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Review: Silence

Silence

SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats, and paperback format, at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

SILENCE is the third book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. The fourth and final book, FINALE, was released on October 23, 2012.

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Goodreads description…

WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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SILENCE is the fast-paced, wildly entertaining, and absolutely riveting third book in author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. As with its predecessor, it starts off with a captivating prologue that draws readers back into the world.

And it continues with a story that will keep readers glued to the page as Nora struggles to remember the past five months of her life. Not only the months she has been missing, but months that encompass her entire relationship with Patch. A boy she can no longer remember even exists.

Even as Nora remains in the dark about the world she had once been a part of, a world of Nephilim, fallen angels and archangels, she cannot seem to escape it. And even without her memories intact, when she learns of their existence, of Cheshvan, of the Black Hand’s plans for war, of her friends’ roles, of hers, she can’t sit idly by.

Because not only does she have a stake in the outcome of the Black Hand’s nefarious plans, she has a vital part to play in them. One that threatens her very existence. And one that could cost her everything if she fails.

SILENCE takes Nora’s story in an exciting new direction. Instead of immediately continuing on with the love story and the struggle between the immortals, it’s almost as if it’s a new beginning for the characters and for the reader.

With no knowledge of her recent past, Nora must try to rebuild her life from where she last remembers it. Before her discovery of angels. Before she met Patch. And before she became aware of who she really was. All of which creates a new trajectory for the story, a new opportunity to discover a different – and far more likable – Nora, and a chance at a brand new love story.

This twist to the story gives readers the advantage as their awareness trumps that of the main character. It puts them in the position of knowing when she’s being deceived and of when she’s in danger. And it creates moments of tension and nail-biting suspense, heartache and heartbreak that would not otherwise have been part of the reading experience, making for an immensely entertaining read.

And with new hurdles for the characters to overcome, new enemies for them to defeat and even more obstacles in the way of a happily ever after, with SILENCE author Becca Fitzpatrick delivers the most exciting, most suspenseful and most gripping installment yet in her Hush, Hush series.

Reviewer gives this book…

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On a personal note…

From the moment I started reading SILENCE I was transported back into the world of fallen angels, dangerous foes, and heartbreaking love stories. Even though it had been years since I’d read CRESCENDO, I was able to pick right back up with Nora and Patch’s story.

And oh my gosh the way this installment starts out was even more jaw-dropping than the way things ended in that last book. It practically broke my heart to hear what happened to Nora and what she lost. And that was all right at the beginning.

I could not tear my eyes away from this book once I started reading. It was that addictive. There was a comfort to returning to a story I’ve loved after having been apart from it for so long. It also gave me some distance from some of the things that frustrated me about the main character in those first two books, but especially in CRESCENDO.

In SILENCE – finally - I grew to like Nora Grey. She was still insecure and slightly jealous, but it wasn’t all she was anymore. In trying to regain her memories, she somehow found a strength she didn’t have before. She was a character that I could sympathize with and by the story’s end grew to really like.

Even though this book released ages ago I still don’t want to be too spoiler-y about the plot. But I loved that SILENCE focused on finding ways to stop the Black Hand and on recovering Nora’s memories rather than miscommunications and hurt feelings.

While this story wasn’t perfect, it was pretty close. There were a few inconsistencies that jumped out at me, and a few moments that didn’t quite feel believable to the story, but they were only minor distractions. And they didn’t keep me from falling crazy in love with this book.

Patch seems to have done a complete 180 in SILENCE. And while he wasn’t too perfect, thankfully – yes he retained a bit of his bad-boy edge – his behavior wasn’t of the devastatingly heartbreaking variety. More the swoon-worthy one.

I got so caught up in this story that when it reached its end I just had to dive into the final book in the series even though I had planned to wait a few weeks. But after the way things ended, I just had to know what was in store for the characters in the series conclusion.

There is no question that, for me, this is my favorite book of the series. It was fast-paced, exciting and riveting. It made me feel all the feels. It was suspenseful. It was heartbreaking. And yeah, I may have had more than my normal share of sighs throughout.

It also made me want to go back and re-read the first two books in the series so that I could fall in love with the story all over again.

Favorite passage…

It may be a very short one, but for me this one is my favorite.

A memory stirred inside me. Angel, I seemed to hear a smooth voice whisper. You’re mine.

The Trailer…

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2 Responses to “Review: Silence”

  1. Lauren says:

    Glad to hear this was your favorite in the series! I wish I had time to reread these books. Like you, I just want to go back, even for just a little while. Ah well, maybe someday…. Great review! :-)

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