In the meantime, I thought I'd gush over a little story you may or may not have heard about (if you haven't heard of it, oh dear, you are missing out).
About Becca Fitzpatrick: Becca Fitzpatrick's first book, Hush, Hush debuted as a New York Times bestseller. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes or watching crime dramas on TV. She lives in Colorado.
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 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?
This book was REALLY hard to read, to tell you the truth. It was so rip-your-heart-out sad, I couldn't put it down until I got to the end because I didn't know if I'd be able to sleep being that depressed.
It seems everyone is against Nora--even Vee, her best friend who can't seem to grasp how much pain Nora is in and how NOT helpful it is to say certain things. And all the while, Nora's being pulled into this little web of games by someone trying to kill her.
Patch, meanwhile, you just don't know what's going on with him. One moment, he's there and you're sure he loves Nora even though he refuses to say it and the next moment he's running off with Marcie Millar--a girl who's got it out for her.
Becca pulls her readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions in Crescendo, not letting you off one bit until the most awesome and painful ending ever (painful only because you know you have to wait a year for the next book).
My advice: Get this book. Well, read Hush, Hush first if you haven't already THEN get this book. If I were to start giving out stars to books I review, Crescendo would easily get 5 out of 5.