Crescendo is the second book in Fitzpatrick's series about angels and Nephilim. The book opens with Nora declaring her love for her boyfriend Patch...and Patch making an uncomfortable, yet swift getaway. While Nora's rejection is understandable, so are patch's reasons for putting distance between them. He has just gotten his wings back, something rare among fallen angels. Now, the Arch Angels are watching him closely. His time, if he messes up, he will go straight to Hell. The last thing a guardian angel can do is fall in love with their human charge. To make matters infinitely worse, Patch begins hanging out with Nora's rival Marcie. Okay, this would piss me off too, but Nora's picking fights with Patch every time she talks to him does not help the situation.
On her own, Nora is haunted by the death of her father. She is beginning to wonder whether her descendancy from the Nephilim had something to do with his murder. Chasing after answers places her in dangerous situations, a fact that she ignores since she figures Patch as her guardian angel will come to her rescue. Ironic since she tells him repeatedly to go away and that she doesn't want his protection.
For me, the more intriguing and definitely under-played subplot here is Patch's dilemma. He loves Nora, anyone can see that, but his status as a guardian angel makes a relationship impossible. As a human, Nora will naturally grow to want things like marriage, children...sex. None of these things Patch can give her without turning his back on the Arch Angels and guaranteeing an all expense paid trip to the Inferno.
Nora's lack of concern over the gravity of his situation is annoying. I generally like Nora, but found her a bit whiney whenever he was around. Of course, this is probably realistic teenage girl behavior, so I guess I can't complain too much. She is no where near as annoying as her silly friend V, whose stupidity grates on me. I can say this for Nora though...she is brave. She jumps feet first into situations and doesn't go running to Patch or anyone else for help. This trait may sometimes border on foolhardiness, but that is easily overlooked due to her age.
Overall, I give Crescendo...
Plot - 4 bookmarks (plenty of action)
Character Development - 3 1/2 bookmarks
Love Story - 3 bookmarks (Even though much of the movie was spent apart, the chemistry was still there.)
Action - 4 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Kay Panabaker (Nora), Emile Hirsch (Patch), Dreama Walker (Marcie), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Rickson), really don't have a good V in mind. Any of you have ideas?