Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as 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?
As usual, Becca Fitzpatrick knows exactly what to do to get your heart racing. I don’t think I’ve ever been so eager to turn the pages as I have with Crescendo, and during certain scenes I honestly thought my heart was going to explode out of my rib cage. The plot of this book was as, if not more, fast paced as that in Hush, Hush and it started from the very first page. There was no slow build up, Fitzpatrick just threw you in there and let you have it.
This book is based around more of the Nephilim, who want to take on the fallen angels who have been invading their bodies for centuries. Honestly, I don’t blame them for wanted to do this - who wants your body invaded every year? But this upcoming war means that, potentially, thousands and thousands of humans could get hurt - including Nora.
Nora and Patch’s relationship is also a main focus in this book, as after the steamy first chapter it takes a nose dive. I think this was the main reason for my near heart failure. Nora became very jealous of Patch and his new found relationship with Marcie and, as usual, Patch kept a lot of things from her. This was the most frustrating part for me, as I honestly do hate Marcie, and I couldn’t understand why Patch would want to spend time with her.
Vee and Nora were, yet again, hilarious together. Vee was a lot less annoying than she was in Hush, Hush and I think that’s a huge plus. I really loved her in this book and her and Nora’s detective skills were amazing.
As for the main twist of the novel… I saw it coming. Does this mean my detective skills are getting better? Or maybe the twist was just predictable. I don’t know, it’s hard to tell. The ending was very intense and if I had been in a room with my parents they would have probably ask me why in the world I am pulling such weird facial expressions.
A certain line on the second to last page is very squee-worthy, but that’s short lived due to the ENORMOUS cliffhanger at the end. I don’t know how I’m going to last until next year to read the third book in the series because I am seriously freaking out here.
Overall, an amazing, breathtaking, suspenseful book. Try to compare it to Twilight now, you haters! If you’ve read Hush, Hush, then you’d be crazy not to pick up this book. What’s holding you back? If you haven’t read this series yet, then I highly recommend reading it - but start with Hush, Hush because otherwise you won’t understand the characters at all - especially Patch.
I couldn’t decide whether this deserved a five star rating for being absolutely amazing, or a four star rating for annoying the heck out of me and keeping me in the dark for a majority of the book. But, finally, I have settled on five stars because how could I give it anything else?