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Publication date27th May 2010
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
A gripping romance tinged with a strange and dark side as forces from long, long ago. Nora never meant to get into a deep romance and she certainly never means to fall for Patch. But Patch’s blue eyes are irresistible even if his behaviour is unpredictable. Nora gets seriously concerned when Patch seems to know everything about her. How does he do that? Soon Nora finds she is caught up in powers that are outside the normal. How can she stay in the present and stay safe?
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SynopsisHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, she is drawn to him against her better judgement. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends.And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick sides...
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"A fast-paced, exhilarating read... fans of paranormal romance should be rapt."
- Publishers Weekly
"arresting and inspiring" - Books for Keeps
"Well written, lovingly crafted, with a savvy protagonist with a love interest so quirky and unpredictable it is going to have the reader with their heart in their mouth the whole way." - Falcata Times
"The story is well-paced and I didn't guess what was going on so found myself
hooked to discover the truth. I found the most exciting part was the last third of the book and I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it!" - The Bookbag
"I've read it myself, and it is absolutely brilliant!" - BellaAndEdward.com
"Hush, Hush is just as amazing as everybody has been saying it is. I completely and utterly loved it." - Solittletimeforbooks.blogspot.com
"I want to make people read this book because it is that good - just not my copy as I need to reread it." - teenlibrarian.co.uk
"It's this layer of suspense and darkness that separates Hush, Hush from many other young adult novels." - Bookgeeks
"You know that feeling when you slide into a nice, hot bath after being out in the
freezing cold? That's what reading this book is like." - Once Upon A Bookcase
"A powerful and hypnotic first novel that delights and terrifies with every turn." - Teen Librarian.co.uk
About The Author
Becca Fitzpatrick is a young American author. Her debut novel was Hush, Hush, which debuted as a New York Times bestseller. She has also written the second and third in the sequence, Crescendo and now Silence.
Becca graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes or watching crime dramas on TV. She lives in Colorado, USA.
Author photo by Ali Eisenach.
An interview with Becca Fitzpatrick:
Q. What kind of research did you do for the Hush, Hush books?
A. I grew up attending Sunday School every week and hearing stories from the Bible, so I felt very comfortable with the idea of writing about angels. Rather than throw myself into extensive research on angels, my version of their world and mythology came from inside me, shaped by my own life experiences and creativity. Also, I read the journals I kept in high school. I tried to recapture what it feels like to fall in love for the first time, to feel betrayal for the fi rst time, and dealing with complicated family situations.
Q. Are the characters in your books based on real people or are they the product of your imagination?
A. Most of the characters are based on people I knew in middle school and high school. When I started writing Hush, Hush, I wasn’t thinking about writing an entire book. I was simply taking experiences from my own high school years, twisting them around a bit, and putting them on paper. Occasionally, when readers tell me certain things in my stories would never happen in real life, it’s all I can do not to smile and think, “Oh, but those things did happen!”
Q. How did you come up with the character Patch, and why did you decide to make him a fallen angel?
A. When I started writing Hush, Hush, I knew I wanted Patch to be the ultimate bad boy...but with a twist. He hadn’t always been bad. In fact, at one point, he’d been really good, and something had caused this big change. While pondering what had caused Patch’s fall from grace, the metaphor of “falling” that I was carrying around in my head became something quite literal—I realized he was a fallen angel. Since I already knew Patch was going to be the ultimate bad boy, this revelation seemed perfect—after all, fallen angels are the original bad boys.
Q. What or who inspired you to become a writer?
A. It’s a funny story—I didn’t start writing until my husband surprised me by enrolling me in a writing class for my 24th birthday. I was so nervous to be in the class. All of the other students had graduated college with degrees in English or literature, and I graduated in health. I felt completely out of my element, but I’m glad I stuck with it. I’d been an avid journal-writer for many years, but I never knew how much I’d love telling stories. It was in that class that I started writing Hush, Hush, eight years ago.
Q. What is the biggest challenge you have to face when writing a book?
A. It changes from book to book. Hush, Hush was, in essence, “crashed” into my publisher’s schedule, which means editing had to be done in a fraction of the time. It was a very busy time for me. I also had to face the challenge of learning how to handle criticism, a big hurdle for all debut authors, I think. With Crescendo, the biggest challenge was tackling a massive rewrite. The story that’s published today, and the story I originally turned in to my editor bare no resemblance. With Silence, the third book in the series, the biggest challenge has been making sure I feel that I’m going to exceed my readers’ expectations. Not the easiest of feats, but I’m determined to do it!
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