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.