Saturday, August 21, 2010

YA review: Crescendo

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? (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...Crescendo starts with the mysterious murder of Nora's Dad, then quickly picks up where Hush, Hush leaves off.  If you have not read Hush, Hush, I recommend you read it before Crescendo.

Some things did not change between the two books.  First, Patch is still shady.  I still have a hard time trusting him and I lost my connection with his character.  While I want to believe he has Nora's best interests at heart, his actions at times are very hard to swallow.  I want to cry into my pillow for the pain he causes her.  Secondly, the evil character of Marcie is still around causing havoc.  Actually she is ten times worse in Crescendo, if that is even possible.  Book two does offer some insight into why she is so cruel. 

Fitzpatrick does a great job of writing Nora's character in this book.  She acts her age, making reckless decisions, and speaking without thinking.  Her jealousy is written in a way I could relate to, many of us could.  Her character also shows quite a bit of growth.  She is a lot more confident and street smart. 

Crescendo fills in a lot of blanks from Hush, Hush.  These details provide a larger picture of Fitzpatrick's world.  Nora is still a magnet for trouble, which takes readers on an adventure.  Parts of the story were are scary in a way that makes you want to leave the lights on and check under the bed.  The ending of the story surprised me a bit and left me hanging.  I am eager to continue reading as Nora is already in a heap of trouble. 

For more information, visit Becca Fitzpatrick at her website or The Fallen Archangel site.  Crescendo hits shelves in October 2010, follow this link to preorder your copy

If you enjoyed this book, you may also like...
1. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski
2. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
3. Fallen by Lauren Kate


pirate penguin said...

Nice to hear that Patch hasn't changed ;P I wondered about Marcie! She just disappeared in the second book...I still can't wait to read Crescendo though. Nice review! :)

Juju at Tales of said...

I didn't really like Patch. I wonder if this book will push me over the edge. Great review!

Alexander Bennett said...

I'm reading Hush Hush and so want this one too!

Cari said...

I agree Patch broke my heart in this book.

Tara SG (25 Hour Books) said...

I love that you mentioned how easy is it is to relate to Nora's jealousy. My heart broke for her, but it also broke for Patch. I understood some of why he was doing what he was and it was so hard to watch them hurt each other :(

Hazel Williams said...

Can't wait for my copy of this book to arrive... I really loved Patch in Hush Hush, can't wait!!! :) Hazel

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