Saturday, November 27, 2010

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Book Description via Goodreads:

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 imagine?

Source: Gifted (Thanks!!)

My Thoughts:

Having a fallen-angel-turned-guardian-angel-boyfriend was far from easy. Patch seemed to give more questions than answers every time he and Nora talked. The mystery factor of his existence was still there and even further escalated despite his relationship with Nora. To make things more complicated, he started to spend more time with Marcie and Scott – aka Scotty the Potty from Nora’s childhood – was back in Coldwater with a few secrets of his own.

I have read good and really bad reviews on Crescendo. But for me, Crescendo was great because of the following:

Fitzpatrick comes back with a more tension-ridden paranormal romance thriller. If you thought Hush, hush was great then you might just like this one. The story delved deeper into the lives of the Nephilim and the Fallen. Through dreams and memories, we got glimpses of the past and somewhat of the future. One thing was clear though: the Nephilim have had enough of the Fallen, more unwilling to give up their bodies for two weeks of corruption and pleasure.

Nora’s father started to haunt her with images, making her doubt her own sanity. But then everything felt so real to her, as real as the things Chauncey made her believe in Hush, hush. Nora was not sure which was real and which was not. The death of her father was something that greatly affected Nora. The possibility of seeing him and even having him back in her life was something that was close to impossible and much desired. All of this showed how human Nora was, despite her being a Nephilim descendant.

The new characters introduced in this book, as well as the elaboration of some of the old characters ended up to be one rollercoaster ride of a range of emotions. The mystery of Nora’s father’s death and the threat on her own life led to a series of doubts and speculations that drove me crazy because I, myself, was speculating along with her. Fitzpatrick took entertainment and thrill to a whole new level. She had me guessing until the very end. It was unpredictable – something that I really love in a novel.

Crescendo is thrilling, shocking, heart-pounding and mysterious. It was an enjoyable page-turner. Better than Hush, hush.



  1. I totally agree, Crescendo is better, deeper, and more complicated than Hush, Hush. Can't wait to read the third installment!

  2. Homaigad, Precious! I love your review! I've read some bad reviews on Crescendo too. And I mean really, really bad. Awfully bad. But I totally agree with you. I loved Hush, Hush. It was great, but Crescendo surpassed its greatness by a mile! I so can't wait for Tempest!