Published by Simon & Schuster (10.19.2010)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 427 pages
Source: I own it
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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 (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, 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 feelings that he is hiding something.
If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Okay, so Patch and Nora were kind of annoying. Especially Nora. She acts rather petty regarding Patch; breaking into people’s personal stuff, stealing diaries, showing up in places she shouldn’t be just because she knows he’ll be there, going out with other guys just to get a rise out of him. I mean, on one hand, I can see it from her point of view. Patch does act like a bit of an asshat. And it was really jacked that he was hanging with Marcie. But c’mon. She brought a lot of it on herself. Even when Patch was clearly trying to make amends and make it work, she still pushed him away – even though it hurt both of them. When he was being a buttface, I understood. But not when he was actually trying. I kinda wanted to slap Nora.
Marcie took off Patch’s cap and shook out her hair, then pressed the cap to her face, inhaling deeply. “Doesn’t he smell amazing?”
“Hey, Nora,” Vee said, “didn’t Patch have lice last week?”
“That’s really eco-friendly of you,” Vee told Marcie. “Recycling Nora’s old trash.”
While Vee had her irritating moments (again), I loved her even more in Crescendo. Vee stood up for Nora when she wouldn’t stand up for herself. Her comebacks against Marcie made me want to hug her! But in all fairness to Nora, she did finally fight back when she was cornered.
Other than the relationship drama, the story was fabulous! There’s some crazy shiz going down, and no one is who they seem. You don’t know who is bad or good (much like the first book), or who to trust. The book is full of lies and secrets. Again, someone is after Nora, and all signs are pointing to Patch. Like I said, I read this once before – and I still didn’t remember the truth. So I didn’t suspect a thing of the people I should have been suspecting. And the truth about her dad – whoa!
The ending – gah! It was still a surprise, leaving me gaping, thinking, wha…? how….?! WHY?! I’ll be reading the next book right away for part of my December monthly challenge…but seriously, why didn’t I read it sooner? Oh, right, because I forgot what happened at the end, how big of a cliffhanger it was. Because I had to wait A YEAR for Silence to come out! I bought the darn thing when it came out – in October of 2011 – and STILL haven’t read it. Sad, I know. Sigh.