Okay, so that ending didn't end, well… anything. What the hell was that? There was no resolution to any of the problems. And sprouting off some inspirOkay, so that ending didn't end, well… anything. What the hell was that? There was no resolution to any of the problems. And sprouting off some inspirational, symbolic crap about tearing down walls does not mean the story is over. WHERE WERE THE RESOLUTIONS?? To anything??
Considering how fantastic the first two books were, this book was a bit of a let down :(
And judging by all the other reviews, seems I'm not the only one annoyed by the really ridiculously vague ending that doesn't resolve jack. This book needs a part 2, stat. ...more
I don't think I'll be finishing this. It's horribly predictable, I can picture exactly where it's heading, and frankly? I just have no interest to picI don't think I'll be finishing this. It's horribly predictable, I can picture exactly where it's heading, and frankly? I just have no interest to pick it up again after all these months....more
"... everyone agrees that recent horrors should never be repeated. But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with po"... everyone agrees that recent horrors should never be repeated. But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction."
Won in a Twitter competition. I'm rating this solely on the Spirit Bound chapter. I enjoyed it, but I think they could have picked a better chapter. OWon in a Twitter competition. I'm rating this solely on the Spirit Bound chapter. I enjoyed it, but I think they could have picked a better chapter. One that wasn't the update chapter :(
Nevertheless, I'm so excited to read it! I'll have to start the series over before it's released. Eeee!...more
Hush, Hush was... interesting, to say the least. When Nora is forced to be lab partners with the new transfer stuProbably 2.5, but I'm being generous.
Hush, Hush was... interesting, to say the least. When Nora is forced to be lab partners with the new transfer student in replacement of her best friend, she is immediately attracted to him. Patch has the typical bad guy thing going for him, and while Nora would secretly love to give into his flirtatious ways, she just can't shake off that there's something dangerous about him and that she should keep away.
Needless to say, I spent the entire novel trying to figure out how the title relates to the book. In my opinion, the physical beauty of of the title and cover does not match with what's inside. Wasted, really. It's really depressing. Also, the blurb set up huge expectations which did not deliver. Nora has to pick a side between the immortals and the fallen? Bullshit. I didn't get any sense of 'forbidden love' either.
There were some good one-liners, a few funny passages, a handful of gripping moments. In the end, though, the characters felt like one dimensional cut-outs, the plots thinly weaved and the end predictably predictable.
The best friend, Vee, was constantly pushed as this quirky, bubbly best friend. I found her irritating and a terrible friend. At one point when Elliot abuses Nora, Vee's only reaction is "oh, he was drunk." Whether under mind control or not, she was constantly this flippant and it was terribly annoying. She was just the quirky best friend who loved to flirt and eat; there didn't seem to be any other layers to her. Another of the stereotypical cut outs included the bitchy cheerleader who seemed set to make Vee and Nora's life hell (lol norly), and the rotation of boys (Patch, Jules, Elliot) didn't have much going for them either. Patch I can probably make an exception for, if only because I really was confused about the role he was playing. Is he good or bad? Trying to kill Nora or falling in love? His actions were conflictual with his attitude, so I can see majority of Fitzgerald's attempt at characterisation clearly went to him.
Other than that, there were some good creep factors involved - particularly with Patch - which had me on edge. They were probably the only times I liked Patch because it was just so AMUSING. I loved that he would pop up out of nowhere and be ~super stalker~, including chasing Nora around a car and appearing suddenly in a locked bathroom. Mega predator, mega creepy, mega entertaining. (On an unrelated note: psychopath in a ski mask? ahahaha.)
Becca Fitzgerald's editor probably should have gone over this one last time. There were a few things that didn't match up. E.g. Nora and Patch standing in an embrace, Nora has a "flashback", and then he is straddling her on the bed. Yes, they could have moved during the flashback, but Nora makes no recognition of this and instead continues the scene as though they were on the bed the whole time. Consistency is all I'm sayin'.
I'm also curious to know: are publishers trying to push 'fallen angels' as the new vampire? Because you know, guys... I think you need to let go of trying to make everything the new Twilight. It's getting old.
**spoiler alert** When Michah's non-boyfriend is murdered, Micah promises to tell you the truth. There will be no lying, not anymore. Honestly. She wi**spoiler alert** When Michah's non-boyfriend is murdered, Micah promises to tell you the truth. There will be no lying, not anymore. Honestly. She will slip up once or twice, as compulsive liars probably do, and you will still continue to trust her.
It probably won't REALLY hit you that Micah ISN'T telling the truth until you reach part two, and then you will burst out laughing and realise you've been taken for a ride. HONESTLY.
The only 'true truth' to any of this novel is that Micah is a liar. Once you let that sink in, you know anything is possible.
And I do mean anything.
Where do the lies begin? Where do they stop? You just can't tell. It's very possible that when Micah is "telling the truth," she is lying, and when she is "telling a lie", it is the truth. She switches stories so often you're left wondering just what the hell you're meant to believe.
True truth: I didn't love this as much as I thought I would until I started reading Justine's spoiler blog (for everyone to post their theories). Realising there are so many possibilities to this book is just incredible. I now can't stop thinking about what's real and what isn't. Justine has done an amazing job at weaving this book together, piece by piece, layer by layer, lie by lie.
DON'T read this on face value. Or do, if you don't want to go nuts trying to figure out what the real story is :P
I'm not even going to shelf this properly because I don't want to spoil it for anyone ;)...more