Review: Crescendo

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 19, 2010)
Source: Publisher for review (Thanks Lucille!)

The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described 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 farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line 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?
*Summary from Goodreads

*For those of you who have not read Hush, Hush this will contain spoilers from the first book*

My Review: When I opened my mailbox to find this gem of a book inside I literally squealed with delight.  Nora is looking forward to a normal summer, well as normal as you can get when you’re dating your guardian angel, but alas she finds herself enrolled in a summer chemistry course with none other than Marcie Miller, her nemesis. To make things worse Marcie and Nora are stuck as lab partners.  As for Patch, he seems to become even more secretive than he already is. Add to that an old, and troubled, acquaintance, Scott, returning and Nora seems to have her hands full.  While juggling Marcie, Patch, and Scott, Nora starts to look into her father’s mysterious death.  She keeps thinking that she’s seeing him, but knows it can’t be true.  She uncovers more secrets that she can count and finds her self in impeding danger.
The lovely Miss Becca Fitzpatrick has once again created a masterpiece of love, mysteries, and pasts that come back to haunt us. Her tale kept me rapt and my eyes glued to the pages until the very end (darn cliffhangers)!  I enjoyed this book sooooo much and recommend it to each and every angel/Nephilim fan out there. What I love the most is that it’s not just some cheesy love story and that it has an element of adventure waiting to unfold.

Title: Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger
Author: Bo Hoefinger (The Dog)
Source: 1 ARC Tours
SummaryLet's get this clear right away: I'm a dog. I'm 1'10" and weigh 63 lbs, and although I'm a mutt on the outside, I'm a purebred on the inside. My good nature comes from the Golden Retriever side of the family, while my stubbornness is clearly from my Chowchow bloodlines. I've got Rastafarian ears, a black tongue for licking, and paws that should be on a dog twice my size. 
I type 60 words a minute. 
My name is Bo, and this is my story. 
From shelter dog reject to beloved pet and popular doggie blogger, Bo Hoefinger's life has been anything but ordinary.

Join this incorrigible canine as he welcomes us into his life, complete with his wacky "parents," a constipated feline housemate, and chipmunk warfare. Bad to the Bone is an unforgettable, laugh-out-loud tale of love and loyalty that reveals the true heart of a modern American family.
*Summary from Goodreads

My Review: This book (BTTB) was such a fun experience to read! If there was someone in the room with me while I was reading it I would yell out quotes from the book (annoying them out of the room).  Bo has created a work of art that reaches for your funny bone and grabs ahold. BTTB is the story of a dog who was adopted out of revenge and the ups and downs of his life. He tells us what it was like living in the shelter, being adopted, living with a cat, and growing old. I learned that dogs like to humiliate their humans for no reason other than that.  Bo liked to punish his "parents" when they did something he didn't like such as taking the cat away.  This dog was a master at getting more than just table scraps and he knew just when to cock his head. BTTB was a light, funny read that had me wondering just how much dogs (and a cat named Moose) are capable of.

About the Author: Bo Hoefinger's popular blog receives over 100,000 page views per month. He is also the dog behind the writer chosen as the "doggie blogger" for, which has a membership of more than 500,000. 
A frequent contributor to local fence post 12, Bo continues his nonprofit work with the Beneath the Fence Society. In his spare time he dabbles in knocking over garbage pails, barking uncontrollably, and generally being a helpful force around the house. He lives in Atlanta.
*ATA from Goodreads