Crescendo (Hush, Hush 2)
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published October 19th 2010
characters: Nora, Patch, Scott, Vee, Rixon
Details from Goodreads:
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 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?
All of this combines to give Hush, Hush fans exactly what they want: passion, mystery, action, danger, angst and enough betrayal to leave readers wondering, “Who can I trust?”
Crescendo is simply stunning. The ending is to die for because it’s a cliffhanger. Ms. Fitzpatrick pulled a fast one on me. I was completely shocked and I can hardly wait for the next installment. Ms. Fitzpatrick dishes up another sexy, gripping read with plenty of danger and thrills. Crescendo is a compelling story with clever plot twists, and is sure to have readers riveted. With romance, supernatural treachery, a deadly menace, and plenty of action, Crescendo will keep you turning pages long into the night.
Crescendo maintains the same degree of edginess, sexiness, and danger like the first book. It isn’t just tough and edgy; it’s also a story about complex relationships. Characters are forced to make hard choices and face emotionally charged situations. Ms. Fitzpatrick has crafted complex characters with complicated pasts. This drives an already great plot forward at a break-neck pace.
The world-building in this series continues to be top-notch. This world is vivid, imaginative, and the terrifying mythology continues to evolve. A deadly supernatural secret society is introduced, adding new levels of intensity. I really enjoyed learning more about the relationship between fallen angels and their Nephilim hosts. There are some intriguing new dynamics at play and it’s hard to say which side will win in the end.