Scarlett and Rosie March have lived alone since the day their Grandmother was attacked and killed by a man who was not what he seemed. The stranger loScarlett and Rosie March have lived alone since the day their Grandmother was attacked and killed by a man who was not what he seemed. The stranger looked normal, but turned out to be a fenris, a man who becomes a wolf. Now Scarlett, who was horribly scarred in the attack, has made it her life's mission to hunt and kill fenris. Her younger sister, Rosie, is a hunter as well, but wants more from life than just stalking and killing. She wants to see the world, experience new things and fall in love. The March sisters don't hunt alone though, Scarlett's hunting partner, Silas, is there to take out just as many monsters as the girls. And he's starting to look like a lot more than a friend to one of them.
This book was fun, with lots of action, romance, and a great sisterly relationship. Scarlett and Rosie were the sort of characters that a reader feels attached to right away and that makes the story easier to get into. Although, as far as characters go, I never really got a feel for Silas. He was just sort of there. I wanted to like him because Scarlett and Rosie did so much, but I never really felt anything for him at all. I certainly didn't dislike him, I just didn't care.
The fenris are an interesting take on werewolves. They change when they are hungry, angry, or aroused and prey solely on young, attractive females. The longer they've been fenris, the less human they are, even when technically in their human state. When they transform, they are truly disgusting creatures. Their fur is greasy and matted, and they smell awful. They are not moral gray areas, they are monsters without souls and without pity. Sometimes it's nice to read a story that has 100% evil monsters. I didn't have to feel anything for them or look for the humanity. I just wanted Scarlett to skewer them.
The plot was, overall, really fun. It lagged a little bit for me in the middle and I did figure out the big moment way before it happened, but I didn't mind. This is an enjoyable story that I would definitely recommend to teenage girls. It's certainly unique, as it's a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, which, as far as I know, is a largely un-retold fairy tale. Pick this up if you're looking for some light reading this summer!...more
This book started a little slowly for me. I had trouble with the fact that Patch was so obsessed with Nora from the moment he started talking to her.This book started a little slowly for me. I had trouble with the fact that Patch was so obsessed with Nora from the moment he started talking to her. I wanted him to have a little more of a personality. He was just a dark, scary dude who was weirdly into the girl. However, Becca Fitzpatrick is obviously a good writer because by page 50 or so I was completely sucked in.
The story itself is really interesting. Nora has several life threatening encounters...or does she. Neither she, nor the reader, are sure of what is real and what is imagined. Fallen angels are a fun choice for paranormal teen fiction. I was getting a little tired of zombies, vampires, and werewolves, so angels were a great change of pace.
Overall, I enjoyed Hush Hush and think its a PERFECT read alike for Twilight. Teenage girls who are looking for their next paranormal romance will be happy with this one. Librarians/grown ups will too. ...more