Hush, Hush
A teenage girl unwittingly finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle between fallen angels.
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The release of Twilight a few years ago, has opened up a portal to the paranormal genre. Never before has there been such a spate of books on vampires, werewolves, fairies and any mythological creature imaginable.

Hush, hush is no exception to the rule. 

Except this time, there are, refreshingly enough, no vampires or werewolves.

Welcome to the world of the Fallen. It's a world high school student, Nora Grey finds herself unwittingly being caught up in.

It's been almost a year since her Dad's murder and all Nora longs to do is move on and focus on her school work. She is the quintessential good girl - always responsible, always maintains good grades and always lets her mom know where she is.

Boys? They're rather unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Well, at least until bad boy Patch enters the scene.

When Nora meets Patch, she instantly knows something about him is off-the-chart dangerous. He's cocky, borders on arrogance, is compellingly good looking and seems to be everywhere Nora is. Especially when bad things happen.

He's lethal, secretive and knows more about her than any normal human being should, and every now and then does things that make Nora question whether or not he's even human.

With so many vamp romances and Edward Cullen carbon copies out there, it was a refreshing change to come across Hush, Hush. You can't help but fall in love with Patch's character.  And despite people claiming similarities between them, He's not like Edward Cullen at all.

He's bad to the bone, doesn't have good intentions (at least for the first three quarters of the novel) and doesn't even flinch at the thought of scaring the girl who may or may not be in love with him. 

Nora's also no limp Bella Swan. She's brave, smart, independent and rather ballsy in the face of the very inhuman danger she has to face. One of my favourite things about the books is the well-described tug-of-war attraction between Nora and Patch.

Her fear of him is very real, and the more she's around him, the more warning bells sound off. Yet, perversely enough, the more she tries to pull away, the deeper she's pulled in.

All in all, I think Bella Fitzpatrick has written an enticingly different novel where the characters are infinitely likeable and romance and danger aren't just black and white, but all the shades of grey in between.

Go get yourself a copy! You'll enjoy it - promise! 

This review originally appeared on Women24's Book Club.

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