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{January 19, 2012}   {Review} Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

From Goodreads: 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.

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This is a very well written third installment in the Hush, Hush series, and I must say I am ecstatic that Fitzpatrick will be writing a fourth book, whereas this was supposed to be the series finale.  And, we all know what that means… more Patch.  I absolutely adore Patch; he’s the perfect book boyfriend, and I really enjoy Fitzpatrick’s characterization of him.  He’s dreamy, and I fell in love with him from the very beginning of Hush, Hush, and my love hasn’t waned a bit.

Now, I loved Hush, Hush and Crescendo, but I haven’t read them in a while.  I know, I really need to re-read them because they’re that fabulous, but I also really wanted to read Silence, because I knew it’d be fabulous as well.  So, I chose to read the third book in the series using just my memory of main events from the other two books.  And… that was a bit difficult.  Many times during this novel I thought to put it down and go re-read the other novels, and while I probably will do just that now that I’ve finished Silence, I found that as I continued to read, all my memories came back; Fitzpatrick touched on all the main situations once again in this novel, jarring my foggy memory and allowing me to understand the events, even if it wasn’t a complete understanding right away.  By the end, I was able to remember everything I needed to from the previous novels, and it all fit together so perfectly.  That, I believe, takes talent and I am very grateful that Fitzpatrick is able to keep her characters consistent and draw in the storyline of previous novels at just the right time to jar the memory of her readers. 

Now that I think about it, I think part of the reason I found myself confused and wondering who people were throughout the novel is because of the way Fitzpatrick sets up the story itself.  It does pick up right where Crescendo left off, but then jumps ahead three months and we are left to figure out everything that happened in-between, along with Nora.  While this adds suspense and mystery to the novel, I also found it a bit frustrating, as did Nora, because some things didn’t make sense, especially the appearance of a character that I was pretty sure I’d never heard of before… but, again, Fitzpatrick brings it all together and it all makes sense in the end.

Nora is a bit stronger in this novel; not as needy and whiney as the last two books, and I enjoyed this development a lot.  I still don’t think she deserves Patch, but… you know.  Four stars.

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