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Friday, October 22, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: Book Review

by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8943-1
Suggested Ages: 13+ (Due to mild sexuality and violence)

Description: 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?

The Good Stuff
  • Fantastic cliff hanging ending - damn, when is the next book coming out
  • Patch is one sexy bad boy angel -- technically he ISN"T a teenager, so I can think he is sexy (hmm, I know it still is pretty Cougarish)
  • Constantly surprised that I like a book about fallen angels, when it really isn't my thing
  • Becca is fantastic at setting the mood of the story and also keeping the story going
  • Incredible cover!!!!
  • Unusual back history for the angels (it did confuse my old brain though)
  • Marcie is a total b***ch but she gets some of the best lines
  • I like Vee, she is quite delightfully sassy, even-though she isn't exactly the best friend one could have, but very realistic
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I want to smack these girls upside the head for putting themselves into so many dangerous situations (Hey, I'm a Mom, I can't help myself)
  • Nora really is quite dense at times (Remember I am a 40 yr old women reviewing this)
  • Parents are portrayed as completely self involved and useless -- oh  never mind that's what all teens think we are anyway, might as well accept
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I hadn't woken up this morning looking for another reason to hate Marcie Millar, but there you go."

"What would you do if you woke up tomorrow to find your dad had been murdered? Do you think your mom's part-time job at JC Penny would pay the bills? Next time, before you bring up my family situation, put yourself in my shoes for a minute?"

I cannot put in my other favorite quote -- it would kill the story for you

What I Learned
  • Parents of teens are Morons and I am dreading the thought of being a parent to teens one day
  • Angels can be sexy and REALLY REALLY BAD
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fantastic book for YA, but I think older readers will struggle with the stupidity of some of the characters
  • BTW, reviewers have to remember when reviewing books who the audience is for these books. I'm a 40 year old Mom - these books are not written for me -- so I try not to judge too much on this
  • Obviously people who read Hush Hush will also enjoy
4 Dewey's

I received this book from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review -- no cash was exchanged -- but would be even better if t here was -- I have 2 kids to put through University you know


  1. You know I picked up the first book on a whim and loved it. I wasn't sure about the second one because I hate waiting forever for books, but I am actually going to get it and read it because of your review. Patch really IS too sexy NOT to spend an afternoon with ;)

  2. I agree. I think it would help to re read Hush Hush before getting into Crescendo. I personally forgot a lot of things and was lost for a few minutes when I started Crescendo -- than again I'm a mom so the old brain doesn't work as well these days ; )