Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: Stephanie’s review

Posted October 20, 2010 by 3 Comments

Synopsis:

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described 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?

Review:

Just when you thought things in Hush, Hush couldn’t get any hotter, Becca Fitzpatrick teases readers with a steamfest in the first pages of its sequel, Crescendo. But hold onto your hormones, because all is not love and roses for Patch and Nora.

Speaking of hormones, the likable Nora from Hush, Hush seems to be having trouble handling her hormonal mood swings in Crescendo. This girl is a certifiable mess. All that angelic mind-warping has rendered her incapable of making up her mind about anything or anyone — Patch, recently-returned childhood playmate Scott, Marcie Millar, her a-bit-more-present mother and recently dead father. Fitzpatrick expertly captures the moodiness and dramatic voice of teen angst. Readers may be tempted to yell out loud at Nora for her back-and-forth, but this reader remembers acting an awful lot like that … and worse.

A page-turner from start to finish, Fitzpatrick is also the queen of action sequences with perfectly timed clue-dropping, chilling descriptions and a long list of possible suspects, including Nora’s childhood playmate, Scott, who had a tendancy toward cruelty that left a bad taste in Nora’s mouth (literally). He’s also slippery as a worm and you can’t quite pin down if he’s a good guy or a bad guy.

Kind of like Patch. He’s just so bad. Sure, Nora pushes him away, but does he really have to take up company with the reviled Marcie Millar? And why does she hate Nora so much anyway? Her antics are the stuff of high school nightmares. Nora’s best friend, Vee, continues to be her sidekick, but I often found myself questioning her motivations, as well. She’s not exactly the voice of reason.

All of this combines to give Hush, Hush fans exactly what they want: passion, mystery, action, danger, angst and enough betrayal to leave readers wondering, “Who can I trust?”

That, my friends, is the million-dollar question.

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3 responses to “Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: Stephanie’s review

  1. Crescendo was EXACTLY what I was looking for with the follow-up to Hush-Hush!! I can’t wait for October 2011 for the sequel… I read Crescendo for 8 hours straight, and could not put it down. Becca, is a fantastic writer, and had me from the Prologue. The last Chapter is a breath taker, and is unbelievable! Dramatic, exciting, blood pumping and dangerously..delicious!

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