Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
(Hush, Hush Saga)

73%

18 Critic Reviews

I would really recommend this book to teens with a passion for romance, suspense and mysterious lovers.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling sequel to Hush, Hush!

Despite starting a relationship with Patch, her guardian angel (whose title is the only angelic thing about him), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking good for Nora Grey. Aside from fearing her boyfriend is interested in her nemesis, Nora is haunted by images of her father and becomes obsessed with understanding his disappearance. As Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, she begins to wonder whether her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it. And since Patch isn’t answering her questions, Nora 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?

The paperback will feature an exclusive first look at the next book in the Hush, Hush saga, on sale Fall 2012!
 

About Becca Fitzpatrick

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Becca Fitzpatrick’s books, Hush, Hush, Crescendo, and Silence were all New York Times bestsellers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes, or watching crime dramas on TV. She lives in Colorado. Visit her at BeccaFitzpatrick.com.
 
Published October 19, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 437 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Crescendo
All: 18 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 31 2015

As in the first novel, Nora is continuously placed or places herself in dangerous situations that leave her vulnerable to physically powerful men and that require being saved. Just as the drawn-out plot answers Nora’s lingering questions, it introduces a new dilemma and opener for another sequel.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Dana on Oct 01 2012

I would really recommend this book to teens with a passion for romance, suspense and mysterious lovers.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by NICOLE LANGAN on Sep 12 2011

Overall, Crescendo is a bit long on narrative at over 400 pages - the on-again/off-again nature of Nora and Patch gets a little tedious and the paranormal terminology gets a tad intricate and confusing. But the multiple surprise revelations at the conclusion will certainly leave fans eager for the third installment...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Sep 29 2010

But essentially, Crescendo follows the extremely successful and enjoyable formula of the first book...The sexual tension in the book is taken to a new level, perhaps leading to the title, Crescendo...Is this a book that those who loved Hush, Hush (and millions did, including the writer of this article) will love? Yes.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Jill Murphy on Sep 08 2012

Crescendo follows tried and tested romantic fiction mores, in which the conflict between Patch and Nora is based on misunderstandings and poor communication between them...Fans of the genre are going to love Crescendo. It's hot, tense and moreish...

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The Daily Fig

Above average
Reviewed by tirzah on Nov 16 2010

The timeline wasn’t clearly defined, and some scenes were repetitive, leaving some questions unanswered. However, the culmination of the mysteries and the revelation of the true killer are both dramatic and tense, and will have readers clamoring for the final book, Tempest.

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Wovenmyst

Good
Reviewed by MAY ABRAHAM on Dec 26 2011

Crescendo definitely did not dissapoint. I love the whole idea of fallen angels and Nephilim and everything. It’s different from the books that I normally read.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Jaylene M. on Aug 29 2015

Even though it was not the love story I expected, I will admit that I could not find myself to put the book down and I read the entire book in only two days. This book will definitely please teenagers, such as myself, and leave them wanting to read the entire series.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Aug 28 2015

This eagerly anticipated sequel to Hush, Hush is part love story, part supernatural thriller complete with surprising plot twists...Fans will look forward to the next installment in the series as Crescendo ends with quite a cliff hanger.

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The Overflowing Library

Above average
Reviewed by kirsty at the overflowing library on Mar 14 2011

All in all not bad once you got through the first part which was a bit slow. The scene has been set for a brilliant finale.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Above average
Reviewed by Sophie on Oct 11 2010

Even though I read Crescendo sporadically, it really is very addictive and hard to put down even when Nora is frustrating the hell out of me. Becca Fitzpatrick really does know how to keep her readers on edge of their seat and keep them coming back for more.

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YA Love

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Oct 24 2010

I’ve noticed that sometimes books in the middle of a series or trilogy tend to drag; not so with Crescendo. I was hooked from the beginning to the very end...Her ability to create a scene through vivid imagery and invoke strong emotions towards a character is excellent...The ending of Crescendo is the perfect lead in to the next book.

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The Book Barbies

Good
Reviewed by The Book Barbie on Nov 26 2011

The writing was outrageously amazing. In every page, Becca took my breath away and left my craving for more. There is just something about the way she writes that draws me in. I don't know how she does it, but it's astonishing. Like I said before, despite the darker atmosphere in this book, I clearly am in love with this book.

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The Compulsive Reader

Above average
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader on Nov 11 2010

The timeline wasn't clearly defined, and some scenes were repetitive, leaving some unanswered questions. However, the culmination of the mysteries and the revelation of the true killer are both dramatic and tense, and will have readers clamoring for the final book, Silence.

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Notes of Life

Above average
Reviewed by Nikki-ann on Nov 21 2010

So, all in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it (even to those who weren’t sure about Hush, Hush).

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Ex Libris

Above average
Reviewed by Andrea on Sep 19 2010

All in all, I liked Crescendo more than Hush, Hush purely because the focus was shared between the relationship and other subplots. Things are really starting to heat up, and it's really peaking my interest. If it weren't for my frustrations with Nora, I'd probably like it a lot more...

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A Book and a Latte

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Nov 12 2011

Honestly, I was annoyed through the first half of the book...Even though I was disappointed with Crescendo (in comparison to Hush, Hush), I’m looking forward to Silence and more of Patch!

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[Fikt]shun

Excellent
Reviewed by Fiktshun009 on Nov 14 2010

Crescendo surpasses Hush, Hush in both its writing style and intricacy of plot. Becca Fitzpatrick goes into much more detail in defining the new characters and developing the personalities of her existing characters.

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