04 August 2012

REVIEW: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1st, 2012 | Harper Teen
Age: YA Paranormal
Pages: 447
Acquired: Borrowed
Format: ARC

Overall: ½
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Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My Thoughts:
Anna is a girl who has lived her life being the good girl, ignoring any pull toward the influence of drugs and alcohol, no matter how strong they are. And they are strong. It isn't until she meets Kaidan Rowe that she has no idea why she feels so strongly. And that her pull isn't only a struggle, it's a necessity for what she is.

There was so much about Sweet Evil that I absolutely loved. The book borders on mature YA, but enough that it leaves you breathless and wanting more. Kaidan especially. He's an evil boy with too much life experience that you kind of feel bad for him. And then he does something that makes you want to throw caution to the wind and just enjoy whatever ride he throws you on. At times I was just sure Anna would do just that and maybe Kaidan would let her. I was always surprised with what the did and didn't do.

The romance in this book is a sure winner. It's hot and yummy. Even though Anna is on the edge of naive, she still manages to keep the romance and heat alive though at times riding on Kaidan's tail.
The action and adventures in this book are actually heart-pounding and definitely kept my interest until more of Anna and Kaidan time. I won't lie however, the times when Anna visits her dad, I was bored that I probably didn't register a lot of what he said like I should. It was important to the book, but I felt like that could have been written better.

I loved Anna's aunt and her friends, they had significant parts to this book and I loved every moment with them.
There's a possibility for a love triangle and I know a lot of people hate them, but I kind of enjoy them. And the possible guy, I liked him too. At times even more than Kaidan. No matter how sexy he is, he didn't always have to be an ass.

I'm not usually a fan of angel/demon/nephilim books, but I really enjoyed this. I seriously hope the 2nd book gets picked up for publication! Hey, HarperTeen, Simon & Schuster, Poppy, SOMEONE.... PICK IT UP!!!

Plot: ½
Cover: (I don't understand it...?)

Author Info:
Wendy Higgins
wrote her first book when she was five, titled The Day the Whole Class got the Chickenpox and even illustrated it herself with desks and stick-figure students. She made several copies and went door-to-door selling them to neighbors at $5 a pop. She dabbled in short stories and book ideas all throughout her school years, but stopped after college. She received a Bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Sweet Evil is Higgin's first published novel.
More on her: website | goodreads | twitter

1 comment

  1. This sounds amazing! I've had it on my TBR/Wish List for sooo long now! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Great review!


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