Friday, November 30, 2012

Book Review: Finale

Goodreads summary:

Will love conquer all?

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.

My review:

Honestly, I'm just glad this series is over with.  I disliked the first book, but I thought the second and third were a little better, so I was hoping maybe I'd end up liking the final one.  I just didn't care much for it at all.

The Hush, Hush series has improved, I admit.  But Nora's character is still annoying.  In Finale, she's a lot tougher and goes through lots of training.  She's definitely not as whiny as she was in the first book, which is good.  However, she's still really naive and clueless, and she made, in my opinion, some stupid decisions, so overall I don't like her.

I still don't like Patch.  I know, you can go ahead and yell at me.  Everyone else seems to love him.  I just find nothing attractive about him.  At least in Finale, he's not as aggressive and mean as he was in the first book.  He's nice and protective of Nora in this one, but nonetheless, I found him to be a bland character.

Fortunately, there was not much romance in this book.  I was majorly relieved by this - I felt like in the earlier books, there was too much of Nora whining about Patch not paying attention to her, and not enough action.  Well, in Finale, there's more action and plot development, which I appreciated.

However, Patch and Nora's relationship just makes me mad.  On page 59, Nora says, "I'd lost Patch once before, and not to be melodramatic, but death was preferable."  That's just...I can't even.  That's an unhealthy relationship. 

Okay, so onto the actual plot.  I liked it except that the book was so long.  I mean, it was 450 pages, and I definitely think it could've been shortened.  Some parts were kind of boring.  But mostly, the plot was entertaining.  I thought that the betrayal of a certain character was a good twist; I didn't see it coming.  And the ending is very satisfying - although, poor Vee!  I've never liked Vee that much, but I was so sad for what she goes through.

My feelings about the Hush, Hush series are very mixed.  I'm not a fan of this series - I simply can't stand the characters - but I think Becca Fitzpatrick is a decent writer, so I will probably give her future books a try.  And while I personally don't like this series, I think that the diehard fans of Hush, Hush will find Finale to be a great conclusion to the series.

My rating:  5 out of 10 (2.5 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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