Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins [REVIEW]

TITLE: Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Wendy Higgins
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
PUB DATE: May 1 2012
Summary 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?"

Rating:

When Sweet Evil was released back in May 2012, it didn’t really catch my attention, even in spite of all the raving about it. I guess I felt that after reading the synopsis, it just wasn’t my kind of story. But then came all the craziness again once the cover of Sweet Peril surfaced around the blogosphere. So maybe it was a sign that I get to this book already? Why not?

As soon as I grabbed a copy and posted a photo on Instagram, the lovely ladies who have read this book pushed me to start on it. Supposedly I was to meet a new book boyfriend by the name of Kaidan.

So how was my experience with Sweet Evil you may ask? It was great! At first I was skeptical about the “good girl-bad boy” image going on because honestly, who hasn’t seen that before? I even have qualms about Kaidan’s personality. He’s every bit of the image of a guy that would less likely catch my attention. But something about the way he was created by Wendy Higgins that makes all the elements work for me, fictionally of course, that’ll never work in the real world. LOL.

The whole guardian angels and demon dispute was really interesting for me. Especially the idea that demons have jobs in our world where they are assigned a specific sin to tempt and/or influence a person to do it. That was very original and fascinating.

The most memorable part I found in this book was when Anna got reunited with her dad. It totally made me cry. I am a daddy’s girl (my dad and I are pretty close) after all so it was incredibly touching. My heart also broke for Kaidan when I saw him longing for the love from his father who has never deemed to show any affection towards him. Is it obvious how much I love my dad? Haha!

The climax was a little bit of downer for me. Everything was getting pretty exciting and then *poof* – we’ll have to wait for the other books to see when some real epic action finally happens. I am happy though that this didn’t end with a happy ending. Heartless biatch, much? I don’t know, I guess I think there’s just too much to still go around before Anna and Kaidan deserve to be together.

Sweet Evil is not entirely oozing with extravaganza but the simplicity and writing was gripping. Sometimes I find myself torn between liking a particular scene and feeling utterly uncomfortable about it; like, I know what Kaidan was doing (not saying which one, but most of everything he did with Anna) was all creepy and Anna giving in to whatever Kaidan-involved thing was slutty, but why the heck do I find them all sexy? What is wrong with me? But maybe that’s just the power Higgins brought into this book.

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