There seem to be a lot of Young Adult (aka teenage) books featuring angels these days. Angels with wings, angels so fallen that they are now demons, dark brooding teenage angels – who aren’t really teenage at all, nephilim, evil angels… so on and so forth.
In most of these books the term nephilim is mostly used to cover the children of angels and humans – of as Genesis 6 put it “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.” Right after this point God gets annoyed with humans and tries to drown them all – apart from Noah.
The charity shops seem to have a lot of these books too, which is good because cheap books mean I care less about the quality!
For example buying both ‘Hush, Hush’ and ‘Finale’ by Becca Fitzpatrick cost me under £2. There are four books in the series – ‘Hush, Hush’, ‘Crescendo’, ‘Silence’ and ‘Finale’. The series was originally meant to be a trilogy – but I guess that as people were still buying the books so you may as well shove another one in the series!
In ‘Hush, Hush’ there is some iffy prologue that sets out some groundwork for fallen angels and nephilim – which gives you a good hint of where the book is going! Talking of hints, there are probably spoilers in the below text – frankly anyone with the brain of a hamster could work out where this book is going, but SPOILER alert anyway!
The plot is a teenage girl, Nora Grey, lives with her mum in the middle of nowhere. Mum is often away on business and daddy is dead (in ‘Hush, Hush’ anyway). She has some class (something science related ostensively but they kept going on about sex to the degree where it certainly wasn’t the UK school syllabus!) a boy at school whose name is, apparently, Patch.
It isn’t love at first sight and Nora’s best friend is a vacant slapper called Vee – in the later books she gets a bit less of a slapper but I didn’t see much sign of the brain vacancy being filled.
Nora hasn’t read (or watched) Dean Koontz’s ‘Hideaway’ so goes to a creepy local amusement park and gets in minor trouble and starts hallucinating randomly – she also meets to more creepy men, Elliot who screams date-rapist and his quiet grumpy mate Jules who seems to be channeling his inner anti-social serial killer.
At this point the book start wandering through mild teen peril territory, with Nora having a bad vibe about Elliot and Patch but seems unable to keep away from either. Nora and Patch have some sort of chemistry but can’t communicate to save their lives – in the most literal sense!
Oh and a ride called ‘Archangel’? Uber subtle
Patch really should kill Nora as he’d be truly human, or something, but he decides to fall in ‘love’ with her instead. As with most Young Adult books the angels, fallen or winged, seem to be sexless – they certainly don’t act like most teenage boys around teenage girls! There is zero risk of teen pregnancy; thank goodness as Nora really is a doozy cow, I think she would actually put her baby in the microwave.
So Patch ends up being a good guy – with a stupid name, and Jules is the bad guy. Wow who didn’t see that coming? Life lesson – the creepy quiet guy probably isn’t a good person to play hide and seek with in school after dark.
So I then skipped two books and moved onto ‘Finale’ – I can sum this one up very quickly: it is pretty much the same as the first book! Nora and Patch still can’t communicate to save their lives, Nora still trusts all the wrong people – any guy she finds attractive seems to be a psycho killer, she is still a whiney immature brat. There is an unintentionally funny drug addiction message in the book – let’s call it devilcraft then the kids will really get the message! Honestly I wish I was making this up!
The happy ending is cobbled together: the bad people get bad things happen to them, Vee gets married to some random guy that we first meet in the chapter where they are getting married, Nora and Patch are implied to be getting down and dirty – but as Patch is as anatomically correct as a Ken doll it isn’t very fulfilling and Nora has to go to the shops for batteries.
As with every Young Adult book published since ‘Twilight’ someone has bought the film rights – apparently LD Entertainment have bought the rights to the ENTIRE series. No release date and if we are lucky the scripts will be stuck in development hell forever.
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If anyone know who to credit the photo of the Weeping Angel statue to (which is apparently in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA) do let me know – I’d very much like to know as it is a good shot! The other photos are just as uncredited so I technically have the same interest – but would anyone want to be known as the pervert who took a photo of a Ken doll without pants on?