(To read my review of the previous book from the Hush Hush series, Crescendo click here.)
Well, these books are nothing if not consistent. Ohh how I wish I could write a raving review of how tremendous this third installment of Fitzpatrick’s world was, how it captivated me and tugged at my heart strings…but twas not to be. While I liked that a few of my favourite elements from Hush Hush came back into play, I mostly enjoyed this book for all the wrong reasons, the hilarity and insanity of it all. You know when something is so bad that you can’t look away? Yeah, that. My high hopes for this series have officially fallen in a cascade of black and red feathers.
Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous books, skip the blurb and first paragraph as it contains spoilers about previous plots and characters from those books. This review will not however contains any spoilers for Silence.
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust – 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.
The only boundary this love transcends is stupidity (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Hehe.) and they failed every test of loyalty and trust. Who the heck wrote this blurb? Did they actually READ the book?! Ok, ok sorry *clears throat*, I must be professional about this. Right, Becky version of the blurb:
Just when Nora thought her fairytale ending with fallen angel Patch was all set, she found it unexpectedly ripped from her grasp. In Silence, Nora wakes up confused and alone in a spooky graveyard in the middle of the night. Distraught, she has no idea how she got there or what is going on. Soon Nora discovers she is missing the memories from the last five months of her life and that time has moved on swiftly without her. As she tries to fit the scattered pieces back together she can’t help but feel something is missing. There is an ache in her heart that she doesn’t understand. Seeking answers from her friends and family only confuses her further. They are keeping secrets, secrets Nora desperately wants answers to. So when she bumps into a mysterious stranger who she feels a powerful connection with, she follows her instincts. As Nora begins to learn more about the life she left behind she soon realises she may have more to worry about than her memory…
I am sad to announce that I don’t think Fitzpatrick’s writing has improved. Once again we are bombarded with weird writing choices that don’t seem to make any sense. Example A, after Nora finds herself lost in the graveyard and is taken home where her mother explains they believe she was abducted, Nora then proceeds to sneak out of the house back to the graveyard to search for answers. Sorry, what? If I was abducted I would be terrified, clinging to my family and friends with the fear that I would be targeted again! I wouldn’t rush straight back out into danger in the middle of the night. I have honestly never met an author who so severely defies logic. There are so many odd occurrences like this throughout Silence that it is hard to take anything seriously. You end up turning the pages just to see what bizarre direction the author will go in next. At this point I have given up expecting things to make sense in this series. I finally threw my hands up in defeat. When you go with the flow it makes things easier! Having said that there are still two elements of Fitzpatrick’s writing I enjoy, her affinity for creating tense eerie scenes which despite everything do make the book engaging and also her dialogue. The one thing I was disappointed by in Crescendo was the lack of communication between Nora and Patch. Despite his creepiness (which is a whole other essay) I do enjoy reading the way he makes Nora squirm with awkwardness. Their encounters are severely entertaining even if they are unethical. They managed to get a few snorts and smirks out of me in between the eye rolling. This addition to Silence gave the book a little extra spice that I felt it needed, and is one of the main reasons it earned three stars.
The plot of this book if we’re honest is complete, unadulterated filler. Giving your character amnesia may seem like a fun idea at the time, but when you’re sitting there as a reader trying to watch Nora work out all the betrayals and secrets you already know from the previous books it tends to get a bit tedious. Only within the last few chapters do we begin to learn any new information, just in time for the book to end so you can fork out the money for the next installment, yayyyyy! Yet, against all the odds it was somehow my favourite novel so far. Nora’s amnesia meant she was able to experience meeting Patch all over again. Not only did this provide the opportunity for the fun battles of wit I mentioned earlier, but it also allowed Fitzpatrick to fix the mistakes she made the first time around. We get to see Nora think Patch is dangerous as a normal human being would, and for that reason I enjoyed the story a lot more. So, you could say one of the reasons I liked this book was because Fitzpatrick did it so badly the first time. I guess that’s a backhanded compliment, huh? Ohh well, I tried!
In terms of character development there isn’t much new to say. Nora is still as irritating as she was in the first two books, always making the wrong decisions and somehow justifying jumping blindly into danger. Her favourite pastime is making situations worse rather than better. Patch is still as controlling and enjoys strutting around keeping all the vital information to himself to the frustration of the reader, for no other reason than to build the tension of the story. Still, at least he oozes sex appeal while he’s doing it so maybe I’ll forgive him. Marcie continues to flit around doing absolutely nothing along with Vee, who seems to have no useful part in the story other than to give Nora terrible advice. I was surprised however, to find I enjoyed Scott’s return to the series. He was fleshed out slightly more in this book and his sense of humour in Silence made for some light relief.
I had a little more difficulty reviewing this book than I normally would because it’s been over two months since I finished it, sheesh! Life is so busy at the moment. Still, I hope I’ve managed to give you a bit of insight, which pretty much equates to this series is stranger than a fish flying a kite. If you’re a YA paranormal romance fan and fancy seeing what a fish flying a kite looks like, feel free to check it out! 😛
(To read my review of the next book in the Hush Hush series, Finale, click here.)
Writing Style: 3/5
Character Development: 2/5
Would I recommend this book? Not unless you enjoyed the previous books from the series.
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