**spoiler alert** Oh geez. What to say about this book... other than I LOVED it! This book, in so many ways, out-shined 'Fallen.' Not that I didn't enj...more**spoiler alert** Oh geez. What to say about this book... other than I LOVED it! This book, in so many ways, out-shined 'Fallen.' Not that I didn't enjoy 'Fallen' as well, I did, it's just there was so much more clarified in the second book of the series. And, a Thanksgiving scene that had me laughing my head off in parts - it's toward the end, so I won't share any main details of what occurs for fear of ruining some part of the book, but it's definitely hilarious. Anyway, it picks up almost exactly where it left off, with Luce leaving Sword and Cross. And, oddly enough, the very beginning is from Daniel's POV - not that anything major is clarified in the very beginning - but it's still cool to get a glimpse inside his blonde head. Luce is taken by Daniel to a new school, Shoreline, on the West Coast. It is in every way the exact opposite of Sword and Cross, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. There she meets various interesting people; the main two being Shelby, her tough-as-nails yoga-crazed new roommate, and Miles, the boy with the amazing blue eyes and kind heart, who would do pretty much anything for her. Her days there are broken into mornings with the Nephilim kids in the 'Honors Program' taught by Steven and Francesca - both fallen, though one on the side of the angels and the other the demons - and afternoons in regular classes with her Nephilim classmates as well as fellow human students who attend the school. The only problem; Luce is there on her own, Daniel can't stay with her. It's up to her to get through the classes designed for Nephilim and try and figure out her past lives without the help of the one other person, well, angel, who was there - but refuses to tell her anything. Learning about Luce's past lives was heartbreaking and intriguing. You knew what the outcome of every single one was, and yet, you were still rooting for Daniel and Luce throughout it all. But, while glimpsing these snippets of her former selves, Luce comes to a shocking quandary -- what if Daniel and Luce weren't truly meant to be? All their love does is cause everyone pain, what if someone else were to make Luce happy? It's a difficult question for her to handle, but I think she does it well, considering. Of course we don't find out any final details in this installment, but it's enough to keep us interested and excited for next Summer, when Passion will be released. And, let me say, I CAN'T WAIT!!! :)(less)
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I'm really not sure how to start this review. There were times I was so frustrated with th...more**I really tried to keep the spoilers out of this review** :)
I'm really not sure how to start this review. There were times I was so frustrated with this book, Nora mainly, that I had to put it down and do something else for a while. I honestly wanted to be able to jump into the story and slap some sense into her at times. But, obviously, we haven't evolved enough to be able to do that - so I was stuck bitching to myself, my friends, and my poor husband. The book as a whole was great. And, even though if you would have asked me if I was excited for the third book when I was part way through Crescendo I would've probably said 'hell no' now that I read the whole book I most DEFINITELY am! The story starts off toward the beginning of summer vacation - right before Nora's summer Chemistry class begins - when everything is fine in Nora/Patch world. But, when Nora admits her true feelings to Patch things take a turn for the worst - starting with him not returning them. Insert insecurity. On top of that, Nora finds herself with her enemy, Marcie Millar for a Chem partner. And the only thing worse, Patch seems to be spending an awful lot of time with her suddenly. Nora, not being the best at controlling her jealousy (and I really couldn't blame her too much for this) retaliates by breaking up with him. The only problem is she's still so in love with him, the jealousy she feels when he's with Marcie eats her alive - and causes her to do some really, REALLY stupid things. Hence why the book was set down - a few times. Insert old friend 'Scotty the Potty' as Vee calls him in the beginning - which changes to 'Scotty the Hottie' a few days later, who just recently moved back to town with his recently divorced mom, for reasons no one will really disclose, and things begin to get even more interesting - and at times, infuriating. Scott is hot and cold with Nora - even though she does use him a few times (to annoy Patch of course.) The parts that annoyed me the most were when Nora would end up in life-threatening situations simply because she thought Patch would be somewhere and would feel drawn toward it, or she knew what it was she was doing would get back at him in some way. I know it wouldn't be a good book without all the suspense, but seriously? On top of her relationship drama, Nora keeps having visions of her father - but she doesn't understand why. He's trying to tell her something, but in getting closer to 'him' she only puts herself in more danger.
However, Vee is pretty amusing in this book. And, we DO learn why Marcie has such a problem with Nora. AND, we also learn some other VERY VERY interesting information about someone wanting to avenge Chauncey's death - by killing the person responsible. The only thing more interesting than that, is who the person is, and how they relate to Nora.
All in all - after reading through to the end - very VERY good book. Did it frustrate the Hell out of me? Yeah. Would I read it again? Most definitely! :) (less)
Good book! I'm excited for the movie! But, I am kind of confused about the ending.. And some other parts. I felt like, for as long as the book was, we...moreGood book! I'm excited for the movie! But, I am kind of confused about the ending.. And some other parts. I felt like, for as long as the book was, we could have at least answered a few more questions. But, I'm glad all the books in the series are out, haha, so I don't have to wait to read the rest! Though, I do hope Lena is less of a cry-baby in the next few books. I mean, I understand there's the possibility she could go Dark... But if its out of her control why not live life to the fullest NOW... Not mope around constantly. That annoyed me a bit. But, Ethan made me smile :) He made the book worth reading. Although I would like to know what the deal is with him... But, I suppose that will be answered for us later ::sighs:: All in all, good book. A little lengthy, but entertaining. I'm intrigued to see how Hollywood will change it all around, like they do best. ;)(less)