Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Edition: Hardbound (Signed)
Published: October 19, 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought from National Bookstore
Genre: Romance, Paranormal (Angels)
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.
What in the world is wrong with Nora?
After being swept away by Hush, Hush (am referring to my lovely experience of re-reading it), I knew that I have to get through Crescendo as soon as possible. I am hooked, seriously hooked to Patch. And I know you can't blame me, people.
So after Nora sacrificed herself to kill Chauncey, Patch's nephilim vassal, this should have made Patch human. But Patch rejected it so Nora wouldn't die and Patch became her guardian angel instead. Everything seemed to be falling into place however, Nora broke up with Patch. She felt like Patch turned his back on her after she confessed she loves him and chose to cheat with Marcie Millar. As if on cue, Scott, her childhood friend, came back to town after his parents divorced and weird things started to happen. Weird things like Nora seeing his dead dad so alive in a cafeteria, Vee dating Rixon and Scott talking to her in her mind.
I have so much hate for Nora in this book. The frustration and anger I never thought I would feel exploded in my face because SHE IS SOOOOOO DARN RIDICULOUS. Her decisions made me want to pluck her out of the book and set her and Marcie on fire together and I wouldn't stop until I see their ashes on the ground! She is unbelievable and impossible. I cannot even tell you how hard she frustrated the heck out of me. People are trying to protect her but she kept toying with danger. She is a death magnet. Gaaaaah!
But despite the hate I have for Nora, there were moments I saw sense in her *rolls eyes* decisions. She had these good intentions but her executions were just tough shots. Like how she broke up with Patch. I hated her (after two chapters) when she acted so immature and self-centered though I know she just wanted to save Patch from being banished to hell forever. Like how she kept coming to Vee for help when she knows she's putting her bestfriend in danger and the worst part was her jealously. I understand where all those came from but hell, I couldn't handle her childishness. Even though I wanted to strangle Marcie's neck with my belt, she still should have trusted Patch and she should have known better. Marcie's a bitch and she's capable of ruining someone's life. But Nora took Marcie's words and didn't believe Patch at all. What kind of a person is she really? She couldn't love Patch deeply just like how she claims if she couldn't trust the damn boy! She even had the decency to use Scott to make him jealous! Then she went all that way to steal Marcie's diary but didn't read it! Plus, the fact that she's trying to outsmart the angels gave me headache. What part of "angels" didn't she understand? GAAAAAH NORA!!!!!
I also saw some inconsistencies with the story. What happened to Elliot after the incident in Hush, Hush? I felt like he was totally cut off from the series altogether which find odd because I think, he's an important character, too. Was it also that easy to elude the police about Chauncey's death? How did the oath of fealty truly work? And why is suddenly Rixon the bad guy? I didn't see it coming because it felt off to begin with. Patch and Rixon have been friends for how many centuries and what, just like that Rixon was instantly the villain? I don't buy it. I gave Patch more credit than he deserves so, no. I just wouldn't buy that Rixon the villan part.
Again, despite these conflicting emotions I have for Crescendo, I still rated it 4 stars when it could have been 1 or 2. The reason behind is I strongly liked how Hush, Hush and Crescendo made me cancel everything in my damn boring life to just read it. The story is pulling me that I swam smoothly with its flow. I liked and enjoyed watching Nora ruin her life and push the love of her life away from her, I liked how she learns from her mistakes and what made me connect to the story isn't the Paranormal aspect but more on the contemporary aspect of it. I had this mighty connection to Nora's feelings that covers up the hate I have for her stupidity. Did that make sense? And hello??? PAAAAAAAAAAAATCH!!!! Also, that freaking ending!!!! There is no way she is sisters with that Marcie the bitch. I hope it's just another plot twist.
What I am now expecting from Silence is more maturity and consistency because I would hate to hate this series. Am hoping it wouldn't come to that.
Crescendo got the best of me. The mix of loss, frustration and anxiety nearly drove me mad that putting it down will just add up to the agony! A gripping paranormal story that would put you on the edge, Crescendo didn't disappoint. Crazy plot twists I almost couldn't handle with swoon worth romance my heart couldn't almost take, it was truly, absolutely one heck of a ride!
"..the moment I fell in love with you was the moment you'd leave."
"..I didn't want to spend the rest of my life alone and tortured by the knowledge that everything I'd done meant nothing without [Patch]."
"The anger was beginning to wear off, but mostly I wished I could stay caught up in its fever forever. The emptiness it left behind ached more than the sharp, fiery pain I'd felt when [Patch] walked out."
"I cared about us. But the cold truth was, nothing I said or did could change the stars."
"Just because it's in the past doesn't mean it's easy to forget."