BOOK REVIEW | CRESCENDO BY BECCA FITZPATRICK (SPOILER FREE)

April 10, 2018



Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers from the previous book, hush, hush.

Synopsis
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. 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 (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has 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 feelings that he is hiding something.If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts. -Goodreads

Plot
Crescendo had me drawn in since the very beginning. Fitzpatrick has a way of drawing her readers in within the first chapter and keeping them on the edge of their seat until the end. The book picks up about two months (if I'm not mistaken) after the last events taken place in hush, hush. Although I found some similarities between Crescendo and hush,hush, I found Crescendo to focus more on Nora's thoughts and the internal battles she faces due to the problems that arise throughout the book. I found this book to be more of a test of Nora's strength and ability, rather than a romantic story between her and Patch, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My one major problem with Crescendo was the lack of reminding the readers of the fallen angles, archangels, and nephilim society. Although I know the topic was introduced in the previous book, for someone who picked up this sequal months after reading hush, hush, I was so confused when those terms were mentioned. I don't expect a full chapter summary of the fallen angel/archangel/nephilim relation, but something like a one page summary would've helped me understand and enjoy the novel better.

Apart from that, the plot of this book was filled with so many twists and unexpected turns. When I thought I knew what was going on, another trigger was pulled and I was surprised.

Characters
Nora. Nora my baby :( My heart broke for Nora throughout the entire book. I was rooting for her since the beginning, rooting for her to be happy and to be rid of the darkness surrounding her. Nora Grey isn't an easy character to love. Although I didn't always agree with her choices, I understood them. I understood why she did the things she did because if I were in her shoes, would I have reacted differently? Nora's situation is unique, and it's her character that makes the whole story come to together.

Patch. Like I mentioned previous, Crescendo mainly focused on Nora, rather than Nora and Patch, thus Patch's involvement in this book was almost vacant. I'm not gonna lie, I wished he was more involved with the plot and story because I enjoy reading about his character. His distance made me take my time reading when he was present because I didn't know how long it would be before he appeared again. There were also moments when he was present that I wanted to slap him for being such a dick, but whats new. 

Vee. I voiced my love/hate relationship with Vee in my hush, hush review, but completely enjoyed her character this time around. With this book focusing on Nora and the conflicts she has to face, having a friend like Vee who was always there for her, but also didn't take life to seriously, gave both the reader and Nora a little break from the seriousness that the book held. I appreciated Vee's involvement in this book and can't wait to read more about her in the future.

Writing
Ugh, I LOVE how descriptive Fitzpatrick is. I love how her writing is so detailed and graphic that it's like an action movie is playing on in your head while you're reading. With that being said, I'm not going to lie, there were points throughout the book where my anxiety spiked just a bit. The writing was so livid that when Nora felt scared, so did I. When she felt broken, so did I. When she felt happy, so did I. I felt almost everything she was feeling because the author does an incredible job of showing the readers what's going on through detailed descriptions rather than just telling them what's going on. Fitzpatrick gave me a 4D experience while reading Crescendo, and I loved it. 

Final Thoughts
Crescendo was all in all a great novel. Even though there were times where I was confused, I never once lost interest in the story. The author could have done a better job explaining the world of fallen angels and such, but I'm hoping that the next book will do a better job making sure the reader knows what's going on. If not, I can easily google search. 

I'm so surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series! My fingers are itching to get my hands on the next book, Silence, which will probably be very soon because I'm impatient and want answers haha. That cliffhanger was no joke!

Rating
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS


What are your own thoughts on Crescendo

Until next time,

k.m

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