author : becca fitzpatrick
pages : [hardcover] 427
favorite characters : rixon & vee
memorable quote : They said the moment I fell in love with you was the moment you’d leave.
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.
I absolutely loved Hush, Hush and I’ve been looking forward to reading the sequel for a while. Because I borrowed the first from my library I wanted to do the same with this one and it took me a while to get my hands on it. I think the time in between really made me lose some of my enthusiasm for this series. I loved book one so, so much and Crescendo simply felt like one huge disappointment.
Nora as a character was such a problem for me. The way she let Patch dictate her life and then how she tried to bully him into only acting the way she wanted him to just frustrated me. I can’t reveal anything without getting spoilery, but suffice it to say that Nora is a much weaker character now. I liked Vee so much more that actually at times I wished badly that she was the one narrating things, not her friend. Vee is characterized in a more interesting and thorough way than our supposed heroine is.
A lot of nothing happens in this novel, all building up to the conclusion and a cliff-hanger that will force me to read on to the third book. There is too much back and forth between Nora, so much undeserved jealousy, so many petty passages of Nora lamenting things when she should be focusing on other, more important things . .
I think that if the characters were better formed then I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. I expected more character development because in book one we’re just getting to meet them; now there’s room for more flexibility that never even happens. Maybe, hopefully, there’ll be some of that in the next book but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’ll be reading this series through just to see what happens and hopefully I’ll find more to enjoy in it.
I give Crescendo 2/5 stars. It just wasn’t any good for me.