Monday, May 30, 2011

Review'd: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

(*SPOILER ALERT* I will be mentioning developed relationships and plot developments throughout this review so if you don't want anything ruined, STOP READING NOW! Thanks : ))

Book Review:
Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Published: October 19th 2010 by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Summary: 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 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 bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts

DeLibrarie (Nichole) Review: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not only is the cover breathtaking, but the plot is completely unpredictable (which is more than a lot of other books can say). The characters were believable and emotionally effective both in their personal developments and in their relationships, except for Nora. While her insecurities and vulnerabilities were relateable, she came across as crazy and stalker-ish to me. While I realize that her actions were needed to progress the plot, there must have been other ways for her to get the same clues without her stalking people, breaking in to people's houses, and lying all the time. Another thing I didn't like about Nora was her reaction to everything. Yes, she made the story appear more dramatic than it really was, and she helped move the plot, and she helps distract us from figuring out the end, but she wasn't believable. She would come up with false reasons to be mad at Patch such as thinking he was hiding things from her when she never gives him enough time to truly explain. Or when she breaks up with him without telling him why and then later gets mad at him for not understanding why she broke up with him. And it was all just to add drama and time to the story. Otherwise, the writing was great; it sucks you up into the story. And I also loved the ending. You don't see any of it coming and right when you think everything is going to be ok, the Nephilim appear and take Patch. The whole time you have no idea who to trust or what's going on and everything gets you so emotional because you feel the anger and betrayal that the characters feel. It is a gorgeous story albeit a little too dramatic at the wrong times. I loved it and I highly suggest this series to anyone interested in YA, angel, love, bad boy, mystery stories. It gets fairly dark and deep at points, especially where the murder of her father is concerned. It really is a beautiful story of young, forbidden love though.

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