Monday, 11 October 2010

Crescendo Week: Review - Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick




Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover
Released: October 14th, 2010
Grade rating: B+/A-


Amazon summary:

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. 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?

Review:

By now you've all probably guessed that I'm a huge fan of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush series. I knew I'd love it as soon as I saw the amazing cover last year, and since reading it have been impatiently waiting for Crescendo to hit shelves. I love everything about this series: the characters (Hello, Patch!), the writing and the inclusion of fallen angels. Angels are fascinating in every form, and Hush, Hush was one of the first YA books to feature them in all their winged glory. So, Crescendo: does it live up to expectations?

While Hush, Hush was very much about Patch and Nora's relationship and how they dealt with their human/angel connection, Crescendo is a step up from that. Everything we know to be right is questioned in this book, including romantic entanglements, friendships and family. Crescendo is darker and more mature, but still manages to maintain that air of mystery first introduced in Hush, Hush.

We all know Nora's father died in seemingly normal circumstances, but Crescendo brings that to the forefront and makes you wonder: what if it wasn't normal? What if it could have been prevented? And just what was Mr. Grey mixed up in? It's a great way to continue Nora's story, and resolves an important plot thread at the same time. Fitzpatrick is clever not to reveal too much too soon, and instead keeps you guessing until the end.

If I had a couple of complaints about Crescendo, it would be that Patch isn't as present as I would have liked, and the introduction of Nora's apparent personality transplant. In Hush, Hush, she was smart, focused and, okay, hopelessly in love with Patch. I mean, who wouldn't be, right? In Crescendo, she seems different: occasionally irritating, blind to what's happening in front of her and quick to make stupid decisions. I know we all do ridiculous things, but on a couple of occasions I wanted to dive inside the story myself to impart some words of obvious wisdom. Still, when thinking back to my own teen years, perhaps I would have done the same.

Now, Patch. Ahh, beautiful Patch. Where was he?! He has stuff going on that is too spoilery to mention here, which means he's absent for a large chunk of the story, leaving the narrative to fall completely to Nora. She can totally carry it by herself, but more Patch would have been nice. To me, their relationship is the anchor in this series, and I missed it. Of course, the scenes Patch is in is when he steals the show - if I could choose a guardian angel, I'd want it to be him. *sigh*

Crescendo is an enthralling sequel, with revelations that hit you like a gale force wind. In addition to an inability to put it down, you're also left with one of the most evil cliffhangers I've ever come across. Luckily there's going to be a third book, Tempest, next year, and for me it can't come soon enough. This series is still the best of the angel bunch, and I love it almost as much as I love my vampire fiction (i.e. a LOT). Now begins the countdown for Tempest... who's with me?!

14 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm with you! :) Though I completely agree about the lack of Patch in Crescendo. I missed him!

annareads.com said...

I am so looking forward to this book, mostly because of PATCH! So now I'm nervous...but I have faith it's all for a good reason. Here's hoping. Thanks for reviewing. It definitely is tiding me over till I can get my hands on a copy! :)

caroline.taylor078 said...

I have just pre-ordered this so I am looking forward to it arriving, I loved Hush Hush although I equally loved Fallen by Lauren Kate!

Becky said...

You wanted more Patch?! I can understand that! It really was a fab book though.

Lauren said...

Great review! It's really interesting that although we both liked this one, I felt differently about Nora's personality this time around - I preferred her in Crescendo! I thought she had a little more girl power. I'll join you in that countdown though. Loving the title Tempest too.

Spike said...

Pick me, pick me, I'm defiantly on the Tempest count down too....

Need the book now don't know how I'm going to wait till next year, or what I'm going to do with myself while waiting.

Francesca said...

I'm reading Crescendo and I totally miss Patch, it's so frustrating!

healy said...

this book is like a hush hush with an energy boost!And while I’m talking about the ending, can I just say : WHAT!?!?tsk3

Anonymous said...

This review was spot-on. I was up until the early hours of the morning reading it just to get it done. I couldn't put it down. I must agree on your view of Nora's immaturity. I can see where the 16yr old comes into play in this book. I also agree there needed to be more Patch. Although when he did show up it was wonderful. There were plenty of twists in this story and it does end with a terribly good cliff-hanger that makes Fall 2011 WAY TOO far away!

Anonymous said...

What a story, what a talent ! Just finished Crescendo three days after its release and I need to figure out a way to wait a year before reading Tempest... This is going to be Torture !(that could be a good title for a fourth book ;-)

Anonymous said...

Crescendo was great!! Except I needed more PATCH, i missed him!! The ending sure left us hanging, now to wait for Tempest!!

happyendinggirl said...

I absolutely love the hush hush book, and Crescendo was no exception. Patch did lack during the mid part of the story, and I can't wait for him to reappear. Speaking of which, what was with the ending?? I have encountered some pretty big cliff-hangers, but my goodness, I have to agree with you. I don't think I have ever come across a more evil one in all the books I have read! Tempest is coming out NEXT fall and I think if I start counting down now, I will be running to the books store at 7 in the morning, (and I am not a morning person). [p.s - I am also tottally in love with Patch!]

dannah-diva0810 said...

I'm totally in for Tempest! Can't wait. :)
I would never get tired of rereading Hush Hush & Crescendo. And I'm definitely in love with Patch, or Jev. [I really wish he's also my guardian angel.] :D

Darla said...

I am loving the saga but waiting for the third book to come out is TORTURE i don't know what i'm supposed to do while waiting...i agree with others i missed patch or Jev in crescendo. Once the third book comes out ill finish it in no-time. There should be a movie saga on Fitzpatrick's archangel saga.