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FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 23, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

FINALE is the fourth and final book in author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

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Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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FINALE is an exciting conclusion to the Hush, Hush series. With secrets, lies, betrayal, addiction, heartbreaking loss and a battle looming on the horizon, this story will keep fans of the series engaged, in suspense and anxious to see how Nora and Patch’s tumultuous love story ends.

When Nora faced down her enemy she thought she was finally safe and that there was nothing left that could keep her and Patch apart. She thought they could finally have a happily ever after. But defeating her enemy wasn’t the finale Nora hoped it would be.

Now forced to choose sides, forced to make a decision that could cost her either her own life or the life of the boy she loves, Nora is desperate to find another solution. Even if it means having to put her trust in someone who was once an enemy. Even if it means having to lie and deceive those who have put their trust in her. And even if it means having to make a deal that could destroy much more than just herself and her fallen angel.

Because with time running out, if she doesn’t make her choice, one will be made for her. And if that happens everything and everyone will be lost.

Author Becca Fitzpatrick has written a series conclusion that completes the story arc for the main characters, giving readers an ending that while bittersweet, will satisfy. In FINALE she creates yet another obstacle for Nora to overcome, one that puts her character in a life and death situation, one that makes Nora to lie to those she loves, and one that makes this read a real page-turner.

FINALE is fast-paced, with exciting new developments and enough action to make this a thrilling installment in the series. But in its rush to the finish line, there were a few inconsistencies that may pull readers away from the story and a few loose threads about the minor characters that may leave them with questions.

And while the story comes to a conclusion that ties up the major plot points, there are certain conveniences that make the ending feel more fairytale than paranormal/urban fantasy.

However, for a series with its ups and downs, especially as regards the main character Nora, this final book does manage to end on a high note. While not without its flaws, FINALE is a captivating read from start to finish. It gives fans scenes to swoon over, scenes that will bring tears to their eyes and an ending that will make the journey worth every heartbreaking, maddening, tension-filled, moment.

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On a personal note…

I read FINALE immediately after having read SILENCE because I just couldn’t walk away from the series after that awesome book. I couldn’t not continue the characters’ stories until the very end.

I couldn’t not find out what happened with Patch and Nora – whether they got their happily ever after or whether they were destined for an unhappily ever after.

And while I did read FINALE in one sitting, devouring it from cover to cover without wanting to set it aside, I didn’t fall in love with it in quite the same way as I did SILENCE. I loved it. Just not quite as much as its predecessor. I suppose that is the problem with reading series books back-to-back, where one is all sorts of amazing and another one is awesome but has a few flaws.

What I loved most about this final book – and every book in the series – was the author’s character Patch. Though so as not to spoil anything from FINALE I won’t go into all the reasons why he was my favorite part of this book. I will just say that the swoon-worthy lines he delivered throughout were a major part of that reason.

But in addition to being awesome in this final installment, he just so happened to be my favorite character in the series and the reason I kept coming back book after book. I loved how over the course of the series, especially the final two books, he managed to turn from bad boy to good boy. And in FINALE he was near-perfect. Though I thought he was pretty perfect as the bad boy, bringing electricity and tension to the story with nearly every scene he was in.

Nora reverted to some of her maddening behavior in this last book in the series, but not so much as to make me wish all the bad things for her like I did in CRESCENDO. I still wanted her to end up with Patch and for her story to end happily. Even though I did want to scream at her for being so very, very flawed. And frustrating. And for not being as strong as she was in the previous installment.

But it wasn’t Nora that took away some of my enjoyment for FINALE, but rather some of the inconsistencies, dropped threads and a certain “too convenient“ development and ending for one of the characters.

While I don’t want to give away too much, the severity of one character’s addiction seemed to fluctuate. It was supposed to be an all-consuming problem, but yet at various points it was as if it wasn’t an issue. As if the character wasn’t bothered by their addiction in the least.

And while there were a few other minor things that pulled me away from the story, like Nora’s mother’s lack of reaction to what happened in SILENCE and her sort of disappearance from this story after she’d grounded Nora – never really following through on her punishment – it was the “surprise revelation” about one of the characters that felt just a bit too perfect, too much of an afterthought. And one that seemed completely unnecessary to the story.

Like with each of the books in this series, however, I was instantly able to connect to the story. I was interested in the characters’ plights. I was on edge when things got to be dire. I was anxious about Nora and Patch’s future. I was heartbroken when… no, I won’t be revealing that. And I was glad that there weren’t any major questions left at the story’s conclusion.

And even though this book released last fall, I don’t want to be spoiler-y about how it all ends. So I won’t talk about what I think of the ending. I won’t say whether I cried happy tears or sad ones. I won’t say a word about who lives and who dies. And I won’t say whether Nora and Patch got their happy ending.

But I will say that there were some swoon-worthy moments in this story. There were moments that were incredibly exciting and suspenseful. There were a couple of surprises. There was definitely some heartbreak. And after having read FINALE I wanted to go back and read HUSH, HUSH all over again.

Favorite passage…

There are a lot of awesome passages in FINALE, but one of them stood out to me from all the others.

Patch hooked his elbow around my neck and dragged me into a kiss. “Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?”

I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.”

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