Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 19th 2010
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.