Today, we have not just one book review, but TWO!!!! Now, remember not to read them if you haven’t read the previous books in the series…wouldn’t want to spoil anything for anybody! Anyway, let’s jump right in!
**Do not read if you have not read Hush, Hush**
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.
At the end of Hush, Hush I was really excited to start reading Crescendo - because finally, FINALLY, Nora and Patch were together! Hallelujah! Now was the time for celebrations, where I would read of Nora and Patch having a perfect relationship with the occasional fight to keep it interesting, but they would be so happy and love -
Wrong. I got the romance for about four pages, but the kind of romance that I only want to see when I have gone through three books of a working relationship. Basically what happened was a car make out scene, Nora declaring her love (and how long have they been dating…? A couple of weeks most? I can’t remember but it was ridiculous. Like woman, please.) and giving him her DECEASED FATHER’S RING. That was, as she made sure to tell us all, her dearest belonging, because it was the only thing she had left from her dad. And she gives it to Patch, whom she “loves” after they’ve been dating for about a week.
Oh, and then they break up.
This whole book, my problem was mainly characters. Nora is selfish and whiny. Patch...is still a barbie doll. The whole time I was irritated at them, and just wanted to tell them to get over themselves and work it out. Really, if they would just talk about it…
Aside from Nora and Patch, I felt that the story was also predictable because of the characters. I’ve started to notice that almost any character that comes into this story is automatically not a human, and as soon as that character is used up and done, they’re gone forever and they don’t come back no matter what. Elliot for example. Where’d he go? Isn’t he mad that they killed his best friend? I suppose not.
What I did like from Crescendo is that I started to see more of a plot and more world building. Despite my anger at the characters, I was still interested in what they were going through because there were more trials for them to overcome, oh and I’m a sucker for break ups because I just want them to get back together...that always keeps me reading…
Overall rating, I give it three stars.
WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT'S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?
Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
I always hate when I seem to be the only person who doesn’t like a specific book...but it seems like I have done it again. This series has sort of been a downwards spiral for me - here is why.
The very beginning of the book, I was interested and excited to read. It felt like a fresh start, really. She’d lost her memory, maybe she could rebuild herself. Or something like that. I don’t really know what I was wanting, but it wasn’t what I got, I can assure you of that.
Nora suffers from amnesia, and though that has to be a traumatizing experience, for the first half of the book all I read is her moaning about it. Not to mention the question “Why me” which ended up appearing A TON OF TIMES. I have always accepted the answer “why not you?” and I’m not going to stop accepting it now. I understand that it would be hard to undergo what she went through, but in a four hundred or so book I don’t want to waste one hundred pages on whining. I never want to waste one hundred pages on whining, honestly.
And then we run into Patch...again...who, as you guys know, I think it just a glorified barbie doll. I feel like they use each other as eye candy because the only romantic moments I get from them is kissing and...that’s it, yep. Anytime either one of them would say something romantic verbally I kind of felt like I was watching those eighth graders in the hallways again. Infatuation, yes, but no real love or commitment.
This whole story, all I did was watch Nora and Patch make bad decisions. The action, I suppose, did intensify slightly, but not enough to satisfy me. And did I mention that it took me three and a half weeks to read this book? That doesn’t happen very often. It’s a bad book when it does.
I am going to take a reading break before I read the final book, Finale, because I need to read something that I will enjoy for now. I most likely will not be writing a review on it, either.
Overall rating, I give it two stars.