GoodReads Description: Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as 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?
My Thoughts: Crescendo starts out with a heart-pounding prologue, 14 months prior to the present day, and we get a glimpse into the life of Nora's murdered father. I was excited after reading the first several pages and I knew I was in for quite a journey. This time around, Nora and her dark, delicious guardian angel boyfriend hit a bit of a rough patch (BAD PUN!) in their relationship. Why is Patch making a point to get close with Nora's arch-nemesis Marcie Millar? Why is ex-bully Scott all of a sudden hanging around Nora? And WHY is she having dreams about strange men from a few centuries ago? Crescendo has all the fixin's for a suspenseful, fast-paced read.
But I'm not gonna lie.
Reading Crescendo was like being in the head of a female horror movie lead. You know, the girl that makes decisions that will ultimately lead to her gruesome and untimely death. Yeah, kind of like that. I screamed at and pleaded with her, "no, Nora! Don't go upstairs!" "No, Nora! That kitten is actually a zombie in disguise and it'll eat your brains if you tempt it with hotdogs like that!" "No, that rusty nail sticking out of that window you're climbing through can cause tetanus!"
The constant indecision taking place within her brain and her strange rationalizations for her actions made absolutely no sense to me. The entire time, I wanted to take her to a shrink and have them prescribe some Xanax. It was like a 400-page long anxiety attack with episodes of mania thrown in. But even though Nora drove me to drink on more than one occasion, I could not stop reading this book. The suspense! The anticipation! The "NO PATCH DON'T GO!"
Speaking of Patch, holy crap was he enticing in this novel. Much more absent than I'd prefer, but I love him regardless.Sure, he also drove me slightly crazy with all the back-and-forth and up-and-down, but he was surprisingly un-douchebaggy in this book. The attitude and the intrigue are still there, but there was a hefty amount of vulnerability in the sequel to Hush, Hush. His feelings for Nora are blatantly apparant to everyone but Nora. I couldn't wait to see where he'd show up next.
ALSO, Vee kicks a monumental amount of arse in this one. I'd read this book for Vee alone. I love how brutally honest she was with Nora, because she needs that in her life. I also LOVED the confrontation amongst Nora, Vee, and Marcie. That made me cheer for the Vee/Nora duo hardcore. I was pretty happy to see Nora stand up for herself for once. Hopefully a prelude of things to come.
I think that my copy of Crescendo was laced with a little bit of crack. I didn't want to put it down. Fitzpatrick crafts her story in such a way that she leaves you with little to no clue as to what will happen next. I am on pins & needles for Tempest, and Crescendo hasn't even freaking come out yet. Not to mention there's a dirty, rotten cliffhanger that will leave you kinda speechless. I cannot wait to see where this goes next.
Oh, and Becca? I need much, much, MUCH more Patch in Tempest, por favor? With cherries on top?
Series: Hush, Hush was released in 2009. Book 3, Tempest, will be released in 2011.
Source: I won this ARC, courtesy of Fallen Archangel and Simon and Schuster.
Published: Simon & Schuster, 427 pages (October 19, 2010)
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