Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review | Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Review | Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick" class="ubb-image alignleft">Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2012-10-23
Genres: Young Adult

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean that they will always be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. But now they face their biggest challenge. Can their love survive a seemingly insurmountable divide. And in the end, will there be enough trust left to rebuild what has been broken? The lines are drawn - but which sides are they on?

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When it comes to a good book series, parting is always sweet sorrow. And I’m going to go ahead and let you in on a little secret now, and I’m sure that many of you carry this same clandestine torch: Patch is what makes me love this series. From a stand point of a mother of daughters, my hope in every YA book I read is that there are admirable and positive main characters that my kids can look up to, and if it happens to be a female character, so much the better. But for the inner 13 year old mixed up with my hormonal 36 year old, it’s all about the fallen angel deliciousness. I’m in it for the…….*gasp*……boy!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Nora, but there were times in the series that she annoyed me. In my rolodex of hero female characters, she’s toward the back of the dial. She can be insecure and jealous, and a doormat. And while I was glad that she seemed to find some self assurance and self possession in this novel, at times, it went two far in the other direction. She bordered on cruetly, which in my opinion, made her no better than her nemesis. Nora did literally get stronger in the physical sense with all her training, but I agree with the talented, Veronica Roth, in her opinion that physical strength and cruelty do not a strong female character make. In general, I don’t like when female characters get typecast as weak and helpless or as bitches. The best characters are a balance of many things.

Again, there are things about Nora that secure my compliance as a member of her fan club. Her fierce loyalty to Patch and her friends. Her love for him when it is not obscured by jealousy and doubt. How those two things give her boundless courage in pursuit of keeping those she loves safe.

But Patch, oh Patch. If I had a black feather for every time I……..let’s just say I’d have a closet full of wings. 😉 His courage, his wit, his humor, his loyalty and love for Nora. The fact that he’s beautiful doesn’t exactly hurt. 🙂

I have enjoyed reading this entire series, and it was no different with Finale. There were secrets revealed that I didn’t see coming. A character death that broke my heart. And questions and storylines answered and wrapped up in the delightful lexicon created by Becca Fitzpatrick. And while some I may have personally chosen to take a different way, I feel like things worked out in the only way they could. I was happy with the way things ended up.

 So if you haven’t partaken in the mesmerizing Hush, Hush series, run out and do so immediately. Patch will take you on a fallen angel thrill ride. Complete with an abandoned amusement park.

Four out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

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