29 October 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as 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?
  • Wow.  So this is the long anticipated sequel to the famous "Hush, Hush".  Well, I wasn't disappointed.  It was a great story that continued nicely from the first book, bringing up the summaries when needed so you weren't left going, "Oh crap, I totally forgot who that is."  There were a few things that I had issues with, but I liked some of the newer facets shown of the characters.
  • There was way too much repetition.  Since I'm a self-designated spoiler free blogger, I can't divulge precisely what I mean, but let me put it this way.  When you tell yourself you shouldn't do something, you'll generally only do it once and go, "Okay, so I'm an idiot," and move on with life.  But going "Crap, my bad" and going out and doing the same thing again is NOT a cool move.  So I lost a lot of respect for Nora's character.  I found it far too easy to predict what she was going to say--way too stock (generic) for my taste.  
  • I liked the different side.  I expected Patch's character to remain mostly the same--a cocky, arrogant, manipulative bastard who delighted in making people uncomfortable.  But I liked how there was a different kind of intensity there that wasn't present as much in the first book.  So kudos to Patch--everyone's favorite fictional husband.  Vee, however, I was hoping for some more of her character.  She didn't seem any different to me.
  • Different and same.  Any Star Wars fans out there?  I remember watching some footage about how fans of the first Star Wars movie (fourth chronologically) were afraid that the sequel would be a rehashing of the first movie.  That's why they were pleasantly surprised when George Lucas explored entirely new dimensions of the Star Wars world.  Ever since seeing that, I've been more critical of sequels.  "Crescendo" was new in a lot of ways--bringing more of the characters out into the open--but when I stepped back and got a look at the Big Picture, I was disappointed.  It followed along too closely to the first book in almost all the wrong places.  So when it came to the end, I wasn't very shocked.  The last scene got me though.  That was beautifully done.
  • Good mystery.  So there were plenty of parts where I went, "Hooollly fudge!" and others I went, "Oh, come on".  But I love Becca Fitzpatrick's ability to tell a good story.  I just wish that Nora had more of a backbone as well as some more common sense.
  • Always the humor.  Wow.  If I want a good laugh, "Hush, Hush" and "Crescendo" are two of the books I'd go to.  Fantastic writing and good laugh-out-loud scenes.  I'm glad that continued from the first book.
  • If you liked "Hush, Hush" you won't be disappointed.
Book Info:
  • pages - hardcover 427 (nice and LONG!)
  • published - October 2010
  • publisher - Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing
  • genre - urban fantasy
  • series - Hush, Hush #2
  • books in series - 
    • Hush, Hush
    • Crescendo
  • sequel - Tempest (coming October 2011)
  • received via - Borders
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