- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S
- Format: Hardback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 36mm | 476g
- Publication date: 1 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416989439
- ISBN 13: 9781416989431
- Sales rank: 55,709
The sequel to the "New York Times" bestselling phenomenon, "Hush, Hush"! 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?
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By Rainy Days and Pajamas 14 Feb 2013
It had been a while since I had read Hush, Hush but it took me no time at all to get right back into the storyline and pick up where I left off. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Hush, Hush was one of the best books I read in 2011 and Crescendo was definitely not a letdown.
There were a lot of things in this book that surprised me. I tried to work out the plot as I read (like always) and found that my thoughts were a lot more complicated than the actual storyline. This worked in the authors favor this time because it left me shocked by some revelations in the end.
There were quite a few things that I didn't see coming and a lot of things that had me frustrated with the characters, but in a good way.
I finished the book pretty quickly and immediately began reading Silence, the next in the series. This is definitely a series of books that continue to hold my interest and keep me guessing. Which a really good thing.
By Pretty Little Reader 14 Aug 2012
Disclaimer: I felt it was virtually impossible to properly review Crescendo without revealing spoilers from both it and Hush, Hush. So while I usually don't do this, this review DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS - please do not read if you haven't read either Hush, Hush or Crescendo, and you don't want insider knowledge.
I am left feeling like Hush, Hush was originally written as a stand-alone, and that Crescendo is a botched attempt at turning it into a feasible series. "Why do you think that Kelly?", you might be asking. Let me count the reasons why!
1. By the ending of Hush, Hush, Nora and Patch are both ecstatic that Patch has been assigned as Nora's guardian angel, because they can continue to be together. Within the first few chapters of Crescendo, however, Patch explains that he will be banished to hell for loving Nora - and that the archangels are watching closely for any excuse to revoke him of his new-found angel status. Nora responds to this in the only way she knows how, by jumping to the most ridiculous conclusion - Patch is cheating on her with her arch nemesis, Marcie. So she calls off their relationship under the pre tense that because Patch cannot physically share in the pleasure of her touch, he must not love her (great message there). Luckily for us (please not my sarcasm), we get to repeatedly bear witness to Nora's angst and confusion over the reason(s) for their breakup, and her lack of courage leaves her unable to do the right thing, and walk away.
2. Clues are leaked throughout Crescendo, and eventually we find out a (not-so) shocking truth (for those who were paying attention) about Nora's past: Harrison Grey is not her biological father! In fact, her biological father is her arch-nemesis Marcie's father, Hank Millar! Dun dun dun! But wait, didn't the entire premise of Hush, Hush revolve around Harrison being a descendant of Nephilim and that's what makes Nora an acceptable sacrifice in Patch's quest for a human body? Looks like we have a gaping plot hole to fix! The solution? Are you sitting down, because it's going to make your head spin! Harrison and Hank are distantly related to the same Nephilim blood line! Phew, that explains everything then! But wait, does it? Because in Crescendo we learn that Hank gave Nora to Harrison to protect, as he feared his Nephilim heritage may come back to harm her later. But if both men are descendants of Nephilim, granted Hank is a much closer descendant then Harrison, would that not put Nora in danger either way? And if Hank was that concerned about his offspring, why did he keep Marcie? So terribly confusing, that I'm sure that was the point. Maybe if we're confused enough, we won't question the inconsistencies.
3. Considering it's maybe a month or two since we left Patch and Nora in Hush, Hush I got to wondering how the rise of the Nephilim under "the Black Hand" is only now becoming news. Wouldn't that have explained Patch's desperation to get his own human body in Hush, Hush?
4. Why couldn't Patch just tell Nora she was in danger? He ended up going rogue for her in the end anyways, why risk her life? Or why didn't he just tell her the truth in her dreams, where the archangels couldn't hear their conversations? Why did he try to feed her clues instead of just being straightforward? Considering absolutely nothing happens until the last few chapters, we could all have been spared the 350 pages of angsty filler fluff if Patch hadn't been so elusive about everything that was happening. Oh I know why, because this was never meant to be a series, and Fitzpatrick had to come up with something to cause conflict.
I was hoping that at least the ending would have some redeemable qualities, but alas, it wasn't the case. The final showdown between Nora and the person looking to harm her is one big bad guy tell-all info-dump (such a cop out) and after passing out from being shot in the arm (I wish this girl would grow a pair) she awakes to forgive Patch for all of his transgressions and they live happily ever after!
Joke!! How could there be two more books in this series if that was the case?! Of course we're left with a cliffhanger ending, but at this point I couldn't care less.
By Shayla 25 Aug 2011
SPOILERS ALERT!! Scroll to the bottom to avoid!
Prologue- Noras dad had made an agreement of some sort with someone and after many years is told by that person to take Nora far away because a guy will be after her when she turns 16 but her father was killed before he could act on the news.
Just when she thought everything will be back to normal, her life turns into a tempest. Patchs sudden closeness with Marcie and her mixed feeling about a future with Patch pushes her to break it off with him, quickly regretting her actions.
"When I kiss my boyfriend, I want to know he feels it!"
Her childhood friend Scott shifts back into town and her first meeting with him ignites her suspicions. She has a vivid dream from a way back of Underwood being lured by a fallen angel then realized that he was Marcies father from a time way back. Nora thinks she saw her dad alive. She keeps spending time with Scott just to spite Patch despite him warning that he is a dangerous Nephilim. It seems that Scoot is a first generation Nephilim belonging to the Blood Society intent on freeing themselves from the bondage of the fallen that will inadvertently affect the human race. She pushes him further away to keep him safe from the Archangels and at the same time hurting with sight of him with Marcie.
The mystery of her fathers' death opens a new road when someone anonymous sends her ring and note saying "The Ring Belongs to the Black Hand He Killed Your Father". The day after another encounter of her dad leads her straight into an illusion in which he dad supposedly tries to kill her and an eventful visit from Patch in her dream she gets drugged off a note from Patch and trapped, fleeing the last moment finding out later that it was another illusion. Nora gets a hold of Marcies diary in an attempt to clear her suspicions on her relationship with Patch and is taken by surprise at Patchs offer to live a short life in hiding until he is dealt with the ultimate punishment. She refuses his offer to keep him safe but decides to torture herself watching him from afar which does her emotions no good. She discovers a fraction of Scotts past that involves the Black Hand when she stumbles across a clue as she tries to use Scott to return to Patch she same pain she felt everytime she sees him with Marcie.
"He's not worth it. And neither am I"
When Nora talks to Rixon about Patch, he implies that its obvious that Marcie is more compatible with Patch than she is and that he's entitled to some fun. She is stunned to also find out that Patch was called the Black Hand before. Overwhelmed by all her emotions, act recklessly to get back at him for his special treatment to Marcie and if he'd killed her dad. She had fallen in love with the devil and she was going to make him pay for it. The look on Patchs face later when confronted about her dad crushed her completely....
She decides to search Patchs house after fishing the location from Rixon but her plan comes to a halt when she discovers a painful secret from Marcie; her mom had been sleeping with Marcies dad. As Nora prepares to leave her home, Patch appears in her dream, deciding to tell her the truth. He had been assigned as Marcies Guardian Angel to prevent the fallen angel bound to Marcies father kill Marcie and Chaunceys successor wants his death avenged. Nora found herself struggling to come to terms of Patch as the Black Hand who killed her dad. To get back the ring Nora stole from him, Scoots finally reveals the whole truth to his branding mark but end up getting arrested from struggles gone too far to get back his ring.
Scotts says the Black Hand is a Nephilim and Rixon says Patch was called one before
Scotts comes for his ring again and everything turns chaotic. When Rixon tries to save her, she discovers a train of earth shattering secrets along with a realization.
This one is much better than the first! Excellent plotline; well written with lots of mystery just like I love it. Although Nora can be a little childish and immature at times, I could connect with her better this time around. I'm glad Vee proved to be more of a best friend in contrast to the first book. I really do appreciate the subtle progress of Patchs character; it's very believable. I am a little upset there was little scenes with Patch and Nora together but the suspense made up for it. And with the little tease in the end, I can't wait for the next sequel.
By Sandy 19 Apr 2011
What I loved about Hush, Hush was that the romance wasn't the main focus of the book. Yes, the romance is a major aspect of the story but there is also the mystery of who is after Nora. The mystery, the suspense, the constant mind games Nora was being thrown was what made me enjoy the book. I found the characters to be entertaining and fun to read and Nora didn't annoy me as many female characters seem to do in paranormal YA. When I finished Hush, Hush I couldn't wait to read Crescendo.
Its unfortunate that I did not enjoy Crescendo nearly as much as I did its predecessor. There was still mystery, and danger, and Vee who had made herself onto the bad best friend's list in the later half of Hush, Hush redeemed herself in Crescendo (an unexplained 180 but I'll take it). Vee was funny, dependable and someone I wouldn't mind spending time with which made it all the more easier for me to not like Nora. I found Nora to be needy, "too stupid to live" and just basically irritating and because Nora was the narrator for the story she really ruined the book for me. Patch was basically a complete mystery for most of this book he has secrets that he can't share with Nora which makes her suspect the worse and accuse him of the worse which I could not understand because Patch, despite having his secrets, was always there for Nora, constantly pulling her out of the trouble she deliberately puts herself in.
There were parts of this book that were really hard to read because I just wanted to yell at Nora for her actions and thoughts and if it wasn't for her being so irritating I would have really enjoyed this book. We learn a lot more about angel and nephillim dynamics, there is more character development when it comes to side characters like Rixon and Marcie Millar and as I got more answers there were a lot more questions for me to ask.
The ending, there were parts I saw coming and others I didn't, I enjoyed the action and the twist and its because of the ending that I will be reading the next book in the series.
By Claudia 27 Jan 2011
I absolutely love the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Hush Hush is the start of the very adventures of Nora Grey and Patch Cipriano.
This series is set around a small town called Coldwater where Patch walked into Nora's life at Coldwater High by becoming her bio partner when Coach McConaughy decide to make a seating plan so Patch could get closer to Nora.
But Nora knew there wasn't something right about Patch until he told her that he was a fallen angel.
Crescendo picks up again with Patch, Nora and Vee (Nora's best friend) but things start to become complicated when Marcie Millar starts hanging out with Patch. Nora is still trying to find out who her father's killer is.
Yet again Becca Fitzpatrick has really gone all out and made this book an awesome book to read, you just can't simply put it down!
If you still haven't picked up this series then you have not read a great book series!