Title: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schulster Children’s Books
Version Read: paperback (library)
Publication Date: October 19th, 2010
Categories: angels, fantasy, paranormal, urban-fantasy, romance, young-adult
Summary (Goodreads): Nora Grey’s life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn’t pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. But Patch has been acting anything but angelic lately. 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’s moved back to town, if Patch hadn’t 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 bloodlines has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.
Whew, Patch and Nora have quite an interesting relationship don’t they? Angels, guardian or otherwise, are tricky creatures.
Nora is having trouble trusting Patch in this one, and some of the time I wanted to strangle her because I could tell Patch was withholding certain information so she wouldn’t do the stupid thing and go out looking for trouble. Of course, she decides there must be some big conspiracy, even though he told he quite clearly that the Archangels were spying on him, and them, and gets herself into a whole bunch of trouble.
Then there was Scott. Talk about your ‘troubled’ character – he’s a bad boy with seemingly few regrets. Also, an enormous secret, which is troubling enough that Nora’s mum decides she doesn’t want Nora hanging around with him after she’d been so eager to get Nora with Scott in the first place. (Because she doesn’t like Patch.) Unfortunately, this winds up making Nora hang around with Scott even more after her initial reluctance.
Really Nora is being a pretty typical 16 year old girl – naive enough to think she is capable of handling anything; stubborn enough to want to do the opposite of what she is told to do; and hormone-crazed enough to be torn in different directions based on her emotions, rather than facts or common sense. Which is why I forgave her most of the time when she wouldn’t listen to Patch, especially after he told her the archangels were spying on them.
Nora also learns some uncomfortable truths in this book, and as much as I’m sure she’s like to unlearn them, or be ignorant of their existence, those facts are pretty big game changers for her in terms of what will happen next. The ending was a cliff-hanger, which is such a pain-in-the-butt of a plot device, but it does work well. Since I had the next book waiting, it wasn’t such a problem for me though.
A pretty good second second novel – it managed to avoid most of the major ‘traps’ that second books can fall into and was still an interesting read. I would still recommend this for the more mature young adults, although it’s not quite as dark as the first one.