Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

February 26, 2012

Hardcover, 427 pages

Published October 19th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Rating: 3.4 Glasses

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. 
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something. 
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
So I picked up Crescendo at the library the other day and I just finished. Filled with mystery, a lot of miscommunication, and sketchy characters, the second novel definitely continues Hush, Hush's legacy of angel love, if that's even what you'd call it. 

I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to swoon over it like I did with Hush, Hush and fall in love all over again with Patch, but I just couldn't. As good as Crescendo was, it didn't live up to my expectations. I found myself  constantly getting upset with Nora and Patch. If they just talked and listened to each other like normal people do in relationships, none of their problems would have existed.

But if you look past all of that the book is actually a really good read. The death of Nora's father comes in to play as you try and figure out what really did occur that dark night years ago. Then there's a weird thing going on with Patch and Marcie that leads to a problem with his and Nora's relationship. Vee plays a larger role in Nora's life in Crescendo and she's a lot more bearable than her attitude in the first book. She's dating Rixon throughout the novel after she was introduced to him by Patch.

Although the Patch and Nora action isn't as much in the book when they are together you're either annoyed with Patch or just frustrated that they can't be cute and get along most of the time. 

Despite the fact that I didn't really like it as Hush, Hush, it was a follow up to an amazing start of a series and I can't wait to get my hands on Silence. I mean, who can't help but love Patch, no matter how stupid he can get.


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