Saturday, February 4, 2012

Supernatural Saturday Review: Crescendo

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 Patch hadnt 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.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:   3.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Teen girls, 20-somethings, YA paranormal romance readers
High point:  Nora (finally, a smart heroine!)
Low point:  Also Nora, due to her irrational emotional tangents
Reader maturity:  13+

The ending of Crescendo was awesome!

After reading other bloggers' reviews of Crescendo, I wasn't sure about whether or not I wanted to read it. Hush, Hush entertained me, so I was still looking forward to it, but with a bit of apprehension. Within the first few chapters, I understood where the lukewarm reviews came from. Nora impressed me in Hush, Hush with her realism and relative level-headedness, but in Crescendo, she tends to let her imagination/anger/pain control her with each negative thought that enters her head. Her emotional runaway train disappointed me, but eventually I came to the realization that the teenage years are filled with a lot of ridiculous, illogical reactions and obsessive notions. Nora's appeal in Crescendo may be to a more limited audience, but she's still Nora and still a good main character. And even while she was treating Patch like she enemy, she was also learning to assert herself (albeit by frequently putting herself in harm's way...). Nora's best friend, Vee, is also a much bigger part of Crescendo, which was a fun addition. Vee may be loud and sarcastic and bossy, but she really cares about Nora and she's a great friend.

It may seem a little bit irrational of me, but I really enjoyed Crescendo. At first, I didn't think I was going to, because so much of the novel is about Nora being irrational, but the last third of the novel pulls everything together and gives Nora a chance to act more like the girl I admired in Hush, Hush. Crescendo, unfortunately, falls prey to Sequel Syndrome, when a book seems to serve more as a bridge from the first book to the third than a novel in its own right. However, Crescendo still manages to further the story in an interesting way and drops some intriguing clues about who Nora and Patch really are.

Title:  Crescendo
Author:  Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre:  Teen Fiction--Horror & Suspense
Year:   2010
Book Source:  Won from Reading 'Cause I'm Addicted

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