Saturday, October 9, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Released: October 19th, 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Copy provided by: ARC from publisher
Summary: Goodreads

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?

'Crescendo' is the much anticipated sequel to Becca Fitzpatrick's hugely popular 'Hush, Hush'. I read 'Hush, Hush' when it first came out and I remember really enjoying it. Strangely though, when I started reading 'Crescendo' I found myself with absolutely no recollection of what had happened in the first book. Oh, I remembered the character names, Patch and Nora, and I remembered that Patch was a fallen angel, but I couldn't remember any of the details. Sorry Ms Fitzpatrick.

Now, once I began reading, the details started to come back to me, and of course, the more I read the more I remembered. To be completely honest, my memory lapse did not affect my enjoyment of Crescendo in the end, but I did find it strange! May'be I've just been reading too many books?

Anyway, on to the book. Crescendo picks up right where 'Hush, hush' left off and Patch and Nora are enjoying coupledom. It would be too much to expect things to go smoothly for the pair of them, and before long a few spanners have been thrown in the works. One of the things I found myself thinking while reading this was how easily we think the worst of people. There are very few of us out there that, when faced with a nasty 'truth' about someone, will not believe the worst immediately. It is so much easier to believe the bad things than to fight to believe the good.

Patch and Nora are joined by Rixon, Scott and Vee, and Nora is tring to find out more about the death of her father. Vee is such a wonderful sidekick for Nora - I love the way that she is so comfortable in her own skin - I'm thinking it would be a good thing if more of us were as happy about ourselves as she is. Scott and Rixon are nicely presented as the good guy/bad guy - but are they good or are they bad? Nice bit of confusion going on there that I had fun unravelling. The mystery played out well and the characters worked for me.

All in all I quite enjoyed 'Crescendo'. Not one of my favourites, but a good read anyway.

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