Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick

I thought I had said goodbye to Patch the abusive dark angel but it looks like he’s cropped up again as the main player opposite lovesick Nora in this sequel to the bestselling Hush, Hush (released 2009).

Crescendo is much darker than its frothy predecessor, forcing Nora to face her relationship fears not only with the elusive and seemingly unreliable Patch, but also with the mystery of her father’s death. Once again though, I was baffled by Nora’s incredibly dim-wittedness when things were staring her right in the face. As I am sure I have repeatedly mentioned on this blog, the fashion of having damsel-in-distress female protagonists in YA novels really gets my goat. Nora is perhaps even more infuriating than the first time round, impulsive to the point of utter stupidity and an obsession with Patch which makes you wonder whether she’ll learn anything about love by the end of Book 3. If there’s anything positive I can say about her character this time around though, it’s that Nora’s stupid impulses do lend her a certain ‘girl power’ attitude, even if it’s a bit of a facade considering that the girl can’t help herself when it comes to one mysterious dark angel in particular.

Speaking of said dark angel, Patch is not as present in Crescendo, as the shift focuses to Nora’s inner turmoil. Whilst I was happy to be free of the pages of Patch playing hard to get and then coming on too strong, I have to admit that at times I missed the guy. If I could give the author a bit of advice about his character it would at least be to keep the reader’s interest in him going by having Patch more present in the book!

I can’t help but compare the Hush, Hush series to Lauren Kate’s Fallen and Torment, and rightly so, I believe. They both have dark angel love interests, they’re both aimed at the same target audience and the side arc of Nora’s nephilim bloodline only seals the deal. I find that I’m more drawn to Kate’s writing, and I feel as if the heroine in her series is a little more balanced (though only slightly less infuriating). No doubt Crescendo will be a popular book for Hush, Hush enthusiasts…I just feel that there is plenty of improvement to be made on the main protagonists’ personalities, if the reader is expected to relate to the characters as well as the love story.