a bold, courageous heroine and a charming, yet dangerous hero in the form of a fallen angel...will love outlast the finale?
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
My Edition: UK Hardback
A little about "Finale"...
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
Okay, so I had started reading Finale sometime in the weeks after it's release (quite a while ago..) and in-between all the other books I was reading, somehow misplaced my thoughts and ended up not finishing it for some reason I can't even think of. So, when I found myself wanting to re-read the Hush, Hush series, I was completely bewildered that I hadn't read, let alone reviewed the amazing final to the series.
Finale picks up with another gorgeously-written prologue, detailing Nora's "army" debating whether she is the right person to take the Nephilim to victory against the Fallen Angels. But, for Nora this is bittersweet; because if she were to carry out her oath to Hank (her dad, Marcie's dad..so confusing!) then that would ultimately mean killing Patch in the process--or "sending him to hell" as we later learn about.
Nora starts to be "trained" by Nephilim; Dante, who is not as friendly as, perhaps, Scott Parnell is. Instead, Dante is driven by devilcraft; an addictive, powerful substance that gives power to anyone, among other things. I didn't think a girl like Nora, who is far from "normality" after the past three novels, would be interested in something as dangerously bad as devilcraft, but she has other ideas in Finale, and we see a different side to her usual self.
Vee is around, mostly where drama follows in Nora's more human side in the book, but I still found for a mainstream character, she was missing from some of the action--BUT, that is where Ms. Fitzpatrick tricked us! I could not believe Vee's ending storyline toward the last chapters of Finale...it definitely took me by surprise and even though I knew she was made for better, brighter things; this was a welcomed, happy surprise. Not to give too much away, Vee may get her heart broken at some point by a tragedy that I hadn't quite seen coming either, but overall get's her happy ending in the form of a new Becca Fitzpatrick tradition; an Epilogue.
Nora and Patch spend most of Finale tricking most of the characters into thinking they are broken up, because it will make for a better "leader" image for Nora as head of the Black Hand's Army; but just as villain's go; a sneaky, last minute competitor calls out Nora to where her final moments could have been over before the last pages were turned. (*spoiler; finally, a fight!*) But of course, as much as it was often feared for, I was certain that Nora and Patch would make it out of the end of Finale still as perfect as they ever were, and you'll have to read it for yourselves to discover just how happy that happy could be.
There was heartbreak, hurt, disaster, triumph and happiness in Finale...and I couldn't have even thought it as incredible as Becca wrote it. Another pure, 5 star YA read.