Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (October 19, 2010)
Purchased from National Bookstore
The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
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.
After reading the first book Hush, Hush, I just know I need to get my hands on this one. I find Crescendo better than the first one. The flashbacks were nicer and as well as the dialogues. There was more information of the Nephilim, the real incident behind her father’s death, Nora’s surprising past and a new light on some of the characters.
I still love the characters. I am still head-over-hills in love with Patch. He is still hot, and he did everything to protect Nora. Nora, on the other hand, I find her more realistic in this novel. You may hate her because she turned into this immature and pretty irrational girl, she tends to speak or do things and then regret it later. But hey, teen-agers tend to act that way.
You will meet another hot guy here, Scott, Nora’s childhood friend who moved back to town during the time that Patch and her had problems. He was cute enough to make Patch jealous. You’ll never know whether he’s a good or bad guy. Then you get to know Marcie a whole lot better in this book, although she didn’t stopped being the ‘bully’ – but it was just nice to know her more as well as some of the reasons of her actions. Rixon was a revelation. He had played more part here compared to the first book because he got to hooked up with Nora’s best girlfriend, Vee. Now Vee, is still the same. I like her witty dialogues and she’s a still the light in this sort-of-dark novel.
The romance is amazing, the suspense is a killer and you will just turn one page to the next until you reached a cruel cliffhanger. Exactly, the ending is the real nightmare for those who love series. Good thing I got a copy of Silence (the third book). To end, Crescendo is still about the enthralling and emotional love story between the ordinary girl Nora and a fallen angel Patch.
being with you never felt wrong. It's the one thing I did right. You're the one thing I did right
“The only thing a boyfriend was good for was a shattered heart.”
“He's got the whole bad-boy-in-need-of-redemption thing going on, but the catch is, most bad boys don't want redemption. They like being bad. They like the power they get from striking fear and panic into the hearts of mothers everywhere”
“I tended to be more a romantic than a realist, and chose blind faith over cold logic.”