Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Date of release: October 2010
Number of pages:432
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Also by this author: Hush, Hush

Book Girl Rating: * * * *

Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. And Nora's life isn't normal - her dad was murdered, and the facts about his death just don't add up. Now Nora's own life is in imminent danger. Are she and Patch strong enough for the battle ahead? (Amazon.co.uk).

I fell in love with Hush, Hush after the first few chapters.  I loved Nora’s humility and Patch’s bad boy mysteriousness – so I was anxiously awaiting Crescendo.  In Crescendo, Nora finds herself troubled by her father’s death; meanwhile Patch seems to be distancing himself – and going towards Marcie Millar, Nora’s arch-enemy.  Torn between her feelings for Patch and moving on, Nora meets Scott – an old friend who moves back to town – to add his own share of mystery to the mix.

As if the opening chapter wasn’t fascinating enough – Crescendo swept me up instantly, just like Hush, Hush.  Opening with the events leading to Harrison Grey’s death – we realise there’s more to the story than revealed in Hush, Hush.

I think Becca has a great talent for keeping her readers on edge, guessing and intrigued to read more.  Her characters are still likeable, but Nora becomes needier in this book and somewhat fervently obsessed with Patch. I adored this book, particularly towards the end.  Crescendo sees Nora’s knack for sleuthing grow and Patch’s mystery intensify – however, I did feel a little conflicted about their relationship in this book; namely because Nora seems to jump to a few conclusions too quickly – but these seemed to resolve themselves by the end of the book.  It took me longer than I thought it would to read Crescendo – and this was mainly because I felt conflicted about Nora and Patch’s relationship in this book.  Their relationship develops but it’s not without its share of emotional torment and anguish – which left them separated for parts of the book, and an absentee Patch was tough!

The truth behind Patch’s feelings for Nora, her father’s death and Patch’s real name are all fantastically revealed in this wonderful sequel.  Not to mention a few comical scenes that made me chuckle. Once again, Becca stunned me with her creative narrative and plot – you don’t expect the things that occur, which keeps the story refreshing, exciting and completely addictive.  At first thought Crescendo couldn’t live up to Hush, Hush – simply because the storyline brought up so many surprises and was so inventive – with a fantastic ending that left you just satisfied enough to wait for another book. 

Becca has done it again – produced a fantastic story with a roaring thrill ride of a climax, which leaves you gripped until the end.  She manages to keep the suspense closer and more intriguing in Crescendo, revealing snippets of details that left me whipping through the final chapters to know more.  But the cliff-hanger at the end is so suspenseful and intriguing...I’m desperate for the final chapter, Tempest, next year. 

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