Finally a YA book that burned the images of Bella and Edward out of my mind. Hush, Hush was what I wanted Twilight to be and never was. I couldn't get halfway through Twilight but I read Hush, Hush from cover to cover in record time.
There are going to be obvious comparisons between the two books. Girl meets mysterious boy in science class, girl and boy can't help but be attracted to each other, girl discovers boy's secret and is put in danger, and then finally girl and boy accept the inevitable and hookup in a strained platonic way (though the innuendos are flying).
That is were the similarities end. Thankfully Nora is not Bella. She is strong, loud, and doesn't mope around town because she is chronically depressed. Patch is darker and edgier than Edward and seems to be a lot more dangerous. There are no vampires but instead Nephilim and Fallen Angels. Which quite honestly was refreshing. I'm a big vampire fan but there seems to be a over saturation in the marketplace right now, so something a little different was refreshing.
I haven't read a lot of YA in the past but if books like this keep coming out I may be a new convert to the cause.
Synopsis From Back Cover:
Nora Grey is responsible and smart and not inclined to be reckless. Her first mistake was falling for Patch. Patch has a past that could be called anything but harmless. The best thing he ever did was fall for Nora.
After getting paired with Patch in biology, all Nora wants to do is stay away from him, but he always seems to be two steps ahead of her. She can feel his eyes on her even when he is nowhere around. She feels him nearby even when she is alone in her bedroom. And when her attraction can be denied no longer, she learns the secret about who Patch is and what led him to her. Despite all the questions she has about his past, in the end, there may be only one question they can ask each other: How far are you willing to fall?