Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for letting me read Hush early! This was one of the books that Wednesday Books had available on that day during the summer when so many of their great fall releases were read now and I’m super glad I was able to grab it! Overall, Hush was a fun read that’s definitely really different from most of the other books I’ve read recently, but I had a hard time connecting with the story in places, which led to me losing the plot and storyline decently often.
Hush 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: They 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.
So, the summary of this book is amazing and it made me really excited about reading it. Then I started reading it and I kept reading it and coming back to the summary, because although I kinda see the parallels, the summary doesn’t really seem that close to the book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the direction the book took, but some points were really weird and I just don’t know if I really liked the execution all the time. Character wise, Shae was not always my favorite- I get that she was grieving and that she really wanted to find out the truth about what happened to her mother, but she was a terrible friend to both Fiona and Mads. The Bards we meet seemed interesting… but Shae’s connections with them seemed super rushed. She ends up having feelings for one of them and I thought those came from completely left field (like, yes I could have seen it coming, but based on every interaction they had had, it made zero sense). Overall, there was a lot of promise in Hush and it was a fun read, so I’ll definitely read book two!