The Wicked Deep

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo (Hush, Hush, #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 19th 2010
Pages: 427
Goodreads
two-stars

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.

Okay so. Let me start off by saying that I did not like this book one bit. Normally I wouldn’t write and post a review for a book that I hated with such a passion, but I feel like I need to because I loved Hush, Hush (book one) SO MUCH. I read Crescendo a few weeks back but I’m still finding myself in utter shock over the extreme dislike I have for this book. For me, Crescendo was a train-wreak complete with choppy story lines and weak characters. Not even Patch could save me from hating this book. In book one he was rough around the edges and aloof but towards the end, as we got to know him better he really began to open up. In Crescendo his character pretty much takes 10 steps backwards. It was like nothing happened and his character development poofed along with everyone else’s.

Although she was never really my “favorite” character, in book one I really enjoyed Nora. I thought that she held her own pretty well. However she neither had that quality nor any other enjoyable or mildly likable quality in Crescendo. Never have I hated a female character so much. One moment she’s all heart broken and miserable because Patch is being aloof and she can’t stand living without him, then other times she’s pissed and wants nothing to do with him because he’s cruel. SERIOUSLY. It was like Nora was bipolar with her emotions flip-flopping back and forth so many times with little or no reason as to why. She’d go from completely despising him to being in love with him at the drop of a dime. It was exhausting and quite annoying keeping up with her feelings.

Then there’s the new character Scott. I wanted to so badly to like Scott. After being annoyed with Patch from the getgo I had high hopes that Scott would be a sweet boy from Nora’s past. My wish was not answered in any capacity. Scott was annoying and shifty right from the beginning. I kept hoping that like Patch, he was just misunderstood and Nora could be the one to open him up. Nope. Instead all we got are a few outings that Scott invites Nora to that in which Nora ends up being left alone while Scott takes off. Seriously everytime the two got together Scott would just disappear with Nora not caring at all. The next day she’d act like it was no biggy which felt so fake and unreal. His overall part in the plot made no real sense and added nothing to the story.

I have no problem with Fitzpatrick’s writing, it’s clean and the pacing is decent but the story… well it’s just bad (in my opinion). I can’t even really remember what’s going on or what has happened because nothing is adding up and everything is mashed together. I won’t be reading book three because Crescendo has completely turned me off from the series. My last solace would have been the characters, but like I said, I’m turned off from them as well.

 

two-stars
The Wicked Deep

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on October 13th 2009
Pages: 391
Goodreads
five-stars

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Hush, Hush enforced an idea I’ve had for quite some time. Gone are the days of the sparkly, blood-thirsty, 100 years old angst-y walking corpses that have enticed our emotions and begged us to give in to our deepest desires. For a time it seemed like every author was jumping on the chance to weave their own tale of difficult and forbidden romance between a human and vampire, many of which I did enjoy. However, vamps and their pesky blood-diets are so last season. Angels, as they say, are the “new pink”. These mysterious and mouthwatering hotties that have normally brought up the rear in the kickass YA fiction race, have recently made tremendous advances towards first place, coming neck and neck with vamps and their other major challenger–weres. Between avenging warrior angels and the dark sullen fallen angels there’s plenty of yummy pieces of man candy to go around.

With the rise in angel-centered books, also comes the inevitability of un-unique and downright boring stories that are not able to capture a new angel-esque reality. This is not the case with Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. Ms. Fitzpatrick proves that though the concept may not be entirely new, the plot, mythology, characters, and overall story can come out refreshing and unexpected, nonetheless. I enjoyed Hush, Hush immensely. Although it took me a while to figure out the plot and form an attachment to the overall story, the scrumptious “Patch” had me at HELLO. He fit the bill of a large, dark, and gorgeous mystery just waiting to be solved, and I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Our protagonist, Nora felt uneasy the moment she was forced to become bio partners with the elusive Patch. Besides the fact he’s a new student, not much else is known about him due to his quiet, sullen, and uninterested composure–which as you can guess turns 360 the moment he and Nora meet. He’s extremely cheeky and likes to get rise out of Nora on a daily basis. Although she tries to convey to Patch that she’s indifferent–we know better. Along with Nora, Patch’s enigmatic personality and seductive language greatly appealed to me as well.

If I wasn’t reading a Patch scene, part of me was fervently hoping another would come soon. I just couldn’t get enough of him. Besides the fact that I was dying to figure out his secret, every dialogue between himself and Nora was a treat. At times my tummy did tiny flip-flops while other times, I struggled to contain my laughter. Another fabulous part of this book is the writing. Not only is it smooth and easy to read—it’s exceptionally well done. The dialogue exchanges between all the characters were downright enjoyable. They were extremely witty and entertaining. Nora’s best friend Vee is a great example. She’s your typical boy crazy BFF but with a little extra. For instance, she’s extremely protective of Nora. Between Patch’s furtive exterior and the creepy situations Nora keeps having, Vee becomes the master of sleuthing. She has some pretty wild ideas which include but definitely aren’t limited to: fake bomb threats, shark skin heels, and “tacky” blonde wigs. Although this story is a bit dark and gritty there’s still plenty of humor to lighten the plot courtesy of Vee and her goofy awesome ways.

Hush, Hush is chock full of goodies. It’s story is fast-paced and entertaining with loads of action, memorable characters, and amazing dialogue. I promise by the end (if not the beginning) you’ll be entirely enamored by Patch. Like me, you’ll be dying to get your hands on book two. Although Hush, Hush leaves off on a happy note it promises to deliver more mystery and danger in it’s predecessors. With 5 out of 5 stars I confidently place Hush, Hush on my list of all-time favorite books/series.

 

five-stars