So since getting my grubby little hands on this book at the Becca Fitzpatrick signing on Halloween I haven't put it down. I finished it in about a week and to say that I was excited to read this doesn't even begin to cover this! I loved Hush Hush; the 1st book in this series that I HIGHLY recommend to everyone because it's just divine reading at it's best; but I couldn't believe i'd be saying this:
Crescendo is better
There I said it and I actually meant it. Often the second book in any series is rarely as good as the 1st because there is so much to live up to and when it's part of a series it's generally the novel that set's up things for the final book or events that will unfold in the next novels to come. This does start the ball rolling for the next in the Fallen Angels series but it gives us a story, a path to get to that revealing point in the ongoing tale of Patch, Nora and the battle of good and ..less -good (evil is such a harsh word to use at this point because I'm always of the thought that bad guys may be bad but have logical train of thought, evil, evil logic, haha).
I must admit that I've sort of been in love with Patch since the last book; well I say sort of in love with, I actually mean totally in awe of and love ever square inch of the page he was on. It's probably best for me to be honest now because it may explain my slight adoration of him.
I don't want to go into too much here because it would spoil the story but the main story picks up on old mysteries and unanswered questions about Nora's father and how he died, Patch's role in the world of Angels since Hush, Hush and new characters and relationship developments as we get deeper into Patch's world of Fallen Angels, Guardian Angels and Arch Angels as well as Nora's world of high school friends and enemies and how they collide in suprising ways.
This is not a book for the faint hearted either with the term 'emotional rollercoaster' only just covering what I went through while reading each chapter. I had my fellow blogger friend Leanne (a newbie blogger like myself blogging over HERE) sending me text messages in the wee hours at her frustration at Nora and Patch at times. All I can say is I shared her sentiments. So many times I wanted to scream at one or both of them and knock their heads together. They both struggle with their seperate problems and if only they could talk to each other at times it would have saved a great deal of trouble for them both and saved me a lot of embarassment at being found ranting ....at a book.
This is a delicious book that I devoured and completely enjoyed even through the ups and downs and many crisis as they cropped up continually. This is just a wonderful series to read because the characters are so believable and the actions and reactions of the characters feel so natural at every turn and twist even if they were frustrating at times; but worth the pain. No Pain, No Gain! I can't wait for the third book because the cliffhanger ending in Crescendo has me on the edge of my seat and I don't know how long I can hang on for!
Published by Simon and Schuster Childrens Books and can be bought here and all good book stores
Becca FitzPatrick's author web page is located here for more information on the Hush, Hush saga