Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

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Author: Wendy Higgins
Title: Sweet Evil
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Release date: 1st of May 2012
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: HarperTeen
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, Contemporary, YA
Pages: 464 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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?

Review:

Honestly, I really really liked this book, but there was something that made me uneasy, creeped me out, just felt fishy/odd and made me squirm, so I gave it 3 stars (for now at least). BUT, I'm definitely in for the second book of the series and as I mentioned I enjoyed this story tremendously and more than I thought I would.

Like: The premise and mythology of demons, angels and diverse sins was gripping, fascinating and unique. It was like discovering a new foreign world with its own set of rules and regulations. And it wasn't pretty, not even close. This leads to another part that this story had going for itself – the dark, evil and ruthless laws that govern this universe and the lives of demons and their offspring. It was quite hard to read about some of the things going on with the latter in regards to their "work" for the cause of their fathers and their sin – although nothing was described in detail, some of things revealed definitely bordered on adult lit. "Work" is such a nasty word in this book. I also have to give credit to this book for having a vague love triangle, which didn't feel like one to me at all, even tough, I've read the opposite from other readers’ impressions. I salute the author for creating a not so annoying and in your face triangle, where at least to me, the winner is clear, undisputable and deserving.

Me no like: The maturity and evilness that I was intrigued by was also the aspect that made me raise my eyebrows in disgust at times, thinking it too much. Also, knowing that the hero "worked" after developing feelings for the heroine, was a slight turn-off. Although, I have to admit he had his reasons, which really weren’t under his control. Also, the first part of the book was fast paced, intense and full of swoony goodness, the second part, however, lost a lot of its steam. The former had a goal and a climax, the latter I didn't feel had any purpose or clear plotline. I had no idea what to expect or where things were headed and it wasn't a positive thing in this book.

Despite my whining, I repeat, I really really liked this book, but it can, will and must get better! It has a lot of potential and fun aspects to explore, it's just that I was caught off guard with some of the parts I wasn't really wild about. Maybe they affected me so strongly due to the originality of the premise, who knows.

Characters:

Anna was someone I had a trouble liking. She was a goody goody girl who initially came across too stiff, too naive, know-it-all and better than you, maybe it wasn't her intention but it's how I perceived her. With the introduction of her wilder side I felt her clean persona to be fake since she was acting and somewhat enjoying the opposite. Then again, she can't fight her "sin" so I forgive her. I did, however, love her somewhat adult take on her relationship with Kaidan, especially in the second part. Yes, she acted a teenager, but a mature one at that, who wasn't overly delusional yet not a quitter either. Overall, she was a good girl who I'm hoping to warm up to in the upcoming books.

Kaidan was so bad that he was good! There were so many things wrong about him (his "work" being one) but the way he changed or tried to change and cared for Anna was incredibly sweet and swoony. I can't help but adore him if for nothing else then for those reasons definitely. His struggle was visible and you just had to root for him (I don't see any competition from Kopano, despite the latter having his own set of charms). One thing annoyed me and I can't believe I'm saying it, but, yes, a British accent is hot, but lets not overdo it and use it just to bring more sexiness to the heroes, too much is too much, Kaidan didn’t need it.

Overall:

Not entirely there yet, but I'm having high hopes for the rest of the series. I believe in you! An original and unusual YA read.



3 stars!

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3 comments:

  1. I really loved this book, as far as angel books go I thought it was well done and much better then many of them that are out there. I can't wait to read the next book and continue on with the series. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

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  2. The next book is coming out tomorrow! I already preordered it and will jump to read as soon as it reaches my kindle :D
    An adictive series!

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  3. I absolutely loved this book and pray we get a sequel super soon. The interview is amazing thanks.

    Irene Jennings (Washington State Traffic Ticket)

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