Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Hi all!

The second part in The Sweet Trilogy.




Author: Wendy Higgins
Title: Sweet Peril
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Release date: 30th of April 2013
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: HarperTeen
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, Contemporary, YA
Pages: 389 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Review:

Roughly a month ago I read the first book and it still fresh in my memory, I took on the second part. In general, it turned out better than the first, BUT it also developed a couple of new issues. So, all in all, I still like the series, it’s original and gripping, but I can’t give it over 3 stars yet. YET! Hope that changes in the final book.

Even though the story continues to be unique, action packed and possessing a colorful cast of flawed characters to root for, I felt this book lacked a substantial culmination point to the plot or at least I didn’t feel any. There were mayor several events scattered all over the book, but I didn’t feel that there was a start, journey and high point. So, overall, I can say that the pace was something I needed to get accustomed to, which isn’t entirely a negative thing.

I’m still iffy regarding the behind the curtains of the “working” part and many aspects are unclear and vague, not to mention I can’t predict a possible clear direction to the plot, yes, the final goal is set, but everything else is a big question mark, but then again, I guess the that’s a good thing.

The fist part was kind of slow and generic: find one Nephilim, recruit, then another, etc. Luckily, there weren’t too many for it to become too troublesome and repetitive. From the other side, considering that they need an “army” of Nephilim on their side, then the amount they manage to recruit is too minimal. But who knows how that will work out. I did, however, miss Kaidan in the first half, since he wasn’t featured a lot (when he was, then he definitely made it memorable), but it turned out to be a welcome torture, because when he became a constant player again, it was just that much sweeter and exciting.

I wasn’t totally appalled by the love triangle, it served its purpose and the end result was clear from book one. I liked how the author made this clear and didn’t leave the other “loosing” guy hanging and come across as just inserted to fill the position of “the second love interest” so that there isn’t only one main guy for readers to swoon over.

I also have to mention that I loved loved loved the degree of intensity in some of the scenes with Anna and Kaidan, quite bold and explicit yet still tasteful and exciting. They had great chemistry and some sexy steamy scenes.

Characters:

Anna: I have mixed feelings for her. She is a bold heroine who does what is needed without whining, even if she’s totally against it, yet she comes across too goody goody even while being “bad”, if that makes sense. There is something I can’t fully understand about her, but if there would be anything that would make me like and respect her, it would be the fact that she isn’t defined by Kaidan. Yes, she loves and misses him, but she isn’t desperate or pathetic for him. She can function well without him being around.

Kaidan: What can I say, he made some stupid choices as to not hurt others and torture himself, but in the end he couldn’t fight a battle he was going to lose anyway, thus, he made the right choice to stop pretending and making a martyr of himself for the sake of others. I respect him for being bold. It’s no secret that I like him a lot, flaws included.

Overall:

All in all, I have a lot of conflicting feelings for this second book, which all aren’t only on the negative side. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every page of this installment and will anticipate the third and final book.



3 stars!

LIIS

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