Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush Hush, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 327 pages
Published on November 10th 2011 by WSOY
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I read the Finnish version, “Riitasointu”.
Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever (if that’s possible) and what’s worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar.Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.If that weren’t enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.
Another buddy read with Sam @ Fictionally Sam. We enjoyed the first book so much that we decided to buddy read this one too. You should not read this one when you’re in the mood for something light and fluffy. There’s so much angst that I don’t know how teenage me dealt with it. I’m not big fan of angst now but back then I avoided it like a plague.
“Did I really want to stay on this road longer, knowing it was only going to end in devastation?”
Everything starts out great; Patch and Nora change gifts that mean a lot to them, like his necklace which he’s had since he was an archangel and the ring Nora’s dad gave her few weeks before his death. Then Nora says something big and Patch starts acting weird and the next thing Nora knows– Patch is hanging around Nora’s nemesis and won’t tell her why.
I don’t think there’s a single character in this one that didn’t make me want to hit my head to a wall. Let’s start with Patch. I get why I used to love him but he’s acting super shady. No wonder Nora doesn’t trust him. I mean come on. He doesn’t tell her things and then he gives Marcie his jeep key, which he never gave to Nora by the way. I just wanted to scream at him to defend himself, instead of just always hanging around Marcie. I still kinda want some explanation about everything he did with Marcie.
“The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart.”
Then there’s Nora, who really should think before she acts. But I think my biggest annoyance is Vee. I mean why is she so interested in Patch? If I was Nora, I’d suspect that my best friend had a thing for my ex, especially if I had so many trust issues as Nora does. She probably has even bigger ones now after the reveal.
The story was just starting to get interesting when of course there had to be a cliffhanger. I wish there was more plot and less about how hurt Nora is that Patch was only using her and suspecting him about certain things. No wonder I haven’t re-read this one before.