Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Remember all the things you loved about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick? There’s all of that and more in the sequel, Crescendo — in stores October 19th. But be prepared … things are not all rainbows and sunshine for our favorite fallen angel-turned-guardian angel and his human girlfriend. Far from it, in fact.

The book picks up with Patch and Nora just a few weeks after the ending of Hush, Hush — and while things seem idyllic at first, events quickly spiral out of control in a series of shocking new twists and turns. The danger isn’t over. Patch and Nora’s relationship isn’t at its finest. Marcie Millar is more intent than ever on making Nora’s life a nightmare. (I mean really, what is that girl’s problem?! We’ll soon find out …) And then there’s still the mystery of Nora’s father’s murder. Oh, and it seems like someone else may be trying to kill her now, too. Not the best way to spend a summer, eh?

Once again, Fitzpatrick captures the emotional roller coaster of those teen years — while still maintaining her characters (Nora especially) as unique individuals. Likewise, Patch is a perpetual hot and cold — and even while Nora continues to long for him (often against her better judgment), as the reader you can’t help but wonder about his motives. We want him to be good. We want him to make things right. But as events continue to unfold, we continue to question him time and time again — while still feeling that same longing for him that Nora does.

And we do feel that longing with Nora — not only for Patch, but for her murdered father; for wanting to stop the school bully; for wanting to just be left alone and have a quiet, normal existence. The way Fitzpatrick has written from Nora’s perspective draws you in as the reader, so that you are along for the ride with 100% emotional investment. It’s just that sometimes, your emotions may have you wanting to throw the book across the room. Things don’t always go well, and readers may not always be happy with Nora’s decisions.

But what’s really so wonderful about Crescendo, is the way Fitzpatrick balances the everyday — summer school, getting a job, dealing with the bully — with the supernatural — that is, fallen angels, guardian angels, Nephilim and the like. The two aspects of the novel never feel stark or in contradiction; rather, they blend seamlessly into one another. There’s never a jarring jolt out of or into “reality.”

Crescendo is also delightfully action-packed, with a cinematic climax that will get your pulse pounding. Every time it seems like the narrative stops to pause — giving the reader a chance to catch their breath — something happens to get your adrenaline pumping yet again. It’s one of those quintessential “page-turners.” And I do love a good action scene. The climax, itself, is written wonderfully and is extremely visual. Fitzpatrick’s written it so vividly that it was as if the scene itself came to life before my eyes while I was reading. I could see it; I could hear it; I could taste it. It had a very cinematic quality to it.

Now, I couldn’t finish this review without addressing the ending. Oh, the ending. I don’t want to spoil anything. But I will say this: it’s a darn good thing Becca announced a third book. DARN GOOD THING. As with other events in the book — it felt like the action had finally winded down, and moments were feeling sweet again. But in the last page and a half, Fitzpatrick whisks you away on another whirlwind. It happened so fast, I had to go back the next day and reread the last chapter. And then I reread it a third time the day after that — just to absorb every detail of what happened.

Be sure to check back for more about Hush, Hush and Crescendo here at Novel Novice — when the series is featured as our November Book of the Month!

Meanwhile, Crescendo is in stores next Tuesday. Check out the book trailer below:


22 thoughts on “Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

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  1. I thought this one was so, so much better than the first. Somehow, all of the negativity between Patch and Nora made this book intensely awesome. And the ending? Right there with you. I SCREAMED when the book ended.

    Great review! 🙂


    This book had me soooo mad. lol
    Becca did an amazing job, of course.
    No joke though, I got pissed off several times throughout the book because I love Patch so much.
    She just HAD to make him out to be the bad guy so many times, huh?? lol All turned out well though.
    I hate that we have to wait so long to find out what Barnabas is going to do with Nora now. =\

    1. Yes, there were a few times I wanted to throw the book across the room while reading it! 🙂 But it definitely kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen!!

  3. i really love this book full of mysteries, action and of course romance!!!

    i can’t wait to read crescendo…..

    but there is something i want to know is anybody know why patch looked like he know nora even though they didn’t meet yet???? i think this part is when nora touched his scar and saw him with dabria talking with each other….

    i really appreciate if you can give me an answer!!!
    tnx~ ^_^

    1. He knows Nora because he has been following
      because he thought that was the only way to get his wings back and get back into heaven

  4. I haven’t read Crescendo yet, and I have just finished reading ‘Hush, hush’ and I am dying to read more! 😀 I need it!!
    I had never heard of Becca before, but last year I wanted to get ‘Hush, hush’ but I didn’t tho I wish I had!!
    I like how Patch is so mysterious and Nora tries to figure out his past!
    I never want these books to end!!! ❤ xoxo

  5. Heey 😀

    I love Becca’s books. I mean…about Crescendo end… i mean… but why did it had to end it like that? I mean..
    i want to know what happened to Patch, what happened to Nora, have she escaped or stayed? i mean. come on!.. i want to read the third book! 🙂

  6. I just finished the first book and i’m dieing to read the nexted two i relly love the end when there in the gym lol can’t wait to read the rest of the books.

  7. So, I read Crescendo a while ago. I had a hard time with this book. I loved Hush, Hush, but I didn’t like Cresecendo at all. Nora just REALLY pissed me off. She let too much bother her with Patch, though I think with Marcie, she was spot on. I hated that Becca Fitzpatrick didn’t do her research about Maine. Literly, she could have gone onto the internet and found out that Springvale isn’t a coastal town, but it’s 45 minutes southwest of Portland, and in the lake region of Southern Maine. I know this, I’m from the lake region of Maine! Seriously, had issue with that simply because it wasn’t a made up place but a real one she couldn’t bother to get right! The end, to me was the best part of the book. It had an exciting and nail-biting cliffhanger which I will read the next one simply because I want to know what happens. Still though, she should have done her research!

  8. well, does anybody knows if this books is going to be trnaslated into greek? i want soo much to read it 😦 but i can’t 😦 if you know it plz answer me soon :/

  9. Hi!
    I’m from Russia… so if I’ll have any mistakes I am very sorry)
    I think this book is very interested and I need to read it again. I’d like to read the next too. If anybody now about it please write me.

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