About 6 months ago I ripped through the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick. This young adult series was more addictive to me than sour gummies and if you know me, you know how much I love those delicious teeth rotter’s, but it was an incomplete story and so I had to wait…and wait…and wait some more to find out what happened to Patch and Nora. In the first three books (Hush, Hush, Silence, & Crescendo) readers were thrown onto a wild ride and made to hold on for dear life through twists, turns and too-many-to-count gut wrenching storylines the book threw at you. (Read my past Hush, Hush review for further details)
Finale, the fourth and final book didn’t really require as much hanging on for dear life. Yes, it had tension, great themes and lot’s of action but I felt it lost its je nais se qua. I held it up to the rest of the series and it fell short. No more gusto and heart stopping, stomach turning passion. The relationship between Patch and Nora was at best lukewarm and at worst non-existent. What made books 1-3 so amazing was the relationship between Patch the fallen angel and Nora the not so strong but gaining strength Nephilim, The push and pull, subtly dark YA love story made me scream for more and caused me to develop an unhealthy book crush on the poorly named fallen angel. But in Finale, that need for more Patch fizzled, in fact it was completely absent. He still loved Nora unconditionally and there were a few instances that tested their undying love for each other, but there was no heat. None.
As a stand-alone book, it was well written with a plentiful storyline, fleshed out characters and loads of evildoers. However, the character relationships from past books fell short. Vee’s relationship with Nora was stale and barely there, plus Nora’s voice was inorganic to her age and past behavior. Her innocence evaporated entirely and at times I forgot I was reading about a teenager. In fact her call to action in the end was so adult that it sounded more like William Wallace than a 17-year-old kid attempting to save her ass from a life spent in hell.
I understand that characters and relationships need to develop and progress, but they should not become so far removed from the image that you fell in love with in the first place. A piece of them should shine through. That said, I finished this book in a day (all four hundred and something pages) and wholeheartedly recommend it, if not to see how this love story ends, at least you will get a great adventure and a deep story that deals with addition, loss and betrayal. It wasn’t a bad book, just different from the rest.
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