Series: Hush Hush, #4
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, October 2012
Source: bought a copy
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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.
It’s a bittersweet experience for me to read this book. While I was excited and eager to find out what could be happening with Nora and Patch, I didn’t really want the series to end. As I was reading, I was secretly wishing that there might be a possibility of a spin-off coming out from this series through a different character, but with how things were being wrapped up, I bet the chance of a spin-off series would be really really slim.
Anyway, did I like this story?
Yes, although I was a little disappointed at the same time. I guess that’s because I had my own expectations about this book.
With Cheshvan fast approaching, the war between fallen angels and the Nephilim seemed inevitable. Perhaps I was assuming there would be riot and/ or some degree of violence and bloodshed, I felt a little underwhelmed when things weren’t really that heated up for the most part of the story. But after finishing the book and sitting with it for a bit, I appreciated the direction of where Becca Fitzpatrick took in Finale. Instead of giving us what’s expected, she made us watch how Nora struggled with some of her worst nightmares. In the story, Nora was forced to deal with all kind of things that could make her feel uncomfortable, sick and obnoxious. She experienced the worst type of torture and she felt powerless while fighting hard with her conscience, endurance and determination. It was frightening for me to watch her giving into the temptations that lurked in the dark recesses of her mind as well as her heart, and when I sensed her helplessness, I felt tears stinging down my face.
While there are really depressing moments, Finale also offers plenty of fun, humor and sweetness. Yes, Patch is still hot, although I didn’t find him as charming as he used to be in the previous installments. Maybe I was so used to seeing him being mysterious, ferocious and dangerous that when he now becomes genuinely good and open, I kinda miss his old self. But don’t get me wrong, the chemistry between him and Nora is still steamy smoking hot!
A well-crafted conclusion to a beautiful series, Finale offers unpredictable twists and pleasant surprises that make me feel both happy and sad. I’m happy that Patch’s wishes are granted. I’m sad that not all of my favorite characters get to survive till the end. But overall, I’m glad that the series ends on an uplifting note that gives me giggles. If you’ve enjoyed other books in the Hush, Hush series, I urge you to pick up a copy of Finale. And if you’ve already read Finale, feel free to comment below and let me know what you think. 🙂