Review + Giveaway: Hush by Stacey R. Campbell

hushTitle: Hush (The Lakeview, #1)
Author: Stacey R. Campbell
Publication Date: January 23rd 2013 by Green Darner Press
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis

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?

Hush was such an interesting read. It did start a bit slow and boring but I was really excited to see what’s going to happen so I went on.

I liked the premise of the book. I mean, long lost heir of a royal family and a British guy going undercover, it sounded pretty exciting and cool!

Blakely was this cool, friendly girl who turned out to be the long lost heir of a beloved royal family. She’s got a strong aura around her which made me root for her. I love her relationship with her friends, kind of a squad thing which is always cool!

Max was this British kid, who kind of went into undercover with the aid of a professor, who had a lead about the long lost royal heir. He’s a bit mysterious but sweet. Not that swoony though, which made me a bit sad because most British guys in YA novels are those I tend to fall in love with. Hahahaha! But then again, I guess that’s just me. I also felt him being British a but lacking, like he’s not even British at all, unless you mention the accent.

I really had mixed feelings about the book. It was a bit unpredictable and albeit being dragging sometimes, I found it really enjoyable most of the time. It sort of gave me a Princess Diaries kind of feels.

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