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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Release: October 19, 2010

Series: Hush, Hush (#1)

Source: NYMBC
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?

Back when I read Hush, Hush last summer, I was very torn about my rating. It was one of those books that fell in the gray area just south of five stars but north of four-and-a-half stars. In the end, I settled on five.
With Crescendo, I was worried going into it. After Hush, Hush blowing up, there was a lot of hype resting on Crescendo. If the first could barely stand up to its hype, then by my rule of sequels, Crescendo would most likely fall flat.

My reasoning was wrong. Not only did Crescendo stand up to the hype, it eclipsed Hush, Hush in character, story, and overall interest.

Unlike Hush, Hush, Crescendo had me hooked from the first chapter. If Fitzpatrick had woven a complicated web before, then she perfected it in this novel. I was constantly guessing and wondering what the next turn of the page would bring. This deepening of the plot was by far my favorite part of the book. I simply could not put the book down. If it was doubted before, I now fully believe that Fitzpatrick has hit her stride.

Like the plot, the characters also improved in this novel. I’m sorry to say, but Patch was not one of my favorite characters after reading Hush, Hush. While his story was great, he was, to be frank, creepy and shady. Similarly, I felt as though Nora could have grown more. Fitzpatrick solved both of these issues in Crescendo. By the end, I liked Patch and Nora far better than I had before.

And the ending…well let’s just say that this time, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading the next book. I simply must know what happens!

This was an excellent improvement upon an already great story. Fans of the series will love it and, in my opinion, readers who thought Hush, Hush left much to be desired will be pleasantly surprised.

5 stars!

4 comments:

  1. OMG! I really want to read this book already! Nice review :)

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  2. Yay! I've been a little worried about Crescendo recently as well, but I devoured Hush, Hush so I was hopeful. I had some of the same feelings about that first one - while I thought Patch was hot, he was a bit creepy. SO glad to hear things are well-developed and still suspenseful in Crescendo! Fabulous review, Jessica! :)

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  3. Stopping by to say hi and give to you a heads up about my upcoming blog tour!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    Emma_Michaels@hotmail.com
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

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  4. I dont care what anyone says I loved patch and yes at times he was shaddy but he was just so....amazing <3 Looking forward to reading the second one!! CANT WAIT!!

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