Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick ARC Review

Details: Hardcover, 432 pgs
Published: Oct 19, 2010 by Simon and Schuster
isbn: 1416989439 (ISBN13: 9781416989431)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Friend, for review 
Series: Hush Hush #2

The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush! Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as 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.
The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch, or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

My Thoughts:
I’m going to keep this one short.  There’s a million reviews out there already, but the majority are rave reviews.  I’m sorry, but as much as I wanted to love this book, I didn’t.
Here’s the deal- Nora really annoyed me.  She became whiny, she was unable to make decisions and communicate and the choices she made were completely ridiculous.  She also became a total stalker.  I didn’t like her.  At all.  She made me want to stop reading the book.  And she made me want to throw the book numerous times. 

The story itself, outside of Nora, was great.  I love the story line.  I love Patch (though communication problems were partly his fault).  I think the author has a great story line here (other then Nora), and the side characters were interesting and full of twists and turns.
I’ve been torn about what to give this book.  But what it comes down to is this- I love the story.  The writing is great.  I just did not like Nora.  So I’ll give it 3 stars but I do feel a bit like I’m being generous.  Will I read the next one?  Probably.  I’m curious to see where things go, but I really hope Nora grows up.  

You can find Becca Fitzpatrick at her website.
Disclosure: I was given an ARC for review.  I was not paid or compensated in any  way.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your review. :) I had a hard time rating Hush, Hush because of a similar issue. (Nora drove me crazy!) I still want to read Crescendo, but I don’t really expect to love Nora or Patch.

  2. Thanks for the honesty! Sometimes people don’t want to write those review because they may hurt feelings or what-not but you did it very tastefully! I am still going to read it though! Thanks again!

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