Title: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 10/19/2010
After reading & adoring the first book, I'll admit that I was eagerly awaiting this sequel. It didn't matter that there was no general release date or any concrete knowledge about it. I just wanted a copy in my hot little hands. And now I finally got a chance to read it & know that it was worth the wait.
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?One of my previous issues with the book was that in Hush, Hush the relationship between Patch & Nora was all physically oriented. She was warm for his form & didn't really know anything about him. I'm really, REALLY glad to say that in this book that has been brought up. In fact, it's actually the main gist of the book- Nora realizes that she knows absolutely nothing about Patch. As her attempts to learn are rebuffed by him, Nora's mistrust of him grows. It doesn't help that he's spending an awful lot of time around Marci either. For these issues to be addressed in this book & for them to be such a driving factor in the plot was absolutely awesome.
The pacing of the book was wonderful & I loved absolutely every paragraph of it. I even loved Vee, who was a lot less annoying in this book. If you loved the first book then you're going to love this entry into the series. Not only has Fitzpatrick's writing matured, but the characters have as well. Nora's still a bit of an idiot when it comes to her self-preservation, but hey- you've got to get to the book resolution somehow.
If you didn't like the first one or are looking for anything other than a Twilight-esque type read, you're probably going to be disappointed. If all you want is an escapist read, then you're in luck- this book has that in spades. All I know is that despite not being a huge fan of Twilight, I still loved this book & can't wait for the third book to come out in fall of 2011.