Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Publication: May 1st by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 447 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Content Rating: 2/5
First Line: The newborn wailed as the midwife wrapped her in a receiving blanket and quickly handed her to Sister Ruth.

~Synopsis~
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: 
I won Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins a while ago, which made me really happy. I think it was one of the first giveaways I ever won. I fell in love with the cover and also got an awesome looking bookmark with it. It did take me a while to finally read it but I did and finished it in a couple of days.

I liked Kaidan Rowe right from the beginning. Because, well, he's a drummer. I love drummers! And also he has that whole sexy, tortured guy thing going on that I love. Plus he's british! *drool drool drool* At first he was the reason I kept on reading this book because I had a lot of trouble to keep reading at the beginning. 

The world of angels and demons in this book is absolutely one of the more original ones I've come across and I loved that. With the whole nephilim who have to work the sins. That was probably my favorite thing together with Kai (Who's the son of the duke of Lust, of course).
I didn't always liked Anna's relationship with Kai, but most of the time I did. I do hope they can be together eventually. Anna's character was hard for me to like at first because she's so "good". But I came to like her when she got more sure of herself, around at the end part.

First of all I wanted to say that even though I only gave it 2 stars, Sweet Evil was not a bad book. I felt like I wanted to give it 2.5 stars but I don't work with halves so I had to give it two. Obviously I didn't fully enjoy it due to some factors I couldn't look past. And I do have to say that I am very very critical when it comes to angel books. I have no idea what it is about them but I am... It was an okay book to me, sadly enough. I really wish I enjoyed it more because it has a lot of good reviews from other. Guess I just wasn't feeling the love. It happens.
I had problems with the writing and all the little things that happened. Some of it just didn't make sense to me. Sometimes I liked Anna, sometimes I just wanted her to go away. Also some of the other characters bothered me a lot, like Anna's adoptive mother, Patti. I'm sure she's a great mom, but she let her sixteen year old daughter go alone on a roadtrip with Kaidan. I mean, come on, what was she thinking? Also I had mixed feelings with Anna's father, who's a demon. At times I liked him, at other times I felt... I don't know... maybe that he's hiding something or their was something off about him or maybe it was just the way he was written and the way he talked. *sigh* I also didn't get why Anna liked him so fast and accepted him. She called him dad so soon... I don't get it. I really don't. The characters I really liked were the other nephilim kids; Kopano, Ginger and Marna and Blake. They seemed cool to me. So coming at the end I was mostly reading to know more about them and also Kai. Always Kai. :)

So really the thing that bothered me was the writing, the parts that didn't make sense to me, like it didn't fit in with the story? I could've been much better. But I do have to say again that the world was original and I hope to read more about it. The romance between Kai and Anna was very nice. It got a little steamy on the roadtrip (well how far it can get steamy in a YA book...) They were obviously very attracted to each other even though a relationship wouldn't work and I know Anna saw it eventually. Well, after she got all clingy, that is... 
Anyway... if you want to read something new and different this is the book for you. I just hope you'll enjoy it more than I have. 






~Quotes~
"I felt you come alive when we kissed, and I know you’re afraid of that. Afraid to unleash that other side of yourself. "
"Wait,” Kaidan called from behind me. I squeezed my eyes shut for a second, but kept walking. Then I felt his hand around my wrist, spinning me in a half circle and pulling me to his chest. His face was so close. He reached down and cupped my face with one woolly hand, and wiped the top corner of my lip hard with his thumb. I flinched back.
“What are you doing?”
“I...” He appeared to have no idea himself. “I wanted to see your freckle.”
A vulnerable tenderness flashed across his face, more painful to see than the coldness. It took every ounce of strength I had not to beg for one last kiss. As fast as his expression had softened, it was back to stone again. “What do you want from me, Kai?”
“For starters?” His voice lowered to sexy, dangerous depths. “I want to introduce myself to every freckle on your body.”
A powerful shiver ripped through me."




About the author:
After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.
Visit Wendy at 
http://www.wendyhigginswrites.comFind her also at: Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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