Review of Hush

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princesses. 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?

I received Hush quite a while ago, but did not get around to reading it until I was in a book tour. I was actually quite thrown off, I thought it would be more of a summer camp mystery kind-of-thing, but that was not at all what the story was about. I think the whole “Lakeview” part through me off.

  • I like when I have no real idea what is going to happen (because I rarely read the synopsis), I love when I am pleasantly surprised. The book had reminiscent parts to The Princess Diaries, but it did well to stand on its own.
  • Blakely (what a cool name) was a fun MC. I loved her upbeat attitude and how she was nice to everyone. She reacted about the same I would finding out the secrets about her past.
  • I loved the romance with Max. The slow burn with baggage is always my favorite to read. I love when love is slow and wins overall!
  • I am not sure how I felt about this being a series. I have the rest of the series, so I will probably read them, but I felt like it would have been a nicely wrapped up stand-alone with a few more chapters.

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  1. Mmmm, I do like a fairy tale Cinderella type tale, I have a feeling this is on my TBR pile somewhere!

    Great review!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  2. Rarely is there such a thing as a stand alone in YA these days. Slow burn is also hard to find in YA. But it is the best.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  3. This one didn't click with me for some reason. I just couldn't believe the premise for some reason. But I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. It always seems strange when they make series of books that could have been good standalone. I hope the rest of the series delivers!

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature


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