From the back of the case:
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 arch-enemy, 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.
Crescendo is the sequel to Hush, Hush. I was rather disappointed with Hush, Hush and was not sure I would bother to continue reading the series. As it turns out, I liked Crescendo much better. I’m even looking forward to book three, Silence which is due to be released in October 2011. The problem is I’m not really sure why I liked this book.
In Hush, Hush, I thought Nora was too passive. In Crescendo she seems more emotional and reckless. Not necessarily an improvement, but at least she’s not so flat. Often she’s like the girl in the slasher horror flicks that you keep yelling at to not go into the basement alone. I hate it when female characters continually put themselves in situations where they need to be rescued. And Vee, who tops my list of the worst best friends ever is only marginally less irritating in this book.
In Hush, Hush, Patch was not a very likable character. In Crescendo, he’s somewhat better, but that’s mostly because the other males in the story are so much worse. In fact that’s probably my biggest problem with this series. I don’t really like any of the characters.
So, why am I still reading this series? I may not like Fitzpatrick’s characters, but she has woven an intriguing story. I want to find out how all the pieces fit together. I want to know Nora’s real story and I really want to find out who the good guys are – if there are any. (I did figure out one of the bad guys way before the end, but one of them took me by surprise.)
Hey, there are worse reasons for reading a book.