disturbing scenes. I had to keep reminding myself that this was YA, because the characters just seemed older. But in my opinion it is brilliantly written and had me n ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, suspense, ya, m-m
Do monsters get seconds chances?

Loved it and want to read it again immediately. Its definitely not for most people or everyone, but I like weird, dark things. Its definitely one of my favorite books I read in a long while. The author writes characters you know you shouldn't like or care for, but yet she made me care for every one of them at different points. Nothing is wasted and everything has a place and a purpose. I wanted the book to end well and I felt that it ended exactly as it should hav
Dec 04, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Archer Pond is a killer.

He is seeking vengeance for the brutal crime that took his best friend Vivian from him years ago and turned her into someone he doesn’t even know. Someone he isn’t even sure he likes.

He’s made a list. He’s studied his victims. And one by one he plans on making each of them pay for what they’ve done.

Archer Pond is a monster… but he doesn’t want to be.

He wants to be free. Free from the guilt he feels over what happened to Vivian. Free from Vivian, who keeps pulling him back
Mar 26, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

"Hush, it'll be all right..."

Well this was one screwed up love triangle...

We have our main character Archer!

He is in love/obsessed with Vivian and will do anything to protect her...

Beautiful Vivian has been BFF with Archer since they were kids.

Although she knows Archer wants more than just friendship she keeps him strictly in the friendship slot. Archer & Vivian's co-dependent and dysfunctional relationship is unbreakable or so it seems.

Until Evan shows up and falls for Archer...

Now Arche
Dec 01, 2011 Kris rated it it was amazing
Copied from original post at Imaginary Reads

When I started this book, I knew that I would hate Vivian, pity Archer, and love Evan. I was right on the last part. As for the first two... there's some truth in what I said; however, I wasn’t expecting to find myself sharing some of Archer’s feelings about Vivian. Oh, I hated Vivian for using Archer like she did, but there are so many complications surrounding them that I couldn't help feeling a little sorry for her by the time the story ended.

Nov 21, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc
"He squeezed his eyes shut. A hand brushed his shoulder. Why did he always do that? Touch and go. It drove him crazy. Then Evan’s arms were sliding around him and all complaints vanished.”

I don’t even know what to say. If I could rate this book a 10, I so would. But it’s not even that, it’s just how incredible this book was. It’s something completely out of what I would normally read and I didn’t think I would love it. But God, I loved it. So much. I loved it so much that I read it in one sittin
Dec 03, 2011 Pixie rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2011-reads
I’ve found myself reading more Contemporary lately than I have ever before in the last year and while this is normally a genre I’m not entirely interested in, I’ve been trying it out. Needless to say, it hasn’t been a disappointment for me at all with the reads I’ve picked up. It’s certainly a genre I should probably consider keeping up with in the future.

Hushed was fantastic. It was romantic and full of suspense. I didn’t want to put this down as it engaged me quickly from the first page. The
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Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's charac ...more
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