TITLE/AUTHOR: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
GENRE: YA Paranormal/Romance
PUBLISHED: 19th October 2010
SOURCE: Hardback purchased from Amazon
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 read Crescendo straight after finishing Hush, Hush, I just couldn’t wait to start it. I’m sooo glad I’m late to read this series because it means I can go right through the whole series with no waiting around for the next book 🙂
It picked up where Hush, Hush finished, with Nora and Patch in a relationship after the events that happened in the school gym. Things seem to be going well for them until Nora says *those* 3 little words, causing Patch to back off and a whole host of new problems.
Nora finds herself in trouble and danger AGAIN in Crescendo! Things are happening to her again and someone is out to get her. The problem is she doesn’t know who she can trust and Patch isn’t around quite as much as he used to be. And Marcie Millar, her enemy? Yeah, she’s quite a problem for Nora this time, too.
Nora learns more about the Nephilim in this book, as well as discovering that an old childhood friend is one of them.
And Nora’s dad, he was shot, wasn’t he, he’s dead, isn’t he? Then why’s he showing up where Nora is? What’s going on there?
Crescendo was full of all of the same nerve-wracking tension, nail-biting drama, heart-pounding scary moments, and I STILL thought Nora was as crazy-but-borderline-stupidly-brave as she was in Hush, Hush. She just seemed to jump in to dangerous situations without much thought to her safety! That’s all well and good for a fictional character who has to appear in another 2 books, so is unlikely to die, but STILL not good for my nerves when she’s being pursued by someone who wants to cause her harm!
I really enjoyed Crescendo. It had all the elements of a good story; well paced, although slower at the start than the end, well written, and lots of description and world building. It kept my attention brilliantly and each time I had to put it down to do something boring like housework 😉 I was dying to get back to it. There were a few bits that were difficult to understand, like the explanation of the Nephilim blood line, even when I re-read those sections 2 or 3 times, so even though I really liked this book that caused it to lose a star … but then … what a cliff-hanger ending … that lost star came running back to join the other 4! Full 5 stars for Crescendo in the end! Definitely a recommended read, just make sure you pay attention to all the details!
I’ve already moved on to Silence, book #3 in the Hush, Hush saga, so look out for my review soon.