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
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'm a 25 year old mum to my beautiful nearly 2 yr old daughter and i LOVE books , both reading and listening to them :D
Yes i would great story line and great romance that you'd want to hear again !
hmm i do love all of them ...kai but i have to say i come to like him more in the second book sweet peril :D
when anna and kai go on a road trip !
an awesome series and you won't be disappointed !
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.
The story was superb, the characters had depth and the narrative brought them to life
Die for me, refreshingly has nothing to do with vampires!
Her emotive story telling drags you in and her voice is melodic and musical
Awesome listening! I can't wait for the next installment of the trilogy
Erin Mallon is an excellent narrator of this story! I enjoyed the audio almost more than the book! She really brings the characters to life and has a wonderful range of voices!
Only because of the accents. Except that the European accents were pretty terrible.
Hmm probably Copano. He just seems so chill. And if he likes Anna, then that works for me.
I haven't and I don't know if I particularly enjoyed her performance of this. Maybe I just don't like southern accents.
It made me roll my eyes a lot. And worry for Anna a bit, but other than that, nope.
The last two or three chapters, things finally got interesting and fun. But then it ended.
Fun, Sexy, and Sweet! The love story! I wanted to keep listening all night.
Tell us about yourself!I have been reading constantly threw audio books sense a verry small age and have never lost the love of them.
This book was so much more than I had expected. I got it on a wim but once picking it up I could not set it bacck down again. It has enough intreag, action and romance to keep you happpy. It also gives a new twist on the urban/fanticy world that is so popular. I loved the charactors and the narators take on them even more. She is one of the best narators I have heard in a while. I really hope this is a series and if so will be first in line for the second book. Give this a try if you love fanticy, romance and a girls discovery of herself, new friends and a first love.
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