Sometimes, if you re really lucky, a book will teach you a lesson or give you something valuable you can carry with you through your entire life Crescendo gave me an unexpected gift although lesson might be too generous a term It s a sort of I ve been through this so that can t possibly be as bad I am no longer afraid of childbirth or other really painful experiences but specifically childbirth because I know that the pain of labor does not usually add up to the amount of hours I spent with Crescendo Also, I ll have drugs to get me through it which might have been the only thing that would have made Crescendo a pleasant experience.Often the second book in a YA trilogy will feel like a filler between novel one and novel three You usually get to see what it s like when the honeymoon is over so that in book three you can get some sort of affirmation that the characters are indeed soul mates because they made it through all of that and then some.For Nora and Patch, the honeymoon is indeed over Nora tells Patch she loves him He is less than responsive to her delightful confession I m sorry, but why are things like this seen as confessions In the last book she d been willing to sacrifice herself to give him a chance of what he wanted most, a life as a human Obviously she loves him We get it He gave up the chance at humanity because being human wasn t worth anything without her Obviously he loves her We get it I think these confessional moments come from trying to pace what is supposed to be an extraordinary relationship against social norms and rites of passage because the author loses track of the story s pacing Fitzpatrick is not the only one guilty of this, but it does make Nora look dimmer than a two watt light bulb to fuss over the word love.The inevitable fall out of Patch not telling Nora he loves her back with roses and fanfare you know, fanfare than him sacrificing what he wanted most for her is that she breaks up with him Nora does it mostly out of childish spite because he isn t telling her SECRETS and he doesn t really love her.Their break up could have been done without It was just stupid and confusing Nora can t decide why they re broken up At one point when they re almost back together Patch tells her that he s going to have go on the run and hide from the archangels because they re going to put him in hell for loving her Nora walks away rather than risking his soul, but for the rest of the book she wibbles back and forth about the reasons why they re over Is it because he s keeping secrets from her or because she doesn t want to risk sending him to burn in hell Later, she wants him to burn in hell, but she doesn t want anyone else s help accomplishing it Fuck the archangels, she s putting him in hell herself.Also, my what the fuck moment with all of this Fallen angels routinely mistreat humans and their half human offspring They torture and kill people Patch was going to murder Nora and get a human soul as a reward for all his effort That was all okie dokie The straw that breaks the camels back here the freaking thing that will send him to hell is loving her Imagine a bunch of archangels chilling in a conference room discussing the matter What do we do about angels who disobey and fall from heavenLet the fallen angels keep their immortality as punishment muwahahaWhile they re down there should we let them torture peopleYeah, that s totally within acceptable standardsOkay what about killing people Should we let them kill people without consequencePersonally, I think they should get a gold star and a human body for thatAgreed, agreed But what about falling in loveBURN IN HELL What a great way to make the romance forbidden Look, I get that Angels are not supposed to love humans, that this is the big no no for this particular supernatural creature, but it seems a little stupid for the archangels to let the fallen angels run rampant and then lose their shit and play the hell card over this.Other major plot points in no particular order aside from what struck me as totally ridiculous So Nora s not her father s biological child but the entire plot of the first book is based on her being her father s child and having some very specific nephilim blood in her that makes her an acceptable sacrifice in exchange for Patch s soul How does Fitzpatrick fix this gaping plot hole She makes her biological father and adoptive father distantly related on the nephilim wave length Okay I can tentatively accept this if I stop using 2 3s of my brain Goodbye 2 3rds, you will be missed when I have to tie my shoes tomorrow morning Guys, I could have lived without those 2 3s but Fitzpatrick greedily tries to tax me another 1 3 by giving this explanation for Nora s adoption her biological father gave her and her mother, it s so sad I m not even worked up about this giving business to her adoptive father to protect her from angels who might want to sacrifice her as the female child of a nephilim.That s right Both men are nephilim Granted, her biological father is MUCH nephilim than her adoptive father, but apparently her adoptive father was not human enough to have kept Nora safe from Patch in Hush, Hush because Patch wanted to kill her on the basis of being her adoptive father s child or at least that s how it was explained in the first novel It s disgustingly complicated and stupid It was clearly NOT the intentions with which the first book was written This entire subplot about who is really Nora s daddy is about extending what should have just been a stand alone into a trilogy Milk that money making cow.There s a scene where NoraDrew and Vee are breaking into a character s bedroom to find out all his mysterious secrets and sniff his laundry Nora always comments on laundry when she s busting into someone s house undercover In the scene before it Nora instructs Vee to park behind some shrubs Vee expresses the concern that the car will not make it over a ditch to get to said shrubs Nora insists and Vee does it Her car gets stuck in the ditch They move the car back and forth until they flatten one of the tires on a rock Without a tidy getaway car, Nora still decides to go through with the plan I assumed the fact that the car was totally disabled would become part of the plot of the scene like their hasty escape is thwarted by the car but NOPE Despite all the time Fitzpatrick spends discussing the position of the car, the moving of the car, and the fact that the car is stuck the entire conclusion was calling Triple A later in a throwaway sentence At this point I was rocking myself in a corner trying not to stomp my nook into rubble.Speaking of Vee, all the fat jokes in the novel started to piss me off We get that Vee is heavy Vee don t need her to suggest food at every turn to reinforce it If Nora eats one donut Vee eats twelve and the polishes off Nora s leftover one while Nora is outside being flirted with boy of the moment More examples include Vee insists on stopping for hot dogs before they go on their NoraDrew mission This scene is there so Nora can complain about the grease and chemicals and Vee can swoon over the courage endorphins she supposedly gets from them Again, Nora s food goes uneaten or consumed by someone else In that same scene Nora demands Vee chase down a car a quarter of a mile The car arrives at the location, the boy gets upstairs and inside, he has an entire conversation with Nora, Nora goes downstairs, and Vee is still standing by the curb wheezing For the love of god, we get it Vee is fat and Nora is slender as a toothpick Skinny equates good, pretty, worthwhile and every other characteristic you want Nora to have.Whenever Marcie, the book s mean girl, has a negative comment to make about Nora it s usually not actually about Nora Marcie routinely calls Vee fat while fighting with Nora as if this somehow negatively reflects upon Nora If you ask me it only negatively reflects on Marcie Marcie s first scorching remark is that Nora s father s dead I don t even know how I can begin to explain that this is not an insult My father died when I was a teenager and if someone had told me my dad was dead as an insult I m not sure I even would have comprehended they were trying to insult me If you want to use a dead father as a joke you should say he had a heart attack while in a cheap motel with an even cheaper hooker Nora is too perfect to insult The only thing repeated through the book is that she studies too much I could go on and on about everything that was wrong or crappy about this book, but I m not going to continue subjecting myself to it.I read this book despite having disliked Hush, Hush because of a blog post the author wrote about negative reviews coming back to haunt the person writing them The book was bad and I m not going to be intimidated out of telling people exactly why. So I was at Borders the other day, and this book was on the shelf and underneath it read Patch is the bad boy Edward wishes he was.Of course, the idea of a forbidden ish love story will always remind us of You Know What, but i m seriously saying that this book is addictive enough for it to be a crime to compare it twilight It has its own characters and instead of VAMPIRES, its about ANGELS and that makes me happy because angels are as cool, or even so, than vampires And yes I have a fetish unsexual of course for angels.Nora Grey is a teenager living in a town somewhere One day a new transfer student comes and he is u guessed it tall, sexy, unreachable yet irresistable and the most intriguing thing dark He has a very, very mysterious past.And that s the next great thing about the book I m guessing it can be categorised as a thriller beecause in some parts of the book, I was so scared in a good way that I had to close my curtains because i thought I d see a stalker out there Did you catch that A STALKER.Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is so good It s a great mix of mystery, thriller, adventure, lurve and a sexy, sexy, sexy bad boy or angel named Patch.P.S in the blurb it says For Nora is in the middle of a centuries old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen The battle wasn t that dramatic so just keep that in mind It was still really good Read it 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 Elusive Than Ever If That S Possible And What S Worse, He Seems To Be Spending Time With Nora S Arch Enemy, Marcie MillarNora 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 Feeling That He S Hiding SomethingIf 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 Spoilers are coming up, but mostly about the relationship between Nora and Patch.Also pretend I m reading this out loud to you, while I m barely able to remember what they taught me in my anger management classes, and with a voice that s a few notches above normal volume There s also some foaming at the mouth and a very, very strained and scary smile on my face clears throat Here goesDear Nora,How shall I put this You are a stupid, stupid girl The guy who loves you spends his time, trying to get through to your thick skull and show you what you mean to him You, my dear, are an idiot You are incapable of making rational decisions Not even normal ones are an option with you The amazing leaps between your conclusions are way beyond my understanding, like in a galaxy, far, far away, even When a guy tells you he d sacrifice himself for you, you don t go around complaining about how he ran when you told him you love him He ran because you were IN DANGER I M SORRY THE MOMENT WAS RUINED BY THE PERSON WHO TRIED TO KILL YOU, NORA.Then you spend all your time telling Patch to go do something anatomically impossible, while you, Nora, spend the rest of your time trying to be a bad girl puh lease while wishing he was with you, every time you have an itch you can t patch But naturally, when the he puts some effort into it, and invades your dreams, just to tell you you really need to listen, because YOU ARE IN DANGER, then you basically put your hands over your ears and start yelling I can t heaaaaaar yooouuuuu right in his face You even think he s trying to kill you again, jumping to conclusions, and where the hell did that one come from anywayI ve fallen in love with a killerOh please All he has to do is stick his tongue in your ear and you re slobbering all over him like a needy puppy.I lost count of how many times you told Patch to GET OUT WHY DON T YOU GET OUT AND BUY A DECENT BRAIN insert rude gestures here GOD.And then there s Vee, the best friend you really don t deserve She made things interesting and was there to make me laugh every once in a while How she can put up with you is a mystery to me She made it to the top 5 of my awesome people list She deserves to be declared a saint.One thing You Don t Deserve Patch AT ALL HAVE A NICE LIFE SOMEWHERE ELSE.Kim.Last but definitely not least I can t believe it, the size of the balls on this cliffhanger are huge. this book series is the very definition of guilty pleasure for me its one of those books where i can just turn off my brain and be entertained by the simplest of things i will say that i dont think this is as good ashush, hushi found myself getting soooo frustrated with both nora and patch it got so bad that i couldnt really tell if it was just bad writing or the characters really were that dumb but so help me, i couldnt put this down i practically inhaled this theres just something about this story that i find so nostalgia inducing i mean, it also could be this YA paranormal phase that im currently going through, but these books feel like an old friend its kind of comforting and now on to the next book i really hope nora and patch get their act together 3.5 stars Actually in love with this book Just read it, in a day.I cannot describe how much i adore it though, i have to say its my favourite one i ve ever read.Got this off yesterday, and i started reading and was hooked, i had to go out that night, and slept out and all i could think about was the book, it was that capturing I started reading it this morning and finished this afternoon.A Billion times better than hush hush, the author did an amazing job, can t wait for the next one, what a cliff hanger it was left on Only problem was i was screaming at nora throughout, i missed patch a hell of a lot So many secrets and different plots, its an amazing read I m starting reading it again as well, i m that hooked 5 stars, LOVED LOVED LOVED IT 4.5 starsDon t ever leave me, I told Patch, hooking a finger in the collar of his shirt and pulling him close You re mine, Angel, he murmured, brushing the words across my jawbone as I arched my neck higher, inviting him to kiss everywhere You have me forever Being with you never felt wrong It s the one thing I did right You re the one thing I did right I love you, Nora Whatever happens, promise me you ll remember that I don t care why you came into my life, only that you did I don t remember all the things I did wrong I remember what I did right, I remember you You made my life meaningful You made my life special This was truly amazing but Nora annoyed me in the entire book P The story was intense and I really like some unexpected things PP.S I love Patch view spoiler his real name is Jev, thank God P hide spoiler Note This review is rather harsh so PLEASE IF YOU LOVE THE BOOK AND DON T WANT TO READ A RANT REVIEW ABOUT IT PLEASE DON T READ THIS SCROLLDOWNIFYOUSTILLWANTTOREADMYREVIEW This book is a classic example of a horrible imitation of Twilight, Ever and City of Bones.Add some cliches, one dimensional hot guy, annoying, whiny, suicidal, boring, petty, clingy, stalkerish, slutty, stupid female heroine Nora Grey aka The New Bella Swan , with a pinch of Anti Feminism and damn add that gorgeous silver cover and TADAAAAAAA We had this 100% CRAPTASTIC BOOK If you re in the right mind please don t read this crap it s just twilight with fallen angels instead of sparkly vampires, duh And seriously do you want to read another book about a Bella Swan character falling for Edward Cullen character for no apparent reason other than the guy is hot image error Hey Hey, Patch Yeah, you Right there Patch Cipriano Hey there Hi.Listen. Warning You re about to read a really, really stupid review This is because the book the review refers to is also really, really stupid So beware And don t drink milk before you watch Alien That s just good sense Now for the real review.This book irritated the shit out of me Kira s Nuclear Triggers a Wishy washy heroines with fake booksmarts dead brain stems attraction to rapistsb Male protagonists who taunt harass objectify cheat on pander to wishy washy heroinesc Motiveless, clich villainsd Nonsensical settingse Purple prosef Poorly constructed, pointless love triangles that flop harder than a geek at the swimming poolg Cheap cliffhanger endingsThere is a common denominator to all these embarrassingly shitty plot devices Can you tell what it is yet Well done You re already certifiably smarter than Nora Grey Slogging through Crescendo was like doing the spread eagle It was pointless, painful, and only ended in tears of both agony and frustration Enter Exhibit A Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Brain Gone, Oh Where, Oh Where Can It Be I m going to echo what s been said by many other reviewers this girl is as thick as two short planks Because of course you can find out all there is to know about a secret society by GOOGLING it That s what Google is for, right, Nora Finding murderers Oh, and the BLACK HAND This is a sick, and b totally and utterly out of place and unrelated to everything that happens in this book, down to the finest detail But wait This is totes clevarr and awsum Doesn t this mean that Becks is like, totally History savvy I see the WWI reference, Fitzpatz I SEE WHAT YOU DID THAR Aside from her top notch skills as a detective, Nora s extremely skilled in the relationship department not only does she manage to not ask any of the right questions even though she s thinking about them at the time, but she also manages to detach herself from her guardian angel and break up with her boyfriend then instantly regret it, then complain about her lot for half of the book even though it was her fault they were estranged in the first place Bravo, Nora You re quite the convincing duplicate of that other girl who fell in lust with an angel who is an equally chauvinistic douchebag Congrats Exhibit B Patcha Don t Preach Oh, Patch Well done Great job You ve really out assholed yourself Not only was every single action you took in this book nothing but a blatant display of your douchebaggery, but also an entirely unbelievable and stupid plot device Which is to say, I fucking hate you, Patch Go die in a hole I felt every single move the author made in this book, like you might feel Nora as you drive over her in your car Nothing was effortless Nothing was smooth Everything was forced, illogical, and nothing was ever properly explained If a guy cheated on me, then rubbed my nose in it, then told me he did it for my benefit, I d kick his ass so hard my toe would become his Adam s apple I don t care if he s a fallen angel I don t care if he s God s little brother I d fishhook him Simple.But Patch gets away with of his signature shitty behavior and I found myself squirming in my seat, hating him as much as I did in the first book What s with all the rapey love interests these days THIS AIN T KINKY, FOLKS.Exhibit C Can We Ride The Carousel, Lucifer Pretty Please WHAT WHAT IS THIS TOMFOOLERY WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE WHY DID FALLEN ANGELS BUILD AN AMUSEMENT PARK What is going on with this book Why is everything so stupid Why did Rixon cart Nora all the way through the funhouse only to, you know, conveniently lose her so that OH NOEZ she lives and he gets sent to Hell without a capital letter Why did he screw around with all that shit Why didn t he just knock her block off on the first page and get her out of the picture For a fallen angel who is most likely millennia old, he s pretty dense, not to mention incredibly clumsy If you can t catch Nora, then you must be really incompetent At everything Ever Exhibit D Plot Where GET IT OFF ME IT LL BITE As usual, the prose was scattered, jumpy and full of big chunks of tweeny description that GOT FLOWERY FAST In the first paragraph, the author extensively describes Patch s physical appearance in this weird sort of laundry list fashion, because apparently telling and not showing is the NEXT BIG THING in YA and of course we all have to follow trends because if we re not sheep, who the hell are wePatch had hair that gave midnight a run for its money HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OH GOD MAKE IT STOP HAHAHAHAHAHAHAThanks, honey boo boo child I do like a good belly laugh Though I have to say that this mirth kind of dilutes Nora s angst which, you know, is the MAIN PLOT OF THIS BOOK therefore made it kind of hard to concentrate on I know the ramblings of LOVE ME PLEASE and WHY DON T YOU LOVE ME and DO YOU LOVE ME AS MUCH AS I LOVE YOU are incredibly important and philosophically deep, but a plot within the first 300 pages would have been nice Food for thought.Exhibit E I Killed Your Dad BecauseBECAUSETune In Next Time For Crapstick Three, Revenge Of The Fuckwits Ah, the cliffhanger THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE This is textbook lazy narration Of course an epilogue or a rounded ending would be far too much work, so we end up lumped with a stuttering final chapter with some choked up dialogue and a clusterfuck of confusing mythology, and this really, really, really awkward henchmen catch the hero sitch Oh dear.Now, there are ways to do this For example Casino Royale I find ball torture and random save the day head shootings to be infinitely gripping than some weird, flowery ending that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and cuts off like a slab of banana bread that s been cooked so well that you can slice it right through the hot, spongy centre with a butter knife.Yum.Anyway, cliffhangers are just cheeky ways to bleed cash from losers like me whose OCD tendencies require them to purchase the next book and find out what happens even though they no longer give a rat s ass what the hell pans out, only that it ll soon be over and our lives can go back to being relatively pain free.TL DR This book is horseshit.Ciao BONUS TIME Below is a comprehensive list of the people whose lives have been fucked up by Nora Vee Apparently uppity Nora can t handle her so called by Nora fat friend finding love and being happy So she has to charge in and destroy find a conspiracy surrounding every single relationship that Vee has with a male, be they human or non human.Her mom Speaks for itself Nora s all ZOMG I M NOT MY DAD S DAUGHTER WTF AND I SUPPOSED TO DO OTHER THAN THROW A BITCH FIIIIIIT Try talking about it in a mature way, and.okay, who am I kidding Nora, mature HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAPatch Can t go back to Heaven Can t stay on earth Can t speak to any females other than Nora The reason Yeah, you guessed it.Chauncey Nora killed him Yeah She did.Marcie Labelled a slut and shamed constantly By who YOU GUESSED IT AGAIN Scott Parnell Nora has another black mark put on his criminal record by lying to the police that he assaulted her She humiliates him and steals from him, then lies to cover it all up He will most likely now have serious trouble getting a job or further education Because of her How sweet Rixon Must spend eternity in hell for something that she thought was fine as long as Patch was doing it Of course, being conceited and selfish, Nora would not take into account the fact that Rixon has feelings But wait Isn t Rixon Irish, and therefore European Oh That explains it all We Europeans can t be trusted, you know We re all soulless and evil Especially us Brits Yeah.My brain hurts.
Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling When not writing, she s most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in book
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