Review: Finale (#4) by Becca Fitzpatrick


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Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for. 

I swear I have a severe problem with immediately forgetting most of what happens in these books. I read this one again so quickly that I seem to only remember chunks of it. This was the big finish, the war between fallen angels and nephilim. It was meant to be the big finale, but it just felt like small repeats of events of the previous book, over and over again. But I have to admit, it is action packed, albeit mediocre action. Again, I read the physical version and I couldn’t put it down.

Nora has definitely changed and matured over the series. She has gone from being quiet and self conscious, to kick-ass and manipulative. I quite like how she has developed and how her relationship with Patch has grown too. The thing that hasn’t changed about Nora, however, is her decision making. This girl just cannot make a good decision, and continues to be reckless and irresponsible.

“I want to take care of you, cherish you, and love you in a way no other man ever could. 

Patch is also highly problematic, down to the point of putting a tracker on Nora. I actually think this happens in Silence, but I was reminded of it now and I needed to mention it. The way he acts around Nora sometimes is concerning and very up and down. It’s definitely not an ideal relationship (or one I would want to be in), but I do like how they have grown throughout this series.

Marcie actually became a really interesting character, and I quite enjoyed reading more about her life and her personal problems. I have no idea, however, why and how Nora’s mum took Marcie under her wing, despite some weird guilt about Hank’s death. And maybe guilt about Hank, as a whole. I might be wrong, but I don’t think this was explained at all and felt very contradictory to the rest of the story. Like a lot of things in this book!

I want to spoil you — every kiss, every touch, every thought, they all belong to you. I’ll make you happy. Every day, I’ll make you happy.”

I felt like this was a disappointing end to a disappointing series. I really wanted this to be another improvement on the series, and for this to be the big, action packed finale I was looking for. But unfortunately, it was a let down again. The best thing about this series was the pacing, as I flew through these books so quickly. I can see why they are widely enjoyed, and it feels like a guilty pleasure series as a whole.

3.5 out of 5 stars


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Review: Silence (#3) by Becca Fitzpatrick


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The noise between Patch and Nora has 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… 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.

I finally got to a point where I enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series. I think this is definitely partly due to reading the physical version rather than the audiobook. I honestly couldn’t put it down, and that was exactly what I was hoping from the physical book. This book took a twist with Nora not being able to remember anything from the past 5 months of her life – the entire first two books. At first, this felt a bit like an excuse to write another book, just erase her memory! But I delved into the book and began to enjoy it a lot. This is definitely a guilty pleasure series!

I’ve got to be honest, I’ve dived straight into the last book and I’m already nearly halfway through, so I am struggling to separate the events of the books as I’ve been reading them so quickly. I also read around 220 pages of this book in one sitting, as I really couldn’t put it down!

I missed you, Angel.

Nora continues to be her usual feisty self, fighting for the memories she has lost and to fill the hole she now has. She is a real fighter, very sassy and will stop at nothing to get her way. Nora has also forgotten her relationship with Patch, and rediscovers him in this book through fresh eyes. This definitely gave their relationship a new level and she feels more mature than in the first few books. Their relationship was a big problem for me in the second book, and I’m glad I could finally feel a bit different towards them in this one!

I honestly am struggling to remember the plot, because I sped through it so quickly, but it must have been good because I just couldn’t put it down. Becca’s writing may not be the most sophisticated, but can also be quite addictive!

Not one day went by that I didn’t feel you missing from my life.

I don’t know how much of this was about reading the physical version, but I am finally beginning to see what people like and enjoy about reading this series. It can be a bit trashy, but I am really liking reading them and I’m definitely getting a little addicted to the story.

3.5 out of 5 stars


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Review: Hush Hush (#1) by Becca Fitzpatrick


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Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

This is the kind of book I would have probably loved as a young teen, but I couldn’t help but pick out a lot of problems with now. I read this mostly on audibook (I actually only read 2 chapters of the physical version in the end), and I did enjoy it. I feel like if I’d have read the physical version I would have found it very addictive and hard to put down, and I think I’ll find out as the last two books in the series don’t have audiobooks on the app I use. The only problem I found with the audiobook was a bad Irish accent….

I found the characters not so great, although for the most part Nora was okay, thankfully. I struggle to enjoy books when I don’t like the main character, but Nora was just a troubled, confused teenager. She did annoy me a few times with her desperation for a character who was quite obviously bad news, but I managed to push it away for the most part.

All this time I’ve hated myself for it. 

The plot was really interesting and I definitely wanted to keep reading and find out what was happening. I did guess who the killer was, but it still retained a lot of mystery. Patch was an up and down character, I definitely grew to like him more as the book went on, but there was a lot of problematic scenes that made me cringe with discomfort for Nora.

I also found a lot of problems with gender and sexuality in this book. It just isn’t diverse at all. And I know this book was written in an era which was less diverse, but after reading some amazingly diverse books recently I did struggle with it. The writing was simple but addictive – definitely what I expected from this book and I wasn’t disappointed. It was kind of cringey and cheesy, and I definitely wanted to roll my eyes at some points. But if this is the kind of thing you enjoy, you’ll love it!

I thought I’d given it up for nothing. But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, go for it! It’s one of those books that is quite cheesy but really easy to like.

3 out of 5 stars


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