Fri, July 6, 2012

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins Review

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins book cover

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins book cover

Sweet Evil
By Wendy Higgins

Publication date: May 1, 2012
HarperTeen, 454 pages
Source: Borrowed from Em

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?

— Goodreads.com description

Paranormal fans, this one’s for you.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins is a fun take on the popular angel/demon theme we’ve been seeing in YA literature over the past year or two. This one is a little darker: The main character, Anna, has both demon AND angel blood in her, and now she must face internal and external battles that will determine whether good or evil will dominate.

Her strong pull toward addictive substances will resonate with a lot of teens – she has such a hard time resisting peer pressure, and it’s great to see her stand strong.

If you’re not a paranormal fan, I’m not sure this is the book to win you over. But, most YA readers these days are in for a bit of paranormal, so I’m not too worried.

One tiny complaint? In the book, Anna loves when Kaidan calls her “Ann.” What? No. Please no one call me that. Thank you.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Lori said:

    I’m always very hesitant with Paranormal books these days, so I’m happy to hear that you liked this one.

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  2. Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee said:

    I’m just going to say it… I do NOT like this cover. It just doesn’t do anything for me.

    Definitely want to check this book out, though.

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  3. Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined said:

    Good to know! I was intrigued by the premise of this book, but I haven’t been in a huge paranormal mood lately. Once it returns, I’ll be sure to pick this one up. It sounds like a good twist on the angel story.

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  4. Anna @ Literary Exploration said:

    Ohhhhh I LOVE this book!!! It’s so well written and just so… *sigh* And Kai… OMG So swoony!! <333 Love that boy!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  5. Melissa @ The Nifty Novels Blog said:

    One of my favorite books of the year! I loved the theme of choosing to be good even when it seemed that your essential nature was forcing you to be evil. I loved the main character. And Kai! Swoon!

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  6. elena said:

    Ha, love your tiny complaint! I wouldn’t want to be called “Ann” either.

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  7. Ashley said:

    Great review! I’ve heard a million great things about this book and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. It’s nice to read another rave review :)

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  8. April Books & Wine said:

    What if it’s Anne with an E at the end like Anne Shirley? I just remember her insistence on having that little E at the end to make her name less plain.

    I totally have this book on my shelf and totally still secretly not so secretly enjoy paranormal!

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