Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Confession time. I’ve already shared the only reason I picked up Hush, Hush to read was because Fitzpatrick is a Colorado author. I didn’t say I expected to be sorely disappointed and frustrated. I’ve never been happier to have a book shove my expectations in my face. Finale is a great conclusion to a series I didn’t expect to enjoy this much.

There were a few things I found myself shaking my head at because they seemed to be just a little too perfect or coincidental. I won’t go into specifics because I don’t like spoiling books, but they were there. Patch was just as intense and swoon-worthy as ever.

Nora started out a little questionable on personal strength, but once she started to own her fate and take control of the choices being made she improved greatly in my opinion. She does gain strength through sketchy methods at times, but she is able to realize this and own up to her mistakes. In my opinion, being able to admit your faults goes a long way in overcoming them.

The ending shocked me. I definitely wasn’t expecting what happened when it came to the final face-off. Fitzpatrick hit me right where it hurts, and I both love and hate her for it.

After starting this series for a weird reason and with low expectations, I can definitely say I’m incredibly happy I got sucked into the world of Nora and Patch. Fitzpatrick created a series that had me invested. I wish there could be more to read from Nora and Patch, but the way Fitzpatrick ended it is sweet and perfect.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

At first glance, Silence had me annoyed. Was it really necessary to erase Nora’s mind to move the story along? Was it really going to make for an interesting novel when I already knew everything Nora forgot? Was this just going to be a gimmick to get readers from the second novel to the fourth?

Was the amnesia really needed? Yes. Nora had learned too much in the first two novels, meaning a lot of what she had to relearn and go through in Silence wouldn’t have happened. It made her more vulnerable, which is exactly what was needed to set up the ending of the novel. It makes Nora come across as a little weaker than in the previous two novels; however, I don’t see it completely that way. She fights back to regain her memory, all the while fighting against forces she can’t help but get wrapped up in.

Was the recapping out of control? Not really. Fitzpatrick didn’t spend half the novel condensing the first two novels; rather she left most of it untouched, only reintroducing information when it was necessary. It was never information heavy and when things were brought up that I already knew and Nora didn’t, Fitzpatrick didn’t draw it out.

Was this just a filler novel? Not even a little bit. Yes, it was set up for the final book, but it was also its own story. It had Nora growing as a character and Patch coming to terms with his decisions, as well as finding a way to move past them and create the future he wants. Yes, it was set up for the fourth novel, but it was also its own interesting story.

Silence didn’t wow me quite as much as Hush, Hush and Crescendo did, but it was still a fantastic novel and I can’t wait to see how Nora and Patch’s story ends.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I loved Hush, Hush. I was excited to be able to read more Nora and Patch. And then I read the book description for Crescendo and felt disappointed before even reading a word. I was worried there’d be a mostly pointless love triangle (or possibly quadrangle) introduced and I’d spend the majority of the novel annoyed and wishing I could fast forward to the end.

Instead what I got was a slow build up (I see what you did there with the Crescendo, Ms. Fitzpatrick) of emotions and history until it all comes crashing down.

Nora learns a little bit more about who she is and what she is made of in this book. She’s not sure who she’s able to trust, even Patch. Because of this, she has to rely more on herself for the answers she needs. She trusts her instincts more and lets the blood that runs through her help guide her. Of course, this means sometimes she makes decisions that made me shake my head at her, all the while loving that she’s starting to stand on her own more.

The relationship between Nora and Patch hits turbulence in this one and even though it gets rough, it’s very easy to see that everything ripping them apart in Crescendo is also driving them closer together. They can’t be torn apart, even when forces outside their control are trying their hardest. Even when it is them doing the ripping, they still find a way to be together.

The twists and turns in Crescendo had be guessing at every page. Just when I thought I’d have something figured out, the road would turn and I’d be just as clueless as I started. It kept me focused and on my toes.

Crescendo is a fabulous sequel to a great book, and certainly didn’t let me down like I thought it might. The story fits its name and I can’t wait to read what happens next.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I’ve wavered on reading Hush, Hush for a while now. The thing that finally pushed me into reading it was discovering Fitzpatrick is a Colorado girl, like me. I went into Hush, Hush with low expectations. I had seen reviews that absolutely loved it and ones that ripped it apart. To err on the side of caution, I tried to not think too much about how I thought it would go. Hush, Hush had a bit of a slow start, but it definitely sucked me in by the end.

The story itself wasn’t overly confusing, but it wasn’t simple either. There are a lot of players and a lot of suspicion going around. It makes for an intense read that I didn’t want to put down. I didn’t want to have to break up any part of the novel, afraid I’d miss some little detail when I started reading again.

Fitzpatrick dove right into the story, but the beginning still felt a little slow. I wasn’t able to understand the Nora-Patch connection and for a little while, it felt more awkward than anything else. But eventually, the story falls into a groove and things started to make sense. I could see the Patch that was hidden for the first part of the novel and I started to really like him. I’m not completely head over heels for him yet, but he’s definitely on my list.

I was able to connect with Nora right away. She’s a very likable girl, even though she has a couple moments of teen stupidity. I liked that she had those moments. It made her the 16 year old girl she’s supposed to be. I think that’s what I liked best about her. She wasn’t overly mature, but she wasn’t the complete opposite and dumber than a doorknob. She’s a 16 year old girl, through and through.

I’m very happy I finally gave in and gave Hush, Hush a read. It was an enticing fallen angel story and I’m greatly looking forward to reading the rest of the series.