Monday, November 28, 2011

Silence (Hush, Hush #3), Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick (author website)
Release Date: October 1st 2011 from Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star

One smoking hot bad boy? Check. One brainless, reckless, but still cool heroine? Check. One diabolical baddie? Check. And a twisty, eerie, story woven with mystery and menace? Check. Oh yes: It’s a new Hush, Hush novel. And I was taken by surprise: I freaking loved it.

From Goodreads
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Three months have passed since the final pages of Crescendo, where we left Patch and Nora as they were torn from each others’ arms by the villainous Hank Millar. Nora wakes up in a cemetary with no memory of the last five months. No nephilim, no fallen angels, no revelations of shady parentage, or plots on her life… no Patch.

After three months missing, Nora returns to find things have changed. People are keeping secrets, and she doesn’t know who to trust. With a gaping hole in her memory, Nora know she can’t move forward without first facing her past. What happened to her? Who should she trust? Should she sneak out in the dead of night after escaping kidnapping? Start a fight with her mum for no reason? Perhaps throw herself in front of a Mack truck? And who do the black, silky eyes that haunt her dreams belong to?

Firstly: Silence has the most exciting, scary, suspenseful first chapter/prologue ever. I was hooked from page one. I couldn’t put Silence down, even when I needed to.

We Need to Talk About Nora:

I enjoyed Hush, Hush immensely, despite being seriously freaked out that the whole storyline revolved around a romance developed specifically with the intent of the romancer murdering the romancee. It was mysterious and creepy, and a sense of menace was was woven throughout the story. Then Crescendo came, and I don’t remember ever hating a character as much as I hated Nora. This girl is about as sharp as a pool noodle. Well, I had the same problem with Silence, but I must admit—blissfully—to a far lesser degree.

When Nora mysteriously reappears after twelve weeks missing, so she sneaks out in the dead of night to a cemetery. Alone. Her mum's being kind and understanding? She hurls abuse at her. The girl's mood changes direction faster than the wind can. She gave me whiplash. I couldn't blame Patch if he'd taken the opportunity to hightail it out of there, and hope the amnesia stuck. But alas, no luck. Yes, Nora still has an unhealthy proclivity to run headlong into danger, but in Silence she at least seemed to acknowledge when she was being slightly reckless, and she had cause to. I wound up quite enjoying her after a while, and I admired her grit and tenacity. Something’s been stolen from her—something huge—and she’s sure as hell not going to stop until she gets it back. Go Team Grey!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (I’m talking the poem, but man oh man I <3 that movie)

Coming into this book, I thought I was going to hate the amnesia plot device, but it worked for me. One of the things that worked so well about Hush, Hush was the feeling of mystery and menace (that’s the third time I’ve used the word ‘menace’ this review. Now it’s four!) that hung over it and enveloped it’s pages and plotlines. It was dark and twisty and kept me guessing. In parts, it left me genuinely jittery and frightened. As we experience Nora’s uncertainty and confusion in Silence, we recapture that feeling: she’s lost, but caught up in a web of lies, trickery and danger she can’t leave behind, all while being completely oblivious to it. The people she trusts to be honest with her are lying, and the honesty ends up coming from a place we’d least expect it...

Scottie The Hottie (And Friends):

I hated Scott in Crescendo. Yet another irk with that book. I was genuinely surprised to find a likeable character in him in Silence. He’s grown-up, he’s developed, he’s learned a lot. And he’s good to Nora. I groaned in annoyance and pity when things started to unravel for him.

Vee’s back, but in a much more minor role than previous installments. As always, she’s funny, annoying (in a good way!), and I love the constant inane chatter that comes out her mouth. Nora’s Mum is back, and, well… Mum. It’s hard to watch Mrs Grey in Silence, as she goes through a lot… and doesn’t even know it. She genuinely cares for her daughter, and despite being hard on her sometimes, I try to put myself in her shoes: Nora would not be easy to have as a daughter.

Queen Bitch Marcia Millar is back too, and in a larger role. I was surprised to find myself genuinely caring for Marcie towards the end of this book.

All our favourite (and least favourite) characters back, and there’s development and growth to be seen, which is surprising, as it seems they don’t get a huge amount of page time. Out of necessity, Silence revolves largely around Nora and her often solitary quest to recover her stolen memories. This means we get a lot of Nora, a surprising amount of Scott, and of course...

P A T C H!

Oh, lordie. Patch is baaaack! I loved Patch in Hush, Hush, but he scared the bejeezus out of me. He was there in Crescendo, but the book was drama-drama-drama with Nora. After a fair bit of hold out at first, we see a deepening of the relationship between Patch and Nora in Silence, and with no hidden or ulterior motives. For the first time, I saw real, genuine feeling and care between the two. Patch showed exactly what he was capable of, and the lengths he would go to in order to protect Nora. There are a few really intense—emotionally as well as physically—scenes shared by our two lovebirds in Silence, and it’s delicious.

Patch shows a bit more of his bad-boy side in dealings with Hank, and we get a few tantalizing hints of his past, though really nothing more.

The Big Bad

Hank Millar is diabolical. At one point in this book, he genuinely had me fooled—there was a moment I thought he might have a soul. Nope. Dude's an asshat. He makes for a fantastic foil and villain. Unpredictable, hard to get a read on, and freaking scary.

The Verdict:

I actually think Silence may be my favourite entry in this series. The sense of menace (five!) and mystery that made the first book such a winner is back, and the amnesia element of the storyline allows us to re-learn the series and discover what’s going on along with Nora along with her. Fans of Patch will be very, very happy with this book, as we see a lot more of him, and a much deeper side to him than we ever have before. Fans will also be happy to see Fitzpatrick address the issue of an immortal fallen angel and a very-mortal seventeen girl having a long-term relationship in a very interesting—and very unexpected—way. Prior to reading it, I was slightly annoyed Silence wasn’t going to be the final Hush, Hush installment, I wanted that Happily Ever After! Now I’m dying for the next. Mystery, danger, romance and all-round general awesome, Silence is awesome, action-packed excitement.

Books in This Series:

  1. Hush, Hush
  2. Crescendo
  3. Silence
  4. As yet unamed (expected 2012)


  1. I think I'm the only one who hasn't read this series yet. I've got to get on it.

  2. @Colette: That's OK--I think I'm the person left in the world who hasn't read Vampire Academy yet! XD

    I really enjoyed Silence and Hush, Hush--hope you like them if you end up reading them :)

  3. Awesome review! I loved this book so much more than the previous one--can't wait for book 4!
    Are you going to the Black Hand Ball in Sydney by any chance? Looking forward to it myself--I'm sure Becca's just lovely!

    And.....*GASP* You haven't read VA?! Girl you are deprived ^_^ Read it--you'll adore it!!

    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

  4. I should own up: I read Vampire Academy earlier this year, but none of the others. I'm slowly getting to it--I bought Frostbite yesterday! But I'm so far behiiiiinnnnd *whinges*

    I'm not going to the BHB, but I'm so tempted!! Are you?? I could be convinced if I got to meet awesome bloggers? Maybe I can drag my BFF along... hmmm...

    And YES! I loved this SOOOO much more than Crescendo. I'm amazed I managed to finish it without shredding it! Ha!

  5. Haha! You NEED to finish the series. Then read Bloodlines! =D VA was my fave series for a long time...then I found something called The Mortal Instruments! That kinda owns my heart now, but VA still has a place within it ;)

    I'll be there! I'm even covering it for the blog tour :) LOL! You totally should come along! I've actually been trying to see if any Sydney bloggers are gonna be there cos I'd love to meet up too :) Hehe, well I'm dragging my mum--she's been kind enough to agree to go with me :)

    I know exactly what you mean! Lord, Nora bugged me in Crescendo. In Hush, Hush she was a decent YA heroine and then it was like she underwent a personality change. All that whining--drove me nuts! I was so glad she stepped up a bit more in Silence :)

    Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten

  6. I'll see if I can rope my BFF or Patch-obsessed cousin into coming along. If I can, I'll be there :D

  7. Would be awesome it you could come along. I went to s similar thing for Richelle Mead a couple of years back and it was an incredible night!

  8. Yes, yes, yes and did I mention yes? Love your review! I felt exactly the same - Silence is my favourite in the series and I'm expecting big things from Becca in the final installment now! I loved how much deeper that bond went between Patch and Nora this time and... um... yeah... PATCH. Hehe. Heh. Hee....heee.

    AGH yes and Hank. AJDHSDUIFHUJ!!! I hate the guy and I love every minute of that hate.

    Also: OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED THE VA SERIES YET! *shakes head in disappointment* You best be reading Frosbite asap, missy, or we be having words. Or books. Hitting your head. Repeatedly. Heavy ones.

  9. @Brodie: I know! I fail at life. I bought Frostbite on Sunday. Reading it soon. Promise!

  10. OMG OMG I LOVE these books and the series. This is one of my all time favourite books. I'm glad you loved it as much as I did. I totally agree with you about how awesome Patch is *sighs*! Always great to meet another Hush Hush fan :) Great review!!!!


  11. @Jaskirat: Yay! I'm glad you loved it too! I was so stoked with Silence. Crescendo was a bit of a miss for me, so Silence was that much better, as I wasn't sure what to expect! Patch Patch Patch! :D

  12. Oh my dear! excellent review! I love how you divided by so many section all the points you wanted to highlight! I must confess that I totally agree with your point called P A T C H !!!LOL! so delicious! yummy! Yet, I dunno if this one is my fav of the series.. oh Lord! I dunno, hard to decided =9 I guess I lige Crescendo a bit more XD I dunno!! kyaa! anyways! Patch forever! <3 muah!

    Dazzling Reads

  13. Natalia, I HAVE to divide into sections because I'm incapable of writing anything less than an ESSAY. It's the only way it's readable, I swear! Haha!

    Hehe, I'm glad all the books appealed to different people in different ways. My problem with Crescendo was probably just that I wanted to see Nora and Patch together!

  14. YAY, Sarah!!!!! :) I just finished Silence the other day, and I felt almost the exact same way! (My review is going up sometime this week!) LOL except about Scott -- I didn't like him that much either in Crescendo, but I was totally intrigued! (Me and my love for the underdogs -- tsk tsk!) But in this one, I found myself loving him even more! ;)

    And those Patch moments of overprotectiveness made my heart swoon! <3

    Awesome review, Sarah! I'm SO happy that you loved this one as much as me -- I can't wait to read the next book in the series! It's going to be awesome! :)

  15. Mimi! Yay! SO glad you liked it! I didn't like Scott in Crescendo (I didn't like anyone except Patch in Crescendo :P), but I was so intrigued by him in Silence, toooo! I don't want to see him w/Nora, but I don't mind him being around :D

  16. I need to start reading this series. I've been hearing mixed reviews about it. I might try the first book soon and see what's it about. Awesome review!

  17. @Mesa (Sagacity Quest): Honestly, I have pretty mixed feelings on it! I really REALLY enjoyed Hush, Hush. In terms of plotline, it has so SO much in common with Twilight... if Edward was seriously creepy... wait, mebbe he is XD
    It seriously creeped me out, but I really enjoyed it. Then I read Crescendo and I think everyone who came near me afterwards was slightly scared. I was SO annoyed I ranted and raved to anyone who'd listen. But Silence? I really liked it. I think it's as good as Hush, Hush. You'll get a good feel for the series in HH. You'll like it or you won't... that's nice and grey for you, huh? Hehe!

  18. Great review! I'm glad to hear that it was a lot better than Crescendo, which left me pretty disappointed. I was a little bit hesitant to read this, but now I think I will. :)



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