Becca Fitzpatrick Crescendo
427 pp. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 2010 ISBN: 9781416989431
Summary (From the publisher): “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?”
Let’s start with the obvious- Becca Fitzpatrick is a super-talented author! I’ve noticed that sometimes books in the middle of a series or trilogy tend to drag; not so with Crescendo. I was hooked from the beginning to the very end, which left me yelling “What the?!” But more on that in a bit… Her ability to create a scene through vivid imagery and invoke strong emotions towards a character is excellent. While reading both books I’ve found myself thinking “Wow, could I ever do something like that?” Becca’s talent is impressive.
Nora is a fun character to read. I love that she wants to be perceived as tougher than she appears; it’s tiring reading damsels in distress over and over. Of course, Nora faces her fair share of distressful situations, but she’s always trying to fight and think her way out of them. I especially enjoyed her relationship with Vee. In Hush, Hush we didn’t get to interact with Vee as often. She’s incredibly amusing and acts as a good friend to Nora. I don’t know how many girls would follow their best friend into a questionable bar and offer up her car over and over again. Props to Nora and Vee!
In regards to characters, I found myself growing more and more frustrated with Patch. But I suspect that was the point because Nora was feeling the same. I kept wishing he’d just be honest with Nora, but I also kept wishing that Nora would allow him to explain himself! Advice to Nora and Patch- communication is KEY in any relationship. (Yes, I know I’m speaking to fictional characters… lol). If the two of them would have been honest with each other, so many problems would have been avoided or solved faster. However, I still adore Patch and how he watches over Nora.
The one thing I hope to learn more about in book #3 is Nora’s family history and Nephilim connection. We got a taste in Crescendo, but I am yearning for more information! I was making predictions throughout the book and just when I thought I’d have my answers at the end, I was left hanging. But it was definitely in a good way! Just like I said earlier in my post, I definitely yelled “What the?!” My husband was sleeping next me (I stayed up way too late on a school night to finish reading) and I’m surprised I didn’t wake him up. The ending of Crescendo is the perfect lead in to the next book.