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Sunday, 26 September 2010

Review: Crescendo

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.


Christina/Book Addict said...

OMG! I am soooo excited for this one. I loved Hush, Hush, thanks to your recommendation last year! I'm glad it wasn't a disappointment and I look forward to your blog tour posting on Oct. 4th! Very exciting!

The Book Bug said...

Fab review! I am very jealous of you, btw. BUt that does not matter, for you ahve just revealed something that shockd me beyond belief. Nora has grown a SPINE? OMG What has happened? What is this strange phenomenom?! (Fail for misspelling.)

Great review. :)

Becky said...

Christina, hey thanks. You always say the loveliest things.

Book Bug, LOL!!! Oh yes, Nora is on a mission. I hope you love it when you get a copy.

Nicole said...

Great review! I'm so excited to read this book! I loved Hush, Hush and can't wait to step back into the drama with Crescendo!

Nina said...

I liked the first book, did not love. I'm hoping this one is a lot better. It does sounds like that. Great review.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh wow. What an amazing review. I'm so glad to hear Vee comes around and the ending left you wanting more!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

PS I am SUPER anti-prologue too. They always spoil or confuse me.

E.J. Stevens said...

I loved this book. Great review!
From the Shadows

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I have yet to read Hush, Hush, so I skipped that paragraph.:) But I did read through the rest of the review and I know more than ever now how I MUST read Hush, Hush asap! I love your using the word melodic to describe the novel. This really, really works for me. I can just picture what you mean by it, yet another reason to read Hush, Hush! Thanks for sharing!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Glad to hear that Vee stops being so annoying, and it sounds like it's the perfect follow up to Hush, Hush! =) Wonderful review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm nearly finished with this and I LOVE it! Though I agrre with you baout the forced nature of the prologue.

Clover said...

Prologues are annoying to me as well. Though I am looking forward to this one. I wasn't thrilled with Hush, Hush but still want to know what happens..

I Want To Read That said...

I can't wait to read this - I so want to just drop everything a read it grrrr! Glad you enjoyed it:)

Lauren said...

Wonderful review! I've been avoiding this review until I'd written mine, so I was really interested to come back and read it today. I really liked it too, although it sounds like we got quite different things from it.

Also, doesn't Vee totally rock? I think she's actually my very favourite thing about this series.

Mahesh said...

Your review has made me want to read this now. Thanks i was on the fence after Hush Hush. But Crescendo seems epic