So after reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick something unexpected happened. This is my story: ************************* Leaving my house around 6:25...moreSo after reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick something unexpected happened. This is my story: ************************* Leaving my house around 6:25pm, I headed out the door and I thought, just my luck on one of the most important days of my life, it’s raining cats and dogs.
I hopped into my car and raced to my appointment in hopes of not being late. I finally arrived at the building with 3 minutes to spare. I jumped out my car without grabbing an umbrella and jogged to the entrance. As I’m walking down the hall, I see my reflection in the mirror. “God I look horrid! “ You know that look – like you’ve been dumped over the head with a bucket of water. “Oh, well there’s nothing I can do about that now.”
Finally this is it. I’m standing at the entrance of the door that could be my possible salvation. I take a deep breath and try to control my nerves as much as possible. “Here goes nothing.” I knock on the door.
Dr. Chen opens the door. “Hi Tina, it’s so nice to see you again. Come in, what can I do for you today?”
I make my way over to the couch across from Dr. Chen’s desk and take a seat. At this point everything imaginable is going through my head.
“Uh-hum” Dr. Chen clears his throat rescuing me from my jumbled thoughts.
“I’m so sorry to disturb you at such a late hour, but I needed someone to talk to.”
“No worries, my door is always open for you, now what seems to be the matter?”
I shake my head “I don’t know where to start.”
“Now, now my dear, It will be alright." He coos. "Just start from the beginning.”
His voice is soothing. “It all started with this book I read.”
Dr. Chen arches a brow. “A book you say?”
“Yes, it’s called Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.”
Dr. Chen nods. “Ok, go on.”
I couldn’t take this, so I blurted. “I think I’m obsessed Dr. Chen!” There. It’s out. I’ve said it.
Dr. Chen looks confused. “What makes you think that dear?”
“There’s this character in the book named Patch and he’s all I ever think about. I don’t know what’s wrong with me!”
He squints and eyes me curiously. “What do you mean he’s all you think about?” Oh My God. I bet he thinks I’m crazy! And as if he could read my mind, he says.
“Tina, whatever you tell me stays between us, Patient – Doctor Confidentiality.” This is reassuring, so I go on.
“Dr. Chen, I seem to be obsessed with a fictional character! Is that normal?”
“Hmm.” He nods. “I see, well let me just grab my journal and see if we can put your mind at ease.”
He walks over to his bookshelf and grabs a journal and flips to a page.
“Yes, Yes here it is.” He slides the journal over to me and points at a photo on the page. I’m taken back by the photo staring up at me. It’s a photo of Edward Cullen, but that’s not what catches my attention, it’s the photo next to it of a dark haired, dark eyed Angel that seem to see right into your soul. Patch Cipriano.
I look up at Dr. Chen accusingly. “What is this? Why do you have pictures of fictional characters? Is this some kind of joke?”
He shakes his head. “I’m afraid not Tina. What you see here is a typical case of Hush, Hush fanaticism.”
“What? What exactly does that mean?”
“It’s rather simple really, Tina what you are experiencing is quite normal.”
“Normal? How is this obsession normal?”
“Let me put your mind at ease dear, you are not the only one who’s experienced this.”
“I’m not!” I can’t believe it. I breathe a sigh of relief, then point to the picture of Patch. “How do I fix th-th-this? Whatever this is?”
Dr. Chen smirks. “Quite easily actually, all you have to do is reread the book until he’s out of your system.”
“Huh? Is that possible?”
“Of Course!” He points to the photo of Patch. “Now, why don’t you tell me how you came to be obsessed with this character Patch?”
“Do you think it will help?”
“I most certainly do!”
I take a deep breath and tell him my story. ************************* If I didn’t know anything about this book, I don’t think I would ever have thought that Hush, Hush was Fitzpatrick’s debut novel. The writing is brilliant! Becca took me on a journey and I was thoroughly entertained. I was caught up in the world wind of Nora & Patch at the first page, this book is addictive and I could not put it down for one minute. I broke all my review rules to read this book and that’s saying a lot!
Fitzpatrick did a fantastic job with the characters in Hush, Hush. I laughed throughout this book at Nora and Vee’s conversations and strange dealings. These characters are so relatable paranormal aside. This is one of the reasons I love this book, these characters are downright fun and entertaining.
What can I say about Patch? Tall, Dark & Dangerously Sexy! I don’t know why he’s so alluring, maybe it’s because he’s a Bad Boy. Whatever it is, Becca did an incredible job portraying him and I can finally confess that Patch is my new fictional crush! I found myself smiling throughout this whole book.
I love when a book can keep me guessing. This book kept me turning the pages for so many reasons. I had to know what would happen next, whether it was for sizzling scenes with Patch & Nora or downright hilarious moments with Nora & Vee or even the strange things happening around Nora. I absolutely, positively devoured every page! Well as you can see, I’m Hush, Hush’s #1 fan!
I love everything about this book. I will definitely follow the doctor’s order and reread this book until I can get Patch out of my system, which may be never. So Help Me God! (less)
I love this series...It's action packed, full of suspense and HOT & STEAMY Romance! The characters are amazing and I'm always granted LOL moments...moreI love this series...It's action packed, full of suspense and HOT & STEAMY Romance! The characters are amazing and I'm always granted LOL moments throughout this book.
Bones is still the man... I <3 Bones! Now go away Cat - I'm stealing him from you!(less)
Talk about an emotional rollercoaster! I stayed up to 5:00am reading this book. This series has become one of my favorites and I can't wait to see wha...moreTalk about an emotional rollercoaster! I stayed up to 5:00am reading this book. This series has become one of my favorites and I can't wait to see what Jeaniene has in store for Cat & Bones next!(less)
I love Maggie’s lyrical writing style and how it captured the emotions of the characters. This is such a fascinating story and I love the different ta...moreI love Maggie’s lyrical writing style and how it captured the emotions of the characters. This is such a fascinating story and I love the different take on werewolves and how weather affects their transformation. I was ensnared from the first page and found myself so wrapped up in this book that I managed to read it in 1 day.
The characters are written beautifully. I enjoyed reading the story from Grace & Sam’s view points. This book was written in a way where you couldn’t help but feel the emotions of the main characters. I love the chemistry between Grace & Sam. I kept smiling throughout this book because Grace and Sam are so adorable and I found myself falling in love with these characters. The secondary characters play an important role in the book and bring the story together quite well. Isabel had me laughing throughout this book. Beck is also one of my favorite characters.
What can I say about the plot? Stiefvater managed to weave a wonderful storyline around forbidden love, mythical creatures, mystery and suspense to come together flawlessly. When these elements are combined perfectly, you get magic and I found myself in the whirlwind of a beautiful story that left me with tears.
I have to say that Sam and Grace are on my all-time favorite fiction couple list.
The ending left me with an “OMG!” I need LINGER, the next book in this series NOW! Maggie you have earned an automatic buy with your name. I look forward to reading more of your books.(less)
**spoiler alert** *Spoiler* While I normally don’t include spoilers in my reviews – There is a scene mentioned from the book – You have been warned!
If...more**spoiler alert** *Spoiler* While I normally don’t include spoilers in my reviews – There is a scene mentioned from the book – You have been warned!
If I Stay is an intense and powerful story centered on music, family, love, hopes and dreams, and choices about life and death. Gayle did a fantastic job, the writing is beautiful. I love how Mia reflects on her life, which builds up to the decision that she has to make - should she stay or go? This was a quick and engrossing read; I had to know Mia’s decision. I was completely engaged in Mia’s story that I was moved to tears. Gayle’s writing is that powerful, you can’t help but be consumed by the story.
There are so many heartfelt moments in this novel that I absolutely have to mention one in particular. As I said before, I don’t like including spoilers in my reviews but I’m going to make an exception for this book. I totally lost it during this scene with Mia and her Grandfather.
Gramps: “It’s Okay,” he tells me. “If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.”
Gramps: “But that’s what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”
As I was losing it with this scene, my daughter is sitting in my lap and turns around and sees me crying, she rubs my face and says “ Mommy it’s okay,” she has no clue what’s going on, she’s only 2 and that only made it worse. I had to take a breather and recollect myself before I could continue reading this book. I’ll let you ponder that.
I asked Gayle this question in an interview and this was her response:
What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were? I get asked a lot of questions and you asked some unusual ones here. I get asked all the time if there is going to be a sequel but nobody asks me what how I think the characters in "If I Stay" fare in the future. Which is funny because I've thought about that a lot. See what I mean about letting go? It's hard.
I would love to see more of the characters and I can understand how it’s hard to let go of the characters after reading this novel as I did not want the story to end. (less)
First let me start by saying it took me some time to write this review, I could not come up with words to do it justice. Carrie Ryan did a fantastic j...moreFirst let me start by saying it took me some time to write this review, I could not come up with words to do it justice. Carrie Ryan did a fantastic job with her first novel. The writing was terrific and the plot and characters were well developed. I was mesmerized by Mary’s observation. This novel grabs you by the teeth and hangs on until the end.
So, imagine how thrilled I was when I found out there is a second book in this series called The Dead-Tossed Waves and it comes out spring 2010. I can’t wait to read more of Carrie Ryan’s Novels. (less)
Faythe Sanders can’t catch a break if her own life depended on it. With betrayal and danger around every turn, it’s no wonder she wants to change rule...moreFaythe Sanders can’t catch a break if her own life depended on it. With betrayal and danger around every turn, it’s no wonder she wants to change rules dealing with the daily politics plaguing the Pride. Her father is being challenged for his council seat by a power hungry leader of an opposing Pride and on top of that her boyfriend Marc has gone missing.
During Faythe’s search for Marc, she discovers potential evidence that could finally put to rest the allegations and accusations of her father’s leadership. But despite Faythe’s comfort, this evidence also has the potential to cause more unwanted problems outside of the Pride.
Faythe soon realizes that her world will never be the same and it’s going to take every bit of strength she has to survive the upcoming storm….
Rachel has done it again, and it is no surprise to me that Prey was brilliantly written. Rachel draws you into her world and makes you care about the wellbeing of each of the characters in her novels. Faythe is a badass heroine and you can’t help but to root for her. There are surprising and heart wrenching twists and turns throughout this book. I can honestly say I never saw it coming….”Don’t worry, my lips are sealed.” Prey is action packed and I found myself on the edge of my seat silently hoping this story would not end and just when you think it’s over, Rachel throws another curve ball. I can’t get enough of this series!
Long after I finished reading Prey, it kept creeping back in my head as I wondered about the turn of events in Faythe’s life and how she will fare in the future. I don’t know what I’m going to do until Shift the next book in this series comes out.
I only have one question Rachel, WHY? I’ll leave you with that, you will have to go pick up the book to find out.
What am I going to do until next year? Fortunately for me I have plenty of books to review...
This is one of my favorite adult series - Umm...I mean I'...moreWhat am I going to do until next year? Fortunately for me I have plenty of books to review...
This is one of my favorite adult series - Umm...I mean I'm totally obsessed! Now, Don't look at me like that! Why? If you go to her forum @ http://www.karenmoning.com - you will see 9000+ Moniacs that are as obsessed as I am. That's all I'm saying...
What a great debut novel for Kristin Cashore! The writing and imagery in this novel is fantastic and I found myself not able to put this one down. I w...moreWhat a great debut novel for Kristin Cashore! The writing and imagery in this novel is fantastic and I found myself not able to put this one down. I was captivated from beginning to end. I love the characters in this book. “I want more Katsa and Po!!” At the end of the novel, I found myself wanting to read more. I can't wait to read the next novel which is the prequel to Graceling titled Fire due out October 2009. (less)