The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush! Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home. The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine? (Goodreads)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Published: October 19, 2010
Source: Self Purchase
By the end of Crescendo I felt as if it did live up to its name—everything getting louder and louder until finally everything comes together at once.
Crescendo picks up just a few months after Hush, Hush. At the start of Crescendo Nora and Patch are going strong. That is until Nora declares her feelings for Patch and then it all goes down hill from there. Honestly I really enjoyed Nora’s character in Hush, Hush, but in Crescendo she drove me crazy. She was like a bipolar patient off her meds, her only constant was that she was going to be up and down, up and down. I really missed my Nora and Patch time in this book. There just was not enough.
Patch is assigned to someone new to look after, and who do you think it is? That’s right it’s …Marcie! dom. dom. dom. The girl Nora hates most in the world. You see this coming and if Nora would stop and think for just a few minutes she would see it, too.
Now the big redeeming character that saved some of the middle of the book for me and kept me reading was Lee. I know total shock. I couldn’t stand her in the last book and I loved Lee in Crescendo. She kept the flow fun when Nora was being way too whiney for me.
So I know I have bashed Nora a bit but if you liked Hush, Hush and you haven’t read Crescendo yet let me tell you it is worth it just for the last forty to fifty pages or so. Man does Becca Fitzpatrick know how to write an ending that will leave you wanting more… Even when half the book annoyed you. I am now impatiently waiting on Silence with many others.
3 moons: I liked it.
Teens and up: Some violence, drinking, sexual situations.