Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages: 427
Format: Hardback
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Description: 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.

The second installment of Fitzpatrick series starts off with a flashback to the night that Nora's dad died. We see that it wasn't just a random mugging and murder. But somehow it was mixed in with the Nephilim. Then it turns to present day. It's summer and Nora couldn't be happier with Patch. The story picks up on the night before summer school starts. In a sweet moment in his jeep, Patch gives Nora his archangel necklace and in return Nora gives him the ring that her dad gave her a week before he was murder. At first Patch refused to take it but Nora refuses to take no as an answer. Nora then tells him those three little words that usually scare guys, I love you. When Patch doesn't say it back Nora feels humiliated. But even more so when Patch claims to hear something in the woods and heads off to investigate. The next morning starts off to a bad start. Nora's mom had sold her car for bill money not long before the book starts. Nora wakes up late and almost is late for her first day. To top it off Marcie is her lab partner and tells her that she say Patch in her drive way last night.

Confronting Patch wasn't easy, but he didn't denied it, which ultimately leads to their breakup. And what is any YA series without another guy involved? Enter Scott. You can tell he is trouble from the first moment. But it doesn't take Nora long to realize that Scott is a Nephilim and that he is hiding something. And Nora being foolish stupid decides to find out what it is. Which means spending time with Scott. And it doesn't help that everytime she turns around she sees Marcie with Patch. Even though Patch does what he can to keep Nora safe. Not to mention right before the break up Patch set Vee up with Rixon.

It doesn't take Nora long to realize that it seems like someone is after her again. Only this time she can't count on Patch to always be there for her.

I hated the break up between Nora and Patch, but I understand it had to happen. And even though Nora was acting like a typical 16 year old girl, I hate to think that they could of made things better if Nora came to her senses from the beginning. The twist at the end of the book was surprising. And I hated who it was. I really did love the character. Not to mention the twists about Nora's heritage, which I pretty much saw that coming.

And then of course the ending was a cliffhanger! If you loved the first book you would definitely love this one.  

Rating: 4/5

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