Author: Stacey R. Campbell
Publisher: Green Darner Press
From the Publisher: For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school's new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn't. Following the tragic demise of one of Europe's most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he's right. Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way? When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends' lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after. From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada's most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews' hallowed grounds, Blakely's quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?
There are going to be some people who love this book. I loved the idea of it. But when I started reading it, I didn’t find much in the way of originality. It felt like The Princess Diaries all over again. I wanted mystery, intrigue, and fairy tale. But within first few chapters I already knew who Blakely was, who had the entire royal family killed, and why. I didn’t feel like reading the entire book just to watch Blakely figure it out (with the help of Max). I could already predict how it would happen. Since Max is undercover, once Blakely figures out why he’s there it will make her furious and jeopardize their friendship/relationship – but only briefly. The chemistry they have is too great and love will prevail. And they will, together, bring justice for the deaths of the royal family and she will take her rightful place as the heir. Now of course, I made all of that up because I didn’t finish it. I just felt like that was the path we were heading for and I didn’t want to take that journey. So I closed the book and moved on. As I always say when I don’t finish a book – life is too short to read books we don’t want to read. What Others Are Saying:
- Team Nerd Reviews: As much as I love the modern fairy tale aspect, it’s hard to find a book that really offers a good take to the world of happily ever after and Hush was not an exception.
- Kat’s Book Buzz: This book will appeal to younger teens, as well as some older ones. The love story is cute and develops gradually, but doesn’t take over the entire story. The storyline is a bit mystery, a bit puppy love, and a bit teen drama, but it’s a good, fun read.
- Escape into Words: Hush is a bit of fun. A lost princess, an evil villain trying to take over the throne, a hapless journalist going undercover to discover the princess’ true identity. It’s never going to be deep and moving, but it is an enjoyable bit of escapism which makes a nice change.