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Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010
Material: hard cover
Summary: Nora Grey (16) has never had a boy on her radar. Ever. Not until Patch. She is drawn to him against her better judgment. After a series of terrifying encounters, however, Nora’s not sure whom she can trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and she can’t tell whether she should learn more about him or run away. When she learns some answers, she is more unsettled than she has ever been — for she is in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen. When it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice could cost Nora her life…
This is the first book in a young adult series about the relationship between a mortal and a fallen angel who wants to become human. 4.5
Type of Reading: independent reading, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 13 and Up; read yourself: 12 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: I have not been read a lot in this specific genre, but I really enjoyed the angel lore associated with this book. I found it intriguing. I also enjoyed the mystery/suspense of what was to come. Even knowing it was about angels didn't give away the real climax of the story. I was pleasantly surprised.
That said, the one thing that really put me off about this book was the focus on the romance. I like romance in a book, but this seemed to be the driving point for Hush Hush, and I wish the author had invested more into building suspense.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Readers will discover more to the story than angel lore. Suspense and mystery will have readers intrigued - and surprised.
Cons: Romance is a central theme, and there is mild violence. Even though this is a 4th grade reading level, the themes are for high school students.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book, but before investing in the series, you might want to see if it is one where you want every book. If you know teen interested in romance novels and angel lore, this would be a nice gift.