Sweet Evil is basically a story about a girl who lives a totally normal life and, BAM, suddenly finds out she's an angel/demon's secret lovechild. And throw in some eye-candy, or more specifically, Kaiden, add water, stir, and there! You have your average YA angel/demon story.
I heard nothing but amazing-ness about the book, so needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Sadly, I was very much disappointed. The entire story was very much stereotypical and molded by cookie cutters, which doesn't cut it.
Anna is just your average girl-next-door. She's sweet, does her homework, and doesn't go out partying. In the first chapter of the story, the first few pages portrayed her as a perfectly coherent person, if not lacking in the self-esteem area. Then she sees Kaiden, which turns her into a mess of a fan girl who only sees a hunk of hotness. Does this sound familiar? Then Anna goes into the washroom and stumbles upon a pair of girls talking about - surprise, surprise - the level of attractiveness Kaiden warrants, which launches her into a bout of jealousy. And she spews something out of the blue about Kaiden having an STD. Level of relevancy? Next to none.
I think that was a totally Overly Attached Girlfriend moment.
As for Kaiden, he's fairly predictable. Hot, irritating, and a womanizer. I could probably do without the third, but even so, it's not really working. I mean, how many times do you hear the same description for a male character? I can only read "He's so hot" so many times. Seriously.
The plot didn't really have much structure. There was too much emphasis on the road trip, with Anna and Kaiden getting all angsty with each other, but nevertheless a bit of a pain in my head. The road trip along probably took up a good two-thirds of the novel and I genuinely wish it had been condensed a little. After the road trip, things actually dragged much, much more. During the road trip Anna at least had a goal, a destination, but after? It was aimless, with characters simply drifting around to fill up the pages.
Sweet Evil might have had a bit of potential, but it definitely wasn't for me. I can definitely see why other readers would absolutely love it, but I wouldn't go for it. I'd probably read its sequels, just to get it over with, but they'd not be too high on my TBR list.
I mean like, I definitely didn't enjoy it, but I think that fans of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick or Embrace by Jessica Shirvington would.
I definitely get the allure, but it simply wasn't for me.