Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described 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?
I tried to make this review as un-spoilery as possible but there are a few spoilers that couldn't be helped. You have been warned.
Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster this one was. There were times during this book that I just couldn't put it down, other times I wanted to throw it against a wall. Either way it got a reaction out of me.
Lets start with the plot. I lovedddd the direction the plot took in this one. Unfortunately, I was spoiled by a review I read as to who was the villain, but still throughout the book I could not put all pieces together and I was still left guessing right up until the very end. The story twists and turns all over the place and many times during the book I literally had to put it down and try and put all the clues together. This book is veryyy fast paced, there is never a dull moment which is why I could never put it down.
Now, the reason I wanted to throw it against a wall - Nora. What the hell happened to the strong, smart, independent girl of Hush, Hush? This Nora is insecure, questioning and emotionally all over the place; her constant mood swings kinda gave me whiplash. Throughout the whole book she complains that Patch never tells her the whole truth and yet when he finally is ready to open up she doesn't want to listen *head desk* I really hope we see the Nora we all know and love make a reappearance in Tempest, otherwise I may actually have to throw the book against a wall. Patch, as usual, was his hot brooding self, but he did annoy me with all his secret-keeping and kissing people who are not Nora.
What saved this book character-wise for me was Vee. How awesome is this girl? Vee in Hush Hush was more annoying than lovable but Vee in Crescendo really comes out of her shell and provides moments of comedy relief among the emo-Nora angst-athon.
Scott. I still do not know where I stand with his character. Was he evil or good? I still can't figure it out. Towards the end of the novel, he wanted something very badly - if you've read Crescendo you'll know what I'm talking about - enough that he would kill for it, then he just forgets about it and buys Nora a car? This got another *head desk* reaction out of me.
As you can tell I have mixed opinions about Crescendo, but despite all the *head desk* moments, it kept me guessing right up until the very end and I just could not put it down. Its been a while since I read Hush, Hush and I'm not sure it quite beats that book in my opinion, but it does not disappoint as a second book in the series - and the cover it oh so pretty
rating: 4 stars