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Publisher's Summary

The much anticipated follow up to the New York Times best-seller Hush, Hush.

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as 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?

©2010 Becca Fitzpatrick (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

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  • Sarah
  • 2012-01-25

Inklings Read Reviews: Crescendo

I have a few bones to pick with this book. Not only is Patch a jerk in this books, but Nora is too! She is so close-minded and prideful that it prevents her from seeing the truth. I found her hard to relate to in this book, because sometimes she was just being plain stupid. Read it, and you’ll see. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a big fan of the Patch x Nora relationship and I will be reading Silence when it is released. I just wish that Fitzpatrick could have toned down Nora’s stupidity, pride, and naïveté a bit.

In Crescendo, the mysteries of Nora’s past are revealed and investigated. But as I said earlier, sometimes Nora was extremely dumb with the way she went about things. On the upside: There were several large twists kept me on my toes guessing! These twists put quite a bit of stress on Patch and Nora’s relationship. If you like tension, then this book is for you. I personally, found myself getting frustrated at the two of them for the way they handled things. I know I’m making it sound bad, but despite everything I’ve said, I still love the characters and the story. And honestly, what I stated above, is the only thing that I was able to find wrong with this book.The Hush, Hush series has a strange hold over me. Must have something to do with the whole “star-crossed lovers” thing.

Caitlin Greer, the narrator, did a great job! She made every single voice different. So much that I feel if she spoke to me in each voice that I could identify them no problem. She did an especially wonderful job with Rixon’s Irish accent. Overall this was an entertaining listen that I would definitely recommend!

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  • Natalia
  • 2010-11-02

Sophomore success

Nora's character is so damn nosy! It makes for a great story, but i am just shaking my head the whole time.

Really? You're going to trespass again? or No, people just hide things because it is fun, they don't need their privacy or anything. [<--- I should mention that sarcasm font would've been helpful right then]

I cringe thinking about all the crazy things girls do, especially after a break-up. I really enjoyed this sequel. Patch continued to be a mystery even though in Hush,Hush we saw a kinder side to him. Usually once the bad boy has reformed he loses his bad boy tendencies, but this character keeps his and i loved it.

I don't want to give too much away, but i will say that the mystery in this book was great. The story branched off in multiple tangent mysteries, but by the end it all came together nicely. I am not sure i liked the ending though. C'mon a cliffhanger! That is just cruel. If you hate cliffhangers you may want to wait a year so at least you'll have book 3 to read right after.

Narrator:
I could've sworn this narrator had a better Irish accent in Hush, Hush. This time it sounded strange. Other than that she was entertaining and kept the story going on a nice pace. I enjoyed her.

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  • Robert
  • 2012-03-05

ARG!

Would you try another book from Becca Fitzpatrick and/or Caitlin Greer?

Yes, I am contemplating buying the third book in the series. The Narrator did a good job. The story about drove me mad. Nora Grey (the main character) basically screws everything up, her back and forth character in emotional stubbornness is the reason for %99 of the problems. I had a real challenge trying to finish this book because %75 percent of the book was her own thoughts of what was happening serious schizophrenia. I had to fast forward it a few times, if it wasn't for my Daughter edging me on to finish I would have broke my iPhone and felt good about it (LOL). If you are more left brain, you will not be able to read this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Becca Fitzpatrick again?

Like I said, I am going to buy the third book in this series and pray it is not like this one. If it is I am never listing to either my Mom or Daughter again! :) Group Hug!

Which scene was your favorite?

The last 2 chapters brought it all together. I didn't see what was to happen as it came all together quickly.

Could you see Crescendo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

In this case I think the movie would be better then the book. Don't use the same directors as Twilight series did OMG!! That movie series could have been so much better if a real director had picked it up.

Any additional comments?

I expected Nora to have some powers in this book, I was completely bummed by her lack of abilities. Her only super power was weak spidy senses and super selfish self-centered emotionally unstable'ness! ARG! Shoot me!

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  • Leah
  • 2011-02-16

Hush, Hush Becca

This book was okay but was a little of a let down compared to Hush Hush.

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  • Rochelle
  • 2021-07-29

Just OK

This was just OK. It wasn't badly written or anything, but I'm starting to actively dislike Nora. She just does some insane things that will get her in trouble.

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  • Mom in CT
  • 2021-06-04

Interesting storyline and characters

Good story with complex characters and emotions. Dragged a little and less accomplished in the storyline than in first book. Overall - entertaining - but not amazing.

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  • Kim D.
  • 2021-01-02

Loving the story

LOVED this book! I will say that I found Nora a bit annoying in this one, but I chalked it up to teen girl emotions and finished the book in one day!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-21

awesome!

the only issue is the last chapter, about six minutes left in the chapter, it the audio skips. Amazing book epic cliffhanger! I love all the hints you get trying to solve the mystery alongside Nora.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 2019-07-02

Cliffy

I’ve read this a long time ago and forgot how annoying she was lol. I feel liked choking her so many times. All in all it was a great book. Caitlin did a great job.

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  • Lisa
  • 2019-01-17

The MC (Nora) is annoying

Okay so I’m torn between the narration being ick for this story and/or the mc Nora being truly annoying. Maybe combo of both. There were some redeeming qualities, for instance “Patch,” his character is interesting and you want to know his secrets. Elements of this story were good but I literally skipped over of the stupidity and annoyance of the mc Nora. Good grief, between her actions and the narrator one would’ve thought her 10 or 11 yrs old . I love some angst, even self discovery for teens becoming adults but Nora character was so immature and neurotic with horrible reasoning skills for a young woman it was just annoying and not endearing at all. The narrator just added to her unlike-ability, sounding like the less smart version of Nancy Drew’s 9 yr old sister, lol. I will say her voice for Patch & Rikton was good but otherwise .... ugh. Bums me out cause this series has promise and I’ve been told it’s a good storyline if finish it. I may give reading next two books a try , still undecided.