Book Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book: Finale

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Published Date: 10/23/12Jacket.aspx

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Reviewed By: Ariel Culver

Fallen angels, demons, murder, humans, Nephilim, suspense, humor, and romance: what more could you ask for? If you are not familiar with these novels, you might be wondering what, exactly, Nephilim and Fallen Angels are.  Nephilim are humans who posses super human strength, senses, and the ability to  play literal mind tricks on people.  Fallen Angels are Angels that have fallen from the grace of Heaven. They have had their wings ripped out, giving them wing scars, and are sentenced to a life on Earth.  Fallen Angels cannot feel pain or pleasure.  The only time they can feel something is on Cheshvan, when they can inhabit the bodies of Nephilim for a certain time period. Nephilim resistance to this tradition of body invasion has created a war between these two races. This word, like most hidden worlds, is kept secret from humans.  Hush Saga intertwines a world of angels and super humans, with paranormal romance sprinkled in-between. The world Nora Grey lives in is filled with Fallen Angels, like Patch, Archangels, like Pepper Friberg, and Nephilim, like Nora.

The Hush, Hush Saga intertwines a world of angels and super humans, with paranormal romance sprinkled in-between. The world Nora Grey lives in is filled with Fallen Angels, like Patch, Archangels, like Pepper Friberg, and Nephilim, like Nora. In Finale, the last novel in the Hush, Hush, Saga, Nora and Patch must keep their relationship a secret while Nora is the leader of the Black Hand’s army of Nephilim. War is about to erupt between the Nephilim and the Fallen Angels. Even with the pressures of leadership and learning how to use her new Nephilim abilities, Nora still has to go to school, do homework, and learn to live with her enemy and half-sister, Marcie. Another Nephilim, Dante, is tasked with training Nora to become this great Nephilim leader.  However, Nora is soon undermined when Dante plans to help the Fallen Angels win the war against the Nephilim, kill Nora, and chain Patch in hell.  It is up to Nora to save Patch, destroy devilcraft, and  stop Dante and the Fallen Angels.

Finale is a great end to a saga that has captured many readers’ hearts. It is the story of a love that endangers both parties.  Patch and Nora are soul mates, but they must remain apart, or risk sparking a war. In this way, they could even be considered “star-crossed lovers.” While they value each others’ lives, being apart is worse than death. Many readers fall under this love spell as they swoon over Patch and Nora’s passion for one another. Girls of all ages have declared their love for the Twilight series due to Bella and Edward’s undying love for one another. They dream of finding someone with whom they can connect in such a powerful way.  It is no different in this novel. Fitzpatrick’s control of suspense, and  her engrossing maze of twists and turns keep readers on their toes. Fitzpatrick knows her fans, and wants to make a big splash with this ending. She accomplishes this in every way: the writing, the characters, a surprise death, and the secret relationship all work together to draw readers further in. Fitzpatrick even offers an epilogue to give readers a last glimpse of the world they have been immersed in over the past three years.

While some would pick up this novel expecting another Twilightesqe saga, others might dismissively avoid it because they think that it is just another Twilight story.  In either case, this saga expands the horizons of what the reader expects.  The writing is fun, creative, and keeps readers turning the pages. Numerous paranormal novels jump right into love at first sight, and require the characters to  readily accept everything thrown at them.  Most people do not fall in love at first sight, and do not readily accept the strange and unnatural right away.  Fitzpatrick eases readers into the relationship between Nora, Patch and the supernatural world. This strategy is very powerful because it gives the novel that extra touch of reality, drawing readers in and keeping them hooked. Fitzpatrick is not only a great story teller, but also a superb writer.

Author Bio:

Becca Fitzpatrick’s first book, Hush, Hush, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes, or fulfilling her mission to taste every flavor of ice cream under the sun. She lives in Colorado, the lone girl in a house filled with boys.(Courtesy of http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/bio.html).

Learn more about Becca and her Novels:

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