Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Book Review: Crescendo

By Becca Fitzpatrick

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 desperatly searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

Why I read it: I ‘accidentally’ won this book in a contest (meaning I entered the contest because it was easy and I didn’t think I’d win) but then I did win the book, so I kinda had to read it…

What I liked: Just like for Hush, Hush, the ending was the only good part of this book. For most of the book I was bored and everything seemed so random, but then at the ending it all made sense perfectly. It actually worked out more like a detective story than a paranormal romance, which I thought was great. I loved who the bad guy was, I loved how the climax happened, I loved how everything worked together…

What I disliked: Unfortunately, the ‘ending’ started at about page 390 of a 425 page book, so I was left for most of the book bored, confused, and completely annoyed with the characters. The plot was completely all over the place, full of random attacks and Nora’s problems that had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. She decides that she’s going to get a job (which her mother isn’t happy about… what mother wouldn’t want their 16 year old to FINALLY get a job?) and that’s talked about a lot but plays no role in the story. There were a lot of important things happening, but there was nothing actually holding it all together into a plot, so I had no sense of where it was going.

Nora and Patch made absolutely zero sense. Last book Patch was an annoying, egocentric, stalkerish, antagonist guy, in this story he’s actually super sweet and loving, only Nora decides to hate him for no reason whatsoever and he decides to go date Marcie Millar, Nora’s arch-enemy. Nora especially drove me nuts. She’s supposedly really smart, but she’s in summer school because she thinks it’ll be easier. She really likes Patch but she keeps telling herself she doesn’t like him because she knows she can’t be with him, and yet there are times she thinks she hates him… The problem with Nora was that she was switching emotions constantly so I never felt any connection to her.

From a Christian Perspective: This book was a little worse than Hush, Hush. There wasn’t much (if any) swearing, and actually less kissing, but there were a couple parties with drunk characters and Nora gets a little too close to having sex with some guy just to get back at Patch. The religious content with the fallen angels and Nephilim also got a bit worse, making it seem like the ‘good’ angels were actually really bad and were going to send Patch to Hell just because he loved Nora.

To buy or not to buy: I already own this, but since I really didn’t care for it that much I’ll probably be giving it away. It’s probably not actually such a crappy book—after all, it’s got 5600 five star reviews on Goodreads and an overall rating of 4.15, which isn’t bad—but it really isn’t my thing.

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