Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Publisher: Harper Teen
Age: Young Adult
Series: Sweet Evil #1
Interest: Pretty Cover/ Blogger Buzz
Source: Bought

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? (Summary from

I loved Sweet Evil when I read it. Teens who had to be bad influences in order to survive? It was such a unique take on the seven deadly sins and the entire myth of Lucifer's fall. I wanted to see more of how the sins worked and the lifestyle they led. Kaidan, that kid has one difficult job to do. I can't imagine what kind of toll that takes on a person.

Anna was very adorable and charming, exactly like one of my friends actually. I may have enjoyed her sticky sweet outer coating, but it was hilarious when Anna exposed her bad girl slutty mcdrinkerson inside. There's just something so fun about seeing this innocent little girl sitting down for drinks with the wolf. Speaking of predators, I liked Kaidan. He was a heartthrob for sure, with is dark good looks and corruption of Anna. The heat between them could set a forest on fire. Even though I love me some arrogant boys, I wanted to see Kaidan's gentler side more. True, he had a few vulnerable moments, but nothing that went too deep.

The side characters were a mix for me. I enjoyed the other sin's kids. They were hilarious and one was a little broody. However, I'm not sure I want to know that much more about them. All of them were interesting, but I don't think any of those characters would have made good narrators.

Looking back, I have a few more problems with the story now than I did when it was all fresh and I was still fangirling over it. Spoilers ahead, so beware. I did not like how Anna's super protective foster mother decided it was totally okay for her to go on this cross country road trip with a lust-driven boy to find her destiny, it was just a little bit too easy. I could not stand when Anna went all "weepy girl" dead inside over not being able to hang out with Kaidan. I wasn't on board with how easy it was for Anna to trust her father. I understand she's supposed to be naive, but taking the word of someone she barely knew as gospel truth was a little hard to swallow. The ending, dear lord I wanted to scream when Kaidan decided to be all "noble" and  go off somewhere to leave Anna in the dust to protect her. No, you stay and you fight together, idiot. However, I was thrilled when this time, she did not have a mental breakdown and decided to be stronger instead.

The book may look long, but the pages fly by with action, secrets and steamy scenes. It is an excellent book for paranormal fans. Even though I read it nine months ago, the book still sticks out to me as one of my favorite reads of 2012. Kaidan and Anna are totally worth the read. Also, insn't that title the best? I love it! And that cover, oooh, it's great! Also, the sequel Sweet Peril has been picked up and will be released sometime in 2013!

Teaser Lines: “I felt you come alive when we kissed, and I know you’re afraid of that. Afraid to unleash that other side of yourself. ”

Happy reading,

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