Hush (Lakeview 1)

HushHush (Lakeview Series 1) by Stacey R. Campbell

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. 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?

I decided to read the book because of the name, Hush (Lakeview Series 1). I didn’t find out its subtitle until I opened the book. For me Hush is an enigma of a word. You hear some words all your life and they take meanings of their own. Your mother and grandmother could say the same word and they mean two different things. Hush is one of those words.

For me the word Hush changed watching the Season 4, Episode 10 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Entitled, Hush, it’s one of the creepiest hours of not just television but any visual medium. If you never seen it just watch. It changed the way I saw the world.

Hush (Lakeview Series 1) had me the moment I finished the second chapter. It has the hook I look for mystery, drama that seems to borders soapy. The moment the entire royal family was killed I knew it was “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!!!”

This novel was so much more than I thought it was going to be. You really can’t go wrong with this young adult novel. The romance was the right amount of swoon and two people falling in love. The supporting subplot was perfectly balanced to the main plot. The moment I reached the end I wanted more from Blakely and Max.

Stacey R Campbell created a novel that you should want to not only read but see on the silver screen. It’s like a mashup of Princess Diaries meets The Illusionist with a dash of Brick. This one of those novels that could have the tween girls flocking to the theatre to watch, especially if the find the right cast to fill the roles. For now they will have to be content with repeatedly reading this modern rag to royalty tale. The sequel Whisper comes out this fall.

I give Hush (Lakeview Series 1) 4 out 5 Gs.

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