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Friday, July 20, 2012
Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
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?
Sweet Evil was cute, sexy and a whole lot of fun. I went into it not really sure what to expect, and I am happy to say that I ended up really liking it. It's certainly not my favorite book, but it's definitely up there, and I really, really enjoyed it. The concept was unique and sweet without veering into the territory of ridiculousness, and stayed fun while also being serious when it needed to be. I actually didn't know this was the first book of a trilogy when I first read it, either—I actually though it was a standalone. Not that that's relevant in any way, but whatever.

At the beginning of the book, I did not like Anna at all. She was way too innocent. I don't give a damn how "sheltered" she supposedly was by her oppressive and overprotective mother; no one with eyes and ears and/or a brain is that innocent. It really made her unrealistic and unlikable for a while. I struggled for a long time trying to identify with her, but it was impossible while she was such an unrealistic character. However, once she got over her over-naïveté she ended up being sweet enough and much more relatable. By the end of the book, I liked her well enough.

Why bother lying, ladies? Kaidan is sexy. Obviously, he has some issues, but that aside, he is sexy. I like how he seems to struggle sometimes with what he has to do—he doesn't entirely accept it blindly. He knows what's expected of him, and that's what he does. But sometimes he still questions it, even if he later shoves those questions aside. However, it was kind of difficult to get a grip on his personality because a few times I think he acted in a way that really didn't go with his character. That's just my interpretation, but there you have it.

Sweet Evil actually had an impressive plot. It was an original interpretation of Nephilim, and it wasn't done sloppily. There was obviously research put into it, and though perhaps there could have been a bit more, overall it was impressive and throughly enjoyable.

I did not like the aspect of Anna's home life—it seemed a bit stereotypical and somewhat unrealistic. I think the rest of Anna's life in her town was portrayed pretty well, if also a bit too stereotypical for my taste. It was done nicely, without too much detail.

I also think that the parts containing the Nephilim and their fathers were done well too. I was confused at some parts, but for the most part my confusion was cleared easily by the end of the book. I am still unclear on some things, which I don't like, but it's possible that I'm supposed to be unclear until the next book.

I also think that overall, this book was a bit too pretty. Things usually ended up working out way too nicely, pretty much always for the better. Even when events went into a total tangle, they seemed to be smoothed out far too easily.

However, this is not to say that I thought the plot was bad—quite the opposite, in fact. I liked it, I enjoyed it, and I definitely think that while it had its issues, it was overall lovely.

I think the romance in this book moved a bit too quickly. It seems like Anna's feelings about Kaidan grow too quickly. However, at the same time, I can't fault them too much because they do feel genuine. The romantic development felt a bit unrealistic at points but at the same time, it's an unusual situation. I also have a feeling we're going to see a love triangle in the later books. I won't tell you with who—although believe me when I say it's obvious—but I'm not sure I like the idea of that.

I like Wendy's writing, although I'm not sure I like Anna's voice so much. At times she sounds whiny and self-centered, and sometimes totally not likable at all. I makes her sounds somewhat discompassionate (which apparently isn't a word, but whatever) and annoying while also somehow managing to be irritatingly dense. However, that aside, I do like Wendy's writing. It's not my favorite, but I've read much worse. I do wish it was more descriptive.

The ending was a bit simplistic for my taste. I like that it ended without a cliffhanger, but I don't like how it wrapped up so prettily and perfectly—that bothers me. Still, the ending could have been worse, and it does tie the novel together nicely. It doesn't throw in random new information or random new characters or random new anything, so I count that as a win.

I enjoyed Sweet Evil very much, but I'm going to need more from Sweet Hope. Overall, this book was fun and a great read, but it did have myriad things I didn't like and I am going to need the next book to be different in order for me to be impressed. Still, I'm definitely a fan, and I can recommend this one with confidence!


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  1. I just picked up this book today and I'm really excited about it too. I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Found your blog via Some Like it Paranormal.

  2. I loved this one, but I def. agree that Anna was too innocent. That seriously annoyed me. Also, Ive decided that the theme song for this novel is Carrie Underworld's "Good Girl"

  3. I loved this book. I can see why you found Anna to innocent but to be honest that was how I was when I was younger so to me it was totally realistic. I cant wait for book 2 unfortunately I think I will be waiting a while, on wendys blog she said she is waiting for the publishing company to give book 2 a green light so it might be a while which is a bummer.

  4. I agree with you, Anna is too innocent especially as a Nephilim. Lucky her for having good father who's protecting her from the other Dukes.

    GFC name: Dian Christy

  5. I'm excited to read this book~ I'm a sucker for a gorgeous cover and flipping it over and reading the summary only cemented to me that it was going on my TBR~ I'm glad you loved it because now I'll definitely have to pick it up soon! I don't mind overly innocent in most cases as long as it's not too annoyingly childishly done. And I've read an excerpt and enjoyed Wendy's writing. The idea of the romance being too quick makes me a bit sad but~ maybe I will find it adorable anyhow! Gonna still give this one a shot~ Thank you for the lovely review!

  6. Lol I agree with the comment about Kaidan's sexiness, and I dare say, Daemon hardly stands a chance compared with him ;)

  7. Great Review. When I first started reading this book I also thought it was a stand alone book. (Whenever I read a book that just comes out and it hasn't gathered much hype or the author hasn't mentioned the next book ... I just assume its a stand alone!) I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Kaiden - but I do agree, at time I'm not 100% who he is because he appears to flip-flop between what others want him to do and what he wants to do. I really enjoyed the romance between Anna and Kai, I felt the instant attraction but I think it was fitting since Kai is suppose to represent Lust. I'm really looking forward to the next book!

  8. Oh, I just bought this book and I can't wait to read this. The story sounds good and loved the cover. Reading your review made want to read it asap. Great review :)

  9. I am actually just about to start this book... I wasn't sure how I would like it... This review really made me want to read it... although I'm not a fan of romances that move to fast... Hopefully I like this book because it sounds good and I love the cover!


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