Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil (Sweet #1)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Self Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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 it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaiden 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?

Sweet evil introduces you to the perfect good girl/bad boy couple.  Anna and Kaiden are the perfectly mismatched couple.  She is the good girl - good grades, no drugs or alcohol, prays every night, type of girl.  But when Kaiden meets her, he sees her for what she really is.  A Nephilim - daughter of a fallen angel that is bound to be spread a bad influence to those around her...but she isn't.

The struggles Anna goes through when she realizes what her destiny is supposed to be mirror those that all teens go through - only hers are on steroids.  But there's another side to Anna that is quite the opposite.  There is an innate goodness to her that shines through and above all the rest.  The story is ultimately about Anna and her discovery of all that she really is.  Her romance with Kaiden Rowe is a major part of story as he helps her find both sides and she must finally decide which to embrace.

Filled with fallen angels, their amazing children, real life friends for life, and a lot of growing this book hit the spot for me with something new and original that I hadn't read before.  It's one downside was the way Kaiden sometimes acted about himself.  He knows what he is and why he is here and he dwells on it a little too much at times for my taste (although this is just a part of his personality) or this would have gotten 5 stars.

Without giving too much away, the ending was such an amazing turn of events that shows Anna's real colors, but also puts her life in danger - leading up into book 2, Sweet Peril, seamlessly.  I immediately picked it up and started reading more.

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