Book Review: Hush – A Lakeview Novel (Book 1)

16488672Title: Hush – A Lakeview Novel (Book 1) written by Stacey R. Campbell
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published by Gemelli Press LLC
Page count: 197
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #33

In the wake of his favorite aunt’s death Max stumbles upon old dusty pictures hidden under lock and key in his aunt’s old desk. While looking through the pictures he is reminded of old family stories that told of his aunt serving as a nanny to the late princess of Tamura, a small and wealthy country in Europe whose royal family has just been killed. Along with the pictures Max finds compelling evidence that the princess and a commoner may  have had a child. Through a simple internet search he finds out a few pieces of information about her and in desperate need of a research project that will please his demanding professor he decides to pitch this story to his teacher.

Max finds himself travelling to Canada as a foreign exchange student to the boarding school where Blakeley, the girl he thinks may be the princess and the last remaining heir to the throne of Tamura, attends school. No matter what he expected, one thing is for sure…he never expected to fall in love with her.

I received this review copy of Hush from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am so glad I read this book! I was drawn into the story from the very beginning and I was hooked throughout . I HAD to know what happened next, I found myself reading on my fifteen minute breaks and lunch break throughout my work day today.

I really liked the plot of the story, it’s similar to a Princess Diaries type of plot but manages to be even better in my opinion. Who doesn’t love a good story about long lost princesses? I know I do. This story has a sort of bittersweet feel to it as it starts with a tragedy where the whole royal family perishes under suspicious circumstances. But it ends in a really nice way and I was happy to see the princess really step up to the plate when she learns that she is to be Queen of Tamura. She doesn’t constantly whine or doubt herself and her ability to do what she needs to do, she does it and gets it done with grace. I love that about Blakeley, she is a really strong character. I do like the character building in this book. I felt like the characters were really defined and I had a clear picture of each character in my head. Although I felt like some of the plot was pretty predictable, it didn’t take away from the story at all.

This book was really a delight to read, I had a lot of fun reading it. There were quite a few times during my read of this book where I would laugh aloud and my husband would catch me laughing and look at me oddly. I love books that can do that and authors that are such great storytellers that their stories seep into  my life outside of the book. It’s books like those are the most fun.

This book is also the first book in a series so that’s always exciting especially when we want to see more of the characters, which I do! I really loved this story and I loved the characters. I really thought this book worked well with it’s size, it’s on the shorter side but everything was paced really well and the story just flowed so smoothly. I don’t feel like I have any questions that are unanswered although I miss the characters already.

This was a really light read at 197 pages. I read this in a day and that was with ten hours of work. Definitely give this one a read, you won’t regret it. I think fans of YA Romance would really enjoy the romance storyline in this book, I thought it was really sweet and such a fun book to read!

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