Monday, September 6, 2010

Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I loved, loved, loved the first book in this series. Hush, Hush was a huge surprise for me. I didn't think that I was going to love it, but I did. So, when I received the second book in this series, Crescendo, I thought that I was going to feel the exact same way.

Not so. I was pretty disinterested for the first fifty or sixty pages. It was really depressing. I thought that Nora, who I had admired for her strength and resilience in Hush, Hush had turned into a bit of a whiner.

It started to get awesome. And I couldn't put it down. And Nora stopped whining and started doing. And now I love this second book just as much as the first. And I can't wait for the second. 

Okay. I had to get that out. Now I'll summarize the book a little.Without spoilers, though. Because I don't like spoilers.

Nora and Patch are still together, still linked as guardian angel and girlfriend. But, Nora feels like she cares more for Patch than he does for her. And, when Patch starts paying more and more attention to Nora's worst enemy, Marcie Millar, Nora can't help but suspect that something is happening. Her jealousy and anger cause her to break it off with Patch, but she instantly regrets this decision. She tries to regain Patch's attention by hanging out with an old guy-friend who just moved back to town. That doesn't work as well as she'd planned, so Nora sets out to sabotage Patch's blossoming relationship with Marcie by spying on them. And breaking into their respective houses. But, once she's there, she finds out far more about Patch and Marcie than she ever bargained for. 

This read is suspenseful and addictive. If you're bored by whine-y girl behavior, wait Nora out. She finds her voice and becomes rather devious after about the seventy-five page mark. Stick with her, because she's worth the wait!

**ARC received from a tour hosted by Angela of Dark Faerie Tales**


  1. another well written review.

    I'm glad for the heads up of a slow start.

    when i read Graceling I would have put it sown if I hadnt been warned it's a little slow but gets better - and it was one of my favourite reads last year :)

    and, like everyone else, i think the cover is so incredibly gorgeous!

  2. I wasn't overly impressed with Hush, Hush. However, I had students who were. I will be buying Crescendo. Thanks for letting me know about the slow start so that I can let my readers know. Usually I tell them to give a book 50 pages to grow on them. I'll have to tell them to expand it to 75 for this one.

  3. I really liked Hush, Hush, and the end left me dying to find out what's next for the characters. I'm so glad this is good! I'm really curious as to what's going on between Patch and Marcie, I absolutely cannot wait to read Crescendo. Thanks for the review!

    Here on the CEP! :)

  4. I am super in love with Hush, Hush and its characters, and I am more than excited to read what's next for them, even though it seems like a poor and regular story. Crescendo hopefully sounds way more interesting than Hush, Hush. I just cannot wait to grab a copy myself! Thanks for the review!

    Sent here by CEP.

  5. Ooh, sounds intriguing! I'm really looking forward to this one (although the whining sounds a bit annoying). Great review :)

  6. Great review! I hope I like it, I'll be reading it soon. :)

    I'm commenting from the Comment Exchange Program. :)

  7. Glad to hear you liked the second half!

  8. I have not read Hush Hush and still doubt I will after all the negative stuff I heard about the it. I know it has been popular and I should judge for myself, so I may evidently borrow it from the library. Glad the second book in the series is good, cause I hate when I love the first and the second is a bust.

  9. Very nice review---thanks for the heads-up. I enjoy spoiler-free reviews so much!

  10. I loved hush hush so much and can't wait to read this one great review and I look forward to reading it!

  11. Thank you for the review. I've been trying to decide whether or not to get Hush, Hush. I think I will after reading this!

  12. I love it when you find a book that you can't put down, thanks for recommending this. PS I'm also participating in the September Spectacular.

  13. I can't wait to read this one. I have yet to get a copy of it. I too loved Hush, Hush and am a little worried about Crescendo after the reviews I have read, but I will stick with it!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I also loved Hush, Hush. I still haven't gotten around to reading Crescendo (so many books, so little time) but it's definitely on my list of books to read in 2011. I never really liked it when Nora spied on Patch in the first book, but it was still a great read. And I'm definitely looking forward to Crescendo!



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