Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick – Review

Have you read Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick yet? Crescendo is a Must Read! With the start of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Crescendo, you get sucked back in time to before Hush, Hush’s timeline to when main character Nora Grey’s father was murdered. Of course, if you don’t pay attention to character’s first and last names you won’t understand the point of the prologue.

As you get sucked back into the present with now-teenage Nora Grey and her “super-hot” boyfriend Patch, you can tell there is going to be a lot of tension in the book. After their fun-filled day is over and Nora’s curfew creeps closer and closer, the couple finds themselves, in Patch’s black Jeep Commander, sharing trinkets of their affection. As Nora mutters those 3 dangerous words to Patch, he discovers they have a dangerous audience and leaves Nora at home in a flash.

When an all-too long 12 hours pass by without Nora seeing Patch, word slips that Patch was spotted outside Nora’s arch-nemesis, Marcie Millar, window the night before. With jealousy, confusion, and suspicion swallowing Nora, her and Patch have their first real fight when Nora calls off their relationship. Although Nora is distancing herself from Patch, she winds up getting closer to her old childhood friend Scott Parnell.

Despite having suspicions of Scott being nephilim, Nora can’t help but put herself in dangerous situations to get back at Patch. Even though Nora made it clear to Patch that she doesn’t want to be in a relationship with him, he still happens to be in the same places as her, and still tries to take care of her, as well. When Nora discovers that Patch hooked up her best friend Vee with Patch’s best friend, Rixon, Nora feels like she’s missing something.

Nora’s given an opportunity to get some answers when Marcie invites Nora to her house for a fundraising party. With Vee at her side, the 2 best friends concoct a plan to sneak into Marcie’s room and steal her diary. With Nora’s great achievement, she manages to jump out of Marcie’s window and be taken home by none-other-than Patch, again.

Despite Patch’s request for Nora to stop hanging out with Scott, she can’t help but be defiant when Scott invites her, and several others, to his house for a party. It’s at this party where Nora pieces together some very important information, and demands answers from Scott. When he confesses that the “Black Hand” is responsible for the murder of Nora’s father, she finally feels like she’s getting somewhere. As she starts digging to figure out who, or what, the “Black Hand” is, Rixon seems to be her best bet for information.

The only problem with her new-found answers, are that everything points to her beloved: Patch. Who exactly is the “Black Hand”, and could Patch be the murder she’s been looking for? Or could it be Rixon who’s been hunting Nora, this time? You have to read Crescendo to find out!

So what do I think of Crescendo overall? All-in-all this book is absolutely amazing, and is definitely a must-read! Nora becomes an independent thinker and isn’t afraid to show/tell others how she feels. Becca Fitzpatrick does such an incredible job of building suspense, that even after you uncover all the answers, she draws you right back in just to leave you hanging on the edge of your chair.

You get sucked into the story so far that you can imagine youself as Nora, and going through all the emotional rollercoasters that she’s going through. Becca does such an amazing job with the storyline, because not only is there ONE main plot, but there are roughly 4 plots that make up the story as a whole!

Incredibly enough, Crescendo doesn’t take anything away from the characters that we loved from Hush, Hush. Crescendo continues, roughly, from where Hush, Hush ended and continues to build on the story and the characters, but adding twists and turns to make you doubt what you’ve learned so far.

Luckily all the important characters from Hush, Hush still play an important role in Crescendo. With the introduction of Scott Parnell, he brings in plot 2 of the story. The one thing that I was slightly disappointed with, was that we don’t learn too much about Scott. He pops in, and then pops back out. Hopefully he’ll make an appearance in book 3 (Tempest) so that way we can learn more about him.

The 3rd plot that I uncovered, is Nora’s relationship with Patch’s best friend Rixon. Although not much detail is put into Rixon’s character/role in this book, you can pick up on a couple things here and there about him. Despite the fact that Patch tells Nora that there are certain reasons that Patch was/is constantly around Rixon, you’re never blatantly told what those “things” actually are; you’re left to figure it out on your own.

So if you haven’t bought your copy of Hush, Hush or Crescendo, then swing by your local book store, or Amazon.com and pick up these amazing books by Becca Fitzpatrick. There is also a fansite for these books (FallenArchangel.com), and you can follow us all on twitter, and facebook; just be sure you let them know that I sent you!

Guest post written and submitted by Heather P. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow Heather P and engage with her and fellow Crescendo, Hush, Hush fans and Twilight book fans.

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