TITLE: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: 19 October 2010
HARDCOVER: 427 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PRECEDED BY: Hush, Hush
FOLLOWED BY: Silence
SYNOPSIS: 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 (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.
If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.
After the crazy events that occurred in Hush, Hush, Crescendo takes place at the beginning of summer with Nora and her new guardian angel, Patch. Things are looking up until Nora admits her love for Patch to him. After that night, Patch becomes distant and starts spending an awful lot of time with Marcie Miller; upsetting Nora even more. Not only is Nora having guy troubles, but her childhood friend, Scott Parnell, comes back into town with secrets of his own that Nora tries to dig up. With all of that aside, Nora is being haunted by her father’s ghost, drawing Nora into figuring out how her father really died. But will this lead her to her own death?
Nora→ Nora is sooo annoying. I never realized how annoying she is. First she wants Patch near her and then she doesn’t. And she needs to stop getting herself into danger, shoot. Like, come on. Nora knows someone is after her but she still decides to go out alone at night. Really, Nora? She even acts like she doesn’t have a life outside of Patch and I just don’t like that. Oh, and don’t get me started on her letting Marcie push her around. Dang, I thought you had a backbone Nora? I can go on and on. But I did NOT like Nora in this book.
Patch→ Oh, yeah. I like Patch way more in this book than I did in book one. He is more mysterious and we get a feel of his personality and character more.
Scott→ Scott is one of my favorite characters. He is so funny and always lighten up the mood in the most serious situations.
The imagery was great as always. I love the mysterious vibe Becca Fitzpatrick writes in this series. It keeps me drawn and I am always hooked.
Aside from Nora’s foolishness, everything was great. The plot, twist and turns, and humor were all there and good.
Lesson Learned? Trust can go along way when the people you love are in danger.
Book Cover: .1
Character Development/Plot: 2.6 out of 3
Interest: 1 out of 1
Imagery: 1 out of 1
Total: 4.7 stars