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Book Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil – there’s so much to say. It was another serious page-turner, but I had a few issues with the plot and back story.

Book Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

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Title & Author: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy (Angels & Demons)

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via HarperTeen

Description:

“What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality 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.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?”

Angel Book Coming Atcha

If I just think about the story of Sweet Evil as a whole and really consider how I felt when I finished the book, I would use these words to describe the book as a whole: highly engaging, seductive and strangely spiritual.

Starting with the strangely spiritual part, you may know how I feel about books with religion that is borrowed from actual faiths practiced currently, but Sweet Evil came at things with a very different approach.

In the book, demons roam the Earth trying to tempt humans in any way they can, and the demons have specialities – substance abuse, lust, etc. When Anna meets Kaiden (pronounced ky-den), she knows something is off about him. It’s partly because she can read people’s emotions (in an interesting color-associated way) and she sees his essence is black.

Fast forward to Anna realizing she’s part demon and part angel, and here’s where things get dicey. Demons are essentially evil and aren’t supposed to have a conscious. Yet, there are times throughout Sweet Evil that both Kaiden and the other demons actively fight their nature of tempting and hurting humans. This confused me so much, but I just went with it.

Also, Anna is basically the biggest goody-goody in the world, so there are a TON of cringe-worthy moments and cheesy inner-dialogue. Like, when Anna refuses to lie and takes it to the extreme by offering up uncomfortable truths in awkward situations.

Sweetly Sinful

On to seductive and engaging: The overall idea of the book is really, really interesting – demons battling it out every day to bring humanity down and one girl who’s fighting her base nature to be truly angelic. Most of the spiritual things mentioned in the book seem theologically sound, and as that’s my usual gripe, I came away giving that aspect of the book a nod of approval.

When Anna meets Kaiden, she has no idea that his demonic specialty is lust. …I’m sure you can only imagine how their natural attraction to each other is intensified by THAT little complication. And, I appreciated that Higgins didn’t make anything raunchy or over-the-top.

Anna was a fairly well-rounded character, but I had trouble connecting with her and understanding her at times. But I gotta give her props: Kaiden pull an Edward on her at one point and she handles it infinitely better than Bella ever did.

Other notes:

  • The cover is crazy: What is Kaiden doing? Why is Anna wearing that insane dress? It doesn’t make any sense
  • The conclusion ends at a really awkward part, in my opinion
  • There’s one relationship in the book that I really love but cannot share because it’s a spoiler!
  • Kaiden has a British accent and I’m def a fan

OVERALL:

What a toss up. I was both intrigued and annoyed with Sweet Evil. It had be burning through its pages at warp speed but left me feeing confused and frustrated at times. If you dislike angel-type books, I don’t know how much you would like Sweet Evil, but if you’re up for a fast read that will keep you interested definitely give it a try.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://ems-reviews-books.blogspot.com/ Ems

    It really IS an awkward cover with pretty much no connection to the book!

    Your points on Anna are very valid. There were many times throughout the book that I mentally compared her to Bella, and while I feel like she came out stronger than Bella ever would have, she still bugged me a lot of the time.

    I think I know which relationship you’re talking about!!!!!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I bet you do! Offline chat? :)

      • http://ems-reviews-books.blogspot.com/ Ems

        Ooh, yes!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lisaschensted Lisa Schensted

    I was on the fence about this one (the cover is meh, I’m not a huge angel fan, the questionable heroine) but then you threw in the boy with a british accent.

    YES PLS.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Hahahahaha, I love this, Lisa!! British anything FTW!

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  • Bookishlilly

    I’m not sure I will read this one. Angel books are not my thing. I did step out this year and try a few and have been disappointed and put off by them. The cover is very awkward, I was hoping she went to prom or something that would justify the dress :-) . Great review!
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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