Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

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From Amazon.com:

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?

Patch, the bad boy fallen-turned-guardian angel, knows that the rules are clear: don’t get involved with your assignment. But, he’s Patch, so does he listen to the powers that be? Not especially. Add in quick pacing, intriguing flashback stories, and a mystery that culminates in a shocking cliffhanger, and you have the sequel to HUSH, HUSH.

I’m typically not a fan of YA sequels. In the second book, the giddiness of first love usually dies down, and its place are pages and pages of the hero & heroine arguing, breaking up, or one partner exhibiting jealousy. Don’t get me wrong. The arguing, jealousy, and (spoiler alert!) sort-of-breakup are still there, but what made the difference for me was a better understanding of Patch’s motivations in ensuring Nora’s safety and avoiding the archangels’ wrath. The forbidden love between these two remained the backbone of the story, even as Nora tries to uncover the mystery behind the shady coalition called the Black Hand.

I’m glad I got my hands on an ARC. Fans such as myself will have to wait a year for TEMPEST, the third book in this series.

4 out of 5 stars

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