My Experience with the Hush Hush Saga

Becca Fitzpatrick wrote a sahush-hushga of books titled Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence, and Finale. The series’ focus is on fallen angels and nephilim, and the relationship between the two main characters Nora and Patch. I read these books a while ago and my experience with this series is one that has stuck with me for a number of reasons. I decided to read Hush, Hush because I’ve always been very interested in the story of the fallen angels and prior to this book I read Fallen, a novel by Lauren Kate. I enjoyed the overall plot-line of Fallen, but it was a bit of a  slow read for me so I went to the book store in search of a similar story with a more engaging plot. In this instant, I’m guilty of the very thing we are told not to do as children – I judged the book by its cover – because the covers are all beautiful – and took Hush, Hush to the register.

While reading the book, I fell in love not only with the romance between Nora and Patch, but with the bigger picture of the story, and the way that Fitzpatrick took something biblical and made it her own. according to the Bible, Nephilim are a race of hybrids, children of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men.” Angels giving into temptation and having relations with mortals is what caused them to be rejected from heaven and stripped of their wings. Hush, Hush delves into that story and incorporates the struggles of true love as well. I also found playlists for each book on Spotify and all of the songs are so good and relate very well to the story. I’ve always thought that listening to music that relates to the story heightens the reading and writing experience, especially when it’s a story with a lot of depth.

As I got farther into the story, I decided to do some research on the lore of the fallen angels and I was so inspired by everything that I wrote a poem. But even with all of the interesting things I discovered and as much as I enjoyed reading the books, my imagination seemed to have gotten the better of me in the process. Some of the fallen angel stories are very dark and creepy and I definitely scared myself a bit. I even had a few nightmares.

While my experience with this saga was a bit scary at times, I enjoyed all four books very, very much and I plan to re-read them when I get the free time. In my opinion, Becca Fitzpatrick has written an amazing story with so many different twists and turns. It was romantic and heartbreaking and suspenseful! Anyone who is into supernatural romance will certainly be pulled into this amazing story.

For more information on the Hush, Hush saga visit Becca Fitzpatrick’s website, and if you decide to read the saga here are the playlists so you can listen while you read, for maximum enjoyment.

Playlists:

HUSH HUSH

CRESCENDO

SILENCE

FINALE

Advertisements

My thoughts on “Looking for Alaska”

looking for alaskaLooking for Alaska is another wonderful book by John Green. It’s broken into two halves: before and after. Before starts out with the main character Miles, later nicknamed Pudge, getting ready to go off to boarding school at Culver Creek. Pudge is a very smart boy who likes to read biographies and memorize famous last words, but in his old high school he wasnt very popular. Pudge goes to Culver Creek to “seek a Great Perhaps” and there he meets Chip (The Colonel), Takumi, Lara, and Alaska. Alaska is everything Pudge wants. She is mysterious and smart and beautiful, but also tragically damaged and sad. They become friends and the five of them play pranks and smoke and drink together. Then one day everything changes and that’s when After starts. Tragedy strikes and the group must find ways to cope and, as the title states, look for Alaska. Or rather, look for the reasons that motivated that nights actions.

All in all, Looking for Alaska is a wonderful book with such depth. I particularly liked the question posed throughout the novel: “How will I ever make it out of the labyrinth of suffering?” It’s a very deep and powerful question, and one that describes Alaska and her struggle perfectly. The beginning of the book went a little slower than I’d have liked but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. I would most definitely recommend this book to everyone. John Green is an amazing writer and this book did not disappoint at all. Visit John Green’s website for more information!

How “The Fault in our Stars” Crushed my Soul. *WARNING: SPOILERS!!!*

So by now now I’m sure everyone knows about/ has read The Fault in our Stars by John Green. It’s heartbreaking, it’s inspiring, it’s easily the most devastating work of young adult fiction that’s ever been written. TFIOSHere’s the short version. A teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster suffers from thyroid cancer. Her mother makes her go to a cancer support group at a church for other kids with cancer. At this support group she meets the ever charming Augustus Waters, who had osteosarcoma, but is now in remission. They hang out, fall in love, and just  when you get really attached to them as a couple, John Green rips off the band aid and tears your hope apart with the cold, hard iron fist that is cancer.

The style of writing and heartfelt sentiments of teenage love will fill your heart with much emotion you won’t know how to handle it. I had heard that TFIOS was such a good book and that I would love it, and while those things are 100% true, everyone neglected to mention that I would also cry through the ENTIRE last half of the book. When i began the book it was my expectation that there would be death. It’s a book about kids with cancer after all. My expectation that it would be Hazel who died, however, was completely and soul-shatteringly (is that a word?) wrong. And here come the spoilers! Reading the decline of Augustus’ health was the hardest part of this book for me. He is introduced as a strong, charming, wise beyond his years young man who seems to have overcome his curable form of cancer, and his story ends with him in a state of complete weakness. There is a point towards the end of the book in which Hazel shows this connection. John Green makes a note by explaining how Hazel went from calling him Augustus in the beginning, like the great emperor, to calling him Gus in the end, just as his parents do, showing how he has become weaker and more boy-like. More mortal.

TFIOS is by far my favorite book since A Rose for Melinda, which also happens to be about a teenage girl with cancer. So, as you can see, I have a thing for tragically sad stories. John Green created a gem of a novel with TFIOS because it’s isn’t just a love story or a story about sick kids, it’s a story about how learning what it means to love and being given the opportunity regardless of age or health and despite having very long to live on the planet. I believe that’s what is beautiful about Hazel and Augustus. Even though Hazel had come to terms with her disease and her mortality and Augustus believed he had longer to live than he did, neither of them let their circumstances stop them having the chance to love each other. Some people never get the chance to fall in love.

So, I’ll end this post before I start to cry. Read and re-read TFIOS, go see the movie if you haven’t yet because Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a fantastic job of bringing Hazel and Augustus to life on screen, and be sure to check out John Green’s website and follow him on his various social media sites like I do! His other books are good too. I am currently reading Looking for Alaska, so expect a post on that soon.

Okay? Okay.

http://johngreenbooks.com/

My Thoughts on “The Distance Between Us”

The Distan15283043ce Between Us is a Young Adult novel by Kasie West. The novel is about a pair of star-crossed teens, Xander Spence and Caymen Meyers, who meet and become fast friends, despite their social and economic differences. Xander is the rich heir to a huge hotel franchise, while Caymen is the daughter of a poor and jaded single mother who owns a failing doll shop.

My impression of Caymen is that she is the most judgmental character I’ve ever come across. Her mother’s views of the lifestyles of the rich and famous become her own without even a second thought. However when she meets Xander, she finds her mindset wavering and despite looking for every flaw he might possess, she falls for him anyway.

Xander seems to be different than other rich boys. He isn’t spoiled, he rebels against his father like normal teenage boys, and he likes Caymen even though she’s poor. While Caymen spends the entire book worrying about what her mother will think about Xander, and making judgments that his parents will think shes too poor for him, Xander is all for meeting the parents and is completely unashamed.

Even though Caymen annoyed me at times, I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Young Adult romance.

For more information on Kasie West and her novels visit her website.

My Thoughts on “What I Love About You” by Rachel Gibson

What I Love About You is a contemporary romance novel by author Rachel Gibson. The book, which was released in August, 2014, is the 21st on Gibson’s list of novels.

The 19837413book centers around a recovering alcoholic and ex Navy Seal, Blake, and divorced single mother, Natalie. Blake moves next door to Natalie and her daughter Charlotte and eventually becomes a “friend.” Blake and Natalie become interested in each other but Natalie tries her best to stay away from the abrasive military man, which becomes harder when Natalie’s ex-con ex-husband returns home from jail.

I wont give any spoilers, but if you’re a fan of Rachel Gibson then you know where the story is headed. As usual the language and tone of the book is very romantic. It’s slightly predictable for those who are familiar with Gibson, but it’s still a good read. Being that I’m no longer the romantic I used to be, some of the phrases made me roll my eyes a bit and at one point I gave an audible “Ugghh!” Don’t get me wrong, Gibson is one of my favorite authors and I have all but two of her books, but it’s a very “lovey dovey” story. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre and I would definitely read it again myself. Overall, I’ll give it 3.5 stars. See Jane Score will forever be my favorite book by Rachel Gibson, and the book to which all the other will be compared.

For a full list of books by Rachel Gibson, here is the link to her website.