Friday, October 29, 2010
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: Action, Adventure, Angels, Mystery, Romance, YA
Reviewed by Kate
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?
How do I even begin my review of this book? I'll start by my initial worries about this book. I'm not 100% sure but pretty sure that Hush Hush, the first book in this series, was supposed to be a stand alone novel. It seemed to me that it would have been fine that way, though I'm glad it's not. Anyway, it always worried me when authors either make their stand-alone novels a series or make way to many books in a series, you just don't want to push to-much-of-a-good-thing. So I was worried that this book wouldn't be as good because it seemed more of an after thought to the success of Hush Hush. But I have to say that Fitzpatrick did an amazing job. I loved this book, and at times hated it.
So this book was a lot different than Hush Hush but if you didn't know that Hush Hush and Crescendo were related before reading them you could tell afterwards, it still has ties and expands on things from Hush Hush. This book actually has a lot more mystery of who killed Nora's dad and a new secret society, I won't give away any spoilers so that's all I'll say, than anything else. I really liked that aspect of the story, there really wasn't to much romance. In fact Nora and Patch take a break throughout the whole book pretty much, and yes Patch hangs out with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie. However predictable this may seem for a second book it was done in a way that I liked a lot, well hated actually but that was just the situation in general. So this book was a lot of mystery and action.
I was really disappointed that Patch wasn't in the book a whole lot. I missed his sarcastic, arrogant, in a bad boy way that I love, and sexiness/charm. I was also a little confused by some of Nora's actions about him being being Marcie. Sometimes I was saying "yes Nora!" other times I was thinking why on earth is she doing that. But then I thought about how I would be feeling in that situation and I think that that is how I might react as well, against my better judgment. Love hurts. It also bothered me that at the end Patch and Marcie's relationship was sort of explained but not really, I need more.
One thing I loved about this book was the mystery. There are so many twists and turns that I was not expecting at all. This book really is preparing for what I hope is an explosive next book. There's just so many things that are set up in this book that NEED to be answered/resolved in the next book. I hated the ending, well it was more I hated the ending because you need to know what happens next and we have to wait a little less than a full year for the next book. It makes me want to pull my hair out in frustration. But I'm super excited for the next book! Overall, this book left me with so many emotions. I know this review is a little hard to understand since this left me with so many different feelings, most were contradicting, but I'm still giving this book a 5 Kisses! I absolutely loved it! If I can decipher my feelings and thoughts better I'll come and change my review.