Silence (Hush, Hush, # 3)
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: October 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Angels
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Amazon Description: The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
When I first started Silence, I felt completely lost. I really couldn’t remember what happened at the end of Crescendo. Has it really been that long since I read it? And that was compounded with the fact that Nora begins the book with absolutely no memory of the last 5 months of her life. But as the book went along, I started remembering things just as Nora did. So it almost made the experience more real. I felt just as confused as she did.
I think the whole amnesia aspect was pretty brilliant. It gives the reader an opportunity to fall in love with Nora and Patch, and to see Nora fall in love with Patch, all over again, which is a major improvement from book 2, Crescendo, in my opinion. And that’s exactly what I did—fell in love with Nora and Patch all over again. If you read my review of Crescendo, then you’ll know that I was pretty frustrated with Nora by the end of that book. Silence brings her back around to good standing. She’s not so whiny and vindictive in this book. She makes some hard choices, but I can tell she’s actually grown over these last couple of months. And it’s always rewarding to see the growth of a character.
As always, Silence leaves off with the setup for the next book, Finale as of today set to release 10/23/12, and I’m looking forward to picking back up where Silence left off. Perhaps Finale is another book that I won’t delay in reading. Seems like I’m having to eat my words lately, not that I was ever intending on not finishing this series. But I suppose that means that I’m learning not to be so hasty in writing an author or story off because I’m not a huge fan of one book in the series. Sometimes that happens. I can’t see myself ever dropping a series without seeing it through until the end (though if House of Night doesn’t get any better over the next book or so, I might just find myself in that exact situation), but I’ve definitely put some books off because of the previous one.
Special thanks to my friend Paula for loaning me her Kindle since Silence is not loanable. Don’t worry, I provided her with a paperback in return to read in the absence of her Kindle. Again, Silence gets 4 stars. Check it out.
Have you read Silence? What did you think? Let me know!
Updated: February 3, 2015