July 25, 2012

Title:  Sweet Evil

Series:  Sweet Trilogy

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Published:  May 2012, Harper Teen

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?

Ana will put Sweet Evil on her second shelf!

My Review:  The best part about this book was its unique take on Nephilim…or maybe it was Kaidan Rowe…or maybe it was the fact that it captured me from the beginning.  Well, whatever it was, I really enjoyed it and the world that the author created.  We’ve all read countless stories where Nephilim, the children of fallen angels, are the good guys… where they try to rid the world of evil.  But, what if this is not the truth?  What if Nephilim are actually tasked with being bad influences on the unsuspecting people around them?  This is the world that Anna discovers she’s a part of.  And the role she is expected to play in this world shakes her to her very core.

Anna is a good girl and that seems to be a point of criticism for many people.  I agree that perhaps in the beginning she is too far into goodie two shoes territory but if you read carefully, you will see glimpses of her dark side throughout the book.  I believe that the author is setting up the character for a bit more darkness in the next installment. Some people say they can’t connect with her character but, being a good girl myself (*glares at all of you*…am so!), I didn’t have too much difficulty with it.  Plus, I loved the juxtaposition of Anna and Kai, the bad-boy drummer with an English accent and a smoldering dark side.  I think the author did a great job of showing that no matter which side you embrace, dark or light, the other side still resides within you waiting to peek out occasionally!  Oh, and did I mention that Kai is the son of the Duke of Lust…ya, I know…just imagine the possibilities!!

All the secondary characters in the book were great as well.  I loved Kopano most, even though I feel like I know so little about him.  He’s a great mystery that I hope gets more airtime in the next book.  Anna’s father is also a very interesting character.  He’s someone you think you understand and who may just surprise you. In this book, each character has a role to play to help move the story along.  There are no “best friends” who are there simply to fill up space…everyone has a purpose for existing.  I like that!

Oh, and I must share two more unique things about this book.  First, there was no insta-love…the characters weren’t head over heels for each other by page 5…yay!!  This is so rare these days in YA that I was taken aback by it at first.  What a great move by the author because it makes the second unique thing…the sexual tension…that much more delicious!! The back and forth, the verbal sparring, Anna’s desire to both punch and kiss Kai at the same time and, ultimately, the undeniable chemistry, make this book a great read!

There’s still lots of dark and light to be explored, lots of adventure to be had, and hopefully lots of Kai to swoon over.  I can’t wait to see how this all unfolds in book 2!


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