Series: Hush Hush #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Books on October 19, 2010
Genres: YA, Paranormal
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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. But Patch has been acting anything but angelic lately. 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’s 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 feeling that he’s hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her Nephilim bloodlines has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything–and everyone–she trusts.
It’s hard to write this review as I previously gave a 5 rating to Hush, Hush and now I find myself giving Crescendo just a rating of 3. The main reason is because of the characters. Nora in primis. I really liked her a lot, I felt very close to her in the first book but here I barely recognized her. She was so annoying and frankly I found her paranoia unjustified and often pointless. While Patch, despite the fact that every single time he calls Nora “Angel” I have chills everywhere, was almost a stranger, especially because of certain reactions . . . The very surprise, and I mean this in a good way, was Vee. If I would have strangled her in the first book, here she was the one who entertained me the most and annoyed me the less.
The story is good, there are different unexpected things that make you really curious about the events and make you doubt about someone, but I couldn’t find the same scary, exciting atmosphere that was in Hush, Hush. Even if it was an entertaining reading, unfortunately for me it didn’t have that fascinating magic I found in the first instalment.
I’ll surely read Silence because there’s no end in Crescendo, there’s a huge “you can’t leave me like this”, and because I still hope to find that brilliant atmosphere of Hush, Hush in the third book with some of the most amazing YA characters I read about.