Another day, another review!
Author: Wendy Higgins
Title: Sweet Reckoning
Release date: 29th of April 2014
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 405 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Beloved YA author Wendy Higgins delivers the explosive conclusion to the Sweet Evil trilogy. In this dramatic finale to the epic love story between Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe, the time has come for Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, to accept her fate as the chosen one. She is destined to rid the earth of demons once and for all. But as Anna and her Nephilim allies prepare for the evil brewing, the powerful Dukes use Anna's love for bad boy Kaidan Rowe against her, and her strength is put to the ultimate test. How far will the two of them go to keep each other alive? Will love conquer all in the final battle between good and evil?
I’m so proud of myself! I seldom really manage to stay on board till the end of a series, either getting bored, forgetting or becoming disinterested quite fast. So the fact that I finished the final book says a lot about my favor for this series. This, however, doesn’t mean that there are no flaws, annoying factors or anything that I wouldn't change. And with the case of the Sweet trilogy, this is a solid 3 star series and the fact that the rating isn’t 4 or 5 doesn’t mean that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it or that it isn’t a wonderful series, just there are some aspects that hindered it to become a great one.
First things first, I rarely laugh out loud when reading, even if it’s genuinely hilarious, but the whole Big Rotty debacle had me cracking up. It was just ridiculously funny and a perfect device to have the mood go up before reality came knocking, which it did every time you or the characters thought that they could take a breath.
The final confrontation between the Dukes and the Neph was quite thrilling and there was a lot of tension on how the good guys were going to win the day. The final battle was very well written and I was definitely on the edge of my seat. Also, throughout the book it was exciting to figure out and play guessing game on who was an allay and who wasn’t.
What I appreciated the most about the book wasn’t that much the romance, but the friendship between the Neph group and the functional and loving child-parent relationships. Those were to me the spine of the trilogy. I also found the epilogue very sweet and really a cherry on top of all the trouble. It left me feeling warm and content inside.
I didn’t, however, like the solution they found to keep Anna’s “innocence,” but yet have the Dukes see her has “fallen.” In a sense it was an interesting way around it and a twist, but I felt that the message it projected might give young girls the wrong idea. I think you can be pure of heart even without going through this “thing” and not being a virgin. The fact that you have sex doesn’t mean that you are now tainted and dirty. I also have to mention the selfie from Anna, that made me raise my eyebrow and not in a positive way. Moreover, I wasn’t quite fond of the unexpected pregnancy that came about with one of the characters, it was just out of place, unexpected and completely irresponsible behavior in that situation.
Also, there wasn’t much happening before the final fight. I mean, of course, stuff was going on, but it felt like a huge filler before the big showdown. Yes, it was nice to spend time with the characters, get to know what everyone was up to, get to know them better and follow them on their down time, but I wanted more action from the last book.
Anna – I’ve always been quite fond of Anna, she doesn’t get on my nerves much and she seems like a nice girl. The selfie things was kind of odd and I wasn’t a fan of that, but overall I guess she’s a decent heroine.
Kaidan – I liked the mysterious and seductive bad boy in the first two books more than the head-over-heels-in-love puppy he was presented as in this book. I still liked him overall, but he seemed to only breathe and live for Anna and I wanted a less whipped Kaidan.
And it’s over! Well, it’s a good series and finale. I was hoping for slightly better, but overall, all the loose ends were tied up, those who needed punishing were punished and those who fought well were rewarded.