Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Hush by Dylan Farrow is a new YA fantasy novel. This book is an interesting concept and a good start for a series, but I was left a little disappointed. Hush is a character driven story. The story unfolds from our main protagonist.... Shae's point of view. Shae is not my favorite lead. And she is the main reason this is not a 4 star read for me. Shae is painfully naive. She also handles situations like a privileged girl always expecting people to like her or give her what she wants, just because she asked. I just never warmed up to her and that took away from the story. There were other characters that I liked so much more. Like Fiona and Mads.
The world building in Hush is imaginative. The land of Montane and all of its different towns serve as a interesting backdrop. The story would have benefited from a deeper dive into the plight the towns were facing and the events happening at each location. There is a magical system based on language which is a really interesting and original concept, I just wish it was explored or explained more. I enjoyed the overall aesthetic and writing style, and there is a good foundation to improve on if this continues as a series.
Hush has moments of action but some of those moments are really confusing. I think the issue may be with the pacing. Hush was described as a feminist fantasy but honestly I don't see this as feminist at all. I don't want this review to sound like its all bad, there are some moments that really shine and i'm sure some readers will love it. If you are a fan of intrigue, a different kind of magic, tragedy, and destiny, then go read this book. Published by Wednesday Books, Hush is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Hush 3 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!