Crescendo Review

Crescendo ReviewCrescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 3, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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 Path 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 increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

Literary's Views

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick was an emotional roller coaster that left me filled with so many different emotions raging from like to dislike. Since the story was told in first person point of view from Nora her relationship with Patch was a constant tipsy turvy ride. This was good and bad at the same time because it did bring drama and intensity to the story. But I soon became irritated by Nora and the constant back and forth with the love hate with Patch and his mysteriousness and allusiveness. Now I understand being in Nora’s position I would probably feel and act the same but I would have liked Nora to be a bit more firm and resolved in her decisions. I mean you can take the mysterious and allusiveness for so long until it becomes a problem and I feel that by the middle towards the end I wanted to yell at Patch to tell Nora something, anything, instead of keeping her in the dark for so long and leaving her to figure everything out for herself. The relationship between Patch and Nora was as exciting as it was confusing, adding to the suspense of the story.  At some moments they had me wondering if being together was the best thing for them.  There was plenty of tension and passion between these two that had me turning pages to find out what would ultimately happen between them. 

Nora’s likability was up and down with me, though I could understand where she was coming from, she had me frustrated with some of the decisions she made. Like how she let people treat her, such as Patch and her school nemesis Marcie (who seriously needed to get beat up). Now if you thought Patch was mysterious elusive and dangerous before, he’s even more so now.  There is a fine line between trying to protect someone and being deceitful and Patch straddled that line deliciously.  Through out the story I didn’t know if he was ultimately bad or good.  Becca did a wonderful job keeping up the tension and questions.  At a lot of points I question his true intentions and whether it was right adding major suspense.

From the start of Crescendo to the very last page, Becca Fitzpatrick had me thrown into such an emotional roller-coaster be it surprise, frustration, joy, confusion, sympathy or anger. This story was full with intensity and suspense and Becca did a very good job at keeping me engrossed.  She had me questioning everyone and everything, making this an interesting story that will defiantly leave you emotionally exhausted…in a good way, and in the end isn’t that a what a good book is suppose to do?
 

3 Stars