Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush Hush, #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: October 4th, 2011
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.
Originally Silence was going to be the end of the Hush, Hush trilogy. Then Becca Fitzpatrick decided she wanted to continue the story so there will be (at least) one more book. I won’t get too much into how I feel about that. But in general I think an author should go into a series knowing how many books there will be. Of course, there are some series that work as ongoing, not-really-an-end-in-sight, kind of books. But when the story is clearly being stretched and stretched to accommodate as many books as possible is when it becomes very tiring and frankly not very good.
After having read Crescendo, and now Silence, I can say that without a doubt Hush, Hush should have been a standalone book. Hush, Hush was a great and original book that was exciting and romantic and sweet. The way it ended left it off with a possibility for more, but it could’ve stopped there as well, and I think it should have because there honestly isn’t much more story to tell.
I think perhaps the plot fails because of who the villain is. It’s just not exciting enough. I think maybe these books would’ve done better if they had a larger scale and more scary villain (like perhaps a physical war with the archangels or something). But as it is, basically Crescendo was Nora and Patch fighting the whole time over a miscommunication, and Silence is a whole bunch more miscommunication for a whole other reason. There was so much recap of stuff we already knew that it was extremely exhausting. The actual story (with new material) for this book really didn’t start until well over halfway through the book.
On top of there really being no new plot, there was really not enough Patch at all. Then the end leaves off as if there’s more story to tell, which is just a tease because I doubt there really is. Honestly, I don’t know how the next book is going to turn out. But, I can’t imagine it being much more exciting than the past two books.
I actually considered giving this less than three stars because the beginning of the book was super boring. But, it got better at the end so I decided to up it a bit. However, I get the distinct feeling that these books aren’t being written out of love for the story anymore. They feel so forced and drawn out that I can’t help feeling that they’re being written at this point for the money. I hate to say that, but there’s no story here! Just a bunch of nothingness.
Overall, definitely a disappointment but I can’t say that I’m really surprised after Crescendo. I honestly don’t know at this point if I’ll read the “last” book. These bore me so much now that I think it might just be a waste of my time. We’ll see once it comes out and I’ve read some other reviews though. I’m not sure. If I were to recommend this series, I would recommend reading Hush, Hush and stopping there as if the story ended after that book. You won’t miss much, trust me.
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