Monday, January 23, 2012

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: paranormal, mystery
Series and Book #: Hush, Hush Saga #2
Pages: 427

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.

Though it had a rocky start, Crescendo lived up to it's predecessor. Another mystery, more angels, and, of course, Patch.

I thought that after the near-attempt on her life, Nora would be a bit more cautious about who she hung around and where she tried to find information. But she threw caution into the wind and completely disregarded Patch's warnings. This made for an interesting, suspenseful novel in which Nora's running from the bad guys constantly and Patch is always making surprise appearances!

It was really hard for me to get into the beginning of the novel. It was so slow and the only real anxiety was between Patch and Nora. There were no bad guys, just distrust and heartbreak. Nora was so consumed with Patch that she had neglected to discover what was happening (essentially) in her own back yard. But it picked up and got right back on track with the perfect amount of balance between Patch and the mystery of her father's murder.

Overall, not as great as Hush, Hush. I have a feeling that this is one of those middle books that doesn't really have a great story, but it sets up the next novel. I loved the new characters Fitzpatrick added to the mix, and all the new, scarier places where Nora could find herself. Fitzpatrick definitely didn't have "dull" on her mind when she wrote this book! The ending featured a cliff-hanger that I am desperately wanting to un-cliff-hang! So if you'll excuse me, I'm off to read Silence!

The Cover: I really, really love it. Heartbreaking and symbolic.

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