October 4th 2011
Simon & Schuster
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.
You would not believe my excitement when this book FINALLY fell into my hands after, like, a WHOLE BLOODY YEAR of waiting! I'd lovelovelove to say that it was amazing and my favourite book of the series, but it wasn't. Not to say it was bad, and it certainly got loads better as I got along, but some of it was a bit of a disappointment. But the ending was great, and the last half sure left a lot of questions that I'm dying to find out the answers to!
I was already a little hesitant, I must admit, about Silence when I found out that it wasn't going to be the last book. I mean, I'm excited about the next one, but I was so looking forward to finally having a conclusion and a forseeable ending! And I always get really worried when a Fourth thing in a series is announced. From my experience, things that are meant to be trilogies but then get a Fourth thing, usually go a bit down hill, and hopefully this series won't do that because I do love it so. But I was worried that this book would have been unnecessarily drawn out to allow for a fourth book, and it was a little, IMO.
The first half of the book, for me, was a little slow and a bit boring. Nora, having been kidnapped, lost her memory of all the time that the books have been set in, and this frustrated me to no end. First of all, she couldn't remember Patch, and he was only in it THREE TIMES in the first 200 (!) pages, which upset me a little, because Patch is my favourite creepy d-bag (seriously, he creeps me out so much, but I just love him! Talk about unhealthy...) and pretty much all of it was spent trying to fill in the gaps in Nora's memory, which annoyed me because it meant nothing was happening! I'm sorry, but I do not want to spend half a book finding things I already knew. It would have been better, I think, if we hadn't found out who kidnapped Nora in the prologue, because at least then there would have been a mystery or something to engage the reader other than stuff we already knew! *breathes deeply*
Luckily, rest of the book really picked up and saved it's ass. We finally starting getting into the actual plot, and the romance came back it just got more exciting! Another thing is that I think Nora was a lot more likeable in this book. There was none of that annoying, whiny Nora that there was in Crescendo, because of all the Patch-Marcie business, and she was a whole lot better for it. She's really developed over the books, and I feel like she was kind of on top form, like, her in this book and Hush, Hush, were when she was at her best, and I hope she's even more awesome in the next one! If she wusses out on me again, I'll be pissed. Besides, she's in a situation now where she has to be strong and bad ass! Yay! :)
Silence, while not being everything I wanted it to be, it really picked itself up from about the halfway point, and didn't leave me really upset or anything. Plus, I'm begging to figure out how it's gonna end! And fingers crossed the next one WILL be the last ;p