Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (ARC)

Title: Crescendo
Series: Hush, Hush
Book #: Two
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: 2010
Source: Traveling ARC Tours

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? (taken from

I actually enjoyed Crescendo more than I thought I would. Fitzpatrick's writing has only improved since her debut novel, and I immensely enjoyed the newest installment in this series. 

The plot moves quickly and is jam-packed with action and suspense. Nora is a strong heroine, and although she made some pretty reckless (and sometimes stupid) decisions, I enjoyed following her on the adventure. Patch, on the other hand, drove me insane. His mysterious ways and cockiness kept me frustrated for 400+ pages. To be fair, I was occasionally tempted to fall for him.. especially when I pictured him in those jeans and his blue baseball cap... *sighs*

As I said earlier, this is definitely not a slow book. From the first page on, I was taken on twists and turns as Nora tries to unravel both her past and her future. The mystery level was kicked up a notch in the second book, and I enjoyed the snooping. Fitzpatrick's vivid descriptions and suspenseful situations had me on the edge of my seat. 

Crescendo was, in my eyes, a complete success. Unlike some sequels, it didn't disappoint. My only complaint was the ending. How could the author end it like that? Such cruel cliff hangers should be illegal! Now I can't wait for the third book, Tempest. 

Overall, I'd say that if you loved Hush, Hush, I think you'll enjoy Crescendo just as much, if not more. Be sure to snag your own copy on October 19th! 

1 comment:

Adriana said...

Ugh... I hate cliff hangers! I'm still really looking forward to reading this, even though I'm not a huge fan of Patch. :P