Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Review by Tempest.


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.

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I loved Hush, Hush. Full on loved it. This book? This is what I initially assumed Hush, Hush would be like when I first picked it up. Poor character quality, and luke warm execution. What the heck happened to Nora in this book? How/when did she turn into such a whiny, moronic girl? I think when she came back to life at the end of book one, she did so missing half of her brain because seriously...From the get go she makes stupid decisions that make next to no sense. I started thinking she was bipolar, which would be fine if that were really the case...but it wasn't. She just couldn't make up her mind. One minute she'd be thinking she wanted Patch back and she'd make up with him, and the next he'd actually be there and she'd be telling him to get away from her. The reason the two of them broke up made sense, but it was poorly executed. It felt like the author only knew that she needed to get them to split in the beginning and didn't bother taking the time to really flush out the how or the why of it. Because of that Nora came off childish and immature, and Patch was just allusive (in the not good way) and annoying. Speaking of, Nora's mom was getting on my last nerve in this book. First of all, she had no right to act like an over bearing mother when all she's ever done was work away from home. Do I get that she needs that job in order to keep the house? Yes. However, she can't yell at Nora for being a minute late for curfew EVEN THOUGH SHE"S IN THE DRIVEWAY, yet then go off for four nights straight leaving her there alone. She even sold her car. This just felt like a plot device thrown in there because honestly what mother is going to leave her daughter abandoned in an old farm house out in the middle of no where with no way of leaving? What if there was an emergency? In the first book her mom cares about her life, but you don't get the sense that she's forcing her way in or being overbearing, however in this one any time you see her she's acting like a control freak. There's a big difference between being parental and just being controlling. Trying to hook her up with Scott, a boy she hasn't seen for years? I see where Nora got her stupid, let's put it that way. Every time something important happened that she needed to tell Patch about she didn't. If she'd only told him about the weird things going on from the get go they probably could have figured the whole thing out three hundred pages earlier. Quantity does not always equal quality. I would have much rather read two hundred pages and been left wanting more than the four hundred some that now leaves me wanted to burn this book and avoid the rest like the plague. On page 133 Marcie even tells Nora there's nothing going on with Patch (this was before something was) and Nora didn't believe her. Ok, from what we know about Marcie, the girl who pointed out her dad was dead, she doesn't exactly rely on lying to do her dirty work. Nope, the girl uses the truth in order to wound people, so why would she lie now? It was dumb, and Nora wouldn't believe or listen to anyone. It made perfect sense she and Patch couldn't talk without risking the Archangels listening in on them, however, she wouldn't even listen when he'd visited her dreams. Again, it really just felt forced the entire book, and it made me hate Nora. On page 330, for instance, she judged Patch for entering peoples memories in order to glean information he needed to keep them both safe. Um, hypocrite? Throughout this ENTIRE book she sneaks into basically every characters house. How is that not invading peoples privacy? It is the exact same thing. Sometimes it's not even in order to protect herself, so much as she's curious. At least Patch had a reason for doing what he did, one that was life or death. There are tons of inconstancy's in this book, like once when Rixon calls Patch, says he'll show soon, and he never does. Nora doesn't even question why he never showed. Scott's personality doesn't make sense. One second he's into her, the next he's guilty? Then he claims to have been guilty the whole time and it was hard to be around her...Um, what? Then why were you trying to sleep with her? Must have been really hard for you. Stupid. Then there's also when she's trying to figure out the whole Black Hand thing. If the Black Hand doesn't know Scott is there, but Patch does....Hello? And she keeps flip flopping on her opinions about this. Make up your mind. Besides, if I thought even for a split second someone had killed my dad, any love I'd felt for them would be gone. She's also so sure she can move out. She's a minor. She can't go anywhere, and she's not even smart enough to realize it. The only redeeming character in this book was Vee, which is ironic because I hated her in the first one. There was still an issue with her, however, and that was that we were constantly being bombarded with the fact she likes to eat and she calls Nora babe. We get it. She likes food. That does not mean she has to be eating it, or suggesting they eat, every single scene she's in. She also does not have to repeat the word babe every other sentence. This makes it less of a personality quirk and more of a hindrance for the reader. It's sad that we needed to know she ate six donuts in one sitting. It's even more sad that that was more interesting then half the other crap going on in this book. The only good part was the ending. The last twenty or so pages it was like all of a sudden we were given back the Nora from the first book (whom I loved, by the way). The action was good and well written, it was crafty, interesting, and flowed well. It didn't feel forced, like everything that had come before it. Of course, this just adds merit to my belief that the other only really knew how she wanted it to end, and everything else was just a means to get there. I spent all day debating whether or not to give this book two stars, and not the one I've been planning on giving it this whole time, just because of the ending. Then I realized that it wasn't so much the ending not sucking that made me even debate giving it an extra star, it was the fact that it had finally ENDED. I do already have the third book in this series, and I'm seriously hopeful that it goes back to being the amazing story that Hush, Hush was, because if Silence is anything like this...Basically, I recommend reading Hush, Hush, but only if you go into it without getting your hopes up too high for this sequel.

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