Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Source: Borrowed (Library)
My Rating: 5/5
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.
Tender-hearted 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? (Summary from Goodreads)
I've wanted to check this book out for a long while, but there are no copies in all of Ottawa! Such a shame too, cause everyone should read this book. It is prime YA, and one of my favorite books this year.
Fallen angels have been a growing trend in YA, and every single story has a different take on the topic. And so far, Sweet Evil is my favorite. Appropriately, considering the subject matter, this book is addicting. Like can't-stop-reading-try-to-put-it-down-but-just-end-up-thinking-about-it addicting. Sweet Evil sucked me in and didn't let go even after I was finished! I actually had the urge to flip back to page one and just start the ride over again!
The characters in this story were simply fantastic. Protagonist Anna, the sweet, innocent girl with strong convictions and lovable personality was a stand-out character. Although I love the trend of kick-ass chicks in YA lit, it was great to see a girl who didn't need to throw a punch to earn respect. She was strong in her own way, and tried her best to balance her heritage with her heart. And then there's Kaiden (cue the intense swooning here). The chemistry and tension between him and Anna was almost palpable! Their banter and connection was such a treat to read. I loved every moment of it. Kaiden himself brought a smile to my face almost ever scene he was in. And every time his fierce armor slipped to show just a glimpse of his feelings underneath I fell for him even more.
Although Sweet Evil is a a decently long book (over 450 pages), I flew through it. Wendy Higgins kept the story engaging, and even the background information and character development, which can sometimes be tedious (although the latter I almost always love) was interesting and fantastic. I didn't want to miss a single word! The writing style didn't wow me, although I don't have any real complaints about it, but the story was so great I hardly noticed! The idea of the children of fallen angels encouraging the seven deadly sins in humans was new and captivating. What was even better was watching the select few fighting against their natures.
Sweet Evil was awesome. A fun, page-turner that is sure to addict you. Check it out, you'll be glad you did.
- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
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