Title: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Release Date: October 19, 2010
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 in increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything--and everyone--she trusts.
I loved Hush, Hush when I read it last fall so I couldn’t wait to get around to reading Crescendo. While it drew me in completely and I highly enjoyed reading it, there were some aspects of the book that felt forced and that I didn’t particularly like. But overall, and despite those things, it was a book I really enjoyed.
Nora is alive and now she has Patch as her guardian angel. When everything should be going well, strange things start happening and the relationship between Nora and Patch suffers from it all. Now Nora is having weird dreams, visions of her father and Patch is too busy with someone else to help her make sense of it all. Nora doesn’t know who to turn to as she finds herself in more danger than ever before. The only thing she needs to figure out now is who she can trust and who she should run from.
As much as I liked Nora and could relate to her in the previous book, this time she got on my nerves a little. I still like her, I was just annoyed with how she was reacting to what was going on with Patch, it wasn’t the reaction I was expecting from her. Patch was still as infuriating as ever and I still wanted to punch him half the time. Even after two books, I still don’t really understand him or figure out how sincere he really is. And then there were new characters that I didn’t really know what to make of. Between Scott and Rixon, I had a lot of trouble figuring out who was the good guy and who was the bad guy, and even now I’m still not entirely sure.
The story I had a little trouble with. There were some parts that felt forced, like Patch and Nora’s breakup, but at the same time there wouldn’t have been a story without it. Despite that, I was still completely drawn in to the story, it had me captivated from beginning to end. It was action-packed and full of twists. I didn’t really understand what was happening until the very end and even now I still have doubts about what I think happened. If is doesn’t do anything else, this is a story that will draw you in and entertain you for at least a few hours.
Overall, Crescendo was an entertaining and enjoyable read that drew me in right from the start. I can’t wait to see how Becca Fitzpatrick will bring it all to an end in Silence, the final book in the series.