Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I eagerly awaited the arrival of Hush, Hush. I read several reviews that I found through Twitter, calling ‘fallen angels’ the new vampire. As far as this is concerned, the jury is still out.

Nora Grey is not quite your average teenager, but she is pretty close. Very focused and surprisingly trustworthy (in the beginning), she is instantly attracted to and resents the new bad boy in class, Patch. As the story unfolds, Nora bends more and more rules and takes a walk on the wild side, getting in trouble with the police, her school counselor (who is not what she seems) and her friends, all while her mother remains safely in the dark and often conveniently away from home.

Nora’s friend, Vee is definitely left of centre, but Nora is only vaguely left – almost more by association than design, until she starts to get involved with Patch. New to the school, he instantly fascinates and scares Nora, who can’t seem to help following him around and asking strange questions of all the wrong people and getting very confused in the process. Vee’s new friends, Elliot and James are not all they seem to be, but no one except Nora seems to notice or care.

I did enjoy this book, but found myself questioning the characters and especially Nora. Patch makes an interesting bad boy. He glowers and avoids answering personal questions. He hangs out at questionable bars and seems determined to follow, protect and terrify Nora all at the same time!

Becca Fitzpatrick’s website is:

http://beccafitzpatrick.com/

Book Trailers:

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Left on the shelf at 27, Alexia Tarabotti is not your average Victorian miss (I hope I have the era right!). Thank to her Italian father, she has olive skin (read tanned), an overly noticeable nose, a forthright almost abrupt manner and no soul. The Victorian society she lives in just happens to include vampire hives and werewolf packs as well as the usual silly misses and overanxious Mamas, trying to marry them off!

I was instantly captivated by the blurb for this book and was not disappointed! Vampires attacking without permission! Roves (solitary vampires) and Loners (werewolves without a pack) are disappearing. Strange wax faced individuals trying to kidnap Alexia using chloroform… Feisty Alexia Tarabotti with her trusty parasol and her very varied friends, including an irascible werewolf lord who just happens to be in charge of the  supernatural constabulary, a foppish but very well informed vampire and a young lady who has appalling taste in hats, take on these mysteries with flair and a wonderful sense of humour, with just enough energy left over for a courtship of most unusual and amusing dimensions! Even Queen Victoria gets in on the act!

I love this book! Alexia is highly entertaining and very identifiable for anyone who doesn’t quite fit in, or is a little bit left of centre. She has a will of her own and a habit of saying what she thinks, which is quite refreshing! I fell for Lord Maccon with his obvious rough around the edges, but soft heart and excellent musculature! What is not to love?

Gail Carriger’s website can be found at:

http://www.gailcarriger.com/