I'm really torn about this one. I have been anticipating this book for awhile now and I think I worked myself into such excitement that it was easy to be let down, and for the same reason I continually tried to push my way through the not-so-great parts hoping that my premature fan-girling would be justified. I have seen so many reviewers raving about this book like it's the second coming of the Twilight phenomenon and certainly they are more than entitled to their opinions (that is what we bloggers do right?) but I just didn't get that thrill. Sweet Evil is not by any means a bad read, but it also is not the amazing story I expected it to be. I went into it expecting steamy romance, thrilling action and a gripping, unique plot. I got about half of those things which isn't too bad, but after being so excited to read it, it fell short.
As always let's start with the good (including that absolutely gorgeous cover). Steam. The steaminess of this book cannot be denied. There were certainly times when I felt like I needed to open a window and just cool off for a second. In fact, parts of the book, felt more adult than young adult. This is probably because the main heartthrob of the story, Kaidan Rowe, is the son of the Duke of Lust. He definitely takes after his father. He, naturally, falls for sweet little Anna who never swears, or lies, or drinks and certainly does not do anything Kaidan might have in mind. When the two of them have to travel cross-country alone things really heat up. One of the most redeeming things about the book is the way that Anna and Kaidan change each other throughout the story. Anna lets down her guard a little when she's with Kaidan and he, in turn, allows her to see glimpses of his vulnerability. They really start to love each other, in large part because of Kaidan's damage from never truly having love in his life. One of the sweetest lines in the book comes from Anna's inner dialogue after discussing Kaidan's loveless upbringing:
"I tried to imagine young, inquisitive Kaidan looking up at the demon in his life, desperate for his attention. I wished I could hold that little boy." - Ch. 14
The love between the two of them is what we all like to see in books, raw and real and deep. Another part of the book that I enjoyed was the mythology. Higgins does a great job of setting up the mythology behind the angels and the demons and their children. She also does not have any qualms with being very brutal about the way the demons behave. There are parts of this book that are very hard to get through because they are violent and heart wrenching, which I think is important when we are talking about evil. She really drives the point home.
That's where the love sort of stopped for me. As far as uniqueness goes, I can't really say the plot was all that different from most paranormal romances. Good girl meets bad guy. Girl tries to change guy. Bad guy is still bad, but broken underneath. Girl finds out she has flaws too. They can't be together but probably will, maybe, at some point. It's fun and everything, but I was hoping for more of a different vibe with this one. The only real difference I can see is that Kaidan isn't really the hero type. He has a tendency to stand around and be freaked out when Anna is in mortal peril instead of actually jumping in and doing something about it. And then there's Anna. Don't get me wrong, I liked Anna, but I didn't love her. She seemed weak and scared all the time and she cries almost constantly. I'm a big crier, but Anna put me to shame. I kept wanting to shake her and say "Snap out of it! You have important things to be concentrating on!" Next, there's the resolution problem. I didn't feel like this book had much of a resolution. It is going to be part of a series so obviously they can't explain everything in the first book, but after I finished it I kind of felt jipped. It felt like the entire book was just a prelude to the next one. Finally, I felt like there was a lot of finger wagging going on. I realize it's a book about angels and demons, but I just felt preached to much of the time. It seemed a little judge-y.
Basically, this book was entertaining. And it did keep me reading. Unfortunately I didn't feel like there was a great pay off. I would still recommend this book if you want something to keep you engaged for a few days and I will be reading the next one because I need to know what happens. I just hope that the rest of the series is a little meatier.
Without going crazy paranormal, Wendy Higgins gives us a angel and demon book full of real characters. The begining is stretched out and the romance is built upon beautifully. You will def be craving the next book.
Background: Anna is a teenage girl who has the ability to see other peoples emotions, which she has come to terms with, since her adoptive mother claims not to know much about them. While attending a concert with her best friend, Anna meets hot drummer who has a very interesting aura, and who asks her some strange questions about her background. A story of good versus evil and light versus dark, Anna must choose where she will stand.
Review: Um wow! Read this. Higgins does a wonderful job pulling in her reader, starting off a little slow but building up the pace. Anna slowly learns about her heritage which has to do with angels and demons, and then she meets Kaiden (hottie!). The book is a whirlwind of questions, half-assed answers, lust, love, and good vs. evil. I have read quite a few books about Angels recently, and Higgins has been the best so far, she put a whole new spin on the Nephilium and how they can and cannot interact with humans. The characters are strong willed, witty and altogether fun.
I had a great time reading this and could not put it down. Highly recommended for lovers of teen romance, series, angels, demons, and road trips ;)
I was completely swept away by Sweet Evil--which is great because it's another book I can reread, but it sucks becauseI have to wait an entire year for the next one to come out! Grrrr.
I absolutely love Wendy Higgins characters. They're original and fun, dark and sexy. Even though some people have complained that her Nephilim are the same old, same old, I completely disagree. I thought her idea of the Neph was completely original; I mean, in most books, the Neph are good--fighters of evil. But in Wendy Higgins book, they are the sowers of discord and chaos. I really enjoyed a different look at the children of angels.
And the guys are to die for! Kaiden (pronounced Ky-den...even sounds sexy) is the son of the Demon of Lust. That one statement should tell you that this book is full of amazing romance---whether its real or fake! I won't say much because I don't want to spoil it, but I fell for Kaiden, and I am positive you will too!!!
I really enjoyed Anna, too. She is the heroine of the book, the daughter of an angel and a demon. I really felt for her as she struggled to decide which nature to follow--her pure or sinful nature. And, it wasn't like she just snapped her fingers and said, "Oh I'm good and I can resist all temptation." She falls for temptation over and over again, which is real. I enjoyed seeing her grow, andI still enjoy seeing her struggle with her feelings for Kaiden.
Overall, this is a MUST READ. One of the best books of 2012--I'm predicting!
I loved Sweet Evil. It’s one of the best debut novels I’ve read in ages. The book has a perfect blend of romance, danger, and adventure. The plot twists and turns like that of a long-time author. Something was always around the corner.
Anna was an amazing character. The only thing I disliked was how fast and hard she fell for Kaidan. She barely knew him, and yet she was very near stalking him. That kind of crush comes from knowing that person for a little while. Soon after, it’s very obvious Kaidan feels the same way though. Their romance is one bumpy ride. In other words, it will not be easy.
I know I’ve already said it, but I love Sweet Evil. Everything fits together and it’s set up perfectly for a wonderful sequel.
I've heard a lot of hype about this book and how people love it so much. I can see why people like it; I thought it was pretty darn good! This book was a very easy read. I could just sit down and fly through the pages when I read this.
I loved all of the paranormal elements of this book. The fallen angel story was done so perfectly. It was a really unique take that I could rave about for hours! 12 dukes (of evil)+ Nephilim + demons + angels = AWESOME!
I also really liked Anna. She was really sweet and nice and almost never did anything morally wrong, at least not intentionally. I kind of related to her in that way and respected her.
The only thing (or person really) I didn't like was Kaidan. I know, you must think I'm crazy but hear me out. He is the son of Lust and has been with A LOT of girls (if you know what I mean). That's just a big turnoff for me. He also acted bipolar and jerkish many times throughout the book. What can I say, I'm just not the biggest fan of Kaidan. But I did like Kopano; he was the bomb diggity dot com!
Overall: Loved the story and the writing; can't wait to find out how what happens in the next book!
I must admit, I wasn't expecting a book on angels and demons to be like this. I'm shocked.
When I first started reading Sweet Evil, I was prepared to be disappointed, in fact, I'm always prepared. I hate getting my hopes up and then find it was all for nothing. To be frank, I wanted to put this down since the first 20 pages were annoying and it didn't make sense; then it started to get better on page 60 and I was smiling like an idiot. I also really hate reading about fallen angels, angels, demons, etc., because the authors tend to get stuff wrong when talking about Christianity. Yes, I'm a Christian. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, for example, was just awful. The stories were twisted; also A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, that book was a joke. Angels swearing and whatnot -- aren't they supposed to be angelic/holy beings? Anyway, but Sweet Evil was totally different and interesting. So why am I giving this 3.5 stars? Because I was expecting something more and it took be 8 days to finish. I liked this book, don't get me wrong, I just don't think it deserves 5 stars -- from me.
Awesome stuff I loved in Sweet Evil:
Anna, our female heroine, has the ability to sense other people's emotions: whether they feel lustful, prideful, angry, depressed, in love, happy, anxious, etc., etc. How awesome is that? Also, I thought she was going to be a Bella-type character but she wasn't. I liked her -- though she did some things that was no bueno -- not good. I'm going to talk about that later on, though.
The Romance Mrs Higgins could write some seriously hot kissing scenes. Kaidan, Kaidan, Kaidan -- that bad boy we all love; to top it off, he's a drummer. I'm not going to write a lot about this, you'll just have to read it for yourself. ;)
Anna and Jay's friendship: I seriously loved their friendship and I am definitely glad Higgins didn't make them end up together or wrote a clichéd story line about best friends falling in love or they are in love but are afraid to say something because they don't want their friendship ruined. Yawn. Thank you, Higgins, for steering clear on that. Jay and Anna have this same problem with being attracted to alcohol, Anna senses his emotions and immediately wants to befriend him so they could both keep each other sane. I love how Jay fights for her, too (view spoiler).
The Dukes: whoa! I loved how Higgins wrote this! We all know the story of Lucifer/Satan's fall, right? Well, after he and his followers were cast down, these fallen angels are roaming the earth. There are 200 hundred demons (I think called Legionnaires) and 12 Dukes of the 7 deadly sins and some from the Ten Commandments: The Dukes of Wrath, Adultery, Substance abuse, Lies, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Lust, Pride, Theft, Hatred, and Murder. These Dukes have children so they can continue to to their bidding to make the world a better place for them. If you fail to do your work, you will be punished or sentenced to death.
Anna is the daughter of the Duke of Substance abuse, hence the reason why she's so attracted to drugs and alcohol. She doesn't know this yet because her father has been in jail since she was born. But after meeting the mysteriously handsome Kaidan, she unravels what she really is and what must be done.
So this was an interesting take on the whole Fallen Angels vs. Nephilim . Kind of lagged at times, Anna kept getting on my nerves, Kaidan reminded me of Patch. Well it wasn't bad, but it wasn't "Awesome" either, will probably see how the sequel goes...