The Compulsive Reader: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora thought that most of her problems were over with Jules' death. She has Patch, who is her guardian angel, and now her boyfriend. But her happiness is short-lived—before long, Patch is pulling away from Nora, and hanging out with Marcie Millar of all people. At first Nora s just confused, but then she's hurt and angry. She becomes determined to figure out all of Patch's secrets, and those surrounding her father's murder. But each step takes her deeper into the world of the Nephilim and fallen angels, and will uncover secrets, supernatural and otherwise, that she may regret knowing.

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.


Anonymous said...

Great review! I'm kind of disappointed that Nora and Patch's relationship suffers, because I'm one of those readers (like you said) who find it frustrating.

Jez said...

Great review! I'm putting Crescendo on my TRB list!

Wrighty said...

Awesome job! I just posted a review for this book too and I had a hard time getting my thoughts together. You said many of the things I wanted to say. I really enjoyed your review. :)

Michelle said...

I know that others have found Patch to be less than appealing but I have to say I like him. But I've always been drawn more to the bad boy than the super sweet good ones. Most times anyway. I also liked the angst this storyline brought.