Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Hushed by Kelley York

by Kelley York
Publication Date: December 6th, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781937044749

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Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption. (Goodreads)
Hushed was totally not what I was expecting! I had read the blurb for it, but that didn’t even come close to preparing me for what to expect from this book. I totally enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I expected to!

The main character in the story, Archer, is such a complex character. There are so many different sides to him. You know what he is doing is wrong, but yet you’re still rooting for him throughout the book. He thought all along that he was helping his best friend, Vivian. All he wanted to do was protect Vivian, and keep her safe. He is such an amazing friend to her, and yet she continues to treat him badly and takes advantage of him. I did not like Vivian at all. She was selfish and self absorbed, and she’s definitely one of my top five least favorite villains.

The love interest in the story is Evan. Evan is definitely a swoon-worthy character. The way he cares for Archer, how he helps make things better for him…. He’s definitely my favorite character in the book.

This is definitely a darker story. I always have to wonder how authors come up with the ideas for stories like these. I’m definitely curious about this one. The writing is very easy to follow, and very well paced. The story is one that will definitely suck you in and keep you hooked!

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book! It was definitely different than most of the books I have been reading lately, and to be honest, it was a breath of fresh air. So glad to have had the chance to read it!


  1. Oooh such a great review I truly enjoyed this one too and I loved how Archer was portrayed it was wonderfullly written!

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  2. Great review! I just reviewed this myself actually after having finished it in a few hours last night. It was just addicting!

    I felt the same way as you when reading it! And I think it's interesting it can be a breath of fresh air, even when being so dark and intense. I admire York for managing to have us stand on Archer's side even if he's doing things quite wrong. And I so disliked Vivian and her selfishness. I was actually afraid of what would happen in the end...

  3. This is the second review I've read for this today and again, I want to get a copy of this immediately. I think everyone who's read this, really enjoyed it - definitely need to give this a shot! :)

    Thanks for sharing. Great review. :)

  4. I've been seeing this book around and I've heard nothing but good things about it. The blurb made me curious, but I've been convinced by great reviews like yours that I should check it out :)

  5. This has me SO intrigued. It's such a unique premise and I enjoy seeing these kind of darker stories in YA. I love how you describe that while you know what Archer is doing wrong, you're still rooting for him. That Kelley makes him still likable - despite what he's doing - is fantastic and I'm so looking forward to seeing how she pulls this off. Great review!

  6. While this doesn't seem like something I'd seek out (not really my cup of tea), it sounds interesting, especially because of the darker tones to the relationship.

  7. great review I truly enjoyed this one too. was so happy 2 get 2 review it.

  8. I hadn't heard of this book until now and I am dying to read it after your review. I love darker material, and it sounds like Archer is a character that is flawed, which I love as well.

    Amazing review!


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