Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

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 further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline 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? (cover and description from the author's website at:


Holy cliffhanger, Batman! This book was more of a roller coaster ride than the first book! Then I got to the end and had a “Catching Fire” sort of ending! The next book cannot come out soon enough for me.

Once again, this book had me biting my nails and trying my hardest to figure out what was coming next. And I never saw most of it coming until it hit me smack in the face! I loved the way the author built the mystery and the way she would drop clues in and give just enough information to make you question what you were thinking. This book read a lot like a “Da Vinci Code” sort of novel, just with some added bad angels!

I didn’t know who to believe, who to trust and who to suspect in this book and that was so much fun! I wanted to hate Marcie and hate Patch and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hate or love Scott. Rixon was the big surprise, though!

I found that I liked Vee much better in this book, but she is still not one of my favorite characters. I think that she is very shallow and she kind of gets on my nerves.

One thing that I didn’t like is the way that Nora was always sneaking to get information from people. That girl is seriously going to be arrested for breaking and entering at this rate! I wished several times that she would just confront people (okay, really just Patch) to get the story on what was going on. Sometimes she was so hard-headed that I just wanted to smack her.

Overall, this book was another real page-turner for me. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment and I already have some of my students reading it!

This book definitely earns an A.

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