Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) 
by Wendy Higgins
Book Info:
Edition: Paperback 
453 pages
Published by HarperTeen 
Release Date: May 1st 2012 
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Author: Wendy Higgins
Synopsis:(goodreads)
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?
Book Trailer:

My Review:
It took me a while after I finished this book to finally write the review for a couple reasons. One: I wasn't sure if I liked this book or not. Honest. After hearing all the great rants, reviews, and everything this book was I guess maybe I was expecting something, I don't know, different. Reason two was once I figured out what I felt for this book I didn't know how to express my feelings without sounding weird. So now here I am, and here's my review.
Anna Whitt's life is anything but ordinary. She has heightened senses, remembers her life in the womb, and every moment afterward, and can see and feel peoples emotions. When her best friend Jay takes her to go see one of his favorite bands she meets Kaiden Rowe, and realizes she may not be the only one who's different.

Returning home she asks her adoptive mom Patti about it and realizes just how different she is. A half-angel, half demon combo, the only one of her kind. When Patti finds out about Kaiden, she tells Anna to stay as far away from him as possible, for her safety could become at risk if she is ever having to meet Kaiden's demon father. Too bad Anna feels a connection to Kaiden and is drawn to him despite him being the biggest player she's ever met.

After revealing her secret to Kaiden and having the entire demon world find out she's a virgin, Kaiden's father sends him to train and teach Anna the ropes of being a Neph. After Anna finds out that the secrets to her identity, and her father are in California, Kaiden agrees to take her. While Kaiden teaches Anna more and more about the Neph and the way the demon world works Anna is more and more worried about what the future may bring.

When Anna starts discovering that she has feelings for Kaiden, he knows that he must stay far far away from her. Easier said than done though now that Anna's father is out of prison and having her start "working" for him. When Anna meets the other Neph, Anna realizes she may be the only one to free the Neph from their demon and parent rulers.

*Sigh* for the most part this story is predictable. There wasn't much in it that I didn't really see coming. Girl falls for bad boy, you can't tell if he really likes her. She learns how to use her "gifts", she learns the beginning of her destiny. Plus you know, a hint of a love triangle, and forbidden love, good versus evil, and all that other jazz.

Anna is...eh I wasn't really a fan of hers or Kaiden's for that matter. Sorry Kaiden fans but I just mean...it's so predictable. Plus most of the time he was a jealous ars hole. He did have an accent though so...that made up for some of his arslyness. Anna for the most part after the trip to California was pulling a Bella for much of the book. Depressed, wouldn't eat, failing school, lonely, ect. Boring!

However, I did like the whole world that Annalived in. That was extremely new for me and I liked it a lot. Plus although I'm not sure but I could be right that there is an African in this book. I was super excited about him and I am so so loving that there is more and more ethnicity making it's way into the book world. I am totally team Kopano, even though I totally know he's not the guy who will win Anna's heart in the end.

So, Sweet Evil wasn't bad. I liked it and I didn't. Lots of people loved this book, and I mean lots. So, please don't not read this book simply because I wasn't a huge fan. I am still going to read the second book Sweet Peril, and I still enjoyed many parts in this book. I truly hope everyone checks this book out and I hope you enjoy it. If you have read this book let me know what you think and tell me if Kopano is African, I would super appreciate it! Oh and if you didn't know there are mini stories with Kaiden's POV!

Read Excerpt from Sweet Evil-->Here!
Kaiden's POV: Chapter. 1--> Here!
Kaiden's POV: Chapter. 26--> Here!

About the Author:
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, I taught high school English until becoming a mommy. I've always had a heart for teens, and writing YA stories gives me the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal years before adulthood.
I live in the D.C. area with my husband, daughter, son and puppy Rue. 

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