Title: Crescendo (Hush, hush Book 2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 427 (I have an ARC, so page numbers in the final copy, due out Oct. 19, could be different)
Challenges: Read 'n' Review Challenge
First Sentence: "The fingers of the thorn-apple tree clawed at the windowpane behind Harrison Grey, and he dog-eared his page, no longer able to read through the racket."
Summary (From back of book):
Nora Grey should have known her life was far from perfect. Even though her boyfriend, Patch, also happens to be her literal guardian angel (who, despite the title, is far from angelic), things are not looking up. First there is summer school and facing the nightmare of her enemy Marcie Millar as her lab partner. Then Patch starts to pull away with no explanation. And finally, she is having nightmares and visions about her father's murder.
As Nora chooses to ignore her better instincts and delves deeper into the mystery of her father's death, she also begins to question whether her Nephilim bloodline had something to do with it, which casts more doubt on her relationship (or lack thereof) with Patch. Does he know more than he lets on? Why does he always seem to be standing in front of the answers she is looking for? And if he really is her guardian angel, why is her life always in danger?
My Two Cents:
I should have prepared myself better for the letdown after liking Hush, hush so well. There's just something about sequels that just doesn't always live up to the first book in a series (There are some notable exceptions).
Now, Crescendo wasn't bad by any normal standards. It just wasn't as good as Hush, hush. And, it was kind of boring. And, there was very little Patch (You know how all the Twihards complain because New Moon has very little Edward? Yeah, this is the same concept). This series without Patch is like, well, peanut butter without jelly. Nora spends so much of this book being whiny and complaining all the time, that I almost didn't want to finish the book. She complained about things that were her own doing, such as the state of her relationship with Patch, but did nothing to correct them to the way she wanted them to be. Ugh.
I've seen people say that this book allowed them to get to know Nora and Patch more than Hush, hush did, but I just don't see that. I don't see how we got to know more about Nora other than she makes really stupid decisions and she likes to whine a lot. She just kind of exists in this book and doesn't really change.
On the other hand, Vee, who you will all remember I couldn't stand in Hush, hush, actually redeemed herself this time around. In fact, it's almost as if Vee's poor decision-making and air-headedness from Hush, hush is transferred to Nora this time around. I actually liked Vee.
I'm not meaning to be all Debbie Downer on this book, but I was just really disappointed by it. That's not to say that my experience with Crescendo will keep me from reading any further books in this series. Quite the contrary, actually; I plan to read any other books Fitzpatrick writes, as long as Patch is in them. :)
Perhaps I read the two books too close together?