If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Askfm, you would know my undying love for this series! I cannot wait to be finally able to share my thoughts properly. I will be giving reviews for each book so stay with me and fall in love with Patch!
“Keep in mind that people change, but the past doesn’t.”
A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
I was going through my friend’s shelf and randomly picked this book out. The cover was, well, enticing to say the least. I was really curious why it was titled the way it is and bought myself a copy!
The prologue was in medias res and the following start was very typical–Nora in her chemistry class with her best friend as hern partner during their sophomore year. It was a rather dull start, but it escalated quickly once Patch was introduced (oh my, oh, my love!).
Honestly the plot wasn’t as climactic as I expected because we all knew what Patch’s big secret was. Nonetheless, his character is seriously something else. I found myself swooning so many times that at one point I didn’t want to associate myself with anyone of the male species. I was all heart eyes for Patch!
Crescendo. Becca Fitzpatrick. Paranormal/Romance/Young Adult. 2010. 427 pages. 3 stars. [Source: Bought]
“They said the moment I fell in love with you was the moment you’d leave.”
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.
I was excited to start this book after such a good experience from the first one, but this was one of those books that not only frustrated me–it also hurt me. I was so rooting for Nora and Patch that when Patch “left” Nora “for” Marcie, everything inside me ached. I could feel Nora’s pain whenever she saw Patch with Marcie and the book felt more romantic than paranormal.
I’d say a lot more about this book but truth of the matter is, this was one of books that is overshadowed by the other ones included in the series. The plot has gotten deeper and more intricate that a lot of ideas were added to the suspense and thrill of reading this. I want to applaud Becca Fitzpatrick for opening me up to this new genre!
“I learned that I was either crazy in love with you, or putting on the best performance of my life.”
WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?
Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.
Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
Silence was the book that really won me over. It was the book that made me read it while sitting on the edge of my seat if I wasn’t standing already! Nora loses her memory from the past 5 months and, of course, those 5 months included the entire book of Hush Hush and Crescendo. As the reader, I wanted to scream at Nora and tell her what the hell happened to her! It was also so exciting yet heartbreaking how when she and Patch finally see each other, she had no recognition (talk about a strong game of ignoring your ‘ex’, huh?).
A lot of the characters here got woven into the paranormal plot twists and it was so exciting! From one fallen angel to a whole army to an opposing swarm of Nephilim, how much more thrilling can one series get?
Patch, of course, stays charming as ever and will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Now that the silence has been broken, there’s only one way for this to end.
“Arrogance can be deadly.”
Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
It was an action-packed ending as Nora was left with no choice but to fight Patch’s kind–the fallen angels. The battle between fallen angels and Nephilim have gotten so intense that both species wanted the other extinct. Of course you’d think, why would Nora go against Patch? The story has taken so many twists and turns that you’d have to read it to be able to understand!
The humor mixed with the style of writing was very easy to grasp and enjoy. Becca Fitzpatrick has written a beautiful series that has come to be my most favorite out of all books. The climax was like a movie running in my mind, I could picture everything perfectly from the landscape to the atmosphere to the very emotion of Nora.
A lot of my emotions were played with throughout this series, but for the first time, I never really minded. The ending was enough to make up for all the ugly crying, pillow screaming, and page skipping. Becca Fitzpatrick, well done.
Special mention to Scot Parnell and Vee Sky, second to Patch and Nora, you guys have won my heart.