Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release date: 14th October 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Angel Fiction / YA / Supernatural
Target audience: 12 +
Summary from Amazon:
Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. And Nora's life isn't normal - her dad was murdered, and the facts about his death just don't add up. Now Nora's own life is in imminent danger. Are she and Patch strong enough for the battle ahead?
Crescendo, what can I say? It is melodic, enticing and ultimately explosive. Fans of Hush Hush will not be disappointed as Becca Fitzpatrick pulls out all the stops for the second book in the series.
If you have not read Hush Hush, please skip this paragraph as it will give spoilers for the first book. So, the story begins and summer is in full swing. Nora is enrolled to study chemistry in the mornings over the holiday which leaves the summer afternoon to while away with the heart-stoppingly swoon-worthy Patch. No longer fighting his inner fallen angel, Patch is all about the guardianship and keeping Nora safe. It is makes my heart flutter just to think about it. But there is trouble on the horizon, Marcie – Nora’s nemesis – is out to make her life a misery and steal Patch away. Their feud has been raging for years, a game of bizarre one-upmanship. When Nora finds out that Patch has been lurking outside Marcie’s house, it angers her and sets her suspicious mind churning. The trouble with Patch is he plays his cards too close to his chest – maybe it is because he has Nora’s best interests at her or – maybe it is because Patch is a bad-boy through and through?
Before you dive into the world of Nora and Patch, there is the prologue to contend with. I found it confusing and to be completely honest I thought the dialogue was very forced. It just didn’t feel human. But the prologue is my only complaint about this book and I am very anti-prologue so I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about that.
The story itself is driven by Nora. Her insecurities about Patch and his inability to physically feel her touch take on a life of their own as the novel unfolds. I could empathise with Nora’s frustration about her limited physical connection with Patch but I also wanted to throttle her at times. I wanted to tell her to stop being so emotional and to be patient. Having said that, it is Nora’s turmoil that is so absorbing in this novel and had me turning pages at lightning speed.
Vee came into her own in the best friend stakes in Crescendo. Far from being the irritant of the first book, she shows a deeper understanding and support for Nora. I began to really like and respect her as she took on the role of chauffer and shared a blunt but caring wisdom about boys and Nora’s grief for her father.
The ending was a mighty thunderous cliff-hanger which left me crying for more! Crescendo was a novel that easily lived up to the expectations set by the first instalment. Deliciously angelic! An absolute must for angel fans and lovers of all books paranormal.
Thanks to the lovely people at Simon and Schuster for inviting me to be part of the Crescendo UK blog tour.
Don't forget to stop by on 4th October for an exclusive Crescendo extract. All the other tour stop info can be found here.