Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Graceling meets Red Queen in this exciting debut novel by an electrifying new voice "Hush has all the trappings of a great fantasy: a curse, a labyrinthine castle, many secrets, and powerful magic. At the center of it all, a girl unwilling to allow her world to be twisted by lies when she knows the truth. A truly gripping read." - Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked SaintsThey use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile, all while secretly keeping her fears at bay... Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible. From Dylan Farrow comes Hush, a powerful fantasy where one girl is determined to remake the world.
St. Martin's Publishing Group
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"Not bad...not bad at all. The prologue intrigued me immediately, which was surprising given that I felt like I wasn't going to like this book when I started it. I liked the world that Dylan wrote, yes its a typical ya fantasy, but for some reason this one felt different. The main character was kind of annoying though throughout the book, I understand her reasons for doing certain things but I mean come on, she didn't have to do it like that. The male main character, I liked him from just his descriptions alone! I like his character, he tried helping/warning her multiple times(but did she listen? NO!) The twists did shock me, I thought it was going to go one way but it completely changed on me. I will most likely be reading book 2 whenever I get it, I do have to say I like the end pages, they're pretty cool. Good read!"
"I don’t usually write bad reviews so I feel pretty crappy doing this, but it’s been stuck in my head, so let’s just get into it. It wasn’t really a bad read, but it just left me feeling, I don’t know, disappointed?Dissatisfied? The world building wasn’t bad. Not bad at all. Very imaginative in fact. But the pacing of the story just felt very off. I’m a firm believer that not all details need to be important to the plot if it further builds the world around it, but the it felt like important parts of the story were rushed while less important parts to the plot were drawn out. The ending itself seemed very abrupt in fact. Just, the pacing made some parts of the story very abrupt, and even the main character’s own thoughts and feelings towards certain things came out of nowhere making it difficult to be engaged with sometimes. "
"Just finished reading Hush by Farrow and here are the 2 things gnawing at me: first is the title and second is the way the term Bard is used in the story. Both of these words just don’t fit with the story. After finishing the book I still didn’t see where Hush makes for a good title. And the term Bard by definition is a storyteller or poet not a magic wheeling individual. But let me move on ... the story starts out slow with the main character Shea coming into her gift. Although, Shea’s life is far from easy you would think this would make her grow up faster and be more mature and incitefull. Instead she is naive and narrow minded with a single focus. I don’t understand why she doesn’t understand that she has developed a gift and this alone makes for a slow read for a third of the book. I think the storyline has potential but the writing is lacking organization in regards to helping the reader visualize the world the author is creating. Special thanks to Netgalley for giving me this opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion."
"I really struggled with this book. The characters were great, with the exception of Seek's mother, and the story was believable until the last like 10% or so. Instant connection is fine, but it felt like they went from 0-100 in the last part.<br/>If I could throat punch Seek's mom, I would in a heartbeat. I don't feel like her character needed to be written that way, and it made me want to skip over every interaction with her."