Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

book cover of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

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 it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

As most of you know, angels (including fallen ones) are my favorite paranormal creature.  Sweet Evil may have changed that though.  This book has some kick-ass demons and I can’t wait to read more about them.  (The angels were also pretty awesome.)

Anna is not a spectacular character.  She’s normal.  She has a best friend she loves to hang out with, she gets frustrated around cute guys, and she has superhuman senses.  Wait, that last one’s not normal?  Oh.  So maybe she’s not exactly normal but she’s pretty close.  Anna has no idea what she is until Kaidan Rowe enters her life and turns her world upside down.  He’s sexy, he’s mysterious, and he’s a major slut.  For some reason though Anna is still drawn to him.  Turns out he’s very similar to her.  He wants to help her find out more about herself but he doesn’t know why.  And it turns out that helping Anna could get them both in serious trouble.

Anna is a total sweetheart.  She adores her best friend Jay, she is super confused by guys, and she makes some mistakes.  She is fun and easy to like.  She acts like a very normal girl even though she totally isn’t.  She also doesn’t immediately fall for Kaidan although admittedly, he is an easy guy to fall for.  He’s sexy (I think I already mentioned this one but it needs repeating), he’s a drummer, and he has a British accent.  Triple threat!  However he is a slut and way too cocky for his own good.  I wanted to high five Anna every time she turned him down.  It really showed her strength.  Although I will admit that Kaidan did grow on me.

The cast of secondary characters in Sweet Evil is phenomenal.  Patti is such a wonderful mom and so loving.  Pharzuph is creepy beyond compare and makes for a great villain.  Belial is scary at times but quite a big teddy bear at others.  Kopano, Blake, the twins, they were all unique and didn’t let their jobs define them.  Jay and Veronica were probably the best though.  They were great comic relief.

Sweet Evil is an angels and demons story and there are quite a few of those out there already.  However Sweet Evil reads like no other angel and demon story.  These demons are scary and evil but not all of them. And the good guys aren’t quite who you would expect them to be.  There is more to this story than most and it completely drew me in.  The history was fabulous and detailed and you can clearly tell that what goes on in this book is only just the beginning.

Overall, Wendy Higgins has written an awesome debut novel.  It seems like it’s going to be the start of an explosive new series.

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16 Comments

  1. Ems

    I read this one recently and I thought pretty much the same things. It was SO much more than just an angels vs. demons book, and I’m glad of that. I’ve been kind of burned out on the angels lately, but Sweet Evil restored my faith. I really thought it was about as brilliantly done as anything, and one of the best angel books out there.

  2. Gianna

    Eeep! So glad to hear you enjoyed this too! :) I loved Sweet Evil. I was so happy to be able to get an advanced reading copy, and I just ended up adoring the entire book! Isn’t Kai just adorable? ;D Even if he’s a slut… x__x

    Great review, Katie! :)

  3. fakesteph

    This sounds amazing. I’m so excited that all the characters were phenomenal and I kind of have a thing for bad boys. Also, evil and angels and demons and good guys who might not be so good after all. I really want to read this book.

  4. elena

    I’m a huge fan of angels too! Anna seems like such a sweet YA protagonist and Kaiden sounds like an interesting love interest. I love the fact that Anna turns him down often though, go her! I can’t wait to read this series, especially since you said that the good guys who you don’t expect them to me. Love twists like that. :)

  5. Chayse Sundt

    This book looks like it will be an amazing read and a perfect book to be coming out so close to my birthday. I will totally have my parents pick this book up for me. Great Review!!!

  6. Maji Bookshelf

    I am actually reading Sweet Evil right now, and I totally agree with you about high giving anna for rejecting him! I also really like Patti! She’s such a good mother! but I’m not liking it as much as you had but hoping it’ll get better in the second half!

    great review!!

    - juhina

  7. Siff

    I’ve actually haven’t read an angel book yet.. I don’t know why, but I’m gonna give it a shot eventually. The cover turned me off for a second, I thought it was another vampire book and I need a little break from that at the moment. Great review though, got me wanting to read this book :)

  8. Badass Bookie

    I’m debating whether I want to read this one. I’m a little over fallen angels and paranormal in general – I prefer dystopian and contemporary these days BUT Sweet Evil has it’s appeal. I like the sound of phenomenal characters as well :/ EHHHHH a 5-star debut though… ahaha my wallet hates you. I think I might have invest in a copy!

  9. Christina Kit.

    Glad you didn’t think Anna was too much of a sweetheart. That was my issue, that she was too good to be true. But from what I read in other reviews, she grows more jaded later on in the series.

    I loved the boys. I’m happy she didn’t fall for Kaidan immediately though! That was impressive. And I agree with you that the good and evil lines are blurred and you find the good where you don’t expect it.

    Lovely review :)

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