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Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence is the third novel in the Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick. The novel is a YA fantasy/paranormal romance told from the POV of Nora, a young human who falls in love with Patch, a fallen angel.

This was the first book in the series that didn’t give me Twilight flashbacks. In fact, I found the book quite different from Hush, Hush and Crescendo in general (and not for the better). The major reason for this was the lack of mystery. The book starts off with Nora having the previous five months of her life erased from her memory, having no memory of Patch, Nephilim, or her kidnapping. The real let down was the fact that we, the readers, knew everything Nora was itching to learn.

Basically, we had to suffer along while she solved a mystery we knew the answer to. It was like watching Scooby Doo, and having the monster revealed during the first two minutes, then having to suffer as the gang runs around in the dark.

Other than the last handful of chapters (which I did genuinely like as they shed some light on some of my logistical issues with books one and two), the book didn’t add much to the series as a whole. I’m not sure what Fitzpatrick was thinking.

In addition to the lack of events, a couple of annoying inconsistencies jumped out at me:

  1. Why would a fallen angel build a kitchen in their home if they don’t eat??
  2. Scott was supposed to have sold his Charger at the end of book two, and yet it seems to have magicked back into his life. Cool.

I wish I had more to say on this book, but really, it was uneventful and a bit of a let down compared to the previous two. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I expected.

Overall, I’m giving the book a 7/10, simply because I liked the last quarter of the book. Were this a standalone novel, it would be getting a much lower rating.

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