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Review, Young Adult / May 31, 2012
Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush Hush #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: October 2011
438 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal
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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.

This one was sat on my shelf for nearly 8 months before I picked it up! My hesitation? Crescendo. I was not a fan of Crescendo. It didn’t have the same originality as Hush Hush, there was the dreaded YA love triangle and the storyline just made me so frustrated.

So imagine my delight when I finally did start reading Silence and found that it was a million percent better than Crescendo! The story was better rounded, we had new mysteries and plots and characters thrown into the mix and the steamy Patch and Nora relationship was back on track! Silence was really great!

I must admit, I did spend the first few chapters being slightly confused though. As it had been sooooo long since I read Crescendo, I couldn’t quite remember all the finer details and characters and didn’t really know what was going off for a little while. But Becca has this excellent way of interjecting tid bits of background and information as the story goes along and so within no time, I felt up to speed on the happenings of Crescendo.

Crescendo of course ended on one of the biggest, most shocking and cruel cliff hangers I’ve ever read and so it was good to find out ‘what happened next’ so to speak, although it wasn’t all laid out on a plate for us. We discover that Nora has had her memory wiped and doesn’t actually remember what happened at the end of Crescendo or indeed for 4 months prior to that. The first half of the book she spends most of her time piecing back together her memories, along with the help of Scott and eventually, Patch. (This also helped with my own forgetfulness of what happened previously!)

I didn’t like Scott in Crescendo, but in Silence, he seems to have grown up a lot. After spending the summer on the run and hiding from ‘The Black Hand’ he comes to Nora’s aid to help discover what happened to her and I really enjoyed the chapters that he was in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m team Patch all the way, and so is Nora! But Scott is a rather funny and light-hearted character and his interaction with Nora was one of my favourite aspects of Silence.

And then there’s Patch **dreamy sigh**. Patch was one of my first ever YA book boyfriend crushes and after Silence, I can safely say that he has definitely reaffirmed his place high up on my list. There really is nothing better than the ultimate bad boy. He was on fine form in Silence!

So if, like me, you are a little reluctant to pick this one up because of the less than satisfactory second book, then I highly recommend that you absolutely DO pick it up. It does not disappoint. A very well deserved 4 stars!

4 Stars

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