I enjoyed this one a lot more than Hush, Hush. I thought Hush Hush was good but it didn't captivate me enough to understand the hype around this book. Crescendo on the other hand was a whole other ballpark. Though it started out frustrating, the story quickly picked up and towards the end I couldn't put it down. Fitzpatrick delves deeper into the world of angels she created in her previous novel and what you learn because of it was quite interesting. If had to guess, I'd say Fitzpatrick has somewhat of a dark side to her seeing as though her novel takes quite twisted turns, some of which i could never see myself expecting. That said, on to the characters.
In my opinion, the characters were a lot more rounded in this book and i felt they had more depth to them. I know a lot of people critizice Nora's actions quite heavily but in her defense, she's a fifteen year old. At that age I acted quite impulsively as well. Not only that, Nora has been thrust into this twisted fantasy turned real world where none of her answers seemed to be answered. Though i didn't always agree with her decisions and found them quite childish at times (especially regarding Patch), i can understand where she's coming from and why she would feel the need to be so defensive. In this book i also got a lot more insight into Patch. Even though the reader doesn't learn that much about him and he goes MIA every few chapters, i couldn't help but warm up to him each time he appeared. He definetly has that bad boy without a cause thing going on and though he seems to be seeking redemption i still like that he has an edge to him, like you don't know if he'll go rogue at any second.
Another character which i came to really like was Vee which is surprising because I hated her in Hush Hush. That said she acted more mature in this book and wasn't always pushing Nora into doing mindless or stupid things, quite on the contrary she at times was the voice of reason between the two which I liked. You also get get new characters like Scott and revisit old ones like Marcie (who I cannot stand). The mystery element to this book was oustanding and i could never figure out who to trust. Towards the end i kinda figured it out but when the why was revealed i was left gaping. I literally can't not wait to get my hands on Silence since that cliffhanger ending was amazing.