Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d say: I didn’t hate this book.
Yeah. I know. I’m confused too. For an author who took one English course in college and the professor threatened to fail her, Becca Fitzpatrick certainly surprised me.
As I have said before with the Hush, Hush series, the overall plot isn’t bad. Okay, Crescendo was shit, but the first and third books in the series have a fair amount going for them in terms of plot. In fact, if Fitzpatrick invested some of her time in creating some likeable characters, she’d have a pretty decent book series on her hands.
The downfall, as always, is our birdbrained heroine, Nora Grey.
Without further ado, I present to you my review (including many a spoiler).
Glossary for better understanding of things
Nephilim/Nephil: Children of fallen angels and humans. They can control people’s thoughts and are immortal. Fallen angels can possess their bodies for a certain amount of time each year during a time called Cheshvan. But in order for a fallen angel to do this, the Nephil has to swear fealty, which they essentially do once a fallen angel has tortured them until they crack. The only way to kill a Nephil is by killing one of their female descendants.
Fallen Angel: Angel banished from Heaven because of naughtiness. They are immortal, telepathic and can cross into people’s dreams apparently.
The Black Hand: Hank Millar. Nora’s biological father and leader of a rebel group of Nephilim who want to rise up against the fallen angels and stop them from possessing their bodies during Cheshvan. Hank Millar is dating Nora’s mum (again) and has another daughter called Marcie who is Nora’s arch-nemesis.
At the beginning of Silence, Nora Grey wakes up in a graveyard with no memory of the last six months. Promptly faints. Typical.
It is established that she was kidnapped by forces unknown, so she sets about trying to find out for herself exactly what happened. Now I don’t know about you, but when I’ve just been through a traumatic kidnapping experience I like to immediately sneak out of the house in the dead of night and return to the graveyard I was found in to see if I can find some clues.
Nora Grey = reckless moron.
She doesn’t find any answers in the graveyard (shocking), but she does get a visit from good old Patch in her dream. Conveniently, in her dream she remembers everything because, you know, subconscious. He tells her that he can’t be with her right now because he’s trying to protect her. Curiously, Nora’s most pressing issue is not determining what happened to her memory, but why oh why did Patch leave her??
“That’s why you haven’t come looking for me. You know I can’t remember you, and it lets you off the hook. I never thought you’d take the easy way out”
For the last time. Patch decided not to murder you so that he could hold you, cuddle you and indulge in facenoms with you. Against all odds (and by that, I mean your personality) Patch loves you, you mindless, simpering, pathetic excuse for a main character.
So Patch tries to stay away from Nora…until…
Nora wanders off and gets attacked by a gang of fallen angels. They had been busy beating a Nephil to a pulp in order to possess him and Nora went and made herself a witness because of course she did. They decide that their only option is to kill her, but the day is saved by………..Jev.
Who looks remarkably similar to Patch…
Jev promptly introduces the attacker’s vital organs to a rusty tire iron. That in itself can’t kill a fallen angel of course, but it can slow one down long enough for Nora to get in the car with stranger Jev who just thrust a metal tool through a man’s skin.
Nora Grey = asking for it. srsly.
Now it is blatantly obvious that Jev is Patch. Becca Fitzpatrick didn’t even try to add some mystery to it; we know who he is straight away. If I was writing this book, I’d do my best to cover my tracks so the reader wouldn’t find out who Jev really was until halfway through the novel. Actually, if I was writing this book…I would stop myself from writing this book. The entire series, in fact. But I digress.
Nora still has amnesia so she doesn’t recognize Patch at all. All she knows is that he’s a dark and brooding stranger who casually just shoved a tire iron into a man, yet all she can think of to do is bat her eyelashes and wonder if she knows him; maybe they walked together once upon a dream. Yes, I quoted Sleeping Beauty.
Patch, trying to protect his beloved, tells her that yes, they once knew each other. Once upon a time he tried to kill her. Much in the same way he tried to kill the guy with the tire iron not five minutes previously.
Nora, jaw-dropping, leaps into action and runs immediately out of harm’s way, straight to the police.
Nah, just kidding.
Nora. Just. Doesn’t. Get. It. She shakes her empty head and says no,
Patch Jev. I may have just witnessed you stabbing a man with a blunt object, and as far as I am aware right now I haven’t got a clue who you are, but I simply do not believe you are a killer.
Patch insists he has killed many people before, and done some quite terrible things, but Nora just places her pale, bony finger on Patch’s mouth and says no, Jev. I have examined the evidence very closely; you are harmless. I trust you. Now take me home so I can
sit down and have an in-depth think about the fragility of my human life and how I can learn to protect myself decide which scarf goes best with this outfit in order to make myself more attractive to you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, NORA GREY! *fervent applause*
Just so we are clear, I may have paraphrased just a tad. But that is essentially the gist of what went down in the book. I am not making this up just for the lulz.
What happens next? Well Scott shows up again. Scott, Nephil and pointless secondary character, has heard that Nora has amnesia. He decides that the best way of jolting Nora’s memory back into action is to plunge a knife through himself to prove that he’s immortal and that angels and Nephilim do exist. Remember yet? No?
Nora doesn’t freak out over another crazed immortal stranger in her life. Because Becca Fitzpatrick clearly has trouble writing that kind of internal turmoil, she just has Nora go with the flow.
“I was going to go with the flow as much as I could. Focus on one thing at a time, I told myself. Scott is immortal. Okay, what’s next?”
Nora Grey = should really be dead by now
So Nora and Scott spend the next 20 pages chatting and trying to figure out who kidnapped Nora. I don’t know how, but they manage to figure it out while simultaneously missing it completely. Here is a re-enactment for you.
Scott: “So Nora, here’s something you don’t remember. Right before you were kidnapped and lost your memory, we had established that there’s this guy known as the Black Hand. We really don’t like him; he’s trying to overthrow the fallen angels, he killed your dad and is also your biological father.”
Nora: “Hank Millar? Are you sure?”
Scott: “Absolutely. He admitted it to you face to face. Literally just before you were kidnapped.”
Nora: “Right. And who do you think kidnapped me?”
Scott: “I don’t know, but it would have to be someone who has the power to erase memories and play mind tricks on people.”
Nora: “Like Hank Millar?”
Scott: “Exactly like Hank Millar.”
Nora: “Did I mention this guy called Jev..?”
HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET?
Okay kids, let’s sum up what we’ve learned so far, shall we? Nora is a fucking dimwit and if her circumstances occurred in real life, she would have been murdered long ago back in book #1 and we would have saved ourselves a lot of misery. As it happens, she’s still alive, plodding along, completely clueless of her own stupidity. Until…
She suddenly becomes less stupid. Well, I’m not sure that’s the correct term. I think at a certain point in the book there are less situations in which Nora Grey has the chance to react stupidly to. What’s more shocking is that she actually does something….a bit heroic.
The plot, as I said before, is semi-decent. We actually find out that Hank Millar has seen a prophecy foreseeing his death, and decides to inject Nora with a shit-ton of his blood so that she can become a full-blown Nephil. He wants Nora to, wait for it, lead the Nephilim rebel army against the fallen angels in his place. Yeah. The girl dating a fallen angel, and is on the fallen angels’ side. He wants her to lead them. Stupidity clearly runs in the family.
But Nora swears an oath to do it because Hank threatens her loved ones.
She also then kills Hank in cold-blood.
Can’t say I saw that one coming.
Now Nora is faced with the reality that she has a rebellion to organise. She quite bravely takes a stance and says that she won’t be part of a war; she wants everyone to remain safe, fallen angels and Nephilim alike. But she swore an oath you see, and bad things happen if you don’t keep your word.
Now Nora and Patch have to face the reality that they are very much in love but fighting on opposite sides of the war.
(*cough* unoriginal and predictable *cough**cough*)
That’s the book.
If my brain could talk right now:
I have given Becca Fitzpatrick one extra star for a plot that showed a marked improvement on all her other works. I feel like a primary school teacher, and the special needs kid sitting in the back has used something other than her own feces to draw me a picture today.
As always, I leave you with some choice snippets from reviewers who five-starred this piece of crap. Enjoy
“Wow, um, you have no idea how much that literally broke my heart. The beginning almost made me cry. It was just sooo….great!”
“I LOVED THIS BOOK, AND THE TRAILER IN WHERE THEY SAID THAT HE WOULD GIVE UP ANYTHING, DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT HER, EVEN EARESE HER MEMORIES OF HIM!!! IT WAS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!”
“Patch’s and Nora’s romance makes me want to die of happiness. It’s so perfectly written, and whenever Patch says something sexual or suggestive, I feel this little rush of heat to places I shouldn’t mention aloud (teehee).”
“A must read for every angle / romance fan.”
“THIS BOOK IS FREKIN BEST BOOK MADE IN THE UNVERSE OF BOOKS!!!!