Published - 19th October 2010
Published By - Simon & Schuster
Format - Paperback
Goodreads Synopsis - 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.
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?
Crescendo is the second book in the Hush, Hush series written by Becca Fitzpatrick. I reviewed Hush, Hush back in July and you can read it here.
The story continues to follow Nora and Patch who are having somewhat of a turbulent time. In fact, the biggest thing I feel I need to talk about in regards to Crescendo, is the relationship between the two of them.
I'm a 20-something year old female so I think it's fair to say that I have experienced young love/romance and can freely comment on this. So here goes...(be warned..Spoilers!)
At the beginning of Crescendo, Nora and Patch are doing great. Their relationship has lasted beyond the Chauncey incident of Hush, Hush and we are informed that they are currently in their second month of dating. I'm sure to some teenagers, two months seems like a really long time and maybe that's why i'm frustrated - I'm too *old* now. Well a short read into the book finds us listening to Nora proclaim her undying love for Patch and literally makes him promise to never leave her. This seems a little crazy to me. I mean, two months. So assuming we can get past the fact that the pair cannot stand to be apart, we then find ourselves witnessing Nora breaking up with Patch for what seems to be no reason whatsoever. I'm not ashamed to admit (and neither is my housemate) that the biggest reason I decided to carry on with the series was to read about Patch - so my reasoning fizzled out quite quickly.
These books (at least so far) are written from Nora's perspective so the lucky reader gets to participate in Nora's thoughts about how much she loves Patch, how much she doesn't trust him, how much she wants to be with him and of course, how much she wants him to stay away from her. My head actually started to hurt. Don't even get me started on Nora's jealousy issues. I could go on about this for a really long time but I do have other things I want to say.
Nora's mother. Oh where do I begin?! I refer you back to my review of Hush, Hush, where I talked about Nora's mother being completely irresponsible and that she seemed perfectly happy with Nora doing whatever she wanted as long as she could go to work for a week at a time. Well apparently she has had a complete change of heart as we are told that she is now overprotective. Oh wait...no. She's left her teenage daughter home alone again in order to work. But it's okay because she told Nora to be careful. Seriously?
HOWEVER. Surprisingly enough, Crescendo was not a bad book. Miles better than Hush, Hush as there was a continuous storyline and more interaction with people that weren't Patch. Vee continued to be annoying but Rixon, Scott and even Marcie to a degree, were pleasant surprises throughout the book. Patch was wonderful, as always and is fast becoming another YA crush that is endorsed and shared between me and my housemate. For those interested, I will be continuing the series as soon as I get my hands on the next book. Why? Because as infuriating as it makes me, I just can't stop myself. The Hush, Hush series is turning out to be one of those I love despite it's obvious and occasionally painful flaws.
I realise that I haven't really reviewed the story, but let's face it, the story is interesting but nowhere near as interesting to me as what these particular characters are getting up to.
Thanks for reading my review! Now I urge you to ignore it and go and read it anyway.