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Take a gander at the cover of Becca Fitzpatrick's Silence, out Oct. 4!

Dearest readers, life has been crazy lately. And I do mean seriously crazy. Before I give you my tidbits (isn’t that a fun word?) I’ll give you a very brief list of my most-recent woes.

In the past month, I’ve sprained my ankle, contracted a modern form of the plague, made jewelry nonstop for an anime convention, planned my best friend’s bacherlorette party and just when I thought it was over my dad had heart bypass surgery this week. (He’s doing great.)

I apologize for temporarily abandoning you, but I think things are slowing down now so I’ll work hard to continue being your YA lit resource.

Now for the tidbits:

1. Read Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels. The story didn’t really grab me until around the middle and in the meantime, I was dealing with Magnus’ absence (I LOVE Magnus) and Jace’s identity crisis/weird dreams/whining. Bring on the cocky Jace for the next one, Cassie! What did you think?

2. Read Kelley Armstrong’s The Gathering. Again, not as impressed by this one as I was by The Summoning, which was creepy, scary and wonderful. The Gathering had an interesting story, but it was pretty obvious what was going on for most of the book. The ending was a bit anticlimatic as well. Again, I want to know your thoughts…what did you think? Was it as good as the Darkest Powers series?

3. I’m in love with the recently-revealed cover for Silence, the third and final book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series. I’m a Patch fan, and while the second book gave me too much of Nora’s ridiculousness without enough of Patch’s more reasonable self, Crescendo ended with a bang and I’m dying to read Silence. How did Crescendo strike you?

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Pick up Crescendo, the sequel to Hush Hush, Oct. 19! Visit beccafitzpatrick.com for more info and the playlists that helped inspire the books.

God created the heavens. Then He created the Earth. Then He created Patch.

Fans will get to read more about my favorite guardian-angel/human couple in Crescendo, the sequel to  Fitzpatrick’s  titillating first novel Hush Hush, which will show up on your local bookshelves Oct. 19.

Last we saw Nora Grey and Patch, the  once-fallen angel had transcended his age-old punishment by refusing to accept Nora’s life as payment for his humanity. Patch turned it down, becoming Nora’s guardian angel instead.

Crescendo picks up a few months later and starts right away with serious action – not only between Nora and Patch, but also with other players in Fitzpatrick’s universe, including his old co-workers, the archangels, who are looking for a reason, any reason, to send Patch to hell.

Soon doubts come between Patch and Nora, leaving her wondering how well she really knows her guardian angel – especially when popular rhymes-with-witch classmate Marcie, and Scott, Nora’s childhood “friend,” start showing up more often that necessary.

Complicating matters even further is Nora’s father, whose death is a mystery that she feels compelled to unravel.

Like its predecessor, Crescendo will fuse itself to your hand and refuse to be put down until it’s finished – the novel’s a heart-pounding, heart-breaking and heart-attack inducing followup with so many plot twists, turns, trap doors and see-through mirrors that it will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Nora is easily relatable as the girl who’s unsure of her hold on a mysterious being such as Patch – what she goes through in this novel is very realistic for any girl in her situation (I could see myself on a risky diary-stealing mission).

Patch seems to be his usual charming bad boy self, but the way Fitzpatrick weaves her tale makes you question everything you think, or thought, you knew about him. One thing we know for sure about Patch: he’d do anything for Nora.

Fitzpatrick effectively throws a complicated wrench in the Nora/Patch mix with ugh – more Marcie Millar and the threat of archangels. I warn you: you’ll have a strong urge to punch Marcie in the face.

Crescendo adds depth to the Nephilim saga with more fallen flashbacks, the entrance of the mythical Black Hand and the questions raised by the visions of Nora’s father – and Patch’s possible involvement in his death.

One issue I have with not necessarily Crescendo, but whoever wrote the book jacket synopsis: it makes Scott Parnell, Nora’s sort-of childhood friend, seem a little more important than he actually is. The more I saw of Scott, who I found to be unlikable, one-dimensional and brutish, the less I wanted to see of him, especially with Nora.

My other issue? Patch. Let’s see MUCH more of him next time.

Like the word, Crescendo upped the ante, action and story. Crescendo was a fantastic book, so much so that I couldn’t stop reading; I finished it in about four hours. The ending is fingers-gripping-book good and sets dedicated readers up for some excitement in Book 3, Tempest.

Check out the trailer for Crescendo:

 

 

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October is the new Christmas for paranormal YA fans everywhere: three FANTASTIC books are out this month that I, for one, will be purchasing ASAP. Scroll down for a short what’s what and other general info about these sure-to-be fantastic books.

 

Cover of Beautiful Darkness out TOMORROW!

 

Beautiful Darkness is the second book in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles, out Oct. 12. Last we heard from Ethan and his caster love Lena,  they were dealing with the fallout of Uncle Macon’s Death and the mystery surrounding her missing 16th Moon – is she Light? Is she Dark? Or both? Guess we’ll see. In the meantime, check out my post on Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Darkness Synopsis:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

 

Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero out TOMORROW!

 

The Lost Hero is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Halfblood Camp Series, The Heroes of Olympus, on shelves Oct. 12.  A follow-up to his original Greek gods series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, The Lost Hero takes place in the same universe as the Percy books and promises to include cameos from some of our favorite Percy characters, including Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, who shows up in Chapter 2 looking for Percy. Uh oh. You can find out why this (now 26-year-old) loves Percy Jackson here.

Click here to read the first two chapters of The Lost Hero.

Read The Lost Hero synopsis:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

 

Crescendo, the followup to Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush, will be out Oct. 19.

 

Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick’s followup to Hush Hush, is out Oct. 19 and having just finished Hush Hush today, I am DYING to read this. Nora can’t figure out Patch. He’s secretive, abrasive, and of course, gorgeous. After a rollercoaster ride, a few games of pool and a few escapes from death, Nora finds out her mystery man is in fact a fallen angel. He’s dangerous, but why can’t she seem to stay away? When Patch exchanges his dearest wish, becoming human, for Nora’s life, he becomes her guardian angel. And her boyfriend.

Read the prologue and first chapter of Crescendo here. And as an added bonus, listen to Within Temptation’s Angels. It’s uncanny how closely it follows Hush Hush, and is one of the songs Fitzpatrick included on her Hush Hush playlist.

Crescendo synopsis:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

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