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Saturday, October 09, 2010

ARC - Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick


Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described 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?

Oh My Goodness. And here I was thinking there was a limit to awesomeness and then Crescendo blew the standards through the roof. I had honestly no idea what to expect when I started reading the sequel to hush, hush but whatever you imagined, Crescendo is better. Emotions are running high the whole time. I threw my book away a few times refusing to believe what I just read and then ran after it to pick it right up because I couldn’t stop reading. I felt flushed, breathless and restless page after page. Everything is scarily intense and Becca Fitzpatrick doesn’t allow you a break.

Twists after turns after stunt, the plot takes you on an extreme emotion ride. I wanted to beat the crap out of Patch, shake and slap Nora to knock some sense into her. But in the end you’re just as confused as Nora is, because Becca won’t let you in on the secret! I have to admit I had my doubts about a certain character and even though I was right about him, there was a lot more to be revealed.

Nora is smart and resourceful the tricks she pulled made me raise an eyebrow. I found myself mentally yelling at her many times but every good and bad decision she took were necessary. I’m not gonna tell you how I feel about Patch because I don’t want to give anything away, but he will surprise you in many ways. You will also be introduced to new- and very interesting- characters. Some you’ll love, some you’ll hate but like every characters, none will leave you indifferent.

There are also a few moments I was laughing out loud, and here’s a spoiler-free quote I particularly liked:

I held out my hot dog, which had grown cold. “Do you want this?”

“No way. You’re going to need it. If anything bad happens, just take a bite. Ten seconds later, you’ll feel all warm and  and happy inside.”

Imma let you guess who said that!

The end was beyond exciting and intense and really what kind of end is that Becca? How are we suppose to wait until the next book? The suspense is killing me! If what I already told you isn’t enough to convince you of how good this book is then maybe this will. One of the first thing I thought after finishing the book was: “I want to read it again!”. Because it’s awesome indeed, but also because I wanna be sure I didn’t miss any details!

Read the first chapter


Hush, hush series:

Hush, hush


Tempest (2011)

Book Stats:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416989439 The Book Depository
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416989431


    Book Source: Review copy sent by Simon & Schuster Canada

  • Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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    3 People left their mark' :

    1. I completely agree, that book left me breathless too!
      And the ending, oh, the ending! I want to read the next one. Now!

    2. Awesome review! Despite being anti-Patch, I really do look forward to trying this one :)

    3. I love books that put you on an emotional roller coaster. I can't wait to read it. Your review just made me even more excited for Crescendo!