Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Published By: Simon & Schuster

Year of Publication: October 19, 2010

Categories:Angels, Urban Paranormal, YA, Series

Pages: 427

Summary (from 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 and even worse, he’s started spending time with Nora’s arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Path hadn’t been acting so distant. Even with Scott’s totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him – despite her lingering feeling that he’s hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything – and everyone – she trusts.

Review: I have to start off by saying that I know that some people didn’t enjoy this book – and I totally understand why – they found Nora annoying. But at the same time, these people have to remember that Nora is a teenager! Okay, her decisions don’t always make sense, but she’s a teen! I didn’t make my best decisions when I was her age either.

Now that I have that out of the way, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading Crescendo. It’s great to read a YA book that still has urban paranormal elements, though without the usual vampires, werewolves, or zombies (not that I don’t enjoy those books, I totally do – but it’s nice to have a break once in awhile). I haven’t read many books with angels in them, but I have a feeling I’ll be reading more after being impressed with Becca Fitzpatrick’s books.

One thing that I really enjoyed about Crescendo is that it gives a lot of background information about Nora’s history, and even how the world of angels works. I was able to make connections and feel like I was fully immersed in the world that Becca had created. I love feeling like that when I read.

I thought the ending was done really well – there was a lot of action, and I could hardly put Crescendo down, cause I had to know what was going to happen next.

All in all I would definitely recommend this book. It was a great read. Now I just have to be patient enough to wait for the next book in the series, Silence, to come out in October.

Check out my review of the first book in this series, Hush Hush.


Disclosure: I got this book from the library.