Monday, February 2, 2015

Hush by Stacey R. Campbell (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.
About the book-
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?
My thoughts-
I thought this was an interesting premise for a story. Yes the princess but doesn't know she's a princess because she is just a regular girl thing has been done, but I liked the twist on this story that Max new going into his undercover assignment as he tries to unfold the truth. I saw it coming that they would fall for each other and I am not complaining, I am in love with love stories, no matter how cheesy or far fetched they might be I live for happily ever afters...but these two seem in love with each other before they even know the other. I do wish the author would have taken more time to have them come to like each other a little more organically, but falling fast and furious aside, I did enjoy Hush. I felt bad for Max and the predicament he found himself in, but that is just being young, I guess. I liked the small elements of suspense dealing with the royal family and the people on the hunt for Blakely added a nice edge to the novel. I would recommend this book to fans of young adult fiction. 

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