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 16 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?
©2012 Wendy Higgins (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
The narration was good but the story is awesome. I need to know what happens next. My heart aches for Kai. Picking up book two right away.
Well, I've had this book forever and every time I started to pick it up to read it, something else would come up. A sweet girl who follows my blog told me she would like for me to read it,and for a while now, my friend Nereyda has been encouraging me to get into audio books, so I decided to get the whole series on audio, and slap me silly for waiting so long, but I totally loved it. I knew I would after all the rave reviews and everything I've heard about this series and Kaidan Rowe. The story itself was awesome. Angel and Demon stories are hit and miss for me and this one was definitely a hit. As for the characters. Anna was great, and I just knew I was going to love Kaidan after all the hype, but the fact is, I did not like him very much at all for most of the novel. He had his moments, but he really acted like a jerk - granted a hot jerk - but a jerk nonetheless. Now before you stone me, I understand why he was the way he was and by the end of the book he had won me over and left me itching to get started on Sweet Peril.
My Opinion: Great story, beautifully written, fantastic characters - definitely get this if you haven't read it yet, and to all you who have already read it - you were so right - I loved it!
I have been meaning to get to the series for a while now so I finally decided to listen to the audio and I was not disappointed. The author created a unique world set in this town in Georgia and I loved it. I think my favorite thing I liked about the audio is the southern accents that we got to hear from the characters. We start this book out by meeting Anna who we learn has no clue what she really is but she will soon find out and her world will never be the same. I loved the concept the author created in this story of having Anna be a child of a fallen angel. We quickly learn that Anna will have a lot to contend with because she has no clue who she or what she may become. Anna soon meets Kai and she learns that she be attracted to danger and all that may come with it.
As the story continues Anna and Kai start to spend more time together and this is where I fell for the hotness that is Kai. Oh my when you talk about bad boy you have to put in that category because he is so hot and alluring and you are instantly trapped in his spell. I think I was even more attracted to him because the narrator pulls off his voice so well. It really fits with who he is a a person. Anna soon sets out on a quest to learn more about what she is and that means she gets to spend even more time with Kai and she also gets to learn about her past and who her parents were. I have to say when Anna meets her dad I instantly liked him even though you know he is a bad guy and not someone you should like. I loved how protective of Anna he was though and the way he was really letting her make her own decisions about who she would become. He helped teach her but didn’t push her in a certain direction. In that aspect Kai was also a huge help to her because he taught her so much she didn’t know. As we continue into the book you really start to see Anna blossom from the shy kindhearted girl to one that is a lot tougher and way more sure of herself and I loved every minute of it.
Overall this book was way more than I expected it to be because to be honest I think I kept putting it off because I was expecting the typical angel tale but it was so much more. This was a story about finding out who you are,forbidden love, growth and becoming who you were meant to be. I loved all the scenes with Anna and Kai because they had amazing chemistry and it really didn’t feel forced like most books try to make it . The author created an awesome tale of their start of a romance along with enough action mixed in that it made for a great read. The narrators did a phenomenal job and I kept finding myself lost in this world that I didn’t want to leave it. I found myself trying to find any moment to keep listening and I highly recommend this one to others. I personally can’t wait to get the time to listen to the next book in the series and I am so glad the whole series is released so that I won’t have to worry about a wait.
The characters are full and developed. I just loved the whole idea.
It reminds me a bit of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but of course not exactly. Same rich story telling though.
I like the way she brings the characters to life with her tone of voice.
Just read it/listen to it!! You won't be able to put it down.
I read and review Young Adult lit!
I've largely avoided the flood of half-angel/half-demon YA fiction that's hit the market in the last few years. When the sticky subject of religion is broached in YA fic it seems to be either too preachy and pushing the authors' agenda or thrown in as a plot point to make the protagonists seem 'deep'.
That being said, I honestly can't even tell you what compelled me to give "Sweet Evil" a go! I definitely mustn't have read the Audible summary above because reading it again now to keep my review spoiler-free it sounds likes trite, clichéd nonsense.
In reality, "Sweet Evil" was a well written and enjoyable read.
At no point did I feel like the religious aspects were preaching or being glossed over which was really refreshing and speaks to great skill in the craftsmanship of the novel.
Similarly, the characters were very well drawn and the relationships were enjoyably authentic. The author managed to keep virtuous Anne true to herself AND realistic never selling her out as soon as she got an eye-full of the hot bad-boy like so many other YA books do.
I've seen complaints in reviews about a lack of action and resolution. If you've read any of my other reviews you know I'm scathing about these kinds of transgressions but honestly, I was completely satisfied with "Sweet Evil".
Looking back I guess a lot of 'stuff' didn't happen and, given the supernatural bent, a lot of explaining had to be done through expository dialogue. There was however, never a time when I felt bored or discontent. New information was always coming through, new developments with characters and relationships were always happening and I found the whole book enjoyable.
Sweet Evil didn't end with a cliff-hanger (an absolute no-no for me) and I'm happily moving straight onto Book 2.
Yes, because it has complexity to it, I found myself replaying my favorite scenes over and over again, analyzing their meaning.
That the male hero is a sinner hoping to love a girl he things is too good for him :-)
The many different voices she performed
yes, I could not stop listening! I am so addicted!
I LOVED this story. I got the second book immediately and loved it also.
I can't imagine life without earbuds playing an Audible book in my head.
The narrator has a gentle, subtle, seemingly unscripted way of acting. I love her. Her voice is very relaxing.
She did a great job. Really one of my favorite narrators now.
WOW. Can I just say wow? Wow.....
I'm 19 chapters in and this book has me wide awake at midnight, heart beating fast, and stopping because I feel COMPELLED to write SOMETHING it.
No I'm not finished yet but I already know I'm giving it 5 stars. I would give it 10 if I could.
I thought this would be another maybe kinda sorta good book to pass the time until a really good meaty one comes along like, say, Laini Taylor last book in the DOSAB series...but although it might not be 'meaty', it's most CERTAINLY filling.
I didn't think I would like this so much!!! In fact, I don't merely like it, I LOVE IT.
This book resonates well with me. I have a Christian background and am pretty dogmatic about doctrine. I have this belief that doctrine is pretty darn important so when I read a book about heaven or hell or angels and demons, I either cringe when the doctrine is way off or just made up and lose interest or ,if I really love the story and realize the doctrine isn't intended to be anywhere near what's described in the bible, then I just enjoy the story for what it is.
But although this story has fictional events (I'm so jealous over the concept! I wish my pea brain could come up with such a believable yet incredible concept!!!), every time it mentions biblical history, it has been spot on.
No cringing. No eye-rolling. Nothing but just a swoosh of relief, mixed with adoration toward the Author for researching, and a huge rush of joy that I'm reading a book I love, that keeps getting better and better, isn't at all preachy, and has some amazing characters that I would love to know in person!
I'm at a point in the book where 3 or 4 game changers just happened and I'm starting to wonder about all the awesome twists and turns the plot can go from here. I guess I didn't realize that Anna and Kai's budding romance-ish love could go anywhere but in the earth with Romeo and Juliet, but now....POSSIBILITIES!!! Yesssssss.
And now dare I say some ACTION??!! Badass heroine ass-kicking action? And more steamy hot tension for sure!!!!
Read this book and decide if it connects with you the way it has with me. It's definitely in the same realm as the Fever series (but differently), and it's definitely in the same realm as the Laini Taylor books IMHO (but differently).
Overall, it's refreshing and listening to it on audio has made the characters come alive and improved upon the story, thanks to the very "well done" acting by the narrator.
Ok, I'm done. I will try not to gush like a total fan girl anymore. At least until I've finished the book. And maybe again after I finish each book in the series. :)
This book is at the TOP of my list but I have yet to compare it to Sweet Peril. I read Sweet Evil in 2 days I could not put the book down. I hope that Sweet Peril is just the same.
The best part of the book was the New Years party because it was thrilling and created this magnetic attraction to my hands which caused me to read it all in one sitting!
The reading was amazing! Erin created the characters perfectly and there accents spot on. I hope that in Sweet Peril that Erin Mallon reads the book. If someone else reads the book the book will not be as enjoyable.
This book made me laugh and have more emotions than I ever felt in any book. The book came alive to me like I was in it and I was blown away by Wendy Higgins ability to write like she did!
I have high expectations for Sweet Peril and I think that they will be meet because I was amazed by the first book.
I definitely enjoyed this story. Definitely a different take on angels and demons. A very enjoyable YA.
16 year old Anna Whitt is a good girl who doesn't know much about her parentage other than she was adopted. So grateful for her adoptive mother Patty, that Anna always did what she was supposed to do. She made good grades, didn't drink or do drugs and always strived to be honest. Anna was "special" or "weird as others called her but she tried her best to fit in. Anna could tell people's moods because she saw their aura. Also, Anna remembered being born and all the words spoken from her mother's womb. She knew she was something more than human, but she didn't know what.
One day, she went to hear a local band with her best friend Jay, and there for the first time she met someone, drummer Kaidan Rowe, who didn't have a visible aura. Anna had finally met someone like her. she felt inexplicably drawn to the Kaiden and she knew he had answers to help her unlock the truths about herself.
Kaiden opened her eyes to world of Nephilims. Kaiden showed her how to unlock her five senses which were heightened due to her heritage as a daughter of a fallen angel (demon) and an angel.
Anna learns that the earth was divided under the rule of 12 Dukes of Hell. Each Duke specialized in a specific sin and worked to tempt the citizens in their area to indulge in that particular sin. Anna's father, Belial, was the Duke of Substance Abuse--both Drugs and Alcohol. Thus, his daughter Anna was required to influence people to use and abuse substances.
Likewise, Kaiden's father as the Duke of Lust, and Kaiden was required to work in his father's region promoting lust.
But something happens between Anna and Kaiden, and it causes them to fight their particular nature. But it is hard, very hard to go against your nature!
I listen to this book in one sitting. Engaging, but such angst and Kaiden and Anna clearly wanted each other. Love is a good emotion, so I can see why it is forbidden to them. Great world building. I can't wait for the next book.
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