Saturday, November 27, 2010

Book Review: Crescendo By Becca Fitzpatrick

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, November 2010

Hardcover, 432 pages

ISBN-10: 1416989439

ISBN-13: 9781416989431

Grades: 9 and up


The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!

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?

About the Author

Becca Fitzpatrick's first book, Hush, Hush debuted as a New York Times bestseller. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes or watching crime drams on TV. She lives in Colorado. Find out more at


Angels are the new vampires. Well if anyone likes the paranormal romance genre, then this book will keep readers satisfied if they are tired of the old conflicted vamp/normal girl storyline. Crescendo is the sequel to the brilliant novel, Hush Hush and full of fast paced action sprinkled with romance.

Everything was going perfect for Patch and Nora. For two months after the incident in gym Nora is in total bliss with her relationship with Patch. Nora tells Patch she loves him everything starts to spiral downward and nothing is even close to perfect anymore. Thinking that the intimacy of saying 'I love you' to Patch scared him away Nora begins to get upset, then she finds out about the archangels, and then about Patch and Marcie. If that is not enough, there is a new guy in town from Nora's past that her mother was trying to set her up with. And, Nora begins to think she is seeing her dad again! Nora's mom also sold Nora's only form of transportation so she is stuck getting rides where ever she can find them.

The plot and twist and waves of different things popping out at you were awesome is this book. Keeps you guessing, keeps you angry, keeps you wishing, keeps you hooked. The book ends on a really suspense filled high, leaving the reader wanting the third book in the series to be released sooner rather than later.

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