Hush (Hush #1) by Dylan Farrow #bookreview #fantasy #YA #dystopian #romance #scifi #magic

Title: Hush

Author: Dylan Farrow

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Page Count:  365

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

Graceling meets Red Queen in this exciting debut novel by an electrifying new voice

They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?

Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.

When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.

Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.

From Dylan Farrow comes Hush, a powerful fantasy where one girl is determined to remake the world.

Hush by Dylan Farrow is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name, Hush. This series is one with a lot of different elements including a romance, magic use, a little science fiction and set in a dystopian type of world.

The world of Hush is built around a deadly disease that has ravished the land spread by ink. Yes, ink as in the stuff that is used to write a book or a letter. This plague is known as The Blot and has brought about magical soldiers known as Bards to control the spread of The Blot.

Seventeen year old Shae lost her own brother to the Blot so she knows the disease well and has done her best to avoid it. One day the Bards come to either bless or curse Shae’s town. As they are leaving though Shae discovers her mother’s body and knows that the Bards had something to do with her death.

The one thing I will say that held me back from a higher rating for Hush by Dylan Farrow is that I thought this one could have used a bit more world building overall. The idea behind the story was creative and it moved at a decent pace to me for a fantasy which is usually my one big complaint but as I said this one was more an understanding of the plague and magic use that needed a bit more. Overall though this one came in at three and a half stars for me and I did enjoy it despite thinking it needed a little improvement.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon**

About the author:

Dylan Farrow is a writer, mother, and activist for survivors of sexual assault. Growing up in both New York City and rural Connecticut, she spent countless hours drawing and writing for pleasure. After graduating from Bard College she found a position at CNN as a production assistant and later moved into graphic design. Soon, however, she felt that neither were her calling. After getting married, Dylan returned to writing full time, exploring her love of YA fantasy. Hush is her debut novel.

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2 Comments on “Hush (Hush #1) by Dylan Farrow #bookreview #fantasy #YA #dystopian #romance #scifi #magic

    • Yes, I had to look up when the next was due since this was another I was behind on reviewing and had read a while ago. Long long wait between book one and two for this series so I always wonder if that was due to the pandemic.

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