Hush by Stacey R. Campbell – 3 stars (out of 5)

*I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.*

Hush - A Lakeview Novel (Book 1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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?

My Thoughts:

-I think that my favorite thing about Hush is the story behind it. Campbell wrote it for her oldest daughter when she went to  boarding school. Blakely, the main character, is named after and loosely based on her. There will  be two more books in this series, each based on Campbell’s other daughters. How completely sweet is that?

-While this is a YA book and there is some more mature language and themes throughout the story, I felt like it was written for the very young end of the YA spectrum. The dialogue and some of the minor plot points seemed more adolescent than Young Adult and since I am well past Young Adult age, I found that I didn’t enjoy the book quite as much. However, I think a younger reader would probably enjoy it.

-The characters were mostly likable. I enjoyed the friendships between Blakely and her classmates, as well as her close relationship with her parents and sister. However, I found them a little un-relatable – they were all Beautiful and Popular and had no problems whatsoever. Blakely was also a little entitled, but I guess she can be since she is actually a Princess. Max was probably my favorite character, but he was a pretty stereotypical teen guy and I would’ve liked to have seem him fleshed out a little more.

-Overall, I found Hush to be a cute, enjoyable story. I would recommend it to the younger readers of YA fiction.

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