Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review: Crescendo

Synopsis: Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away, and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.  The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she 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? 

My Review: I can safely say that I was just as thrilled/excited/fangirlishly/happy about Crescendo as most of the teenage girl populous was.  I absolutely adored Hush, Hush and I was ecstatic to get the chance to read Crescendo.  I think I set myself up for disappointment.  I let my love of Hush, Hush build so much that my expectations for Crescendo were super high.  And well… it didn’t meet my expectations.  I was rather disappointed to say the least. 

While the book wasn’t horrible or anything, I couldn’t help but feel vastly disappointed with certain aspects of it.  I can’t even explain in full detail as to why it bothered me because I’d be ruining it for those of you who haven’t read it yet.  So I am going to be as vague as possible and I apologize ahead of time if there are minor spoilers.  It just cannot be avoided in this case.   What drove me nuts was the plotline.  Well not even the plotline itself because there were some MAJOR plot twists I didn’t even see coming.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that the introduction to the main plot of the story drove me nuts.  Okay here comes the minor spoiler.  If you interpreted anything from the synopsis then this might not come as a shock to you.  Nora breaks it off with Patch.  I won’t go into the reasons and yadda yadda because that would ruin it.  I mean I was just so disappointed with it.  It was the classic run of the mill “conflict” that it seems that every major love story has.  Lack of trust, not disclosing all information, and all that jazz that leads to a breakup, but is not actually a breakup because Nora is just being stupid and stubborn.  I mean just come on!  I could name about five other series that do the SAME THING.  For such a highly original story I was highly disappointed in the lack of creativity to have some tension in the story.  Plus painting Patch to be untrusting and acting like he had something to hide?  So predictable as well, especially since we all know that Patch will never be the “bad guy” again.  So all of Nora’s little self doubts about Patch’s intentions?  Ignore them because they’re all BS. 
Another thing that bothered me was Nora herself; mostly because she was a spoiled self righteous little brat who jumps to conclusions without letting Patch explain anything.  I mean she went totally ape shit without once letting Patch get a word in or, hmm I don’t know, allowing him the benefit of the doubt?  I mean no matter how pissed I get at someone I at least hear them out.  It was just beyond ridiculous because her “reasons” for breaking up with Patch were so conflicted with each other that it made absolute no sense.  It’s driving me nuts that I cannot explain it fully but just know that Nora doesn’t know what the hell she’s thinking or really feeling.  Just gah.  Bugged the crap out of me. 
Don’t get me wrong, there were some very nice plot twists to the story.  Yet at the same time, I feel like they popped out of nowhere.  Definitely a few “uuuuhhhmmm eh?” moments.  It all felt rather forced to me, like Becca was trying super hard to make it some intense, shocking story and all the drama wasn’t needed.  Trust me.  All of us crazed teenage readers out there will continue reading these books no matter what because we all drool over Patch.  No need to pull out all the cliché drama and random plot twists.
Surprisingly enough what I did really enjoy about the novel had nothing to do with Nora and Patch.  Rixon and Val were awesome, and I especially liked the two of them together.  I really, really, really liked Rixon.  I totally felt betrayed by the end of the book though.  :/ Plus Val is just the most hysterical best friend ever.  Who cannot adore her?  The fact that I enjoyed the side characters more than the main plotline speaks volumes for Crescendo.  So to sum up Crescendo in one word…. Filler.  It was a complete total filler novel, hands down.  Plus it was an obvious filler novel which just makes it all the more disappointing.  Will I read the next installment?  Duh, of course I will.  And you know what?  The next one will be amazing!  And it’s not just because I’m a marvelous psychic.  YA series trend with filler novels for the second book and the story always picks back up and gains momentum in the third.  Tis a fact.  I’m sure there are statistics somewhere in the depths of the internet.  Somewhere… or you can just take my word for it.  Lol.