Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I was done reading Crescendo, I wasn’t sure what I felt. I was caught somewhere between frustration and satisfaction.
Nora and Patch are now into summer vacation and enjoying every minute of it. One night they’re enjoying a steamy goodnight kiss and the next day he’s inexplicably hanging with Marcie Millar, the one person who has made it her mission to make Nora’s life a living hell since the fifth grade. Patch, as open as always—not—gives her no real viable answer to her demands of why he’s suddenly interested in Marcie and the green-eyed monster sets in and our girl Nora starts again with the sleuthing and we all know where that gets her. At this point, I started to get irritated with Nora because Patch did tell her that there isn’t anything more than friendship between him and Marcie and there were reasons he couldn’t tell her why he had to be around Marcie but then again, I tried to put myself in her shoes—big sigh.
Although, Nora tells Patch that she no longer wants him as her guardian angel and wants nothing more to do with him she inevitably throws herself in his path at every turn. Patch always seems to be around when things are happening especially when Nora is in trouble—and when isn’t she? Nora’s dreams and visions help guide her on a quest that can help her solve the mystery of what’s happening around her.
We see the same characters in Crescendo as we did in Hush, Hush but there’s a new addition: Scott Parnell ‘sin on a stick’ as Vee would say. Scott’s taken an interest in Nora but there’s something about him that isn’t quite ‘right’ and it adds a lot to the storyline in addition to giving some answers to questions left behind from HH.
In Crescendo the Fallen Angel lore is explained in more detail along with the Nephil’s. Becca’s telling is creative and fascinating, and the intertwining of the fallen, the nephil and those that get caught in between make Crescendo a thrilling mysterious romance.
There are definite surprises and plot twists; people that betray Nora and people who are better than Nora expected will make for some interesting will they/won’t they or what the heck moments. I will complain about the ending, this is where my frustration lies…..