Crescendo ~ Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora is in that treacherous second book, experienced in all fantasy-YA, where everything she fought for, nearly died for in book one, is ripped away. After finally dropping her guard with Patch, she finds that he is suddenly more aloof and mysterious than ever. He also seems to have traded Nora in for her most bitter rival, Marcie Millar.
Oh, and on top of the angel angst, her father, her father who passed away last year, seems to keep silently popping up where he shouldn’t. And by “where he shouldn’t” let’s assume that he shouldn’t be popping up anywhere as he’s, you know, dead.
Left in a whirlwind of questions and confusion, Nora finds herself distrusting everyone, chasing shadows and making those classic, vintage horror film-heroine mistakes. Deeper into the puzzle, with this recent addition, we’re thrust into a world we thought we knew a book ago but suddenly nothing is as it seemed.
Those who know me in “real life” know that I am not usually a fan of classic, cheesy thrillers. You know, the ones where everything hangs in the balance of the protagonists maintaining about two and a half brain cells but still possessing super-human amounts of bullheaded bravery. Nora and her crew fit into that daredevil but dumb category and had me screaming, “Why would you do that?!” through most of the book. From break-ins to chase downs and Harry Potter-like refusal to simply ask questions outright, I almost pulled out my hair.
Still, did I enjoy myself? Yes. Was I surprised by the ultimate course of the story? Yes. It’s a whirlwind book that is gulp-able in a sitting or two, even at 400+ pages. It’s silly fun that can’t be taken too seriously but will have you grinning and groaning through its entirety.