Thursday, November 11, 2010
Crescendo, as far as sequels go, is unexpected. Nora's relationship troubles with Patch, while frustrating for the reader, are realistic considering what the characters are going through, and it's refreshing to have a heroine that continues to struggle with romance and love, even after a fairy tale-esque ending in Hush, Hush, and who can stand on her own and figure things out without the help of a supernatural boyfriend. Nora’s best friend Vee continues to play a strong role in the book, and her rebellious, irreverent nature adds a lot of humor throughout the novel, and it's good to see that Fitzpatrick really includes Vee--she's not just a sidekick. There are plenty little details and mysteries to keep track of in the book, though the plot did feel rather meandering and vague at times. The timeline wasn't clearly defined, and some scenes were repetitive, leaving some unanswered questions. However, the culmination of the mysteries and the revelation of the true killer are both dramatic and tense, and will have readers clamoring for the final book, Silence.
Cover Comments: One of my favorite things about this cover is the shimmery paper it's printed on--very neat! The girl standing in the rain, looking back is dramatic, and I like the way the shading is used. I don't like it as well as the Hush, Hush cover, but it's still very neat.
Review copy provided by publisher.