Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

August 13, 2012 Angels, Book Review, Demons, HarperTeen, Paranormal, Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll, Sweet Evil, Wendy Higgins, YA, Young Adult 14

From 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?

My Thoughts:

As a huge fan of the angel sub-genre, I had seriously high hopes for Sweet Evil. So high, in fact, that I put off reading it because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I am happy to say I was not disappointed!

Anna has always been the good girl. She follows all the rules, embraces honestly and is a great daughter and friend. But there is more to her than meets the eye. She is hiding the fact she has certain abilities. She can see the colors of emotions from others and as she turns 16 years old, she begins to see guardian angels as well. She quickly finds out she is Nephilim and a special one at that, since she is part demon AND part angel. In a quest to understand who she is and to stay safe from those who may want to harm her, Anna befriends Kaidan, a fellow Nephilim, and the son of the Duke of Lust.

Anna discovers, as a Nephilim, she is meant to ‘work’ for her father and help influence others to sin. in her case, her father is the Duke of Substance Abuse. I was a little worried when I heard about these Dukes that I might find it a little… cheesy? And I must admit, I did at first and at little moments throughout the book. I also wasn’t too keen to read about a teenager who feels like she has to drink alcohol and try to influence others to as well. It is like a warped version of peer pressure. I understand that we are dealing with evil and demons, so of course we are going to see some darker elements, but it still bothered me slightly. Luckily, there wasn’t too much of this going on. Anna truly is a good girl and tries to work her way around this whenever possible. I think this is the only negative I really found in the book because otherwise, I loved it! I was engrossed from start to finish and didn’t want to put it down. The spin on angels and demons that the author created was unique and overall, very exciting.

I have to mention the forbidden love story, because I am always a sucker for them. Due to both being Nephilim and the ‘work’ they must do, Anna and Kaidan cannot become romantically involved. Of course a spark develops between the two anyways and I loved watching it grow and grow as the plot progressed. I craved scenes from Kaidan who is, of course, the ultimate bad boy. Did I mention he is a drummer and has an English accent? Yeah… *sigh* Of course he is up to less than favorable things as well but you see something in him… I cannot wait to find out what will happen between the two of them in the next installment!

If you like reading about angels and demons, and don’t mind a little sex, drugs and rock & roll, than I definitely recommend Sweet Evil as one to pick up!

4 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

14 Responses to “Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins”

  1. Karina

    I’m also a fan of angel-books and I loved this book. I was hooked from the beginning. I can’t wait for the next book! 🙂

  2. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Glad you liked it! I found this one to be a quick read where I wanted to keep reading… like it was really addictive in that sense, and it was really fun brain candy. On the other hand I also found it pretty forgettable. It was all fairly typical for a paranormal book, and a lot of the plot was really convenient.

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