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They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?

Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Wednesday Books
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i was little sceptical going into this, as i am with most books written by notable people - i constantly have to ask ‘was this published because of their name or because its actually a decent story?’ i think this book is a combination of both.

this is definitely an interesting concept and there is some groundwork laid, but its very bare bones. i didnt feel like the magic system was explored enough, the characters are pretty one-dimensional, and the pacing/flow is off at times. and i couldnt shake
Miranda Reads
3.5 stars

"What if we rewrote the world?"
Shae (17) spent her entire life in a world without books due to the ever-present Blot.

The Blot is a deadly disease that's spread by ink and books. The only ones who can prevent it is the Bards.

Every so often, the Bards come to town to bless or curse the people based on their tithes. After they've finished, Shae realizes her mother was murdered - by a weapon owned by the bards.
There are things more important than meekly obeying the rules.
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, it runs in the family: Mia Farrow has talented kids. This book truly surprised me with its dance between genres: YA fantasy-fairy tales- general fiction-feminist fantasy. The world building is creative, implosive, thought-provoking, characters are well-developed, complex, layered, story-telling is unique, different but it never gets you out of the hook, you still get invested into the story and know about the future of the characters. It keeps your interest alert and never bores you till ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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What even is reviewing?? I feel like I haven't picked up a book in years. (Okay, it's been days.) I've actually been reading this one on the DL for a couple weeks now, courtesy of the publisher, who was kind enough to gift me a copy when I expressed my interest in it being a feminist!fantasy novel, because I think we can all agree that what the world needs right now is more strong women kicking serious butt.

At first, it didn't click for
Chelsea Humphrey
Dylan Farrow is a wife, mother, and woman that I have highly respected for years, due to her advocacy of sexual assault victims, so when I heard that she was publishing her debut YA fantasy through one of my favorite publishers, I had to read it as soon as possible. Even though the majority of readers, myself included, are hesitant to pick up novels from otherwise famous folk, I found this novel to be a solid debut that came across as a labor of love to the writer.

If you've read the blurb above
I think this was an amazing concept for a YA fantasy novel. A deadly illness known as the “Indigo Death”, or more commonly, the “Blot“ is ravaging the land of Montane. In the small village of Aster lives Shae and her mother, though they’re barely scraping by. Following the deaths of her brother and father, Shae and her mother have been turned into community outcasts, all from fear of this mysterious plague. After another tragedy strikes her family, Shae realizes she has nothing left to lose, and ...more
Kimberly (Deity of Books)
This book sounded like it would be a five-star read but unfortunately, it wasn’t.

A hundred years ago, the Blot, a disease spread by ink, left Montane in ruins. The High House of Montane cured this disease, but to prevent it from coming back on, ink, some words, tales, and symbols were banned. The only people who are allowed to read and write are the Bards of the High House.

In Aster, a village in Montane, there lives a girl named Shae, whose brother was killed by the Blot five years ago. She has
Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

(actual rating: 2.5/5)

This book was alright, I guess.

Hush tells the tale of Shae, a seventeen-year-old girl who's lost almost everything to the Blot, a horrible disease brought on by ink and contraband stories. She's only got her mother, her friend, and a neighborhood boy, and thinks that if she goes along with what everyone says and does around her, she'll be fine. And she was, until the night he
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hush is a YA dystopian novel about gaslighting, power structures, and the importance of the truth. It's a book that creeps up on you, but leaves a strong impression. It feels particularly poignant given the identity of the author. (Dylan Farrow is the daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen and has spoken about the abuse that took place within that family)

The book is set in a dystopian world where writing and storytelling are controlled by a privileged few (mostly men) in order to control a plagu
Heidi The Reader
In the world of Hush, ink, the suspected origin of a deadly plague, has been declared the enemy of humankind and outlawed. The keepers of the law, High House and its magical soldiers called bards, roam the world, rooting out those who break the law and rewarding those who bend to their will.

"Our history shows that vigilance and caution are tantamount to survival. Burn the ink from the page. Turn away from forbidden words, toxic tales, and deadly symbols. Cleanse the country of this malignant bli
Rachel Kathryn Wright
3.5 ⭐️
Starting this book I honestly thought my rating was going to be lower because I am not in love with the time period it is set in. Especially with the setting of the world in the beginning, but the setting gets better when Shae starts going to going to a school for Bards. And once we are in this new setting everything gets better. But, with getting further into the story it starts to get very predictive. Everything that happens after Shae leaves her hometown is not surprising because it has
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Macmillan Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for an honest review

I kind of just requested and dove into this without knowing what it was about but I ended up enjoying it... but also not... I'll talk about it all in a bit.

So, what's this book about?
Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the
Caitlin Reads
I have been intrigued by the Farrow family since I read Mia Farrows autobiography years ago. I was really excited when I saw that Dylan had written a young adult fantasy novel and was really impressed overall with her debut. I thought she did an especially good job with the creative world building and really enjoyed the feminist aspects of Hush as well.

In Montane, the power of language belongs only to the Bards which have historically always been men. Our main protagonist, Shae, has lived in fe
Let's start with the obvious: it's a celebrity YA book. The name is going to draw a fair number of curious readers (mostly adult) and you know what? That's fantastic! Getting people to read has definitely been harder (thanks 2020, you jerk!) and when people are reading they want comfort reading, and a lot of readers are heading for YA.

Now for more unsurprising news: Hush isn't anything new. In fact, it feels like a factory-made first installment of a YA trilogy, right down to the mc, who will be
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I don't know what to say really. This book was confusing and the lack of character development and world building did not help. This is the first book in the series, so there should have been more focus on the world that Farrow was trying to show readers. The synopsis seemed to provide more details than the actual book which is a problem. All in all I found this one to be fairly flat. I have no intention
A stark and emotionally charged tale of one girl’s battle to be heard in a world shuttered by fear, magic and deceit. Will the truth set Shae free or will it be her demise?

Dylan Farrow’s HUSH is a dark and edgy foundation to a young adult fantasy series with a strong female lead in a world that is both confusing and filled with cover-ups. Is anything as it seems or has everything Shae has known been a lie? The action is in the charged environment created by this author as we follow Shae’s determ
I received a complimentary copy of this ebook ARC from the publisher, author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shay's family is cursed when her brother died of the Blot plague making her mom quit talking. When she goes to the Bards for help, her mother is mysteriously murdered. Can she find out who killed her before she is the next to be silenced or has destiny have something else planned for her? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good dark fantasy novel. It was ve
November 22, 2020: Amidst the effects of a plague spreading through ink that has signed the restriction of written words and the exclusion of certain words from speech, a sister and daughter—Shae—is out-casted and all alone after losing those who were closest to her. In a world where words are power and can only be possessed by the privileged ones blessed with pure magic, a young Shae finds herself creating magic. Following the mysterious death of her mother, the main character runs to a group o ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This is an ok YAFantasy about a young girl who is out of options and undertakes a journey to seek justice for her family.

Shae lives on a sheep farm with her mother. Her younger brother died from a mysterious disease called "the blot", which is allegedly caused by illegally reading or writing contraband, or speaking a forbidden word. Shae's father dies shortly thereafter, and ever since, her mother doesn't speak a word. Shunned by
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In this dystopian YA novel, Shae lives with her Ma in the small poverty-stricken village of Aster. Her brother has died of the Blot, a plague-like illness which has made her an outcast. After Ma is murdered, Shae journeys to High House to seek information on the crime. Her reception at High House is most unexpected. Is there anyone she can trust? Is the murderer one of the powerful Bards residing there? An intriguing start to the series, I did find some of the plot difficult to follow. Thanks to ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

If you didn't read the blurb, in 'Hush" we follow seventeen-year-old Shae who wholeheartedly believes she's cursed after the death of her younger brother five years prior. Tragedy strikes again when her mother is found murdered with a golden dagger—a weapon used only by the Bards. She ventures out to seek the truth and after locating the Bards whereabouts, she later discovers the truth behind the murder was a lot closer to home then what she initially thought.

Overall, this was a
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This was such a solid first book! I was completely drawn in by the tagline: "How do you speak up in a world where propaganda is a twisted form of magic?" Then I realized who the author was and became even more interested in reading this. And it didn't disappoint!

Set in a world where language is a literal magic, that power is reserved for the Bards, who just so happen to also be mostly
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hush (Hush #1) by Dylan Farrow was one of my highly anticipated releases for October. A good deal of that anticipation was directly related to Dylan Farrow's work and her family. I mean, her mother and brother are incredibly talented. Plus, the description for the novel was quite enticing. Overall, I had sky high expectations of this novel, but it never managed to live up to them. My main issue is that it feels way too formulaic a
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley and a physical ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death, parental death, and general scenes of violence

I devoured this book. It went by so quickly and it was just... wow. What a fast read where the action just kept coming.

Shae's world has many taboos. There are things that they can't say or talk about and they're ruled by/kept in line by the Bards, a group of people who have magic (Telling) that they can use to help keep those peop
Jenny Baker
3.5 stars
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, arc
I was so excited to see that Dylan was writing a book! I jumped at the chance to get a read in on this.

I find it a solid debut, but it needs a bit of polish?

She has a way of writing, very fluid, descriptive and lush. It's just... the magic and or the plot didn't seem to be as strong as the writing? Let me explain:

I don't understand the Blot exactly. From what I gather, words and or writing in general is something that is used by men (not a lot of females, a few). Meanwhile, there are people who
Cindy ✩☽♔
Guess you just got her ARC in the mail =D
Madison Mary
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes soft things can hurt you more than hard things. The sting is worse when you don't expect it."

*ARC provided by Wednesday Books*

A stunning debut about a world where the words you speak have unimaginable power and people who try to hush those voices.

The land of Montane is ruled by the Bards of High House - gifted individuals that speak a magic called the Telling. It was the Bards who cleared the land of a plague known as The Blot - an disease passed by forbidden words written
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I never connected with this story in any way. I found myself skimming a lot to get through it if I'm being completely honest. The characters all seemed one dimensional. The only one we get a sense of in any way is Shae and truly only in that whatever desire driving her in a moment was the most important thing ever and worth anything with no thought to the consequences or what happens after she gets what she wants. The rest we really didn't get to know much at all.

The worldbuilding
Not a bad read, but not blow my socks off either. I found the narrative somewhat underdeveloped and rushed at points. Similarly, characters were one dimensional and lacked a lot of substance. There was moments of excitement that kept me reading but I feel this book just needed a little more time in the oven.

Thank you to Netgalley and ST. Martin's Press for the opportunity to review this arc in exchange of an honest review.
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Dylan Farrow is a writer, mother, and activist for survivors of sexual assault. Growing up in both New York City and rural Connecticut, she spent countless hours drawing and writing for pleasure. After graduating from Bard College she found a position at CNN as a production assistant and later moved into graphic design. Soon, however, she felt that neither were her calling. After getting married, ...more

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