Opening the pages of a book for a first time is always important as within the pages there is a secret that we as readers only know. The knowing of where we were when reading this book. I remember for various books of where I was when I started to read it and what I was thinking or what was going on in my life at the time, and just as important as the story is to me, the memories of my own secretly within the pages, is significant.
Why do we read books? For most of us, it is for us to get away from our ordinary lives and live a life that we can’t imagine doing ourselves. As we need a moment where we can stop from the busy life and sit down and read Nora Roberts, or even some mystery of Stephen King. Just as we read these stories, the pages collect our own. That we were sitting in the backyard, surrounded by spring flowers, or perhaps that we stayed late into the night tucked under the covers of our bed and read those last few pages. How travelling on the train we read to pass the time a book by Agatha Christie, short but captivating. There isn’t just one story, but a secret one hidden within the pages that only the reader knowns, a second story.
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
A stunning ending to the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick is brought within the brilliantly written Finale. Finale picks up where Silence (book three) ended, with Nora and Patch coming to terms with Nora’s new Nephilim heritage and now forced to lead her deceased father’s army or she and her mum will die. Now Nora and Patch gather their strength to face one last trial, with old enemies and new are ranged against them standing between them and the peace they desperately crave. The final battle begins and only one race will survive.
Becca Fitzpatrick brings together an enjoyable conclusion with pure awesomeness in her writing and brings two shocking character reveals. Nora’s best friend Vee, has been in the four books, and in Finale readers discover that Vee is keeping a secret herself from Nora. Now I won’t mention what this secret is, incase those of you who read this haven’t read the book, but just to say this shocking discovery about Vee isn’t something I saw coming, but for Nora’s and Vee’s friendship it all makes perfect sense to have it turn out like this. Another character I was surprised by was Detective Basso, a final bit of a twist that Fitzpatrick places in the last few pages, which just made me completly understand Basso’s character on a whole new level and why he’s always been interested in Nora.
As everything the story comes to a conclusion and Finale is an enjoyable conclusion to the story of Nora and Patch. I’m so glad I read this series as it has become one of my most favourites, as it has everything going in it. Paranormal, danger, mystery and of course love, that goes beyond heaven and earth. Take a chance to read it.
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Sacrifice takes a whole new meaning in the third book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series, Silence. In the first few pages Patch’s love for Nora knowns no bounds as he tries to make a bargain to get her realised from the capture of Hank Miller aka her biological father whom happens to be a Nephilim – sacrifice of his angel wings. And this only happens in the first few pages, and from there the drama and rollercoaster of twists and turns continue, in this brilliant third book.
The name of the book fits perfectly, as we soon discover that Nora’s memories of everything to do with angels and Nephilim’s are gone, including Patch. However, Nora is not afraid to discover what happened to her during those five months she can’t remember and why does the colour black mean so much to her? As Nora struggles through her haze of amnesia, she slowly begins to put the puzzles together, and discover that her best friend Vee and mum have been keeping things from her. Hurt, confused but with a strong strength to not let her unknown past frighten her, Nora sets out to discover what she has forgotten, if it means walking into danger.
Nora eventually reunites with Patch, as he has been trying to keep away from her. They overcome the secrets and Patch reveals the riddles of her lost memories. 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. But will stopping the villain cause for a larger sacrifice then Nora or Patch ever thought of?
Silence doesn’t disappointed with the fast-paced story and the deepening love between Nora and Patch, their characters having grown in strength, as they struggle to stay together with the odds against them. But ultimately a huge game changer happens changing everything for Nora and Patch.
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick continues the epic story of fallen angels and forbidden love. The second book in the Hush, Hush series, continues with more enthralling mysteries, dark untrustworthy friends, and love that is tested to high lengths. Crescendo follows Nora as she should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel, Patch. However, with new revelations on her father’s murder, where facts just don’t add up, Nora’s life is once more in danger. But will Patch and Nora be able to stick together with the hard truths that are about to be revealed.
Crescendo leaves you with the questioning of what other dark secrets can be hidden from Nora. Nora and Patch begin to have a rocky relationship when she believes he is lying to her and won’t tell her why? Nora digs further into the death of her father, when she begins to see his ghost. Old childhood friends return, leaving an uneasy feeling behind and bringing more danger. The mystery continues on throughout the story, leading us towards different suspects until the final showdown where once more Nora finds herself in a deathly situation, which leaves readers with a shocking truth about Nora’s father and who killed him that night. You’ll not be disappointed. Not only does Fitzpatrick gives twists and turns in the plot of Crescendo, she ends the book on a cliffhanger, making you want to pick the next one up.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If you love reading about angels, that have a dark side and forbidden love then Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is for you. Nora Grey is 16-year-old girl who becomes drawn to her new biology partner Patch, even if this goes against her better judgement. After some terrifying encounters Nora isn’t sure if she can trust him. Patch is everywhere and knowns more about Nora then even her closet friends do. What is his secret? Can she trust him? Or is he dangerous?
The story is slow-paced at first but I was kept intrigued with the mystery surrounding Patch and if he is the reason for some of the terrifying encounters Nora had. Fitzpatrick’s characters are intriguing and developed well. Nora the leading heroine is not the typical girl for YA books, she is this geeky bookworm whom has no interest in boys and has no interest in social school events. Patch is this dark mysterious who has a lot of secrets, not all of them good and one secret which would unravel the man he really is not was. Fitzpatrick heightens the plot with bringing the plot of the story together in a shocking reveal, with unexpected events and not until the final few pages the main mystery remains unsolved.
Overall the book was good, and I can’t wait to read the second in the series.
I known it has been awhile since I’ve last blogged, and it seems fitting that I have a chance to come back to the world of blogging on the 198th birthday of one of my beloved authors Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855).
Charlotte Bronte, is the eldest sister of Anne and Emily Bronte (authors aswell) and wrote four novels during her life, leaving one unfinished and one published posthumously. Though her first novel was rejected by publishers Charlotte was not disturbed, as she wrote Jane Eyre (1847), a story about a plain young woman life as a governess who falls in love, discovers a hidden wife in an attic, and becomes rich and then finally reunites with her one true love. Jane Eyre, unbeknown to Charlotte when writing would become her most successful world knowing novel. Later she wrote Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853).
Charlotte Bronte was the only one of her siblings to marry (as Anne and Emily both die, aswell as did their other siblings). Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls whom she knew through him being her fathers curate. However, their marriage was not long as she became increasingly ill, and died with her unborn child in 1855. But her legacy within her books, her dreams, her thoughts, her feelings, and her short life are captured by her written words, forever to be found in her beloved novels.