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Hush (Pandora's Box Book 2) by [Liza James]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08TTNHZKK
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7574 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 436 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B095NLTCHZ
  • Customer Reviews:
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Liza James writes Contemporary, New Adult Romance novels. In between reading countless novels, you can find her writing, taking photos, making coffee or spending time with her family.

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Beth Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, yes, yes!! Liza has done it again!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2021
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Aly
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than book 1
Reviewed in Canada on 3 June 2021
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K. Friend (The Romantic Rush)
5.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent love
Reviewed in the United States on 28 May 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turbulent love
Reviewed in the United States on 28 May 2021
I’ve made no secret that Vibe is one of the most powerful and transformative books I’ve ever read. Liza floored me with the hauntingly beautiful story and it’s brilliantly powerful and resonant allegory about our own humanity. So when I heard she was telling us more from this world, I was ecstatic to revisit a world and characters that altered me so fundamentally. And Hush is a triumphant return- but one that is most decidedly different in both chemistry and impact, but a story no less meaningful and thought provoking.

While this takes place in the Vibe world, is also F/F, and involves the same dark enemies as its predecessors, you shouldn’t expect this to be anything like Vibe. Because Liza James is an author with a point of view, but also a writer that bleeds her own feelings on the page. SO in the same way Vibe had something to say, in the same way Vibe was a place for both us and Liza to work with our “ish”- Hush is a gutsy, emotional, and deeply raw and vulnerable artistic expression- but with something new to say. And, no pun intended, with a totally different vibe.

K and Lyp’s relationship dynamics are what makes this story so different- this is a love story built on hate, trauma, deception, and desperation. This is not a tale about an unbreakable and undeniable connection- because K and Lyp’s connection has been broken time and time again, defiled and deformed by their own decisions and that of the dark and depraved world that has harmed them. Liza presents us a different kind of love- one that is toxic, born and reborn in pain. K and Lyp’s love story is one of destruction and damage- there is no true healing or love’s saving touch. Because love is pain, and for them there is no choice about whether they suffer, the only choice is whether they suffer alone.

Liza doesn’t just allow these characters to damage each other, she unveils how they damage themselves as they battle seemingly insurmountable demons- metaphoric and almost literal. K drowning in her own hostility and anger, shuttering herself inside her biting barbed wire of a personality. While Lyp tries to delude and numb- with drugs, with detached and feigned connections, with her forced emptiness. At times, they are both radically unlikable- and I love that Liza did not back down from that. They are stubborn and vindictive, but worst of all they are liars. Never have I seen characters so reliant on deceit- they lie not only to each other, but to themselves. And because they are characters who delude themselves, I struggled to connect with both of them- to burrow into their emotions. But that's okay- because this isn't about my personal connection with them, this is about me understanding the impact of their connection to each other. Together, they are emotionally dangerous. Their chemistry is turbulent and volatile at its most stable, at its full on nuclear disaster. So much anger and trauma divides them, that only something so evil could force them to seek to bridge it, to force them to face the weaponize mistruths and deception between them. And even when they explore their messy and fragile tether, their love is never sweet- oh no, their love is hostile. I don’t know how, but Liza harnesses hostility in a romantic way- because these two fighting each other is their way to cope and forgive. Their love is a fight.

So yes, they are embattled, fighting not only a shared enemy but fighting each other, but especially fighting themselves. Whereas Vibe was about emotional liberation and freeing your repressed identity, Hush is more about ownership. Owning the parts of yourself that are broken, and owning the damage you’ve caused to yourself and others. Unlike Ruby and Aura, these characters have already examined the best and worst of each other, and they’ve just chosen to mute that part of their souls. Owning their full selves takes courage and vulnerability that both have not been able to muster in their tragic solitude, the irony of course being the very person that inspires the pieces of their souls that they have buried is also the only person that can unearth them.

Brilliantly, the backdrop of this story is reminiscent of Vibe’s- we have the seductive glowing lights of a seedy strip club and the same megalomaniac leader of a now wounded, but not erased, depraved cult. This not only lulls us into the story with its familiar architecture, a clever distraction that only serves to make the twists and volatile emotions more jarring, but it also helps Liza juxtapose our Vibe world couples. Couples who on the surface have a similar journey, but couples whose love is nothing alike. IN the same setting, up against the same foe, Liza uses those parallels to create space for K and Lyp to recreate our understanding of how people love, to accentuate what makes K and Lyp so special, and so challenging. Which is also a smart and uncanny nod to our own humanity- we all live in the same dark and twisted world, but the damage it inflicts on us and the damage we inflict on others varies- even though pain itself is universal. Nature and nurture. But both Hush and Vibe have a clear and compelling thematic truth- that freedom and self-actualization only comes when we open our own pandora’s box. The journey is in facing every dark nook and cranny of our own hearts, of our own souls- and in refusing to hush those sides of ourselves. Pain makes us human, but in order to claim our humanity, we have to own that pain, face it head on, and love ourselves BECAUSE of it, not despite it. That is the most challenging battle we’ll ever face.

I’m so grateful I discovered an author as brave as Liza James- an author who tells stories with such integrity and soul. She gives us stories that are hard to process, and at times perhaps some don’t even fully understand, because she remembers that her words are art that more than entertain (though they do). Her stories are meant to help us more clearly see pieces of ourselves, to challenge or transform us in some way- and Hush is yet another example of her special talent. Vibe transformed, Hush challenges. They are tragic chaos, intense passion. But they are truth, the raw and uncomfortable truth we all have within us. If only we’re brave enough to face it.

PS: Liza responsibly cautions you in the beginning, but take note of the trigger warnings. There are many, and Liza does not sugarcoat them- trauma is blunt and cold, and Liza writes it just as it is committed. If you have any triggers, this book is not for you.
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Reviewed in the United States on 9 October 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am completely speechless
Reviewed in the United States on 12 June 2021
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