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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 19th 2010
Source: Libby / Library
The following is a synopsis of the first novel, as to avoid spoilers
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.
“Everything had come into sharp focus: his smooth words, his black, glinting eyes, his broad experience with lies, seduction, women. I’d fallen in love with the devil.”
Well this was different experience from when I read the first book.
Crescendo takes off right after the first book ends and we are reminded of just how much I love Patch Cipriano. However, as we are reminded of my love for him, we are also reminded of my decline in like of our main heroine–Nora. I honestly had a lot of problems with Nora and her inner dialogue and actions made me cringe on more than one occasion because a lot of the problems that rose throughout this novel was because of her lack of…well everything.
In Nora’s defense though, there was a huge tonality shift with this sophomore novel in comparison to the first installment–that shift being a crap ton more angst. Seriously folks, there was literally so much angst in this novel that I had to pull teeth to continue reading/listening to it. I don’t know if this was because I was internally craving a low angst novel or just was not in the mood, but the amount of angst in this had me seriously considering DNF’ing this novel on multiple occasions.
Like I said before, my care for our main heroine severely declined while reading this, which can be due to the fact that with the angst turned up four hundred notches, so was the melodrama. Every thing was the end of the world to our heroine and her friends–including her arch-nemesis, Marcie. I caught myself on multiple occasions whispering to the audiobook that “it’s not that deep. You are literally at kiddie pool level of deepness–stand the fuck up.”
“Did I really want to stay on this road longer, knowing it was only going to end in devastation?”
Along with the Melodrama and the angst, Our main characters were nortorious for not communicating with each other and automatically jumping to conclusions–which than in turn caused millions of cans of worms to be opened; which DID NOT need to be opened! Couple this with Nora’s inability to trust anything that breathes, twitches, or exists–you have created a eye-twitching fest.
Up until I got to a little passed the half way point (around 64%) is when things actually took a turn for good and I started enjoying my time reading this one like I once remembered from my original read. I was captivated by the plot and the story just flew by; reminding me exactly why I enjoyed this series. The writing came together in the latter half, and it felt like the actions of the characters made sense and were happening for a purpose instead of just stirring the pot and creating a dark atmospheric vibe. The plot finally began to push forward.
There were moments in this novel that I did have to suspend my system of belief more than I cared for and some things happen that felt like a shove in to make the plot get to where Fitzpatrick wanted it to be, which I didn’t care for at all as it not only sucked me out of story but it also made the scene feel completely inorganic and no longer authentic and honest.
“I’m really starting to like all this spy work,” Vee said. “When my normal life gets boring, all I have to do is sidle up next to you.”
Overall, if you can make it through the headbanging that is called the first half then you will enjoy the rest of the ride as it brings back the magic that I know Fitzpatrick usually delivers with her novels. I originally planned to re-rate my review to a 2.5 (which was me being hella generous and trying to salvage some love from my original read through back in 2013) because of how mind numbing the better part of the story was, however I enjoyed the ending so much that I bumped the re-rating to a solid three stars.
Will I reread this particular book ever again? Probably not, but I will be continuing my reread of the series this year! So fingers crossed that the next two novels keep the momentum of the latter half of this book.
Buddy Read with Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams