Book Review of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Release Date: October 19th, 2010

*If you have not read Hush, Hush, this might contain spoilers*

Release Date: October 19th, 2010

Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described 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?

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My Review: I am going to admit to the fact that this series is one I am still not 100% sure about.  In the first book I really did not feel the connection to Patch, at all.  I think he was a little too bad boy for me and I did not really get the whole connection between him and Nora.  I wanted to give this series another shot though because there are so many people that rant and rave about it.  So when I saw an ARC tour for the book I signed up.

After reading the book I can now say I am thoroughly confused about how I feel, again.  I really liked Patch in this one, he has  grown on me.  Nora on the other hand was on my nerves!  She is definitely has some issues going on concerning trust.  I get why, she has not exactly lead a normal life and she does have reasons to not fully trust Patch, but she is questioning every single thing he does.  Give the guy a break!  I think he has come a long way and is really trying to make things work with her and I feel like she is not giving him much of a shot.  Which just left me frustrated.

The best word I can think of to describe this book is “heartache.”  Patch and Nora are put into impossible situations and are forced to try and deal with what they are given (which is not much).  As a reader, I don’t really like being put into those scenarios, you know when the main characters are fighting the entire book?  I think it feels uncomfortable for me, therefore making the book less enjoyable.  I find myself skipping ahead just to see if things get less awkward.  Is any of this making sense to anyone?  I know that life can not be all sunshine and lollipops, but I wish there were just a couple chapters of unhappiness and not almost the entire book.

This is not to say the book is terrible, because it is not.  I understand why pretty much everything in the book happened.  I just think Nora has trust issues she needs to work through and Patch just needs to stop being so aloof.  But these are issues I have with the characters themselves, not Becca.  I like the series more now that I have read the second book and I look forward to the third book to see how Patch and Nora wiggle their way out of the mess they are left in at the end of this book.  If you are fan of the first one, I am sure you will like this one too.  Just don’t say I didn’t warn you…there is plenty of heartache to go around.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the third book will uncomplicate some issues, shed light on others, and be a little more cheerful for Nora and Patch.

FTC:  I received this book as an ARC from Around the World Tours.


5 responses to “Book Review of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. So what you’re telling me is that you hated this book and it’s a waste of time, yes?

    😛 Just kidding.

    Great review! I just got this from the library (as I told you) and can’t wait to read it, even with all the heartache. Also, I get what you’re saying about being uncomfortable, but that only happens to me when I watch TV, not when I’m reading.

    • Lol, oh James, you know me so well 🙂 It is awkward to me because when I read I see the story as a movie in my head so I guess it almost is like watching t.v. Anyways, you will have to tell me what you think when you finish it up.

      • I am reading the book now and my review will be up tomorrow. I’m enjoying it, but have some problems with it (sort of a generalized thing that I’ve seen many books do). We do disagree with who we like in this book though (at least so far; I’m only like halfway through it).

        Anyway, just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are coming soon!! 🙂

  2. Kaninika Dey Sarkar

    i loved this book . not your run off the mill love story. just scintillating , sexy and sizzling


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