Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
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?

Brilliant in every single way! Every word, every sentence, every scene, was absolute perfection.

First, let's address all the lovely characters. There is not a single character that I was indifferent towards. Each one drew some emotional response from me, quite a feat, I assure you. 

Anna truly was sweet. But, she was also very clever. When push comes to shove, she does what she has to do to protect herself and those she loves. I liked that she knew when to admit defeat. She accepted who she was, yet still managed to stay true to herself. She was a remarkable character. I really and truly liked her.

Kaiden...why, oh why can't you be real? I LOVED Kai, everything about him. He was so sweet to Anna and, during the first half of the book, smoking hot and sexy. Eventually, he has to step back because they're not allowed to be together. And when I say "not allowed" I mean that they will, without a doubt, be killed if the Dukes (high-ranking demons of of 12 sins) find out that they are together. After that, the agony they feel is as palpable as the earlier joy and love. And Kai, the dear sweetheart that he is, still staunchly protects Anna. Despite being a son of lust (as in his father is the Duke of Lust), he truly loves Anna and would do anything for her. Their love was bittersweet-undoubtedly true but filled with heartache because it could never be. I adored both of them and am rooting for them to find a way to be together in the next book.

All of the other characters were compelling in their own way. Kope, Jay, Marna, Ginger, Pharzuph, and all the other characters were fascinating. I honestly can't wait to see how the story plays out for each and every one of them.

The story is unique and interesting from beginning to end. From page one, right to the end, Sweet Evil had me riveted. The take on Nephilim is original and interesting. This is one of the few angel/demon books that is a success, an brilliant and unique take on a genre that has seen a lot of work lately. 

The ending was perfectly thrilling. It sets up the promise of an amazing trilogy. I CANNOT wait to find out what happens next and I'm eagerly awaiting the second book.

No question, 5/5

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