Please note, to really enjoy this book it’s best if you read Hush, Hush first!
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? (From Amazon.ca)
You think you enjoyed Hush, Hush ? Crescendo is just as good as the first! there was so much piled into the book and the pace was steady so reading through this book will take hardly any time at all!
Things start off a little rocky between Patch and Nora, although the strong tension and chemistry is still there between them. You start wondering what Patch’s problem is, because he starts acting like such a douche. Yet you can’t help but like him because he just seems to be there for Nora when she needs him. But when he starts paying attention to Marcie it almost felt like a slap to the face or a knife to the heart (or both). If these kinds of feelings come out from the reader, then it just shows Becca Fitzpatrick is doing a great job in her writing style!
Not to mention, the more Marcie is mentioned, and the things she does just makes you want to seethe and grind your teeth. There’s quite a few revelations about Marcie and there’s another blindside move that I was not expecting. Still, I hate her as much as Nora and Vee do because she’s just so…infuriating (for lack of a better term). Some of the things Marcie does just makes you want to go in and defend Norah (which annoyingly enough, she’s always alone and Patch/Vee are conveniently gone). Sometimes though, I wish Nora could fight back – even though it’s not really her personality to do so.
The plot of this book was excellent and the pacing was even. Readers might find Nora a little on the whiny side but the action, and the mystery just make up for all of that. Vee is always an extremely funny BFF to be with and her actions and quotes are just memorable. Nora and her make perfect partners in crime (although may result in disastrous consequences). The ending leaves on a huge cliff hanger, which can only mean, the next book will be even better!
I most definitely recommend this book for YA readers. Note, reading Hush, Hush is required and essential to understanding the series.
I give it a 9/10
Side note: *gushes over Patch* you’re a jackass Patch, but I *heart* you. You’re too damn sexy for your own good!