Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo {Hush, Hush #2}

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Published: Simon and Schuster Oct 2010

Sypnosis: Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but atleast she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He’s more elusive than ever and even worse, he’s started spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.  Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feeling that he’s hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts

Status: Read on January 21, 2011

My Thoughts:

I had enjoyed Hush, Hush despite what I thought were some flaws in characterisation, sadly I feel that those issues were compounded in Crescendo and I was rolling my eyes every other page.
For me, Nora was endlessly angsty with absurd mood swings. Both her thoughts and her behaviour were irrational most of the time, she seemed unable to complete a coherent thought, jumping to silly conclusions and ignoring common sense. I could barely follow her illogical decisions and couldn’t relate to her at all. I really dislike stupidity as a plot device, especially in a YA book, Nora shows no real strength of character or loyalty which is a poor model for teenage girls.
The relationship between Patch and Nora is a parent’s nightmare, not because of Patch, but because Nora has submersed her self worth and identity into the relationship. Everything is about Patch for her, including her fathers murder.
There was some potential in the Black Hand plot thread but it remained too vague for me. I think my strong reaction to Nora overshadowed everything.
Sadly, Crescendo left me frustrated and uninterested in following the Hush,Hush series. I might be willing to read something more mature by Fitzpatrick at a later date because I feel her writing style is engaging and fluid but in this case her characters and plot were too weak for me to enjoy.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. tahliaN
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 12:08:18

    Thanks for this review. I’d already decided not to read it because of the flaws in Hush Hush, but I did keep wondering. This has confirmed my choice because the things that annoyed you would bug me too.



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