Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

After starting a relationship with her guardian angel, the mysterious Patch (Hush Hush), Nora has started to think things could not get better.  After all – Patch is great looking, dark, mysterious, gorgeous… and he was hers.  Yet, after a great day at the beach, Nora had said she loved him and then things went down hill quickly. 

First of all… not only did Patch not return the sentiment, he also takes off.  AND not only does he take off but he goes to Marcie Millar’s home.  MARCIE.  Nora’s nemesis.  When confronted about this, Patch seems aloof and avoids her questions.  What happened to their magical relationship?



It was January 2010 when I read Hush Hush, the first book in this trilogy (see note on bottom) and GUSHED about the story.  I loved the mystery behind Patch and what he stood for… and while Nora annoyed me a bit (think Bella from the Twilight series…) it was still a worthy read/listen.

Fast forward to this second book, Crescendo.  When I seen the audio at my library I was excited to see where this one would go.  Patch was back still brooding and mysterious, and Nora…. well Nora was more annoying then the first book… I think maybe this is because I really like reading about strong female characters and ditzy ones tend to annoy me.  Maybe I need to remember that Nora is a teen and in love and if I think about it… I guess I was a bit like Nora when I was that age…. so maybe, I am just irritated with myself…. 😛

The audio is good, this one really centers around someone known as “The Black Hand” and Nora’s fathers death, which I do not recall being a big point (if a point at all) in Hush Hush. 

In the end I enjoyed it, but not as much as I enjoyed Hush Hush.  I have however heard that Silence (the third in the series) is fantastic and so I am continuing on.  Silence was released in October of 2011, so for those starting the series, all books are ready to read straight through. 

*AND – recently I hear there will be a fourth book…. called Finale.  We will be watching for that in Fall 2012.

I think this series may appeal to the 12 – 18 year old readers more than me…. Patch is truly SSSQQQQUUUUEEEE worthy and I think that age group would appreciate Nora more. 

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Borrowed from my AWESOME local library

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Posted on January 31, 2012, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This sounds like a good series. I put it on my never ending TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You’ll love Silence! I’ve not heard the audiobook, but I have read the hardback and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

  3. I haven’t read anything from this series yet. Maybe one of these days!

    I wanted to thank you for the Secret Santa books at Christmas (I’m a little slow)! I didn’t open the package until Christmas eve, so it was a nice surprise for the holiday. Thanks so much for both The Scorch Trials and Whither, and I love the little Reading Journal! All of them were wonderful!

    I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as well! I have a lot of reading to get to! Thanks again!

  4. I still have the first book here to read. I’m curious about this series. Thank you for the review here of the second book, and great to hear there’s a forth now too. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the reviews on this series. I haven’t decided if it is one I’ll pick up yet.

    • You know Martha… I dont even know if I can recommend it which sounds awful but it kind of became a story I just wanted to know how it ended… not so much the story itself. Does that make sense? I think this is a YA series that may have been appreciated more by the YA crowd. Ugh… I hate to say that… but there it is 🙂

  6. I wasn’t a big fan of Hush, Hush but I do have Crescendo. I’m not in a rush to read it but I have to if I want to get to Silence which I’ve also heard is awesome 🙂

  7. As I stated in your What Are You Reading post, I have both of the first in this series on my daughter’s shelves. She really liked Hush Hush, but Crescendo not so much (there goes that dreaded ‘second book in a series’ syndrome) 🙂

  8. I loved hush, hush and enjoyed Cresendo, but got annoyed with Silence. I actually reread hush, hush when I decided to finally get to Cresendo because I thought I missed something about her father’s death, but it turned out I pretty much remembered it all. I still want to read the fourth one to find out what happens to the story. And with Silence the second half was better than the first.

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