Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
Release Date: October 19th, 2010.
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?
I can’t even put into words how much I loved Crescendo. I was a huge fan of the first book - Hush, Hush, but Crescendo powered up the fangirl in me to new heights.
Nora and Patch’s relationship is so roughed up, but for some reason, it works and it’s absolutely un-put-downable. (not a word, but it fits!) You want to slap Patch for being an ass, you want to smack Nora for being so sensitive, but I, personally, had a craving for the drama. After the introduction to their relationship in the first book, I’m so glad these two weren’t completely gushy, romantic and perfect. It was necessary, but not something you’d think you’d want to read. Fortunately Becca really succeeded in working it into the story and pulling it off.
While Patch is suspiciously hanging out with Nora’s sworn enemy, Marcie Millar, Nora is questioning his involvement with the murder of her father. It’s somewhat of a new mystery from the first book, but it’s just as hooking. And with the new mystery comes new characters; Scott Parnell, a childhood friend of Nora’s who returns with a bit mystery himself. And Rixon, who we met in the first book, but returns stronger as Patch’s right-hand-man and Vee’s new boyfriend. Both are vital to the story, but both have motives that may or may not jeopardize Nora’s life. It’s a non-stop thrill ride and I loved every damn second of it.
Overall, Crescendo is one hundred times better than Hush, Hush. It exceeds and soars above any expectation that I had, and probably takes the title as one of the best sequels that I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of the first book, you need to get your hands on Crescendo immediately. And if you were on the fence about Hush, Hush - give this one a try! It might make you look at the series with new eyes!
*insert another fangirl squeal here*