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Review | Hush by Dylan Farrow

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Title: Hush
Author: Dylan Farrow
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 384
Goodreads Rating: 3.66

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rachael and Danielle both rated Hush as 4 stars.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.

When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.

Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.

Our Thoughts

Hi, it’s Danielle and Rachael here with a review of Hush! For winning the Fall Fantasy Sweepstakes hosted by the WB Reader Fest, Danielle received an ARC of Hush by Dylan Farrow. Hush is Farrow’s debut novel, which is the first installment in a new YA fantasy series. Instead of just sharing our individual thoughts about the book, we have decided to try something different. Below, we have provided answers to four discussion questions that we created about the book.

  1. What did you think of the book?
    Danielle: Farrow has a strong debut here! Hush is a promising start to what will most likely be a unique series. My favorite aspect of the book has to be Farrow’s intricate magic system. I really liked how the magic system demonstrated the power of words. It is not often that you see books that recognize how powerful words can be.
    Rachael: I thought Hush was really interesting. The premise is not one that I have previously read (okay, maybe once before and even then, it was that the community couldn’t hear). I found that I didn’t really want to put the novel down. It was just that interesting and fast-paced. Hush had a good amount of world-building at the beginning, which lets you discover out more about the characters and their backstories.
  2. Who is your favorite character?
    Danielle: My favorite character is Shae. Usually, I lean towards male characters who are troubled and mysterious like Ravod, but Shae surprised me. Early on, I could tell that she was someone to be admired. Shae endlessly quested for answers about her mother’s murder – and she did not let anything (or anyone) stop her from learning the truth. Those strong convictions were the driving force behind all of her actions in the novel.
    Rachael: I have to say that my favorite character is Ravod. I loved Shae of course, but Ravod seemed like the more troubled and interesting character. He had an air of mystery about him because he wouldn’t let Shae in. Honestly, I think the reason he is my favorite character is because I didn’t know much about him and I wanted to learn more!
  3. What is your biggest pet peeve about the book?
    Danielle: My only pet peeve had to be that Farrow’s world-building hindered the plot at times. As much as I love books with immersive world-building, I do not want the main action and/or major reveals to be crammed within the last 50 pages of the novel. That being said, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!
    Rachael: I don’t think I had a pet peeve about the book. It was very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the second novel in the series. I still have so many unanswered questions!
  4. Truth is a recurring theme throughout the book. For Shae, learning the truth, even if the knowledge is worse than the lie, is necessary. Do you agree with Shae?
    Danielle: I agree with Shae. The truth may hurt, but it is always better the lie. Like Shae, I would rather know the truth about something than live a lie in ignorance. Shae could not remain in Astor after her mother’s death because she could not stomach all the lies that she was being told. She had so many questions about her mother’s death and if Shae remained in Astor, she would have to accept the lies.
    Rachael: I also agree with Shae. She wanted to know what happened to her family. It was her whole reason for traveling to the bards. Shae did find out more about what happened to her mother, but it just left her with even more questions. I think what spurred her actions the most was that she knew everyone was lying to her. The lies made her want to learn the truth even more.

Are you looking for similar reads to Hush? Our recommendations are below.

  1. Soundless by Richelle Mead
  2. Stream Raiders duology by Sara Raasch (the first book in the series is These Rebel Waves)
  3. The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (the first book in the series is Cinder)

Have you read Hush? If so, what did you think of the story? Are you planning on reading the next book in the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Published by Always, Bookish Lovers

We’re a sister duo and a best friend from Virginia, USA who absolutely love books! We all met while Danielle and Skyler were in college. Danielle and Skyler are teachers and Rachael is aspiring to be a librarian. As well as having a bookstagram, we co-run a blog together where we review books, post unboxings of other subscription boxes, and offer reading resources for parents and educators.

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