Hey everyone! So it wasn’t too long ago on Twitter I discovered they were turning Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick into a movie (Yes, a MOVIE) and I thought it would be a good time to take a look through some angel series. They’re kind of classic, in that they never quite go out of style because religion never really goes out of style. And I don’t know about you, but I’m always drawn to every person’s interpretation of angels. They’re all so different while still retaining certain elements.
So back in the hey-day of angel series, there were really two that I felt like everyone was talking about/reading. I decided to stick with those for this, but I have more in mind for a later post. (Hint: warrior angels…so cool)
Alright, let’s get this party started! Tally-ho!
Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand
Premise: Nora Grey is fairly average, except maybe for the fact that she doesn’t have a whole lot of interest in the guys at school, especially the ones her best friend keeps throwing at her. But when Nora meets Patch, she’s drawn to him, no matter how much she kind of knows she shouldn’t be. When a series of terrifying events happen involving Patch, Nora doesn’t know if she should run from him or run to him. He seems to know more about her than her best friend. Either way, it’s too late. Nora is caught in the middle of an ancient battle–and choosing the wrong side will cost her her life.
- I think the angel backstory in this is well done. It’s a bit different, since it deals with fallen angels rather than angel-angels, but that means they’re that much more dangerous because they lack that fear. So that was fun.
- Near the end of each book, when the action really picks up, you’re going to have a hard time putting these books down and going to bed at a normal time. Trust me.
- There are some interesting twists in the story line, especially later in the series. Let’s just say that the longer you stick with it, the more things get exciting. More action, more plot twists, etc.
- I was really into watching Nora grow as a person throughout the series. She gets put through the ringer and she comes out so much stronger on the other end. It was fascinating to watch that happen.
- Admittedly, the first book feels a lot like Twilight. I mean, dangerous stranger she should stay away from, stranger rescues her from danger and pushes her away, etc. Like, lots of similarities. (But those similarities DO go away after about half of the first book and it becomes its own story.)
- The Sequel Slump (where the second book feels incredibly melodramatic) is STRONG with this one. It’s rare for me to start a book and not finish it, no matter how bad it is, and I did that with this one. I put it aside, only to pick it up and finish it at a later date.
- The plot can be overly convoluted at times. There were times where a lot was thrown at us very quickly and I didn’t understand why even half of it mattered to the story.
Premise: Clara Gardner has recently learned she’s part angel. Not only does that mean she’s stronger than humans, but she’s also given a purpose. Her life has meaning. The only problem is figuring out just what it is. She has visions of a forest fire and a stranger standing in it. These take her family to a new town and a new school, where she meets Christian, the boy from her dreams (literally). At the same time, she’s drawn to a boy named Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side. In a world she no longer recognizes, Clara is faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make and a choice between honesty and deceit. When the fire finally ignites, will she be ready to face her destiny?
- I really enjoyed these characters. Clara is funny and her struggle to discover what she’s supposed to do with her life was all too real. Even if I’m not part angel.
- The setting is interesting as well. There aren’t a whole lot of books set in Wyoming, and I thought that was really creative, not to mention it opened the story up to a lot that I don’t normally get to read about. (Horses, cowboys, huge forests and mountain ranges, etc.)
- There are clever plot twists in the story and secrets revealed. If I can’t see them coming, then they’re good. And there were a few I certainly did not see.
- I really liked that even though it is an angel series with like, actual angels (as opposed to fallen angels), it never felt like it was pushing religion on the audience. It was part of Clara’s life, but even then it wasn’t like it was Everything. (I have a problem with books that become preachy.)
- There’s a love triangle. Sigh. That’s the early 2010s for you.
- From book to book, I had a hard time reconnecting with the characters. You know how some books do a great job reminding you of who everyone is and things that happened in the previous books? This is not that series. So you either need to read them in close succession or just muddle your way through it. Like I did.
My Winner: Unearthly
Why? For whatever reason, I just got into this story more. I think I related to Clara and Christian and Tucker more than I did Nora and Patch, perhaps in part because I think Clara is witty and funny. Perhaps it was because the action felt more realistic to me and less like a soap opera. Looking back through my previous notes and reviews, I had less to complain about with Unearthly and more notes about how quickly I got sucked into the story. (Whereas Hush, Hush‘s notes were more along the line of, “I don’t get why…”)
As per usual, neither story is bad. I finished each series and stuck with them for years. But when put head-to-head, I felt like Unearthly had more to offer.