- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 19, 2010)
The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
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 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?
I didn't think it would be possible, but Crescendo surpassed my high expectations. I loved Hush, Hush and knew Becca Fitzpatrick wouldn't let her fans down with Crescendo. So what did she do? She managed to write an even better book than the first! In Crescendo, Nora and Patch go through a rough...er...patch in their relationship. Nora doesn't know how to deal with the distance Patch seems to put between them and she reacts by lashing out at him. Trouble always seems to find Nora and without Patch by her side 24/7 she seems to be in constant danger. Nora is trying to find out who killed her father, Scott (a boy who played with Nora as a kid) has moved back to town but is hiding something about his past, Patch is spending an awful lot of time with Marcie, and on top of all this some truth bombs are dropped that are sure to shock us all. The ending leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. From start to finish I could not put this book down. This is a read you do not want to pass up.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for this review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.