Saturday, January 21, 2012

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tries to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge her mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmorizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers... and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again. (from book jacket)

I'm not the biggest fan of these books, but when I saw Silence at my library, I decided to take it with me. Crescendo, while not that great, did leave off on a cliffhanger and I was curious to what happens next. Silence has the weirdest plot, but is still intensely readable.

Sometimes I think amnesia plotlines are so pointless, unless that is the main theme of the entire story. Amnesia, in Silence, is used merely as a plot device and honestly served no other purpose than to add another book to the Hush, Hush series. In Crescendo, Nora starts to figure out some of the stuff that is going on, but when her memory is erased, the plot takes a few steps back. This definitely could have been a trilogy, and taken the last third (where all the action occurs) of Silence and added to the last book. Luckily for the reader, Nora figures out things pretty quickly because she has pretty good intuition. Nora spends a lot of time knowing she knows something, but can't actually remember it. Hopefully that makes sense.

Patch is back, but of course Nora can't remember him. He's an okay character. Not my favorite YA guy, but I don't hate him like I know others do. Even though Nora doesn't remember Patch, she still feels drawn to him, which makes it a little less creepy that she gets into a car with a total stranger.

The last third of Silence is pretty interesting, but doesn't leave off on a huge cliffhanger. I'm a little curious to see what happens, but I'm also not dying to know. If you enjoyed the Hush, Hush series, I would recommend Silence, but otherwise don't bother.

Rating: 6 out of 10.
FTC: borrowed from library.

2011/Simon & Schuster/438 pages.

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