Crescendo

Crescendo

Book - 2010
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Sixteen-year-old Nora Grey struggles to face the truth while coping with having a fallen angel boyfriend named Patch and unraveling the mystery surrounding her father's death.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781416989431
Branch Call Number: FIT
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 22 cm.

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daddyo1969
Aug 10, 2017

This book kept me on the edge of my seat with suspenseful plot twists it also kept me thinking of what was going to happen next I would give this book 4 and a half stars and the whole series 5 stars and would say it is the best series I have read

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

Despite the super dooper girlishness this is a fast-paced action packed story with a few good little twisties.

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maroon_tiger_69
Jul 27, 2016

although I haven't read the book just yet, by reading through the comments i found out that Nora and Patch break up. Does this mean that he's done being her guardian angel? and what is it between that girl Marcie and Patch? I hate Marcie so much! Do they fix things later? I mean Nora and Patch. Please respond. Thanks! And I totally ship Nora and Patch. I don't know what name though. LOL Oh, and do Patch and Nora get back together at the end of the book? Or not? Sorry I totally want spoilers for me because I can't handle Nora and Patch not being together.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 02, 2016

Nora's life is far from perfect even though she and Patch are together and have moved on from the crazy events that've happened in the last couple of months. It's not until Patch starts acting shady that things start to go wrong. Patch is hanging around the one person Nora can't stand and her mother is trying to set her up with an old family friend that has just moved back to Coldwater and she's having visions of seeing her dead father. Nora will stop at nothing to get answers she's seeking.
This is the second book in the hush hush series and dangerous events and the drama never stop. Nora finally has a decent life again only to have it taken away again. It seems like nothing is going right for her anymore and she's more confused than ever which makes for an interesting read. Rating 5 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

After reading Hush Hush, I didn't dive right into the sequel because at first I wasn't too interested in reading further. But I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad I picked up the sequel because it was really good. So good that I read it in just over twenty-four hours. It was even better than the first one and I just couldn't put down this book. I think the reason why I like this book so much is because Nora has to deal with problems actual teens face with today. Well, except for the fact that she has a boyfriend who is a guardian angel. I began to have a strong hate toward Patch in this book because of some of the choices he made making me want to yell at him but near the end of the book it was all good . . . until bam!— something happens leaving us all at a cliffhanger for the next book. There was quite a lot of action in this book and I like the mystery vibe the book gives off. I can never predict what is going to happen and I honestly can't wait to see what is going to happen in the third book. Overall, I give this book 4 stars.
- @Aweesha_Says of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Fallen angels! Interesting love story twist! Sarcastic characters in awkward, maybe even life-threatening situations! Why not? At least, that is what I told myself when I first picked up this book at the library. This unseeingly strange plot twist kind of threw my off my comfortable seat for a long time. It was very difficult to continue reading after I understood what had happened. Nor seems to undergo characteristic changes that I cannot pinpoint exactly, but it is almost like her personality is changing. There isn't as much suspense, or so I felt. But be strong, and continue on! 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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staue
Mar 13, 2016

I didn't mind Hush, Hush; however, Crescendo was (in my opinion) just brutal. Now i didn't make it even 58 pages before i had to put it down (and i am a pretty easy-going reader) because of the main character, Nora, who is a complete ditz that annoys the crap out of me. She.does.not.have.an.ounce.of.common.sense.in.her.brain. I cannot handle it when the main character is stupid or whiny and that is exactly how it is in this book. Granted, since I didn't even finish this book, maybe it got better...? Maybe I'll pick it up again later and find that it was okay after all, but as for right now - i just did not enjoy it. The only reason I gave this book 1 star is because i really like Patch and he seems to have more than one brain cell working (*cough* unlike some *cough* *Cough*) and i found that he was a much more intriguing character.

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Laleh2000
Aug 22, 2015

Really good. But compared to the first it was a little disappointing.

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Nymeria23
Aug 11, 2015

I kind of don't know how to feel about this book. The first half was just SOOOO annoying. Okay, spoilers from this point on.
Like, I get it now that Nora is in love with Patch, but when she believed her love was not reciprocated she was just SO FRUSTRATING! Like, dude, I want to smack you upside the head because you're being pathetic right now. I mean, first the pain of it was understandable, but putting yourself in dangerous and/or going out of your way to be around the object of your pain, that I couldn't stand. Sure sure, she needed to 'get him out of her system', but I just kept thinking that the way Nora couldn't make a decision without having Patch in the back of her mind was just sad and pathetic. It was hard to read that. But, the ending may have made up for everything.
First, Scott. The scary, unnerving, shady 'family friend' that is not only a gambling addict, but is also a paranoid Nephilim. Great. He was so creepy and off-putting in the beginning that I really hated his character. Then when he goes after Nora for the Black Hand ring, I thought it was going to be another psychotic killer like Eliot (Nora sure attracts quite the unfortunate crowd). But when I found out that Scott was purposefully being a jerk because he felt guilty for not watching out for her dad, that he really didn't know anything about being a Nephil, and that paranoia was really his only driving force, I warmed up to him fast. Especially after his admittedly sad effort to save Nora by getting shot multiple times, and then buying her a car. Strangely, I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.
Now. Rixon.
Why is it that all of Vee's boyfriends want to kill Nora? Seriously, I mean, geesh.
From the beginning he was planning to sacrifice her, trying to dissuade Patch from doing it first. When perfect circumstances arose, he struck, making Nora distrust Patch, trying to make her think she was seeing her father, and eventually getting her alone to kill her. I am kind of sad about this, because he had been such a great side character, but now that his true intentions have been revealed, I'm glad Patch sent him to hell. But still. Wow.
Oh, and then the whole reason Rixon wanted to sacrifice her (and why Marcie hates her). Marcie's dad, Hank is really Nora's dad. Mind-blown. Nora was a descendant of both Rixon and Patch's vessals. Goodness golly goshness.
Okay, so Patch came to the rescue and saved her from Rixon. Detective Basso seems to be more protective and concerned for Nora now that her life has been put in serious danger (I wonder how he will develop, if we'll be seeing more of him now). By leaving his charge, Marcie, Patch has now gone rogue and is on the run from the archangels. Nora finally got to see Patch's place (at Delphic. Haha wow). Oh yea, and Hank (and some other Nephilim) grabbed Patch (I think they believe he's still fallen) and Nora, and he's claiming to be behind the Nephilim blood society. Hank is the Black Hand. The reason Scott got branded. Maybe the reason Nora's adoptive dad got killed. The driving force behind keeping Nephil from being vessals for fallen angels (who will then turn to human bodies which will die after two weeks of possession).

Crap.

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maisha2000
Mar 29, 2015

When Patch and Nora broke up... so did my heart </3 But this book was fabulous! Not as good as the first, but still kept my pages turning

violet_horse_527 Feb 16, 2015

this book was amazing!

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leo1997
Aug 12, 2014

Goodness man this book woooooch took my breath away

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Nymeria23
Aug 11, 2015

“You're a psychopath."
"I prefer creative.”

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

“Being with you never felt wrong. It's the one thing I did right. You're the one thing I did right.”

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E_Kazan
Jul 18, 2011

I held out my hot dog, which had grown cold. "Do you want this?" "No way. You're going to need it. If anything bad happens, just take a bite. Ten seconds later, you'll feel all warm and happy inside." :P

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E_Kazan
Jul 18, 2011

"I lied," I confessed shakily. I swallowed, trying to inject a measure of calm into my voice. "The thing is, I really wanted to ask Scott to the Summer Solstice party at Delphic, but I couldn't bring myself to do it in person. This is really alkward." I walked to the desk and offered him the hotdog along with the scrap of paper I'd scribbled the note on. "'Don't be a wiener,'" Scott read. "'Go to Summer Solstice with me.'" "Well? What do you think?" I tried to hold a smile. "Do you want to be a wiener or not?"

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Mahala
Dec 16, 2010

"How very touching" A deep voice carried out of the darkest part of the shed, along the back wall. "Seize the Angel" A group of Nepilim came out of the shadows andsurrounded Patch twisting his arms behind his back. "when I start fighting, Patch spoke to my thoughts "RUN"

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lilchocomuffin
Nov 07, 2010

"He's on his way home. Right now." "How much time do I have?" "Since he already flew past here about a hundred miles per hour, I'd guess a minute. Or less." "Vee!" "Don't blame me-you're the who wasn't answering your phone!" "Chase him down and stall for time. I need two more minutes." "Chase him down? How? The Neon has a flat." "With your own two feet!" "You mean excercise?"

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lilchocomuffin
Nov 07, 2010

"And here I thought they were called Peeping Toms." I didn't need to see him to know he wore a smile. "Stop laughing," I said, my cheeks hot with humiliation. "Get me down." "Jump." "What?" "I'll catch you." "Are you crazy? Go inside and open the window. Or get a ladder." "I don't need a ladder. Jump. I'm not going to drop you." "Oh, sure! Like I believe that!" "You want my help or not?" "You call this help?" I hissed furiously. "This isn't help!" He spun his keychainaround his finger, then started to walk away. "You are such a jerk! Get back here!"

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

Patch starts hanging out more with Marcie, Nora's archenemy. If it wasnt for that, Nora woudlnt even have noticed her childhood friend, Scott. What would become of nora and patch's relationship?

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Ciresica
May 21, 2012

Patch is being watched by the archangels, he cannot love Nora. Nora calls things off but she stills wants to be with him, even if she tells herself she doesn't. Nora will start being jealous and suspicious of Patch, making their relationship even worse... but they seemed to be so perfect for each other, so could it really be the end of the two?

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E_Kazan
Jul 18, 2011

The back:
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.

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Mahala
Dec 16, 2010

Nora Grey's life is in a continuous state of chaos. On the heels of surviving an attempt on her life and falling in love with the dark and dangerous fallen angel, Patch, a little excitement is understandable. Unfortunately for Nora, things are getting even more complicated. Her relationship with Patch is falling apart. Battling her jealously and insecurities, Nora struggles with the reality that her nemesis, Marcie Millar, might have stolen her man. To make matters worse, Nora is having nightmares and seeing visions of her dead father. She becomes obsessed with finding out who murdered her father. Believing she can no longer trust Patch, Nora is feeling betrayed and alone. Along the way, Nora makes some gruesome discoveries in her quest to find her father's killer. The things that Nora finds out about her father are troubling to say the least, and as a result, Nora's life will never be the same.

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